Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on August 29, 2014 at 10:42am

And glad to go back to teaching again! I love the unicorn, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on August 29, 2014 at 10:20am

Tomorrow one more job for brother-in-law and then his life should be rather well organized. And next week I'm back in the classroom! Huh? Where's my holiday?

Comment by k.h. ky on August 29, 2014 at 7:52am
Morning all. I'm on my way to my last day of jury duty. Free at last, free at last, thank the FSM, I'm free at last.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 29, 2014 at 7:36am

Always happy to have new faces around these parts (as they used to say in the old western movies). Welcome Larry and Bertold.

And as for your news, Mindy, I couldn't be happier! What a relief.

Good Friday and weekend to all!

Comment by Plinius on August 29, 2014 at 2:27am

I'm so glad you got good news, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2014 at 8:11pm

Mindy, have you tried Marijuana? I have never had so much as a cigarette in my mouth and I don't think I would try mj; however, some report relief using it. Frankly, I don't like being around people who do use it, it makes some slimy sweet. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2014 at 7:40pm

Larry, I share your interest in European and British history, gardening, books, genealogy, chin wags, learning about people from different places and you may want to block me because I love to talk about economics, politics and religion. However, there are many other people on this site that like the same topics as you, and there are some very special places that might appeal to you. 

Godless in the garden

Family History & Genealogy

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2014 at 7:23pm

Mindy, you have no idea how happy I am to learn that your tests came back benign ... I was very concerned. I know, I am the one who says worry is of no use, and I was waiting for your test results.

Now, surely there is some relief to be had from your stomach condition. I will keep looking.  

Comment by Larry on August 28, 2014 at 7:07pm

Hi Everyone;  I joined this group in hopes of meeting others interested in history, (European/British), gardening, books in general, genealogy, friendly chat, learning more about others in different parts of the US/world, without being grilled about my religious/political beliefs!  I’m 71, male, retired US Postal Worker, married to same wonderful woman over 50 years, semi-housebound because of 9 years medical conditions.  I help my wife with yard work, house work, and have a few small raised vegetable beds.  I practice some light meditation from time to time to deal with my physical discomfort.  I enjoy live chat and would be interested in a regular Google + or Skype video hangout (perhaps with morning coffee, Central Daylight Time in the US) if anyone were interested in chatting with up to 10 participates on G+.   Looking forward to meeting others in this room having similar interests.  Until later………..

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 28, 2014 at 4:01pm

Booklover - so glad to hear that you got good news!


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