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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2015 at 12:25pm

Randy, thanks for shout-out.  My dialysis treatments have caused me to feel SO much better.  I'm still going back and forth with the cardiology department regarding heart issues.  It appears my heart problems may be a bit more severe than originally thought. I'm waiting for see if more testing is warranted.  As I've been saying for weeks and weeks now, taking care of my heart issues is the last hurdle to jump before getting my kidney transplant.  Unfortunately this part of the process is dragging on and on. How naive I was thinking I was going to have my transplant this past December or January.  Oh well.  It will happen eventually.  I'm just glad I'm feeling better while waiting. 

Comment by Plinius on March 3, 2015 at 9:08am

Thanks Randall, I do hope that's true. And I remain disgusted by ISIS. I took this pic in the British Museum. That one will be safe for some time.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 3, 2015 at 8:30am

Chris, if it will make you feel any better, I just saw on TV last night that most of the works destroyed by ISIS were replicas, made of plaster and rebars, etc. The real artifacts are in Bhagdad. Let's hope that's true.

Carl, glad to see you up and about--at least on the computer!

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 12:45pm

Thanks Carl!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 2, 2015 at 11:37am

Very good and chuckle-worthy, Carl. How are you?

Comfort reads: cartoons (Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, Asterix) Terry Pratchett, Spike Milligan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 2, 2015 at 10:29am

Here, Chris.  This is for you.  I hope it can brighten your day.

Dumb Jokes That Are Funny

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 10:26am

And an hour ago my favourite neighbour dropped in with a stack of books. He's trying to get a little space in his bookcases, so he brought me the surplus he thought I'd like. Lovely, and a kind face was just what I needed! My bookcases are in danger of exploding....

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2015 at 6:20am

[smile] I picked up Variable Star several years ago.  It reminded me of Heinlein's juveniles, though with some touches which set it apart from them.  I hear you in re: "comfort books," especially since I always enjoy rereading RAH.  His works are so content-full that there's always something to catch my interest.

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 6:12am

Thanks Ian! What are your comfort books? For me - Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Rowling or Heinlein - I'm hiding in Variable Star today.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 2, 2015 at 5:49am

Knock knock.

Who's there?


Isabell who?

Isabell essential on a bike?


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