Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 12:03am

Chris, I think I know what you mean. 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

When I pass my childhood home I look at my parent's house and hope that there live happy people now.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 7:16pm

Well, things have dried out enough that we have phone service again...I sure as *bleep!* haven't seen any crews out there fixing anything. 

I AM going to call the Fire Dept. business office tomorrow to find out what to do in an emergency if the entire neighborhood's phones are dead. (And I don't know who has a cell phone and who doesn' the 3 houses closest to us are empty.  The owners couldn't get decent prices for them, so they just moved out anyway) 

They SHOULD have some sort of internet system that is watched 24/7...IMNSHO

Oh, and there's supposed to be another storm on the way. O, la.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

That scooter looks like fun!  I especially like the lavender upholstery!  I'm thinking about one, but with Medicareless, I would probably have a hefty co-pay.  The conservatives in congress (and elsewhere) want us to all die the minute we turn 65, or become too disabled to work (and pay taxes). I am both, and more, and am only hanging on to spite them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:57pm

We now have 7 inches of new snow and it is still falling. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:38pm

Felaine, what a pretty site! It must have been hard to see it develop, however, the street is a pretty one, with lots of trees and shrubs. I don't know how you can maintain lawns with the water situation as it is. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:36pm

Joan, when I worked at KCET I was either a volunteer or a temp, so I didn't know the full-time staff except for the people I worked with directly.  Especially not the technical guys.  Val is much younger than I am, and seemed to be totally focused on his work whenever I saw him.  But he WAS good-looking.

He's been concentrating on architectural photography for the past 15-20 years

Everyone I knew got fed up with KCET's management policies at one time or another, and left.  They actually hired a hatchet man and made him Vice day he "downsized" by firing about 15 gay employees from all departments, and nobody spoke up in their defense.  That was a year or two after I decided not to go back (I had two sick parents to take care of at home by then.)

KCET recently left PBS, and sold the studio to (Ewww!) The "Church" of Scientology.  I would have been grossed out even if they'd sold the lot to the Los Angeles Diocese, but to the El-Ronners?  Gack!

Oh! I "invented" a word last night: "Crasstians."  It applies to professional xians of all types, but especially praying politicians, TV evangelists, and ostentatious behavior like Timmy Tebow's grandstanding act of kneeling on the football field..

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:05pm

Patricia, how far can you travel with the scooter, mand do you have to negotiate any hills?

The closest market to our house is about a mile and a half, opne way.  And it's all downhill from here, so coming back would be mostly uphill...especially the last block to the house.  The front walkway is fairly level, but the driveway (around the corner) is fairly steep. 
Speaking of neighborhoods changing, when we first moved here (1945) the area was semi-rural with a huge vinyard and winery one block uphill from us.  There were 7 houses on our 2-block street.  This is how things had changed by 1949. (The one time it snowed here, and stayed on the ground for 3 days)
And this is how our street looks now:

Lotta changes, eh?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:50pm

Scary ladder photos, Joan.  You couldn't pay me to be in some of those situations.  At least Patricia and her ladder were on terra firma. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2014 at 3:43pm

I always feel melancholy when I drive through my old neighborhood and past my childhood home.  I have a lot of wonderful memories of growing up there and the many fun families and friends who were so important at the time.  It was my entire world.  But so much has changed.  The neighborhood looks run-down.  People have erected big iron or chain-link fences in front of their homes.  It seems very uninviting and cold.  Exterior re-modelings have brought about an unfamiliar look to the area.  At the end of my street where I attended grammar school, they built a big addition to the school right up to the boundary of the sidewalk, eliminating a big grassy hill where I went sledding in winter as a kid and played among the dandelions in summer.  How fortunate we are to be able to live out our lives with such memories. 


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