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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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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 Idaho Spud on January 9, 2015 at 10:05am

27 years.  Good on you Mindy.  And, I agree about the trade-off.

Joan, you have a Mac computer don't you?  I don't know a whole lot about computers, but perhaps that's the reason you can see my pictures more often than others.  Mac to Mac.  Anyone that knows computers, tell me if that's a reasonable thought or no.

Comment by Plinius on January 9, 2015 at 9:21am

Congrats Mindy! And wishes for 27 happy years more!

Comment by Steph S. on January 9, 2015 at 9:18am

Congrats on your wedding anniversary Mindy. I hope you guys have a wonderful celebration.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 9, 2015 at 7:55am

Congrats Mindy!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 9, 2015 at 7:54am

Loved it, Ian!  No luck on your site, Carl.

For you readers out there, Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife (among others), has a new book out: The Human Age. Really good! It's about our brave new world in reality. Insightful and full of information. What a writer she is!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 9, 2015 at 7:01am

Good one, Ian. (Someone else here just recently posted a George Carlin quote noting that god always needs money.)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 9, 2015 at 6:12am

Comment by Ian Mason on January 9, 2015 at 6:12am

Pretty as a picture, Mindy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 1:26am

Mindy, well, if I were as pretty as you, seeing many copies of myself would make me feel magnificent. However, I see only one of you, and it was from Spud. For some reason, Patricia's didn't come through either. Mindy, your hair was long and pretty; it makes quite an impression! If you were a cheerleader, I imagine your swirling hair as you went through your routines. 

Sorry to ask for another help, I didn't get Carl's most recent photo either. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 8, 2015 at 7:03pm


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