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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 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

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2016 at 12:55pm

Any chance that's offset by the LOL Cat Bible?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 11:53am

Uh-oh - the opposition's upping its game!

Desperate Christians try luring millennials to faith with ’emoji’ B...
It's a holy book, it's $2.99 and it might just save religion among young people.

"Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millennials" was released Sunday in the iBooks store. It's exactly what it sounds like: an adaptation of the King James Version of the Bible using internet slang and emoji, the adorable emoticons frequently used in text messages and tweets. Translated over the past six months by a person who identifies himself or herself only as the sunglasses-guy emoji, the objective of the emoji Bible is to make the text more appealing to people of various backgrounds and age groups.

"[Emoji are] language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak,” the creator told the Memo exclusively. “A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density."

What they really need to do is remove the density of the Bible's readers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2016 at 11:49am

Daniel, I hear you on that 2 hour project actually taking 6 hours. The sun tunnels sound great.

Joan, that's such a cogent Paul LaClair quote. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2016 at 7:48am

Joan, I think the short form of that is:

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- AronRa

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2016 at 6:50am

So, Carl, how have you been lately? Or did I miss an update when I was in Greece? Every time you comment, I'm happy to know you're still active and hopefully energetic.

Out of curiosity, I opened up a bluebird box yesterday to see if it was in use, and there were 5 blue eggs sitting in there! Hurray!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2016 at 3:20am

This was just posted on Facebook by Paul LaClair:

"To engage ethically with others, the first requirement is epistemic integrity, and that means commitment to evidence and reason as the justifications for belief, before expecting others to take that belief seriously. Truth claims are respectable to the extent that they can be confirmed intersubjectively and objectively. The faith maneuver is a self-referential abrogation of that ethical obligation, a solipsistic trump card to circumvent discussion and accountability. It's a blank check to abandon discourse and replace it with arbitrary and peremptory assertions. 'I believe it because I believe it, and that's all I have to offer' is a big fat finger in the face of your fellow man."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2016 at 11:08pm

Daniel, if you're happily pleased with the result of your sun tunnels then they have paid for themselves already.  Sometimes certain things are "just worth it" for their everyday pleasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:59pm

I know how much you care for your dogs, Daniel, and I have a deeper understanding of that with my bonding with Dominic. Charlie's age is an important factor in your concern. I hope your intention of Charlie's days being filled with companionship and love is realized. 

Your photos of Charlie and Baigou delight me. 

Good for you! Installing another sun tunnel in your home. The thought of you climbing on your roof gives me shivers, even if it is a one story structure, I think. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:48pm

Elgin Park, Michael Paul Smith

I ran across this video of an interesting fellow who turned dark memories of being bullied and alone into a place where he is never lonely.

Elgin Park, is a beguiling photography series featuring 1/24th-scale models of quintessential Americana that Smith describes as a ‘dreamlike recreation’ of his past. In Elgin Park, Smith describes how he’s found redemption through the project after bouts with suicidal spells, creating a world that has pockets of darkness, but where he is never lonely."

Comment by Daniel W on May 28, 2016 at 9:37pm
Wow - Randy I missed your dog trial and tribulation! Glad you are reunited!

Last summer Ning lost Charlie on an evening walk. My biggest fear was Charlie's final days in misery. He has an implant and that was how we were reunited. At 15, with poor hearing, bad hips, bad skin, rheumy eyes, and forgetfulness, I wznt his days to be filled with companionship and love.

On a brighter note, today I did a 2-hour project - per instructions - that took me 6 hours, installed a sun tunnel in the dining room ceiling. Last weekend I installed one in the kitchen. Very nice result, much brighter and filled with daylight in two formerly gloomy areas. Probably never pay for itself, but I like it snyway.
 

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