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 14 hours ago. 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 on Tuesday. 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 Loren Miller on December 30, 2015 at 8:57am

I only have the one CD of hers, Randall, so I don't know her complete oeuvre ... but it wouldn't surprise me.  I CAN tell you that she does a take on "Light My Fire" which would all but wake Jim Morrison from the dead!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 29, 2015 at 7:44am

Loren, Ms. Barber is new to me. Sultry. Can she "scat", etc?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2015 at 11:37pm

Ruth, thanks for the link re Russia's weather. 

"President Vladimir Putin rarely voices concerns about climate change, having famously said in the past that a little warming would not hurt the  country and seeing it as a boon for Arctic development."

What Putin doesn't seem to understand is that the changes taking place in Russia often causes social unrest. 

"while Russia is warming on the whole, some areas in the Far East and southern Siberia are experiencing harsh winters."

"Out-of-control fires and deadly floods have hit Russia nearly every year this decade."

"Permafrost is receding, there are earthquakes where there weren't before, there are landslides, flash floods, blow-outs of gas condensate ..." 

Alaska faces climate change problems, melting permafrost being only one symptom. 

Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure, Homes.

“We’re getting freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. We had a huge rainstorm in January; I think that was in 2011,” said Coffey. “It’s forced us to change the way we do our winter maintenance operations in that we’re actually now having to do anti-icing in the Fairbanks area, which 10 or 15 years ago probably wouldn’t have even been thought of.”

~ Mike Coffey, The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ chief of maintenance and operations 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2015 at 11:03pm

Ian, 18 years of service to others; now, you can do the things you want to do when you want to. You like the performing arts, you are a reader,  and travel keeps you active. All these are time consuming activities. Do you have other interests? R & R seems to be a first step to a new normal. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2015 at 10:38am

Smoky ... moody ... intensely understated cool-school blues.  These are just a few of the adjectives which come to mind when I hear Patricia Barber apply her vocal talents to her own composition, "Silent Partner."

Dig it!

Comment by k.h. ky on December 26, 2015 at 12:07am
I'm happy it's over. I very much enjoy the family get together but am sick of the Merry Christmas. And that's only because people here are so serious about it. I say Happy Holidays just to piss them off. Work's at least half of the time. Lol
To my friends here l say let's make the most of what remains of 2015 and may the coming year bring us good health and wonderful gardens.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 25, 2015 at 2:48pm

There is no competition anywhere; Betty is without a shred of doubt America's BEST Christian.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2015 at 2:24pm

That Betty, she's SUCH a charmer!

Comment by Pat on December 25, 2015 at 1:36pm

Happy Holidays.  Oooops. Maybe I shouldn't have said that. I'm reminded of the lovely greeting from America's best Christian. Geared to all of us who don't use the politically correct language this time of year

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2015 at 1:03pm

Merry Christmas, everybody, from America's BEST Christian, Betty Bowers!

Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?


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