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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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 Idaho Spud on May 10, 2014 at 9:23am

Patricia, I like the "SIT" pic.

And Joan, I'm with you.  I might like a dog if I could get a bird to train it for me.  And are those cute things otters?

Sorry for the bad day you peeps have had.

Ruth, sorry for your frustration with Blue Shield.  They sound like a horrible company.  Their actions or inactions would make me very angry and depressed.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 10, 2014 at 4:02am

Thanks for all the great pics (and unusual music). Just the stuff to come home to after a night's work. Warmth and good cheer :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 1:06am

Hugs to each one having stress in our lives. A virtual cuddle, a soothing expression of care, and an experience of gratitude for friendship across the miles can ease the feelings.

Looking at Earth through the lens of Cassini doesn't relieve the pain and frustration of living; it makes it more important that feelings of strength, power, competence and agency replace helplessness, anger, fear and hopelessness.  

Chaos of modern life can be challenged with a determination to experience beauty, comfort and serenity, especially as we express our deepest frustration at incompetence.


Comment by Plinius on May 10, 2014 at 12:29am

A good song, FA, thanks! No migraine, so I got up early and will do a lot of work today. Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 11:25pm

I hope everyone has a good weekend and that next week will be better than the last. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 9, 2014 at 9:27pm

Joan, I've wanted to be a Red Hat Lady for years; they seem to have so much jolly fun!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 9, 2014 at 9:15pm

Ruth, I'm sorry to hear about the insurance bureaucracy driving you to frustration! (And you're exactly right that the right wing, which is against government bureaucracy, is just fine with it as long as it's in the private sector of health care profit-as-usual.)

On a different, lighter note: Massachusetts' reminder of the law, in a Boston accent, to drivers who don't signal lane changes:

Electronic roadway sign: USE YAH BLINKAH(story and video from a Boston news station)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 7:03pm

Patricia, I might enjoy a dog if I thought I could have a bird train it for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 6:06pm

Carl, love your coffee, collection and cat! It is a keeper! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 2:57pm


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