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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 Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 2:25pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 2:03pm

Spud, I like Facebook because new information constantly arrives on my major interests, politics, economics and religion. I simply block anyone or thing in which I am not interested.

I want my story out there because I want people to understand family violence. Not being seen, and people having so many myths about it, I want rich/poor, educated/uneducated, dominant/submissives to know the harm that comes from socialized behaviors, and I want victims to know they don't have to be victims.

It seems even some brutes read my stuff and some get violent with me and others ask me questions. My skin is so tough, most bad stuff just bounces off and makes me more determined to tell my story!  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:54pm

I think I will close my G+ page.  I never use it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:52pm

I've not had any bad comments on my facebook page, but have been thinking of closing it before it happens.  I don't have any personal things on it, and only keep it so I can see what a Private Salt Lake City ex-mormon group is doing.

I'm still thinking about it, but at the first comment I don't like, it will be history.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 1:51pm

Patricia, you and I must be twins. "gimme my reading, music, pets, & leave me the hell alone, thanks" is my theme in many ways. "Don't tell me what to do" fits just a little better for me. 

Love your photo of the starfish. 

Steph: your kitty and bird look so cute. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 1:45pm

Mindy, I completely understand giving up on Facebook. Larry, my son-in-law, plans to set up a social network just for the family. Glad it can be done; I don't know how to do it. 

Larry has some real health problems. He had polio as a child and his legs were permanently deformed. As happens with that dreadful disease, the body has long-range consequences. He is going to have to have both ankle bones fused. I can't even imagine what that will do to his already fragile balance. 

My mother had to have the small toes of both feet amputated and the other toes wired together. It was the result of wearing those terrible narrow-toed shoes. She was never able to regain her balance. Those two littlest toes made a big difference. I wonder what fused ankles will do? 

Larry is a wonderful man, full of enthusiasm, a great encourager of others. When others complain about life being hard they should see how Larry can do more than most men with normal skeletons.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:38pm

Cute & funny-looking bird Steph.  Does your hair get like that when it's humid?  It makes me think of static electricity, which happens more when it's not humid.  Comments?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:35pm

Mindy, I like Cool Whip much better than whipped cream (at least the old Cool Whip).  In fact, I refuse to put whipped cream on anything.  I don't think I've tasted Cool Whip since they added milk and cream to it, because I usually have pie without any topping.

I don't like sports either.  Not even enough to talk about them.  Oops, I guess I just did : )

I think we called it Pop when I was young.  I just call it a soft drink now.

Comment by Steph S. on November 25, 2013 at 10:35am

Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2013 at 9:15pm


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