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.

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

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 2:36pm

I liked your story of your Grandfather TFA.  He reminds me of my Father.  The kindest man I've ever known.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 9:27am

He sounds like a wonderful man, your grandfather. As you say, someone to emulate.

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2012 at 2:24am

Thanks for that heartwarming story about your grandfather, Flying Atheist! Sleep well, all of you! It's morning here, I'm off to do chores.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 1:26am

Off to bed everyone.  This morning person has been up WAY too late!  Nite, nite. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 1:16am

@Joan, I had GREAT admiration for my grandfather.  He was a happy, loving, smiling Dane who was always whistling a tune.  He was a hardworking semi-truck driver here in the city of Chicago and he had a heart of gold.  He was always telling stories about driving here and there around the city and he had endless tales about the kindness of the dockworkers and office people he encountered on his job.  He was a kind person a fault.  He would often greatly inconvenience himself just to help a complete stranger.  He wasn't a dumb or gullible man, but he always saw the good in other people.  He often got misty-eyed or choked-up when relaying stories about the acts of kindness he saw between people or when others went out of their way for him.  He was a very appreciative and compassionate man.  He and my grandmother were well respected by their friends for their stellar integrity.  Like I said earlier, he was always studying up on something.  He was very fond of geology.  Had his life taken a different path, he might have been a geologist or some type of academic.  None-the-less, he was a great man who, along with my grandmother, managed to support and raise a family of three girls through the Great Depression and WWII.  He lived to be 92.  He was really someone to respect and emulate.        

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 12:55am

My idea of heaven.

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2012 at 12:48am

@Joan Denoo - yes, I am a bookworm! There's nothing like parents that need only one book and tell you constantly that a girl doesn't need to know whatever you asked - you never stop reading after that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:17am

@booklover, an incredible group of photos of cats in friges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:15am

@sk8eycat, what a brave mother caring for her pups. Odd she would choose a fire truck to place them after such a harrowing experience. Trust must have been high, and she probably understood who would protect her and her litter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:10am

@Chris Breman, my goodness, the numbers of books and your wide range of interest is impressive. You must have been born with an inquiring mind! After retiring, reading became my passion and I spend a lot of time with a book; however, I find myself napping a lot more. Oh well, I have worked hard and I really enjoy the opportunity to just be present to the natural order of things, the rhythms and patterns. 

Sounds like you are a book-worm, too. It is a lovely way to spend time. 


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