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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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 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

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 January 21, 2016 at 1:23am

Thank you, Grinning Cat, on the update on Ruth. Good news she doesn't need a stent. 

Ruth, I hope you can relax even though restricted! Can you just lay back and enjoy the inactivity? I see you have a piece on Climate Concerns. Can't keep a good person down! 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 21, 2016 at 1:07am

Just wanted to let everyone know that Ruth's heart catheterization went well yesterday (Tuesday). She did not need a stent; only meds.

To ensure that the puncture site near her right wrist heals properly, she's supposed to treat her wrist as if it's broken for three days, even though it doesn't hurt anymore. No bending it, no carrying anything heavier than 5 pounds, and it's taped to a splint. That makes typing inconvenient, so she won't be writing on here as much as she'd like.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2016 at 12:00am

I goofed, big time; old news, old weather news report and I forgot to include the article that caught my attention. Worse, yet, I can't find the original piece. Sorry 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2016 at 9:24pm
Kelly, Nigeria and Iran are two countries that have the death penalty for gays. There are others. Prison time with hard labor are common punishment.

Google it. I think you will be shocked.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2016 at 2:29pm

Could you use a good laugh today?  Try the following on for size:

Click on image to enlarge.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2016 at 1:14pm

Christianity Debunked Using Science and History - Richard Carrier

Here is on of the firebrands, using critical thinking skills to analyze evidence 

Comment by Plinius on January 19, 2016 at 7:16am

I like it, Ian, clear and well told, but I don't like that depression.

You reminded me of my own "spider", so I'll put it here:

Between hope and fear

on a silken thread


from cantilever window

to the window-frame

I build security

without  a doubt.


I’m a spider.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 18, 2016 at 7:55pm
Ruth, I hope all goes well. Everyone I know has had a good outcome.

Ian, l like your poem very much.

Joan, what's the temps in your area? We are down to near zero. We will be before morning.

Kelly, being gay is still punishable by death in many places. Sad but true. And religion is always behind it in one way or another.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2016 at 7:04pm

I didn't understand your comment, Joan. All I saw was a 2014 weather map image, no commercial or commentary.

Great poem, Ian.

We thought twenty one was cold, Randall. The grandkids sound great.

I see your point about musicians, Loren.

<sigh> On a personal note, my respiratory problem has cleared enough, so I'll get the cardiac cath tomorrow. I'll be out of touch for over a day if I get a stent. Bye for now.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 18, 2016 at 6:18pm

[sigh] First Bowie, and now Glenn Frey of the Eagles.  2016 is NOT starting out kindly to musicians.


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