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 Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

booklover (Melinda) I don't keep friends who are stressful to me either. It's not worth it. It's better to have no friends than friends like that. I also know some people who claim they keep all their friends - I'm not sure if I believe them. Doesn't seem possible to me. People grow apart and evolve.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

Thanks, Ian. I'm sorry to hear about your depression. Your contributions here are delightful.

Thanks for sharing, Patricia. It's so sad to have the love of your life struggling so.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:01pm

Cool Mars picture Tony.

So how are you all doing today?

booklover - that was not a true friend if they left you because of your Atheism. You are better without them. Be glad she is gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2012 at 4:45pm

Wow Tony, what a great message from Mars!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, booklover. I hope things are going well for you.

Patricia, can only echo Chris and wish you and your husband the best of whatever time you have.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 1:35pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2012 at 11:30am

Love the Bill Gates/Pooper poster.  Thanks Patricia.

Comment by Plinius on August 8, 2012 at 2:05am

Sad to hear that, Patricia. I wish you both a wonderful borrowed time!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 7, 2012 at 11:06pm

BTW, stealing the kitten-and-pup. :)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 7, 2012 at 11:05pm

I've been enjoying the Olympics too, as far as I can. Sometimes work gets in the way. Even missed the final of the 10,000 metres :( 

The past few years friends have faded out of my life. I find that very sad and feel lonely sometimes. There are probably 2 reasons: first, I suffer from depression and sometimes tend to drag others down with me. Second, when others are wrong about something I tend to put them right. Both are things that annoy ME when I find them in others.

Must really do something with how I live my life. Anyway, I'm really glad to know all of you. You cheer me up no end. Thanks.


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