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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

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 Grinning Cat on February 25, 2015 at 11:20am

Joan, the other day I found this picture from a photoshopped-gadget contest, which seemed an apt illustration to Dan Barker's quote "Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?"

The creator was thinking of more mundane things:
"No need to stop working now."

(click to embiggen)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2015 at 10:30am

Happy Birthday, Chris!  I hope you're not too tired from your trip around the sun.  I know it's a long distance. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2015 at 8:33am

Pop quiz answer (some were close):  all these men were U.S. vice presidents from Indiana!

I just read a book about all the VPs, and was astounded that I'd never heard of many of them, including those from my own home state! 8 became president when the elected president died in office, and one (Gerald Ford, whose real name was Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) followed the resigned Nixon. Many interesting facts in the book (The American Vice Presidency).

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2015 at 8:26am

Happy-Happy, Chris!  All the very best of the day to you!

Comment by k.h. ky on February 25, 2015 at 7:30am
Chris, happy birthday.
Joan. I enjoy Sk8eycats stories very much too. In fact I envy her the life she has led. She struck out on her own when it was a rare thing for a woman to do. That is a very brave thing. I think I would have liked that life very much.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 25, 2015 at 6:59am

Happy birthday, Chris!

Comment by Plinius on February 25, 2015 at 2:22am

Sixty-one turns around the sun today, and I still get better at flying now that I am more familiar with the route to follow. Are you ready for another turn? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2015 at 1:19am

Thanks, Grinning Cat:

The very concept of sin comes from the Bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?”

― Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:55pm

Spud, I'm glad the images didn't make you feel insignificant. I know you have seen this video before, but I just want to share it again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:14pm

Kathy, I think Felaine knows we all treasure her good sense of humor and ironic viewpoint. I am known as the humorless one in the group and if anyone can make me laugh it is Felaine. 

Have you seen any of Felaine's professional skating videos or pictures? She was a remarkably talented professional skater and had many unusual experiences. She doesn't brag, and every once in a while she will tell some incident that boggles my mind, and I think others as well. 

One thing I can say about Felaine, she is the most optimistic pessimist I have ever known. She will hate that statement because she hates labels. 

Sorry, Felaine. just sayin'. 


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