Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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 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 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 24, 2012 at 7:34pm

sk8eycat, I get goosebumps every time I take that galactic journey. 

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 7:21pm
Well I meant that I love the disco turtle - not live the disco turtle - that would be a funny way to live! Disco all the time - lol!
So glad you came here to find support with friends Booklover. We are here for you. You are correct that your other friend is a true friend - In that she accepts you for exactly the way you are and makes you feel good about yourself. A true friend makes you feel good - not bad.
Comment by Tammy S on August 24, 2012 at 6:46pm

Melinda I said this in another discussion last night concerning people who get defensive about their beliefs and it applies here. You are free to shove it up her nose if you like:

 "If someone doesn't like their beliefs challenged, they're not very secure in them to begin with."


It worked well to change the course of that conversation. I hope you feel better soon. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2012 at 6:40pm

RE:  Romney's remark about "the place that we were born and raised."  I have no doubt he meant we, white people.  Sounds like a Freudian slip of the tongue that reveals how he truly feels about Barack Obama.  (My opinion.)  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2012 at 6:34pm

Rant away, Melinda.  You're among friends.  We don't mind.  If she's an alcoholic, she's not thinking clearly, so don't let her actions get to you.  And I hope you feel better soon.  :)

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 5:50pm
I live the disco turtle booklover. I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I'm thinking about you and I hope you feel better soon. Just try to ignore that ex- friend of yours. Try not to visit her FB page. It's better not to look anymore - just make a clean break. Out of sight out of mind so to speak.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2012 at 5:43pm

Grinning Cat, that is so funny! 

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 5:27pm

Yeah booklover - exactly - maybe he has a twin - I shudder to think of the thought of a twin Mitt Romney out there somewhere.

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 5:26pm

I love the cat video Flying Atheist - I love cats too.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 24, 2012 at 4:02pm
Just got this as part of a political fundraising email...  Jeeeezzz...a Mormon Dan Quayle. 
Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president of the United States, just said this:

"No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate.
They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

Take a moment or two to think about that, what he's actually saying, and what it says about Mitt Romney.
I can has English teacher?

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