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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 7 hours ago. 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 Ian Mason on October 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

Deidre, I found the thread and yes, that sounds like a very unpleasant person who's posting his bile and venom there. Very sad and upsetting.

I've flown a fair bit over the past few years and never had such entertainment. It would brighten a flight up.

Attitude to life: phlegmatic/mildly cheerful pessimist. I'm also terrible at judging people's characters. I get it wrong most of the time. That means disappointments but also pleasant suprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:41pm

Let me see if I can find the words to express my view of "misanthrope" and "renewing faith".

There are some people who are good, decent, caring, upright, generous, compassionate, fair, trustworthy and loving.

There are some who appear good, etc., until one gets to know them better. It is these people who make me wait until I find out their character, then I either end my relationship with them, close the door, build a wall, create a boundary, or do whatever I have to in order to be separated from them. 

There are those who appear to be bad, indecent, uncaring, downtrodden, selfish, or hateful. These people join the crowd of those I want nothing to do with.

Sometimes I am wrong. Sometimes those who, at early contact appear to be bad, etc, however, they may be defensive, or self-protected, guarded and underlying these characteristics have what one could call the kind who is trustworthy. Only time and shared challenges reveal the true nature of people.

I am not a misanthrope. Nor am I a philanthropist. I guess I am more of a cynic than anything else I can find. What did Gump say?

I can't remember the words. Help!

Also, I can't remember the words that Annie Laurie Gaylor said about prayer that doesn't work. 

Sorry folks, my memory box isn't working today. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 1:21pm

How come I didn't get any humor from any of my Flight Attendants?

Could it be that I've only flown 3 times?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:14pm

ooppss, the video didn't come across. Let me try again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:12pm

Carl, you probably are sick of these kinds of videos, but sit back, remember the days when you doing the talking, and enjoy. We sit in the seat next to you laughing our heads off as you grunt and groan. 

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 10:24am

I waver too. I know all too well that I need people: they can be wonderful and also hurtful, egoistic and a lot of other things - and they make me run for the shelter of home. Natural state of the human beast; that sounds good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 7, 2014 at 10:12am

>I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I think this may be the natural state of the human beast, at least the thinking version. I've always loved Mark Twain's crack that the more he knew about people, the better he liked his dog.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2014 at 8:40am

Most welcome news, Carl. Hang in there (as the cliche goes).

I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I wrote a true blog (in the blog section) this morning, if anybody's interested. Comments unnecessary.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm glad to read your good news Carl.

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 6:33am

Great news Carl, I'm so glad! And fantastic that you've got siblings who would help you!


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