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.

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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 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 Dyslexic's DOG on January 5, 2015 at 10:52pm

Well Patricia, I used to be considered a people person, I can go anywhere and casually start a conversation with anybody about anything, too often I instigate the conversation. Yet lately I find myself avoiding the usual haunts but, still, I could be in a supermarket and start a discussion about anything with total strangers and within a few minutes cover a wide range of topics.

As I tend to drift from one subject to another very quickly.

Mostly I avoid religion, especially during religious festive periods.

Those total strangers often become acquaintances and will acknowledge me every time I see them from then on.

Probably stems from my first job as a salesman, selling chemicals and farm supplies.

So often I had to pretend to be knowledgeable on veterinary supplies, but If the answers were not on the packets (which I memorized), then I would tell them to get their vet's opinion.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 5, 2015 at 9:24pm
Patricia, that wedding invitation made me laugh. It's so much like what I live with in this area. It could have been printed here.
My gson got me a sweatshirt for xmas that reads Hell For Certain with Kentucky printed beneath. It's actually the name of a town here. I love it. It seems to offend all the fundies.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 6:31pm

Patricia, you do look miserable. Must be some unhappy memories to go with the look. 

Let's build some good memories. What brings you pleasure? What do you do and discover that hours have gone by? Who are the people you enjoy being with? Do you like to write? You communicate so clearly and inspire me and led me nicely through cancer. 

I know, we are limited by our bodies getting older. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 6:21pm

I hope I don't come across too hard, Mindy. Life kind of toughens one up. Especially when faced with systemic problems. Being part of the 1960s movement for ethnic diversity and women's rights, I became a strategist. 

I know people fight powerfully against what I believe in. I realize there will be resistance and retaliation, I just compartmentalize it and go on with I think I can and need to do. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 6:01pm

Our (Great) Aunt Grace had dark red hair (which had already turned white by the time we were born), and she really was a good example of the in gracious, and graceful.  She and her husband put Dad through USC in the 1920s.  (He had a scholarship, but it didn't pay for everything.)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 5:31pm


My semi-autistic and JW sister is named Grace....after our dad's favorite aunt, who was also a red-head.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2015 at 3:54pm

The picture about "tasty and filling prayers" was excellent!  I also saved the pictures about "Fakebook", "Don't make me come in there!", "Happy New Year 2015", "So much to do, so little desire"  Thanks.


Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 3:51pm

I thought about printing cards, too; to hand to people who say they're praying for something, or somebody, to my face, but most of the worst offenders are dead now. 

That's one way to get passive revenge; outlive the annoying S.O.Bs!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I've been looking at "Thank You for Your Prayers" ever since you posted it, and thinking about so many different things.  Like my own desire to kick the people who automatically end every conversation with, "I'm praying for you," and the absolute rejection of any type of contraception imposed by most religions.  (I've always wanted to give that old fraud, Agnes Bojaxhiu/"Mother" Teresa, a swift one, but she died before I could do it.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 2:24pm

Mindy, we have more important things to do and say than to make friends. These small children do not have a voice; they need to be seen and heard. If you and I don't show the reality, who will? When? When I saw your post on Facebook, I thought, "Mindy's free!" When we write in order to make friends, are we really reaching down deeply inside ourselves and writing what we feel? 

I kind of like it when I get refutations. It means someone doesn't want the truth known. I like it when I get rebuked for sloppy writing, as happened this past week. I was in error in my reporting and I needed to be admonished. 

So, welcome to the crowd of truth tellers! As a group, we grow and flourish, even as we need support from other truth tellers. Life can get lonely sometimes. The odd thing is my family who claimed they block my writing, read my stuff. I get feedback that they have read a piece I write. They don't tell me, but they do tell another family member who gives me the feedback. My audience also grows, especially when I write a particularly controversial piece. It seems there are people holding back from saying what they think until they read my stuff or other writers who challenge the status quo.  

Another unexpected thing happens when I post the excellent pieces of A/N members, I get strong, positive feedback. People want to read what we write. They feel starved for more holistic thinking. I don't get any hate mail anymore. That ended when I ignored them. I didn't respond to the negativity, I wrote tougher articles each time a piece of hate mail arrived. If I had quit writing, hate-mongers would have won. No Way!  


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