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 yesterday. 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 October 27, 2012 at 2:47pm

Patricia, you and your husband have a long, hard road with health problems.

When doctors put in my pace maker, I had lots more energy and wanted to do things. Each and every morning is a rich gift, and each day offers opportunity to play. I have few responsibilities and can just enjoy life. The garden's incredible beauty keeps my spirits up and I do virtually nothing out there. Fortunately I have a son who lives with me and he even does most of the evening meals now. I just could not have it any better.  

I hope your days fill up with happy memories, pleasant experiences each day, delicious foods, delightful aromas, beautiful sights, and you are with people you love and who love you. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 27, 2012 at 2:19pm

Patricia, a quiet life is also a good life.It sounds like you have a lot of love for each other and that's the main thing. Enjoy your quiet pleasures and one another.

My step-Mum thinks that I'm "poofy"  for prefering cats to dogs but I usually reply by saying there's nothing gay about liking a nice, warm pussy. I do like dogs as well though.

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 1:36pm

hey Melinda (booklover) I am a cat person too. Dogs are good and all - love them too - but cats - gotta have my cats.

Patricia - well I am glad that you are doing better now. I live quietly as well and I am also a loner. I enjoyed your train video you posted a while back. It was very cool.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 12:32pm

Melinda, I know what you mean. I have always had cats and dogs, and when the kids all grew up and moved away, and our beloved Ebony died, I did not replaced him, I didn't want to take care of anything for a while. Now I just take care of my garden and the neighbor cats come over for live food, even though I try to create a safe environment for the birds. I enjoy watching the cats watching the birds. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 11:57am

Bookloover, I like your companion, Molly Mae. She has soft eyes, and your "Download me a fish!" especially the cat's concentration. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 9:35am

You have a lovely dog Molly Mae booklover.

Joan - love the Carmen Miranda cat.

Love that computer cat booklover. Now I need to go and find a photo.

So nice to hear from you Grinning Cat - you will continue to be in our thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 2:26am

Carmen Miranda: "Rebola a Bola" (1941) 

My goodness, does this bring back memories! Before and during WWII, Carmen Miranda paper dolls, coloring books, making her hats out of everything and trying to sing her songs. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 1:41am

Patricia, a heart attack at 43! What a shock that must have been. Then a stroke; his poor body certainly presents challenges that you both must face. How are you doing through all this? Is your health strong? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 26, 2012 at 11:00pm

Love the dog pic, booklover.

Take care of yourself and your Dad too, GrinningCat. Hugs.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 26, 2012 at 10:54pm

Thanks for all the good thoughts, everyone... dog lovers too! :) My Dad is having ups and downs, and I'm told I should expect that for a while. Patricia, I've heard from others too (including an M.D. friend of the family who knows firsthand) that substantial recovery is often doable, though slow.

And even though I'm not at my own computer to mix together visually rich bits of communication, being part of this community is an important part of taking care of myself!


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