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 Joan Denoo on August 11, 2015 at 2:53pm

Astronomers take the heat out of sunspots theory

"Forget the sunspot connection. Scientists say that rising global average temperatures cannot be attributed to them as there has been no long-term upward trend in solar activity since 1700."

Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2015 at 9:59pm

A really stunning book: "A Delicate Truth" by John Le Carre. In the 'global war on terror', British intelligence and special forces end up being the underlings of American private defence contractors, all thanks to the Neocon policies of New Labour. Le Carre's best book in years: no punches pulled, no holds barred, no prisoners taken. Read it in an afternoon/evening yesterday.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 9, 2015 at 4:57pm
With this unbearable heat l find myself looking forward to fall. Fall has always been my favorite season. That's the time l venture into the nearby woods and look for compostable leaves and tiny transplantable dogwood trees. Or just go for a nice walk without the worry of ticks and chiggers.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2015 at 12:53am

I grew up on a diet of mostly radio. It created a love of language that has never died. If there's a negative side to that, it's that I don't find visual humour very funny. Chaplin and Mr. Bean for example.

It seems that, after a rather grey and wet season, August will be the month that Summer comes to Denmark. We will toast gently in the sunshine with temperatures of around 20-25 degrees. Nice and comfortable, I think.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2015 at 5:54pm

You didn't miss a thing, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 4:22pm

I grew up without radio or TV, and always wondered what I had missed..

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 3:10pm

Spud, I like it, too. I love the look of inquiry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 2:41pm

I like that image of the girl inspecting the snail.  I'm saving it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 2:15pm

Magic occurs in a child's mind when left to their own devices. I feel concern when the children coming along have every minute of their lives filled with some planned activity. I know parents feel that keeping a child busy will keep them from mischief; however, that special way of being when interacting  with events such as flowing water or web spinning of a spider activates the brain in ways that nothing else can. 

"Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail."
~ E. O. Wilson 
Photo credit: © Renee Lee/

Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, Wilson argues. They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail. Photo credit: © Renee Lee/

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 12:43pm

You're another dreamer, Spud! I could watch a spider weaving a web for so long that I felt like the spider.


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