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 Oct 20. 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 Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:52am

Randall, most of the time when pianists appear as soloists, at least to my experience with The Cleveland Orchestra (I have a six-concert subscription), they play from memory as well.  Worth note: most works for piano and orchestra run a LOT longer, too!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2015 at 7:35am

Great! And they're playing by memory--no music! 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:04am

So ... it's Friday morning and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet?  Give THIS a try!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2015 at 8:45am

Nice looking house Randy.  Is that a lightning rod on top, and one further down?

I've never been afraid of heights unless there was clear and present danger.  Even then, I usually keep my head and get down safely. 

Related to heights, the stupidest thing I did was decide to shovel snow off the church roof when I was church custodian.  It was higher than your house and my ladder just barely reached the start of the roof using a steep angle.  Getting on and off the roof was quite frightening, but I didn't fall, and at least I had a rope that I tied to me and the chimney once I was on top, so that I wouldn't slip on the snow.  Never did anything nearly that stupid again.

I've never had a huge panic attack, but I've had one or two mild ones related to social situations.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2015 at 8:06am

Leonard, on Big Bang Theory, did a great job of acting out a panic attack on an early episode (preparing for a date with Penny). Remember that one?

News on the home front: Got my chimney cleaned out yest. They said it was nearly clogged shut with creosote (I burn wood).

I used climb up on the steep roof and clean it out myself. But when I "froze" and couldn't step off onto the ladder, I said "that's the last time"! Took me 10 minutes to get down. Talk about a panic attack!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 12:37pm
I don't have panic attacks anymore since my heart surgery. Looking back I'm tending to think now that they never were actual panic attacks, but my body responding to my faulty heart valve and my chronically high blood pressure. My heart would start pumping fast, which alarmed me, only to cause more psychological unease and tention.
Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 11:09am

Is that usual for you, panic attacks? I'm not jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 10:27am

In the past year I had a heart attack and didn't realize it at the time.  I thought it was just another panic attack.  It wasn't until tests were done months later that showed what really occurred.  

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 10:13am

But she had a day when she couldn't move her legs, I think, and that looks like a stroke or a TIA.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2015 at 10:02am

Thanks Chris.  I agree Carl.  I wonder if she had strokes in months or years before, because her posts on here didn't show it to me.  She was sharp through her last post.


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