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

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 Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:22pm

Napoleon, I like your badge. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:20pm

Mindy, a belated Happy Birthday to your husband! Nice he has a few days off to celebrate. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:19pm

Chris, thanks for the Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland; I am reposting o Facebook. These remarkable scenes give me goosebumps. 

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2013 at 2:17pm

Poor Ian, it's really bad when you've got TWO demented old ladies to care for, I do hope you get enough time for yourself. Here we've only got one: Auntie (Alzheimer's and vascular). I know all about the three same conversations in ten minutes, but most of the time she's so overjoyed to see us that I don't mind the endless repetitions. The memory may be gone: the love stays.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 19, 2013 at 1:39pm

Hello all.

Got back from Enlgand a week ago but haven't been in the mood for writing much. The time there was a bit mixed.

Had a meeting (at last) with a specialist doctor concerning my Mum's dementia. From the symptoms Mum displayed during the meeting and from what we as a family could relate the doctor decided that she shows signs of 3 types of dementia: Alzheimers, Lewy bodies and vascular. Her rate of decline is also alarming, for us and the staff at the care home. She's also lost 16 kilos since admission in December.

My step-mum is also in a care home now. She talks about returning home "when she gets over this" but hasn't stood up without support for nearly 6 months now so I doubt that will happen. She's also getting so forgetful that you can have the same conversation 3 times in 10 minutes. Not a good sign.

On the good side, I spent some days with my "little" brother and his family. He and his wife have just had their silver wedding anniversary so we went to the church where they got hitched and re-took some wedding photos 25 years on, recceding hairline and chubby stomachs included. It was a real pleasure to spend some relaxed time with them.

Here at home: I've harvested my gooseberries and the honeysuckle is having a burst of late flowering. There are some blueberries on the way and lots of tomatoes although there might not be enough sun now to ripen them so they'll end up as chutney.  The mint is doing well but starting to go to seed. Must get it eaten of preserved soon. Not a bad crop for a little balcony.

Hope things are going well for all of you. I will try to keep up in the future. Hugs to each and every one of you.

Comment by Lillie on August 19, 2013 at 12:03pm

Happy Birthday Chris Booklover and Bill Clinton

Comment by Steph S. on August 19, 2013 at 10:12am

Nice badge Napoleon !

How is everyone?

Happy Birthday to your hubby Booklover!

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 19, 2013 at 8:20am

Chris, the noctilucent cloud display was STUNNING!  Thanks for posting that!

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2013 at 1:13am

Good morning! I like the Non Sequitur! Ans this gem was in APOD: 


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2013 at 11:15pm

Good one, Loren. Thanks

Have a good week, Everyone.



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