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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

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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 sk8eycat on June 22, 2015 at 6:55pm
Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 6:03pm

That video captures it smack on GC. It should be broadcast on the religious channels.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:49pm

A bit from the parody song "Bögarnas fel":

In the name of religion we engage in wars, kill and fight / But we bear no responsibility for this...Another translation: "On religious grounds we still fight and kill and maim / but we are good and innocent and not the ones to blame."

(The song continues with its title theme, "it's the gays' fault!" Youtube -- Swedish with English closed captions; Another performance, with the second translation I quoted)

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 5:45pm

Only joking GC.

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 22, 2015 at 5:38pm

Is that because we don't get many sharks on the road GC?

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 22, 2015 at 5:25pm

Or perhaps the beaker is twice as big as it needs to be. :-)

I don't have your education, Joan, but do appreciate the power of framing! For example, at the senior center where a local community group holds contra dances, a poster offered free workshops with one-on-one help to "Update your computer skills". (It listed a wide range of areas, along the lines of email, web, Facebook, smart­phones, and ebook readers). That title caught my attention as a way to invite people at any level of familiarity and expertise, even if someone's never had a computer or never used email before. It did not mention "beginners" or "seniors", no implication of "we'll help you geezers join the 21st century."

Another example: if you're trying to reassure someone that shark attacks are astoundingly rare, and not something to be afraid of, saying that you're 3 1/3 times more likely to drown than to be attacked by a shark is small comfort if it evokes fear of drowning. But we generally aren't afraid of deer, and don't worry about deer accidents. Yet you're 300 times more likely to be killed by a deer (if your car hits it) than by a shark.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 3:24pm

We have an eight-ounce beaker with four ounces of water in it.

Is the glass half full or half empty? 

Yes, the way we use language makes a big difference on how we experience life, does it not?!

Do you remember in college learning about neuro-linguistic programming? It was part of my training in education, to phrase my comments in positive frames. 

So, Summer Solstice means the beginning of summer and the days starting to get shorter. My neuro-linguistic programming didn't work for me with that thought. If I had depression it was on the day that began to get shorter. I didn't have depression on the shortest day of the year, I knew spring was on the way. So much for fancy words and ideas. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 3:16pm

Randy, I took what information you supplied: 

"'15 Toyota truck," "pyrite mica".


I Googled these words and came up with some leads. I chose "Images" and received a page of photos of '15 Toyota trucks, pyrite mica. 

I did a "Control + Click" and a drop down menu appeared. 

I chose "Copy Image URL". 

I pasted it into the photo box at the top of the Comment. 

As if by magic, it appeared in my comment. 

I am using Google Chrome with a MadBook Pro, if that makes any difference. 


Comment by Randall Smith on June 22, 2015 at 7:28am

Upon reflection, I thought my "days will be getter shorter" statement of the solstice was a "glass half empty" view. I should be more upbeat. Or is it the other way around (half full)? I never did figure that one out!

Joan, yes, that's the color of my new truck! Nice work. Wish I could learn to do that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 7:32pm

Felaine, that is a beautiful picture for Summer Solstice. Thanks!


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