Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
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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 12 hours ago. 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 Pat on April 8, 2014 at 7:15am

Outstanding Loren! Can't wait to read the review.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2014 at 7:05am

Welcome back Ian, and thanks for the pictures, I like them very much.

" many need help just to survive their families"

Very true, but the stories are told and shared here: we're in good company!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2014 at 6:57am

I imagine that at least a couple of you want to know how The Unbelievers was last night.  I will likely be a little while writing about that, but in the meantime, here's a little something to let you all know that yours truly wasn't just blowing smoke:

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 4:47am

Grottos at Rosh HaNrika, near the Lebanese border.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 4:44am

Smart wheels, Patricia.

Dome of the Rock and little brother.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2014 at 1:23am
Brent, good to see you back. I remember someone giving you a hard time a while ago about posting the details of your friends radio show. You made those posts before each broadcast. I never, ever viewed that as spam and I didn't understand why that person got all bent out of shape about it. It kinda came out of nowhere. I'm sorry it was enough to keep you away from here.
Anyway, I'm sorry you've had a rough time lately dealing with family health issues, but it's great to have you back with the herd.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 12:24am

As promised, a few pics: Jerusalem High Street and shops, 2,000 years ago. Potholes caused by a Roman demolition squad pushing bits of temple off the hilltop in the year 70.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 12:19am

Nice to have you back, Brent and to hear that you're bearing up under the strain. It sounds like life hasn't been easy of late.

That's a good weights and measures system, Joan.

A family should ideally help you to cope with the ups and downs of life, a secure base to help you survive the vagaries of your journey but it sounds like many need help just to survive their families. Very sad.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 12:03am

It is nice to learn of your life has improved through the years and you are much better. I expect you will be scooting around town all in purple. A very sweet image. 

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 11:27pm

Patricia, I'm very saddened to know what you experienced as a child. No child deserves that. May you have all the happiness now!


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