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 Daniel Wachenheim on September 11, 2016 at 3:16am
I guess there's an advantage to hlving in an older home, and antique, or just old, furniture, minimal clutter, solid floors. i wonder if they had to discontinue old fire retardant upholstery due to carcinogens. I have driven 30 miles to check on whether I left coffee pot turned on - I did - and did it have auto shut-off - it didn't. Some think to think about when doing home improvements. We changed from carpet to bamboo due to easier to clean, fewer allergy, less flea hiding places - but bamboo might burn faster, I don't know.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 11, 2016 at 2:02am

I'm up in the middle of the night, thinking about what it means to have to leave 3 to 4 minutes after a fire starts. When our smoke alarm goes off, the two cats head to the basement. We would die if we tried to save them. We had an apartment fire decades ago. We were at ground level in a garden apartment, so had easy escape through the sliding patio door. Still, it took us a long time to evacuate. No pets yet. I had a terrible time waking my husband up. We both got some smoke inhalation, and left shoeless in our bed clothes. I'm sure our belongings today would produce toxic smoke.

Given my state, I'm not going to watch the passenger video. I'll have enough trouble getting to sleep again.

Yes, Plinius. In an emergency we operate from our primitive brains, not our higher brains. That's why fire escape doors can't have door knobs.

Comment by Plinius on September 10, 2016 at 11:58pm

Strange how frightened people cling to the things they'd normally do.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 10, 2016 at 11:14pm

Have you had any close calls yourself Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 11:01pm

Remember the Emirates airplane that crash-landed in Dubai last month on August 3rd?  I shake my head in disbelief at passengers retrieving their luggage while the plane is on fire.


Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Randy, enjoy your time up in Michigan.  That's a beautiful area.  I used to go to Boy Scout camp a bit south of there.  Of course that was in the 1970's.  We used to pick and then make sassafras tea. Make sure you have your mosquito repellent!

Ruth, we are using many more made made products to build homes these days which are full of toxic chemicals, especially when ignited and burning.  If you cannot escape you'll most likely die from asphyxiation from deadly chemical fumes before the actual fire reaches you.

Flight attendants are trained and required to be able to evacuate a full airplane using only half the exits in 90 seconds or less.  This is for the same reason.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2016 at 5:52pm

Happy vacation, Randall.

Here's disturbing "trivia", today's houses and furniture are so flimsy we have only 3 to 4 minutes to escape a fire.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 10, 2016 at 7:37am

Sounds like an enjoyable service project Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 10, 2016 at 7:24am

I won't be around for a week, as I'm "vacationing" at Nordhouse Dunes on Lake Michigan (Michigan side). Actually, I'm doing a service (work) project with a group of 12 for Wilderness Volunteers. We'll be doing trail maintainance, invasive species eradication, and who knows what for the forest service.(Manistee Nat. For.). We'll be tent camping. The weather forecast looks pretty good.

Here at home, we had unexpected tornado warnings out last night. I was prepared to go to the basement. My rain guage measured over 2", and it's raining this morning. Naturally, it's farmers market day for my kids--rain, as usual, which puts a damper on attendance and purchases. Rats.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 9, 2016 at 9:17am

On the heels of our recent comments about brats, I woke up to this timely article this morning.

It's German Fest: Do You Know A Brat From A Thuringer?


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