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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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 6:28pm

Joan, for years I was a regular riser between 4:30 and 5:30 AM.  I loved my early morning routine.  Some how I've gotten away from that schedule and have been up quite late for the last couple of years.  I'd like to get back to the early morning schedule.

Brent, glad to hear you're OK.  What a tragedy!  For those black boys who are still alive after not shooting each other, it seems we are shooting those who are left. 

This is such a huge social problem that will take a generation or more to solve.  The black on black gun crime here in Chicago is so out of control.  There are so many pieces of the puzzle which need to come together to fix this.  Between Saturday night and Sunday morning alone there was one person shot to death and 10 wounded.  This is a pretty standard weekend in Chicago.  There are gun deaths and people wounded throughout the week as well, just not as many.  Holiday weekends are worse, as are warm weather days.  There's a reason Chicago now has the nickname "Chiraq," 

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 11, 2014 at 6:21pm

BREAKING NEWS: Actor Robin Williams dead aged 63. Suicide suspected in death. From Yahoo News:

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2014 at 6:01pm

Actually, I think it's a PREYing mantis, NOT Praying....but it's funny, anyway:

Actually, I'm an Atheist

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 11, 2014 at 5:16pm

I'm sure you've been hearing about the shooting death of a teen and some subsequent rioting and looting in Ferguson, MO, near St. Louis.

Wanted everyone to know I'm fine; I'm currently east and south of where teh rioting is; Ferguson is a northern St. Louis County suburb of St. Louis (the city and county are separate entities and have been since 1876).

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2014 at 4:48pm

Love the comic you posted Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 4:14pm

I've been going to bed right after dinner, exhausted and content. I wake up about 4 AM, have my breakfast and do a few chores and then go outside until the heat drives me in. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 4:12pm

Patricia, your granddaughter is a treasure. She plays beautifully. You must be very proud. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2014 at 4:09pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 11, 2014 at 9:40am

Patrica, that was very nice.  How old is your granddaughter? 

Finally got to sleep after putting on Brian Eno's "Thursday Afternoon" CD and slept like a log -- barking all night.  (Just kidding.)  I did sleep very well, though. 

Hi, Steph.  Long time, no see.  It's always great when you check in.  I hope you're having a good summer. 

Mindy, how's your mother doing without her Lillian? 

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2014 at 9:23am

That is a lovely video Patricia - your granddaughter plays wonderfully.

How is everyone doing this Monday?


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