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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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 April 28, 2014 at 9:26am

Mindy, I'm very sorry to hear of the problems you are having with your old friend.

I can relate to being worried about her doing something to hurt you.  When I get into disagreements with people, even lesser disagreements than you had, I worry quite a bit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2014 at 2:55am

Mindy, I am very happy to learn that yur daughter is doing so well! You must be very proud of hers growth!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2014 at 2:49am

Spud, I need an ending to that cartoon as well. A long pause, and nothing came to mind. So, I hope she can explain it.  I am so bad at jokes and don't think up things fast enough to be effective

Comment by Plinius on April 28, 2014 at 1:14am

But you did very well, Mindy! It looks like your ex-friend tried to punish you for her own problems, and then there is no other way than insisting your behaviour is correct and changing your number. It's almost pleasant to cut loose someone who wants to control your life. Enjoy the extra space!

Comment by k.h. ky on April 28, 2014 at 12:15am
Booklover, sometimes you have to cut them loose. I cut ties with a friend of 30+ years because she started calling at three in the morning drunk. It went on for several years after I'd told her nicely to not call me when she was drinking. And never call at 3am. She didn't stop so I broke it off.
Some friendships aren't worth the aggravation.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 27, 2014 at 6:46pm

I should have added that most atheists I know became atheists because we were searching for the truth, and read the entire buybull from cover to cover. And found nothing believable.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 27, 2014 at 6:44pm

I would add that if religion were true, its adherent would not have to bludgeon the public (by passing restrictive laws, for one thing) to convert, either.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 3:07pm

Was doing some link-jumping off of something I saw on A|N's Amateur Radio group when I found THIS:

Seems as though the inventor of Cthulhu had it goin' on in the brainbox!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 27, 2014 at 11:26am

Good morning, everyone.  Hope your day is going well.  After several days of some of the most beautiful weather, it's been rather cool here and now a bit of rain is in the area.  Typical Spring.  Maybe we'll have a "normal" Spring after all.    

Loren, good stuff.  But then again, that style of music is my #1 love.  It's a co-inky-dink, but I was just listening to Tommy Dorsey's "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" just yesterday, which I love. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2014 at 7:53am

G'morning, gang.

Listened to the following this morning ... man, it just starts my whole day.  I'd be curious to know what it does for yours.



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