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 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 Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 7:51am

Oh, yes Randall.  I don't like those big capital A's either.  I also don't like some avatars where it looks like the person has went out of their way to make the ugliest thing they could think of.  I'm not talking about any of you regulars, of course.

I've had the thought that my family could track me down through my childhood picture.  They all have copies of it and I let my brother know that I was going to use it online, and he ask me to point to it when I used it.

I think he just wanted to see how I made it look because he's a photographer.  I didn't let him know where I put it, I just sent him the picture in an e-mail, and that may have satisfied him.

However, it might be they have found me years ago, and just haven't mentioned it.  However, if that were the case, I think one of my sisters that is very vocal, would have commented about some of my posts where she strongly disagreed or thought I said something wrong about her or other members of the family.

I agree that at our age, we have no good reason to be worried about what other people think.  I'm working on it, and I'm almost there.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2014 at 7:14am

Spud, I meant no offense. With or without a current photo, I can see you in my mind's eye. I just don't like to see one of those big capital A's. I can understand your reluctance to go "current". Don't you think your family could "track you down" through your childhood picture? Besides, at your (our) age, why should we be worried about what other people think? Bottom line, it's no big deal, either way.

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2014 at 3:00am

Never mind, Spud, the image of you created by your words is stronger and more beautiful. I can't even use a baby picture; I've been overweight from birth. Age is really freeing, to me at least. I always hated the awkwardness you get when you try to talk to people but they are checking your sexual usefulness in the meantime - it breaks down any sensible conversation. Now that I'm in category ´useless´ I can talk to any person. I'm not vain but I like to look well cared for.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2014 at 12:43pm

Thanks Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 12:33pm

Spud, whatever you decide to do is fine with me.  I have to admit, I always thought the picture of you on the phone with the cat by your side was very, very cute. 

I changed my photo because the last one was seven years old and I've put on weight since then and grown older looking.  Such is life!

If you wish to have your privacy respected, that's totally understandable. 

For whatever it's worth, I'd bet the farm that displaying a current photo of you with some added weight would not matter one bit to any of us here.  You're a great guy and that is what really matters.  Just do whatever is comfortable for you.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2014 at 10:16am

Think I need to update my avatar Randy?  I appreciate faces in avatars also.  I also don't like avatars changing too often.

I've been thinking of putting my 73 year-old face in place of my 4 year-old one.  Haven't done it yet for 2 reasons.  One, I'm embarrassed by how fat I am still.  Two, I'm not sure I want to make it easier for my mormon family to find me, although it might make them think to read some of the posts here.

What do the rest of you think?  Should I put my present face on my avatar?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 8:40am

Randy, that's wonderful that you play the piano.  Is that a talent you learned as a kid and held onto all these years?  Music is a wonderful outlet and pastime.  I had six years of piano lessons as a kid, and of course my saxophone. 

When I was working in the 1990's for Lyon & Healy, they decided to get out of the piano selling business.  They had all their pianos brought back to Chicago from music stores all over the country and had an unbeatable employee sale before selling the remaining to a barter company.  I purchased a very nice brand new walnut-finished upright piano at manufacturing cost.  At this time in the company's history, the pianos were good solid instruments built for us in Holland. 

Now that my niece and her husband just purchased a home, I'm donating the piano to them because I just don't play it any more.  I still have my saxophone to play.  I now need to find a way to get the piano to Pittsburgh.         

Comment by Randall Smith on August 22, 2014 at 8:18am

I assume ol' Doc is still alive. I know Johnny and Ed are dead. He could sure play.

Carl and others, I appreciate avatars with members' faces. Somehow, I feel closer to those I'm communicating with. Time to update, Spud? Me, too.

My piano tuner cancelled out today because of the storms we're having. The piano, a Chickering, is 100 years old this year. It was a wedding gift my grandfather gave to my grandmother (on my mother's side). Eventually, I inherited it. And yes, I can play it.

Comment by Plinius on August 22, 2014 at 1:17am

Thanks FA! I hope you all have a great day! Breakfast is over here. My pc had a rattling cooler that made me crazy - now it works without a sound, and I enjoy the silence very much!  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 12:20am

It's Friday.  I hope all of you have a great day.


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