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.

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Discussion Forum

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 2 hours ago. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 1, 2012 at 3:21pm

Happy Anniversary, Patricia!

Comment by James M. Martin on July 1, 2012 at 3:02pm

Ian, Ian, don't get me started on another pet peeve.  The more loudly they proclaim their Christeranity the more likely they don't know what it means or suspect they might not really believe it at all.  Like little girls, beliefs are supposed to be seen, not heard, by which I mean actions speak louder than words.

Comment by Steph S. on July 1, 2012 at 10:43am

Happy 4th of July US members.

Have a great week to the non US members not celebrating 4th of July.

Anyone doing anything fun?

Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2012 at 1:46am

I'm getting irritated: "Tea Party, "Tebow".... sounds too much like my favorite beverage. 

Guess I'll have to go back to Coca Cola.  Does anybody else remember Imogene Coca?

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2012 at 1:29am

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others." Matthew 6:5

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2012 at 11:02pm

@Lillie: Thee is an unauthorized biography of El Ron (I forget the author's name) titled Bare-Faced Messiah.  He said so many times that founding a religion was the easiest way to become a millionaire in the USA.  He was right.  It was certainly more lucrative than writing pulp fiction, which is how he started out.  I think his WWII military record is mostly fiction.

As for Tebow...that self-righteous, arrogant S.O.B....I wish smoke, or some kind of vapor would pour out of his ears while he's doing his act in public so that the whole world can see what's really happening....

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Actually, I'd like to see that happen to everybody who gets their jollies by praying in public.

Comment by Chris Dodds on June 30, 2012 at 9:00pm

@ Lillie Fleur Yeah, you'd think that a guy would have more sense than to get down on one knee and close his eyes in the middle of a field where a bunch 200 lb guys wearing helmets, body armor, and cleats are running around.

Comment by Lillie on June 30, 2012 at 8:48pm

Have been watching the Olympic trials all of this week and god is very popular among the athletes.  Some even do a Tim Tebow.  (I am so sick of Tim Tebow.  I am hoping New York will take the wind out of his sails.)

Comment by Lillie on June 30, 2012 at 8:39pm

Apparently, Scientology begins indoctrinating kids at age 5 so this must have motivated Katie to make the break at this time.  She was raised Catholic so it is a wonder she joined Scientology in the first place.  Of course, they are both big on fantasy.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2012 at 1:47pm

booklover, The friend who sent that Canadian flag-thing to me picked it up from FB (I don't "do" FB...tried it several years ago, heard from so many people...classmates...that I never liked, that I unsubscribed after the first week.). One characteristic of Canadians that isn't mentioned on that goodie is that they are sincerely polite. 

For instance, when two lanes of traffic have to merge into one lane, they actually take at a time.  They don't try to cut other drivers off, and there's no bird-flipping at the driver who needs to merge in front of them.  They just quietly let them in instead of crowding them over to the shoulder.  I don't think the arrogant, self-involved GOP me-firsters could tolerate that.

As for fireworks shows, I wish I could invite everyone in here who has been sufferiing from the unseasonable heat to my home (in Burbank, CA) for the 4th of July. The days have been a tad too warm, but the evenings and nights are still cool, and the Chamber of Commerce puts on a great show from a park in the hills directly above us.  Some of our neighbors bring folding chars and snacks (and beer...and soft drinks), and we party on the front lawn, because our house is on a corner, and we have the best line-of-sight on the block.  Don't even really need chairs; I usually sprawl on the crabgrass.  (No porta-potties, tho.  You'd better take care of that before you leave home.  The show only lasts half an hour, anyway.)  We all Ohhhh and Ahhhh, and applaud, and just have fun.

The people who actually drive (or take a bus) up to the park can also enjoy a concert and other festivities, but I like being with my neighbors.  We've all lived here for decades.



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