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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2012 at 10:24am

Comment by Steph S. on July 8, 2012 at 6:22pm

Comment by sk8eycat on July 8, 2012 at 3:25pm

Nor does weather. 

That's one thing that p*sses me off about The Weather Channel, and many newspaper weather maps; they show the US as an island.  And the Weather Channel ignores everything west of the Mississippi River about 75% of the time. (Their headquarters are in Atlanta, I think.)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 8, 2012 at 3:00pm

Ew, Patricia.  That's appalling; it means the fires are even worse than I understood.

As for The Beautiful Downtown Burbank Pool Picnic...I checked the weather forecast, and it looks like things are going to heat up here in the next week.  I think I'm going to have to seal up the house and turn on the A/C pretty soon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2012 at 12:31pm

Wish I could come.  It would be my first time trying tea since the escape from the Morg.  I tried coffee several times and don't care for it unless it's got lots of sugar, cream, and fruit flavor.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2012 at 10:12am

Sounds great, Patricia! I'll have my iced tea without sugar, thanks.

Comment by Steph S. on July 8, 2012 at 2:40am
That party sounds like fun! I will bring the coffee!
Comment by sk8eycat on July 8, 2012 at 12:34am

I wish I could invite everyone to my place...SoCal has also been having unusual weather for this time of year...we haven't needed to turn the A/C on since we had an odd heat wave in February.  Overnight temps in the 60s.  And we have an old see-ment pond in the back yard. (no diving board, though.) Automatic ice-maker in the fridge, and plenty of every flavor imaginable.

I'd like to be able to fill the place up with friends, and par-TAY!  I need to do something happy-making.

If someone could bring a portable gas grill, a tent, and sleeping bags, y'all are welcome. The Schwan's man will be here Tuesday (I hope!).

Oh.  Coffee fans need to bring their own; I never developed a taste for it, so there's not a bean in the house.  So sorry.  (There IS a StarBox around the corner, but they are hideously expensive.  IMO.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2012 at 7:53am

"Cheese" from the blob made me laugh (and it's almost cute).  Thanks Ian.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2012 at 7:51am

I've not seen the "Knowing how to think" quote from Tyson before, but it's now one of my favorites.  Thanks Tony.


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