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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.

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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 3 hours ago. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on November 10, 2013 at 10:19pm

Tony that is so cute!! Thank you for the picture.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 10, 2013 at 9:23pm

Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 2:47pm

My daughter and her boyfriend have found a flat and are moving in together on the 3rd Jan. My little girl has grown up. I hope I  can get used to saying "son-in-law" before I start hearing "granddad". They've got to finish uni and get jobs first so I may have a couple of years to go. I just hope they'll be happy. My daughter is sensible enough to choose a good man so they have every chance.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2013 at 10:53am

Love the sewage water graphic Patricia.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2013 at 5:42am

Ian, I understand and share the urge to read more. This piece on Joseph Campbell and "Follow your bliss", including his works. Near the end of his life he powerfully supported Marija Gimbutas work and they both wrote more sensitively as a result of their friendship. 

I'm going back to the piece now to read (MORE: Why Fighting Enemies Isn't Good for You) and (MORE: Life Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'). 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2013 at 3:45am

Ian, thanks for posting the link referring to Joseph Campbell.  I've never read any of his books but I have watched many of his lectures and interviews on DVD.  He's endlessly interesting and educational.  I always end up with the feeling that I just earned a college degree.

I know it's a turn-off for some, but I've always enjoyed his academic, classroom-style of presentation.  I could listen to him speak and tell stories for hours.        

Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:25am
Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:08am

Joan, you write a beautiful picture of the season.

Actually, I've been using less time on  the computer and more time catching up on reading. It  feels like the right thing to do at the moment. Not that I'm ignoring my friends here as I do try to keep up with what's going on but sometimes I feel I have less to say.

Keep well, all.

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2013 at 10:01pm

thank you Tony - very good

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2013 at 2:30pm

 

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