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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

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

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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 Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:14pm

Wow Joan.  Extreme embarrassment!  I imagine it was also frightening.  Did you ask your doctor about it?

I don't think I've ever told anyone about my most embarrassing happening, except maybe some of my family.  After your admission, I just may reveal what happened to me when I was about 11 years old.

I was an extremely shy introvert when young.  That's what caused the happening.  I was in school and had to go #2, but was too shy to ask the teacher if I could go to the rest room.  

When it got so urgent that I knew it would come out soon, I finally got the courage to ask, but it was too late.  As I stood up to go, out of my pants rolled this ball of fecal matter onto the floor.  I turned beet-red and hurried to the rest room.  

When I came back, it was cleaned-up.  I can't remember how embarrassed I felt at the time, and how much I avoided eye contact with the other students, but I'm sure I was greatly embarrassed for a long time.  

I still think of that once in a while and groan in embarrassment, even though I've not seen any of my classmates in 55 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 11:25am

A new day, the two week inversion in the weather cleared out and the sun shines, Four inches of snow fell, covering the snifter of frozen fog that had fallen to the ground, the trees and garden have a glistening layer of snow to create a winter wonderland. The stain came out of the pink shirt I wore yesterday, the same one in my avatar. I threw my coat away and the washing machine took care of the rest. 

Remember when President Bush I, sitting at a banquet table in Japan with all the dignitaries celebrating his visit and he suddenly had projectile vomit splayed out in front of him. I couldn't even imagine how embarrassed he must have felt ... but now I can. 

I have my heirloom seed catalogues open before me, bright sunlight streams through my bedroom window, my coffee tastes delicious as does my Dave's Devil Bread, spread with raspberry jam, flax seeds and yogurt. All is well. 

I hope all you dear friends have a lovely day. 

Thanks, Mindy, for your kind, comforting words. Now, on to getting ready for spring. Feb. 2 is Mid-Winter's Day, coming up very soon. Let's celebrate! The New Moon began yesterday, beginning a new cycle of the phases of the moon. Such a captivating orb to enjoy.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 3:23am

Well, this was one hell of a day. I was standing in the office supplies section of Walgreens when all of a sudden an explosion occurred in my panties that left a streaming gob of green goo running down inside my slacks, into my shoes and on the floor. 

I dashed to the rest room and mopped myself up as best I could, gathered some paper towels and cleaned the Office Dept as best I could. Then very meekly and embarrassed I came home with one mess that was strait out of hell. Even my coat and blouse. Nothing was untouched. I shall never want to face those dear people again I am so ashamed. 

I was feeling fine, never had an inkling anything was about to happen. It just exploded. Damn! F**k. 

An hour later I was so hungry I thought I was going to eat everything in the kitchen. Cary fixed a beautiful dinner, and I ate it with gusto and no problem. 

Go figure.

I hope your day was better than mine.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 12:40am

Mindy, that is so neat! I had never heard it before and watched the video several times trying to get the rhythms. I didn't even catch the "you're going to miss me when I'm gone." Love it! 

The developmental task of the individual is to reveal to the world his/her unique talents. We parents get it backwards, thinking we have to instill them with our ideas of who they should be. 

It is kind of like having a cup full of seeds in a cup. The gardener puts the seeds in the ground and discovers what the seeds produce. The gardener may want cucumbers and gets petunias. 

It is the same way with humans.  A mother contributes DNA from thousands of generations from her past, a father contributes RNA from thousands of generations from his past. What results is unknown until the ovum is fertilizes by the sperm, and that creates a zygote. The zygote develops into a new life and presents a whole new blending of DNA and RNA into a baby whose job it is to reveal him/herself to the world. 

Your daughter is revealing who she is. We can just sit back and watch! 

Well, each person has to learn to do the chores and stuff like that, 

I think I mentioned before having an exchange student from Thailand living with us. He became part of our family team in which he was expected to participate in chores. A few weeks into his stay he came to me and told me he was not created to serve. At home he had a nanny, a cook, a housekeeper, a gardener, a driver, ....... I told him that he who did not work did not eat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 10:24pm

"People can do amazing things when they work together as a team, especially when they are fully devoted to what they are doing. This group of kids covering a great song called “Cups”. They are very well synchronized and at the end the final product is great."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2014 at 9:07pm
Hello everyone. I've been busy working. I don't always have the ability to respond to all the action here, but I always keep up to date with your posts. I'm glad to read about all the recent good news and reasons for celebration.....and I'm saddened by the tragedy of an infant death. I hope all of you are well.

Great, inspirational message, Joan. I find the creative process to be therapeutic as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 8:39pm

Mindy, my friend, Ed, was diagnosed with cancer about 8 years ago, he had radiation, and was in remission for several years. He experienced a deep depression, and the only thing that got him out of bed was his pottery. Cancer has reoccurred in his bones and he once again is in radiation treatment. His wife is one of my closest friends and we three had lunch together last week and he said he could not have survived that first round without pottery to keep his mind focused on something positive. He has a great support system and he is doing very well, enjoying each day that comes, and continuing to churn out these haunted houses. I just posted a few in my photo album, and you might enjoy seeing his whimsy.    

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2014 at 7:26pm

Glad to hear the good new about your children Mindy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2014 at 1:04pm

Ian, congratulations to Astrid! What Joan said...!

And Mindy, that's so sad about your son's coworker and his girlfriend losing their baby. Your husband's advice was right on. You can express your sympathy simply, without endorsing their religious "mental toolkit".

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, how nice to have a son or daughter who is a good listener! We parents need such people around us.  


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