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 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 Joan Denoo on August 23, 2012 at 12:48am

Patricia, The pain you experience with your mother runs deep; that is the bad news. The good news is I hear you have spunk, and loving family and friends around you and I celebrate that with you. We are on this Earth for such a small period of time; being with toxic people, even if they are family, is just not worth it. The sun comes up and sets and you can enjoy it with or without the poison of others. I do hope you have peace and comfort knowing that you are special, unique, and can be happy, even as you need to protect yourself from toxic relationships 

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 22, 2012 at 10:47pm

Paula, my sincere condolences to you and your family, and to all those who loved your father. May your speech give aid and comfort to all, particularily to you. To speak of the person that you so obviously loved dearly, and to share him with others is to renew that bond of love. A bond that you will continue to share during the rest of your life. Yes, he will be missed, but he will continue to be loved, and his love will continue to be active in your life, spreading joy (and yes, some pain), throughout your remaining years. As you have so rightfully said, his part in the cosmic dance will continue, his presence in the universe unfolding is as it should be. His energy, 'essence' if you will, cannot be destroyed, but will take part the continuing existence and evolution of the cosmos. I will be thinking of you. Peace to you and yours.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 10:43pm

Condolences Paula.

Sorry to hear about your dad.

My thoughts are with you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 10:34pm
I love the dog with subwoofers Tony!
Comment by Paula T. on August 22, 2012 at 10:28pm
My dad passed away almost 6 weeks ago and his memorial is this Saturday. I've decided to speak, along with one of my sisters. I doubt my other sister and brother will do so and that's ok. I'm used to talking in front of crowds and feel I'd like to share a few memories and how important it is to say three simple words - I love you - with your loved ones. My most cherished memory is that during my dad's last months is that he started to say "I love you". Knowing that, hearing that, was incredibly rewarding. My dad wasn't one to share his feelings.

It is also incredibly comforting to think my dad is still part of the universe, rather than sitting on a cloud, waiting for us to join him.
Comment by Paula T. on August 22, 2012 at 10:19pm
I'm loving these animal pictures! <3
Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear about the lack of support from your parents, but very happy to know you did have support that was close by. I can't imagine not wanting to see my children!
Comment by Tony Carroll on August 22, 2012 at 10:05pm

This made me smile. For you  all.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 22, 2012 at 9:47pm

Love the mouse picture. Am gonna collect it. Thanks.

As Melinda and Steph have said, I am sorry to hear about yours and everyones family troubles. We all have them. I'm just glad you have extended family to turn to. Love. It truly DOES make the world turn. We are here also, though all we can do is offer our love and support long distance. But you always have that. Best to you and yours. Be well.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 6:34pm

So sorry to hear about your family troubles. I think we all have family troubles of some sort. I am glad you had some support through your cancer treatments and that they were there for you.

I am like you Idaho Spud and prefer no visits at all.

And that's exactly what I get - no visits - and I am just fine with that.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 6:30pm

I love the mouse picture Patricia! So cute!


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