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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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 Oct 20. 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 Steph S. on November 5, 2012 at 11:08pm
Good night Ruth! Sweet dreams!
Comment by Steph S. on November 5, 2012 at 11:07pm
Alan your book looks interesting! I will add it to my Amazon wish list. It's always growing longer!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 5, 2012 at 11:06pm

Good night, all. I have to get up early to vote. Thanks for the comments.

Comment by Steph S. on November 5, 2012 at 9:14pm
Loren has some wonderful writing in the Scifi/Fantasy Fan Fiction Writers and Readers group Sk8eycat!
Comment by Steph S. on November 5, 2012 at 9:11pm
Loren I really love that image you posted!
Booklover cool pope as fry head - good one.
Thanks Grinning Cat for the Democrat GIF.
Comment by Lillie on November 5, 2012 at 9:07pm

I don't like mornings either but it does help to get my hour back.

Comment by Lillie on November 5, 2012 at 9:04pm

The pope sells religion like McDonald's sells fries.

Comment by Alan Michael Wilt on November 5, 2012 at 5:05pm

If you're up for a good read (if I say so myself), I'd like to share the news that my novel, "The Holy Family," is now available in paperback and digital editions.

Dale McGowan, author of the forthcoming "Atheism for Dummies," had this to say about "The Holy Family": "'The Holy Family' is a rich and engrossing story, elegant and moving. Though it takes place on the epic stage of religious belief and disbelief, the drama itself is simple, humane, and ultimately devastating as the title’s twin meanings gradually come into focus. A unique and deeply satisfying read."

There's plenty of information at this link, including how to purchase a copy. I'd love to hear from readers, and hope you'll feel free to discuss the book with other folks at Atheist Nexus.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2012 at 2:23pm

There are a couple, sk8eycat:

Come on by sometime. I have a couple posts in both groups.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 5, 2012 at 2:09pm's a good thing I don't drink coffee; just tea.  That graphic is painful enough as it is...'cause I have astigmatism.  Owtch!
I have a question for you...there are so many groups in here anymore, that it's difficult to scroll through all of them to find a new one on a topic I'm interested in.  Do YOU know of any groups for SF and Fantasy readers?   NOT movies and TV fans.  I'd like to discuss Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey with people who are familiar with their work.  (And Heinlein, Spider Robinson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and more.)  IS there such a group? 

(I loved Star Trek, but kept falling asleep halfway through TNG, and never bothered watching the other spin-offs. Same thing with Star Warts, and the filmed versions of Harry Potter....I just can't stay focused on the screen the same way I can on printed pages.  I've never attempted to even borrow a friend's Kindle, even though it's been offered many times.) 

Do you know of a group of SF readers?  Do ya?  Do ya?  Huh?

Frantic Felaine  (aka Frances Elaine)



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