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 10 hours ago. 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 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 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 July 1, 2015 at 10:39pm

I hope you find some relief from the heat, Chris. 

It is 92 outside now, at 8:15 PM

I saw a statue based on Kafka's Metamorphosis in Berlin outside a convention center. It was such a grotesque piece, I cannot forget it. However, I can't find a photo of it in the many places I have looked and Googled. Sadly, I didn't take pictures during my many adventures. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 11:12am

Then we're all young, Ian! Getting off-line now, it's 31°C in this room. Perhaps the cellar is better now.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 10:47am

A quote from Franz Kafka:

: “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 9:03am

Ian, I wonder if there will ever be an appreciation of the aging population. We do present a dilemma for the "Sandwich" generation. 

I marvel at how Laura can get me to my medical care, help my granddaughters and fill in to care for my great-grandchildren and manage her own business. She would not be able to do these tasks if she worked for wages. 

Not everyone is entrepreneurial. It is interesting to observe her with her children. As young adults too often do, they get into financial troubles with their credit cards and then come to her for help in budgeting to get free of debt. She coaches beautifully, never blaming, always encouraging and offering sound advice.  

Young people need to learn how to manage their financial matters. They have closed ears to any advice until they get in over their heads, and then they welcome information. Laura knew that and handled her girls beautifully. Even the great-grandkids learn from her. I am so very fortunate to have these individuals in my family. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 8:50am

A crow pair lives in a maple tree on the property SE of my place. They crow with great vigor! I try to put meaning to their voices unsuccessfully. I assume they had babies, but I haven't seen any sign of young crows. I have a feeding box with peanuts in shells for the squirrels, and they have to lift the lid to get the peanuts. These two crows discovered the box, lift the lid and fly off to the top of a telephone post, crack and eat the peanuts. I imagine some of their raucous squawks are "thanks" for the delicious peanuts. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 1, 2015 at 7:49am

Felaine, I would be greatly saddened if you left. I love your biting humor and wit.

Thank you, Richard, for your explanations. Your willingness to listen and "do the right thing" is appreciated. We all know, you can't please everyone. I do agree that, at least, a smaller "badge of honor" would be an improvement.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2015 at 5:52am

Felaine, Joan and many others: the 'use and discard' society is alive and flourishing. The new Danish government is preparing tax cuts for the well-off, to be financed by cutting funding at the bottom. Child care, elderly care etc. will be reduced again. The handicapped for example 'cost too much.' By the time it's my turn there won't be anything left.

Yes, Joan, I'm building up a store of good experiences to treasure later on. Something to tell the grandchildren until they think I'm a boring old fart.

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 1:24am

I've been struggling with bad health all my life and I was very lucky that I was born here. I have had healthcare and an allowance I could live on. With help from my partner I could even complete my education and make myself useful to others. I never managed to get to the point where I was no longer dependant on my allowance, but it wasn't from trying. It hurts me very much that the "haves" waste money on weapons, religion and other stupid things and look down on the "not haves". The government in this country is breaking down our social security system (US influence?), as if 100 % of the population should be able to take care of themselves at all times. Ha!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 12:51am

Chris, I agree! That is the big fight now. I do not perceive our President and certainly not our Congress doing the right things to keep a safety net under those who need it. I also agree that each one needs to do the best he or she can and also contribute to society through volunteer work and taxes. 

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2015 at 12:44am

By which I do not mean that the government should nanny everyone. It is right and honourable for everyone to do as much as possible - not just paid work but voluntary jobs too. But when people are at the end of their tether they should have a right to help - no charity - but healthcare, housing and enough money to live. For me it's shameful that your country won't take care of you!


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