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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 11 hours ago. 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 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 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 Randall Smith on September 9, 2014 at 7:08am

Chris, what nice people (students)! I would have eaten all the chocolates in one sitting!

Patricia, eager to hear how your hubby is doing. It must be tough on you to be separated like this. You have a positive attitude about it all.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2014 at 7:07am
Chris, what an absolutely wonderful first day of class! How appreciative your group is. You must be great fun to be with.
Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2014 at 7:02am

Ian, I never ate one of my grandmothers..

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2014 at 6:44am

How exciting to have started my first lessons of the season! I hadn't even hung up my coat before I got a bunch of carnations and a beautiful card (Russian tradition), someone else brought chocolates from Austria, there was a CD with songs and lyrics I can use in the lessons, there were big hugs, someone brought the cooking pear harvest and shared with us all - I brought enough home to share with some neighbours. Wonderful, all these people who are glad to see me! I even had some time left to do some teaching...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2014 at 6:02pm
I wish your husband well, Patricia. Nice to have family available upon arrival.
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 8, 2014 at 1:35pm

A collection of "English as she is well spocken" (sp?) signs had one, "We serve tea in a bag like mother."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 8, 2014 at 1:00pm

For all of you with grandchildren:

Comment by k.h. ky on September 8, 2014 at 11:36am
That's my kind of liberal.
Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 11:34am

Glad to help, Joan!  Please go to the JIBO website and have a look for yourself.  They apparently aren't out YET, but I have to believe they have the winter holidays in their sights.

I'm intrigued as well, but don't really have the money to spend right at this moment.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 8, 2014 at 11:00am

Loren, that photo shows a use of "liberal" that's new to me.


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