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.

Discussion Forum

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 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 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 Ian Mason on July 20, 2012 at 2:42pm

Yes, sk8eycat. A great idea for a secular holiday to celebrate what humanity can do.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2012 at 2:33pm

July 20 should be some kind of holiday, doncha think?

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2012 at 2:16pm

@Patricia and Booklover - I feel out-worded too and sometimes I feel too shy to mix - but I try not to forget what a kind woman told me long ago: that such feelings are indicative of a sensitive person. She also said that the world needs such people. Good comfort for many of us. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 1:59pm

Thanks from me also to Melinda and Joan for the kind words, and I agree about the nice people on here, at least the ones I know.  It takes me a long time to get to remember and know people, so I'm sorry in advance if any of you feel I've ignored you.

Melinda, I don't know if Tammy Faye Baker knows she looks horrid in all that makeup.  It's hard to believe she doesn't, but who knows. Maybe she knows but just wants to be instantly recognized, like Tiny Tim (the "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" guy).

I just called her Tammy before, and hope Tammy S didn't think for an instant I was talking about her.

Comment by Tammy S on July 20, 2012 at 12:41pm

Aww Melinda that pic makes me miss my Harley (my black super-mouser) who never ate the mice she killed, she just offered them to me as sacrifices on the back steps and my Poof Russey! Poof loved to be thrown up on the tin roof so he could run to the middle and slide down the other side claws squealing all the way down, then run back around to the deck and beg to be thrown back on the roof. He'd do this for HOURS if you'd let him! It got the cat tagged with that name and it caught on so well with all of our friends and family, that none of us can remember what the his original name had been!

I love the pics, it was nice to come back to this thread after my workout!!! *hugs all around*! Tony I shared your pic with my hubby at work, he's having the typical pull your hair out Friday and that was just too cute to pass up!

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 20, 2012 at 12:19pm

Wow. I can tell who runs your house, Melinda. Beautiful cat. Lord and master of all he surveys. lol

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 12:01pm

Thank you so much Tony and a hug for you too!

Group hug for all you group members!

I enjoy hearing from all of you and enjoy your posting on here.

Thank you booklover - you are a joy! What a cute kitty named Dale - I would love to see a picture of your beautiful cat Melinda.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 20, 2012 at 11:58am

For you, my friend Melinda. You are special, and I always seek out what you, Steph, Loren, SB, Joan, Ruth, FA, and a few others are posting. I work 14 hrs a day, and don't get to post as much as I like, but you are wonderful,  insightful, funny, witty, and I like you. So, big hug from me. too.

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 11:46am

Thanks so much for your kind words booklover and Joan!

Comment by Steph S. on July 20, 2012 at 11:45am

Loren that is a great picture of you and your cat! There are many cat lovers here - yes! I love cats - especially the black ones.


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