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 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 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 The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:42pm

I'm so sick of hearing about the pope.  And now that he's in the US it's going to get even worse.  I just love how the right-wing in this country are complaining that the pope just isn't conservative enough.  How bat-shit crazy do you need to be to think the pope is too liberal?  And some of them are "serious" candidates for the presidential office.  Unbelievable!  Loren, I would love for your scenario to play out.  Too bad it's just a wet dream.  [rant over]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2015 at 3:31pm

How many of us would pay money to see a uniformed police officer step up to Frankie and say, "You are under arrest for multiple violations of the RICO act.  You have the right to remain silent..."

It'll never actually happen ... but I'd pay to see it happen.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2015 at 3:23pm

Emma, I hear your frustration. "The leader of the greatest organized criminal conspiracy for child rape and torture on the planet earth just came to our country. Hurray!!!! Let's roll out the red carpet!" While they're at it, why don't they give him the keys to the orphanage rather than the key to the city.

Comment by Emma Lennon on September 22, 2015 at 3:09pm

The Pope has just arrived in DC, and it's on every channel, including ABC This is making me mad, because the Pope is preempting Ellen! (Her talk show airs on my local ABC affiliate, and I watch her every day.)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 12:23pm

Chris, the place I worked at for 13 years is now looking for temps, so I hope I can get a foot in the door there. (It was closed 4½ years ago so it could be privatised). If not, any other work I can get 'on the side' particularly in the period 1/1 - 31/3 where I can earn extra on top of my usual pay. After that, who knows? I don't really care at the moment. A Summer of idleness on unemployment benefit wouldn't hurt.

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2015 at 5:55am

I'm glad you've got a deal! What are your plans?

Comment by Ian Mason on September 21, 2015 at 11:33am

So, my redundancy deal is in place after some negotiation. I get 6 months' notice per 1/10. Stop working 1/1 2016 but get paid until 31/3. Don't get redundancy compensation - which would have been 3 months' pay - because my redundancy isn't compulsory. It's something I've opted for. My remaining holidays, days in lieu etc. are placed in the 3 months after 1/1 16. Not the best deal in the world but could be worse.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 21, 2015 at 11:10am

Glad the day went well, Randy. Hard work, yes but a lot of people wanted to pay their tribute to your father. They must have cared about him. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2015 at 12:37am

I like reading about your Celebration of your fathr's life. You sound as though you met the grieving process with healthy expression of your gratitude for him in your life. Sorry the ""we've been praying for you" raised its ugly head and that you can move on with your life. 

The mother of your children is part of their heritage and it is a tribute to your family that your former wife wants to participate in your family heritage. 

Nate and Emily carry on a fine tradition of family farming. This month's newsletter tells their story beautifully. 

Silverthorn Farms, Bringing in the harvest, 

"we've been praying for you"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 20, 2015 at 8:39pm

Glad the day went well for you, Randy, despite the circumstances. 


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