Hang With Friends

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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.

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the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius yesterday

Catholic lanb to the slaughter...HA, they always say they want to be sheep!

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Thanks, Bertold, I loved to read this!

Comment by Patricia on Thursday

S. Fry is terrific....right up there with the best!

Comment by Loren Miller on Thursday

Bertold, I won't claim to be a big debate watcher, but in the case of the 2009 Intelligence Squared event, that was not so much a defeat for the Church as a Catholic lamb being led to the slaughter.  Compared with the potent and inarguable points brought by Fry and Hitchens, Onaiyekan and Widdecombe looked positively inept and unprepared.

Still, when torn down to the basics, no church really has so much as Leg One to stand on.  The trick is to do ALL the work needed to dismantle the facade, and Stephen and Christopher took it upon themselves to do the grunt work.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

I'm sure most everyone has seen the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate on the topic "The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World." John Onaiyekan, RC archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria and Ann Widdecombe, a conservative MP who converted from C of E to Catholicism BECAUSE the C of E allowed female deacons, took the "for" side. They were riotously trounced by the "against" side, which was memorably taken up by Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry.

Well, for everyone's reading pleasure, here's the complete transcript of the debate. I think Fry even outshone the Hitch at times.

Comment by Ian Mason on Thursday

I like that, Bertold. SH would have laughed at it, I'm sure.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

Comment by Grinning Cat on Wednesday

Loren, "Remember Impactful Person" is a wonderful way to reframe people's RIP comments and make them less grating!

And I quite like 'Æret vær hans minde', learning about it for the first time just now. More explicitly secular than the Jewish 'zichrono / zichrona livracha', "may his/her memory be for a blessing".

It also reminded me of "Metamorphosis", one of the short-short stories in David Eagleman'sSum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives.

There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.

So you wait in this lobby until the third death. There are long tables with coffee, tea, and cookies; you can help yourself. There are people here from all around the world, and with a little effort you can strike up convivial small talk. Just be aware that your conversation may be interrupted at any moment by the Callers, who broadcast your new friend's name to indicate that there will never again be another remembrance of him by anyone on the Earth. Your friend slumps, face like a shattered and reglued plate, saddened even though the Callers tell him kindly that he's off to a better place. No one knows where that better place is or what it offers, because no one exiting through that door has returned to tell us. Tragically, many people leave just as their loved ones arrive, since the loved ones were the only ones doing the remembering. We all wag our heads at that typical timing.


(You can read it in full in Google Books' preview of the book.)

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (Goodreads page)

Two more of the stories are reprinted at 'Afterlives': 40 Stories Of What Follows Death (NPR books)

Comment by Idaho Spud on Wednesday

Good quote, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

He's really not dead, as long as we remember him.
-- Dr. Leonard H. ("Bones") McCoy


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