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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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 Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:52pm

Joan, sometimes I too catch misteaks after submitting the comment... and if it's soon enough, I might copy-and-paste, fix it, add it as a new comment, and quietly delete the old.

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother."

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:49pm

"Alright" is alwrong, indeed!

Following the (sometimes arbitrary) conventional rules of spelling and grammar and such doesn't make our ideas any more or less worthy. It's just that we're so conditioned to language that follows the rules that breaking them is, simply, a noticeable distraction!

In recent times, there's a parallel of sorts in our power to choose fonts and other aspects of presentation. It used to be only print shops and artists that had this visual power.

Following in Ruth's footsteps, here's a graphic:

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:27pm

Felaine, I am so glad you pay attention to such details. I try really hard to do a better job of writing and don't see my errors until after I press Add Comment. Sometimes I don't see them until much later. It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old. I assume all the correct words are in the copy, even when that is not so.

It is kind of fun to see the slip of the finger typos; sometimes it makes very interesting reading. One wonders if they are Freudian slips.  

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:59pm

Joan, 'm a compulsive proofreader (because I'm mildly dyslexic), and the only errors I have seen in any of the discussions in A/N have been obvious "slip of the finger" typos.  And most of them have been mine.  A sign that I need to file my nails.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 10:50pm

I'm loving the grammar focus. Please let me know when I make a booboo. I will try really hard not to do so. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:27pm

Cat, neither do "yours" and "ours."   ;> )

Lately I've been seeing "alright" in hardcover books.  AAAAACK!  Several of my teachers would make us write "ALRIGHT IS NOT ALL RIGHT."   I cringe whenever I see that one in print.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 9:58pm

Mindy, I hope things go well with you and your son! We'll be thinking of you.

Felaine, I still like the sign I saw, "Whenever you make a typo, the errorists win."

Apostrophes can be confusing, even when we know they don't mean "Beware of oncoming S!" We write about "Jen's book" or "Josh's coat", and "it's" looks like it could be part of the same pattern, only it's not. I remember that by thinking of "his", "her", "its" -- none of them have apostrophes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, a big challenge right now. Your daughter's help will be invaluable. She will feel so proud of herself after tackling the demanding tasks, she will not doubt feel her value and purpose. Not that she will find a calling, but she will face a problem and take it on like a trouper.  One day, one hour, one minute at a time. She will do just fine. 

I expect you and your son will come through the procedures well and be better for them. Do keep us up to date. Will send out positive energy and thoughts for both of you. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 8:50pm

Oh, la, Joan!  My friend who writes, edits and publishes The Pet Press gets hung up with "it's" and "its," and I would get on her case about it when I was working as her proofreader.  I finally made a small poster, in the largest font that fit a sheet of printer paper, "IT'S MEANS 'IT IS' - NOTHING ELSE!"  I put it in a stand-up frame, and gave it to her for Hanukkah. 

I think she still has it on her desk.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 7:39pm

Grinning Cat, thank you so much for your grammer sites. I am gitting so bad, I have to kepe my grammer guides by my elbo because I not only cannot remimber how to spell, I can't remimber its from it's and all the other little niseties.


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