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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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 The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2015 at 11:23am

Happy weekend, everyone. 

Yes, Randy, it's been pretty gloomy and chilly lately.  My apartment temperature is down to 64-degrees, but I haven't turned on the heat.  It's not unbearably cold yet.  It's kind of nice to lounge around in my flannel pants and a sweatshirt.  I'm rehearsing my winter coziness.  

Hey, Jonathan.  You're a new face here.  Welcome!  Nice to have you with us.

Comment by Greyfax Grimwald on October 4, 2015 at 8:02am

I also still have to decide where to put my mom's ashes. I have very mixed feelings about her, but I promised I would wait at least a couple of years before deciding anything, otherwise they might have ended up flushed down the toilet. I am glad you don't seem to have any mixed or negative feelings, but that's total BS that the cemetery wanted to charge that much when - esp. when you'd be doing the work yourself.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 4, 2015 at 7:03am

Gee, where is everybody? It's been a week. 

It's another gloomy Autumn day here in Indiana. Fitting for spreading my father's ashes around the farm and at my parent's headstone. I wanted to simply dig a hole there and deposit the container of ashes. But can you believe the cemetery charges a thousand bucks to do it?! No different than the cost of a regular burial.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 27, 2015 at 7:09am

Loren, I love "Corner Pocket"! One of my faves.

Joan, interesting info.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 3:51pm

Geez, I've never heard that song before (Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere.)  Nice!  Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:31pm

You guys catch my memory with those old songs. Big bands, great musicians, beautiful scores and lyrics. Lots of memories, i.e. dads gone to war, most moms working outside the home. The new sort of demand for child care, with grandparents and great-grandparents taking on that task. Food rationing, no fats or sugars. Women were learning how to drive. 

How Much things cost in 1943 Average Cost of new house $3,600.00 Average wages per year $2,000.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas15 cents Average Cost for house rent $40.00 per month Bottle Coca Cola 5 cents Average Price for a new car $900.00

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2015 at 11:29am

So long as we seem to be on a big band kick, here's my fave cut from a Direct-to-Disc performance done by Harry James and his Orchestra: Corner Pocket.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 11:16am

Randy, the Stan Kenton Orchestra played at one of my parents' high school dances in the 1950's. Imagine that! 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 26, 2015 at 7:23am

Thanks, Carl! I still have hundreds of old 78's from my parent's collection of big band records. Timeless! Both my parents played and sang (dad, piano, mom vocal) with big bands at Ind. Univ.


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