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 6 hours ago. 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 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 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 Ian Mason on August 12, 2012 at 10:34pm

Welcome back, Tara.

Comment by Tara on August 12, 2012 at 9:53pm

Hi all!  I've been gone on hiatus for almost a year it seems as I've been bogged down with school/work/kids.  

*insert rambling, near-whiny whimpering and general grumpy explanations here*

Anyway, glad to see that things are still pretty active around here... Lots of stuff to read up on!  :)

Comment by Steph S. on August 12, 2012 at 4:10pm
Great sign Patricia!
Have a great day everyone!
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2012 at 12:01pm

I agree with you all about kids and lack of courtesy, but not about arising time.

In the summer, I want to get out and get things done before the searing heat hits, so I get up at 4 AM.  I can tell I'm in the minority because most stores open at 8, or 9 or 10AM.  A pox upon them!

Comment by dr kellie on August 11, 2012 at 10:55pm

Thanks.  It is never graphic.  Just enough affection to disturb the parents, not the children.  I would never hurt a child.  Even though I don't like them:)

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 7:52pm

sk8eycat you hit the nail on the head when you said that lack of manners and common courtesy is a sign of a dying culture. That's so true.

I could also mention college students and how they behave in class. They get out their phones and text away while you are trying to give them notes in lab. What I usually do is just stop everything and just stand there and that gets their attention and then they stop talking and stuff. Plus I tell them the longer it takes me to finish the longer they will be in class.

Unruly kids really make me mad too. In theaters they run up and down the aisles and in stores also.

Sounds like a cool idea Dr. Kellie. Make them leave. Cool.

I'm also not a kid person Patricia. I agree completely.

Comment by dr kellie on August 11, 2012 at 7:32pm

I have a little trick up my sleeve when it comes to kids in public.  I have been known to make out with the woman I am with right in front of them.  I get some mean looks, but it always gets them moving along to a new table.  Works at the movies too. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2012 at 6:14pm

@Patricia: I hate mornings, too.  One of the few advantages of being retired (and broke)! 

Now if I could just train Hairy Jerry that 6:30AM is NOT head-bonking and/or feeding time...he can't or won't eat kibble, so I need to feed him 2 or 3 times a day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2012 at 6:10pm


"Too soon old, too late smart." - "Te snel oud, te laat slim."

Comment by sk8eycat on August 11, 2012 at 6:08pm

One other thing that annoys me in restaurants, even coffee shop franchises like Denny's, is parents who can't or won't control noisy disruptive children...whether they are too busy yakking on their phones or not.  I have left a tip for the wait-staff and walked out before my order was delivered, or even before I had a chance to order, more than once because I lose my appetite in noisy places.

Same thing for unruly children running around loose in stores with no responsible adullts in sight. 

When I was about 4, I started whining in a store because I wanted something that Mom refused to buy for me.  She grabbed me by the arm, hauled me out of there, and told me very quietly that if I could not behave myself, she would never take me anywhere with her.  Ever.  She didn't have to tell me twice.

30 years ago Robert Heinlein wrote that one symptom of a dying culture is a lack of manners...common courtesy.  I think we're there.


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