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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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 19 hours ago. 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 12, 2015 at 11:15am

The Guardian has some holiday cards for the real world.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 11, 2015 at 6:20pm

Happy Friday everyone. Found my holiday greeting cards:

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2015 at 3:19pm

Interesting news bulletin, gang: guess who's a skeptic?  Captain Picard's favorite nemesis, Q, a.k.a. John de Lancie!

"I Always Was Skeptical": An Interview with Star Trek's John de Lancie

Comment by Ian Mason on December 11, 2015 at 12:31pm

Hello friends. I'm back from England and have had a very nice time. Saw the closest members of the family plus a few others. My brother took a couple of days off work so we had a really good chance for a chat, turning over old times and putting the modern world to rights.

I've also had you in mind. I even talk about you these days. That's friendship.

Carl, I hope things improve for you soon. Chris, I hope you get through your issues and come out bright and smiling.

Danish weather is rather mild for the time of year although there have been severe winds. The north of England has suffered badly from rain and floods with new barriers proving inadequate. They were simply not high enough when the rivers rose. Perhaps we should start shooting an "expert" or two now and again to keep the others on their toes.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 11, 2015 at 7:58am

Daniel needs to join this group! I'm surprised he is not a participant.

Speaking of bad weather in the Pacific NW: I've been reading through my late mother's diaries which dates back to 1930. She often commented on the weather. It appears "century storms", record heat waves, etc. happened all the time--right here in Indiana. They've always occured. It's just that modern media covers weather events more extensively. Plus, weather is often a popular subject. That's not to say I'm de-emphasizing "climate change" (global warming, etc.).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 11, 2015 at 12:03am
Just thinking about you Chris. I wish you well. Thanks for the reply. Take care. :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:02am

Thanks, Carl, for the reminder that Daniel does not post on this site. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 11:50pm

Daniel, I just watched 2 videos

36 homes damaged by tornado in Battle Ground, Wash.

There are two videos on this site. It looks dreadful! 

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2015 at 11:31pm

I'm still here Carl, but I've been struggling with a problem that came up in June - and I had to minimize a lot of activities. I'll write a blog about it when/if things go as I want them to, perhaps in January. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 10, 2015 at 10:10pm
Thank you Carl. I find it difficult to keep the groups straight. Sometimes I'll try to comment on a group l don't belong to :) l read much more than write so I feel like l belong to all of them.
 

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