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 Randall Smith on February 23, 2015 at 8:34am

Glad you're feeling better, Carl! Keep up the positive attitude.

Joan, when taught astronomy, I tried to instill that "size" perspective into my students. I could have used those photos.

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:56pm

I love to be put in my place by the universe - thanks Joan!

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:49pm

Good news, Carl, but I guess you had some bad days before things got better! I hope better developments come soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:17pm

Perhaps that's the negative side of adaptability, Joan. At first there's shock but then a tendency to "get used to" things, internalising the outrage. There should have been a large-scale, popular revolt against the banks a few years ago but most people took the Homer Simpson route: "I know, but what can you do?". In a lot of cases what people did do was start blaming immigrants and others further down the economic ladder.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Carl. Hope the treatment keeps you on an even keel while the medical team sorts out the other issues.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 22, 2015 at 6:08pm
Joan, I enjoyed the photos. I bookmarked it to show my gdaughters. But the comments that followed from religious nuts were, well,.. nutty. Lol
Comment by k.h. ky on February 22, 2015 at 4:42pm
Good news Carl.. Glad you are feeling better.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:41pm

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11?

Learned helplessness is associated with subsequent depression, anxiety, phobias, shyness, and/or loneliness.

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11? Learned helpl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:38pm

Animal communicator anna breytenbach documentary film

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:35pm

Have you ever been annoyed at those who complain about not mattering? Or that their problem is so huge that they are the only ones who suffer? But the ones that really gets me boiling are the ones who claim superiority over others or even animals.  Well, this series of photos shows how small we are ... and how large we are. Whether we like it or not, we matter and so do a lot of other things matter. 

18 Photos you will question your existence.


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