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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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 November 5, 2015 at 10:58am

77° F here in Cleveland, which is CRAZY for this time of year.  I think come next week the other shoe will drop and the temps will fall into something more normal.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2015 at 6:50am

To me, these are bonus days as far as weather is concerned. I'll be golfing for the fourth straight day today. Unheard of in November. And next week is supposed to be nice, too. Reality will settle in eventually. Not looking forward to that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 4, 2015 at 7:03pm

We had fantastic weather here in Philly. Hope you all enjoyed your day too.

Do you have weather envy?

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p.s. It's due to Arctic Oscillation, not El Nino.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 2, 2015 at 10:26pm

Thanks for asking, Joan. There's only symptom control for pinched nerve syndrome. I tried a neck stretching device (about $350) a few years ago. It did make my back feel better. After two weeks my hips got very very painful. It hurt so much I couldn't sit or stand still, just paced about with my walker. Lasted about 3 weeks, then subsided. Apparently the stretching, anchored at the hip girdle, inflamed cartilage there or something. I threw it out. Now I regret it, since my symptoms are worse. Bought another device, from Australia, that worked differently. Couldn't adjust it properly. It always rotated too far and too fast. Put it in the attic. Now I'm thinking of trying again. I have a cervical stretching deice that only works on the neck, that seems OK. But it felt as if it was making my current problem, nerves down my shoulder and right arm to my hand, a little worse. <sigh> I use a lidoderm patch to help me sleep, sometimes two.

It sucks getting old.

Don't have time to look at the 30 minute video tonight. Tomorrow.

250 trick or treaters, kind of overwhelming. I got nine.

Keep us up to date on your progress, please, Flying Atheist. And thanks for the virtual hug. Here's one for you too. Hubby will get a second cataract surgery in 2 1/2 weeks, he had a capsulotomy today.

Good night, All!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2015 at 7:54am

Joan, it's hilarious to see your repeated comments popping up here and there! I'm sure it's not your doing. Wish I had time (or took the time) to watch the video you referred to.

Yes, Carl, good weather approaching here in Indiana, too. 250 trick or treaters? Whoa!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2015 at 10:27pm

Thanks to all of you here, once again, for your supportive and caring comments. I'm actually developing a bit of nervous excitement now that an actual surgery date has been set. 

One of my nephew's was in town from California on business and my family spent Halloween evening with him at my sister's house for dinner. She had over 250 trick-or-treaters!  It rained all day here until about 5 PM. The kids came out in force. The rest of the evening was rather pleasant and got warmer by the hour. We are expecting temperatures in the 70's this week.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2015 at 10:14pm

Kathy, that's great news about the improvement in your eye sight. You sound very excited. How wonderful it is to be able to fix such problems.

Ruth, I wish hugs could cure all ills. I would come over and give you a big hug.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:54pm

Have you seen the video just released by Nasa? NASA releases stunning 4K video of the sun as you’ve never seen it ...

It is a meditative piece lasting about 30 munites. Looking casually at it seems to have no motion except for the solar flares, but a careful look reveals little bits of action, then ribbons, and other intereting events happening. 

It is a splendid way to just look and not think or do anything. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 1, 2015 at 6:04pm

Ian, I'm jealous - he is an extraordinary actor. One of the best Sherlocks ever (next to Nicole Williamson in The Seven Percent Solution) despite Netflix having transplanted him into the 21st century and plagued him with irritating video effects.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2015 at 5:59pm

Wonderful! Marvelous! Just seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet via a live stream from London. The best Hamlet of my Shakespeare-loving life. It ended with an appeal for donations to refugee children, Cumberbatch quoting a poem:

"You don't flee your home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You don't put a child in a boat unless the sea is safer than the land"


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