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

This is a test Continue

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 December 4, 2012 at 12:40am

I spent the weekend with my daughter and her families in the north woods of eastern Washington celebrating my great-grandson's tenth birthday. He is such a man. Time flies by and a decade passes without my even noticing it. It is so much fun for me to see the world through his eyes as he has grown, a fine young man in the making. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:34am

Ian, I am sorry to learn of your Mom's illness. How are you doing? Seeing what is happening and trying to do the right thing for her is not an easy thing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:28am

‘We Need A Radical Plan’

Not good news, I am sorry to report. "the journal Nature Climate Change: carbon dioxide emissions will rise by 2.6 percent this year, fueled by major increases in China and India. This follows a record year in 2011, when countries pumped 3.1 percent more global warming pollution into the atmosphere — making it very likely that the world will blow past the 2 degree C warming threshold that scientists and international negotiators agree is needed to avoid catastrophic consequences.

"Some even call global warming of 2 degrees C, which is on the lowest end of projections, a “prescription for disaster.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:19am

It has been almost a year since Ruth posted this piece: 


"Quoting scripture to criticize it, satirizing Jesus, they're alternative ways to pass the poo. It's still infected poo. The only defense is "Call it infected poo and don't pick it up." Don't give it a place in your brain. Don't make it come out of your mouth, or type it out with your keyboard. It's a mind virus. VIRUS!

I've been trying to use this image since then, but continue to fall into the "poo" pile! So, as a refresher, the image of infected poo gets reinstalled. I like the image as a "kick the habit stimulus".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 3, 2012 at 9:51pm

Felaine.  Good to hear from you!  Thanks for the update.  Sorry you're having difficulties at this time.  I wish you well and hope that you're back to your lovable feisty self soon!  I've missed you.  Be well.  --Carl 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 9:30pm

I have no idea, Chris.  I just got this JPEG from my wife, and I posted it.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 3, 2012 at 9:18pm

Get well soon, Felaine.  Miss you here :(

Comment by Chris Dodds on December 3, 2012 at 9:14pm

@ Loren Miller

Did Tina Fey actually say that?

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 8:18pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 8:17pm

Hey, Felaine!

Sorry to hear about your hand.  May I heartily suggest Dragon Naturally Speaking as a verbal interface for your machine.  It's not too expensive and I have it on good authority that it works pretty well.  Certainly worth a try, at minimum.



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