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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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 10 hours ago. 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 on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 10:58am

That new album I just posted gets on my nerves. The drummer is like a woodpecker pounding on my brain. Sorry, not as relaxing as I had hoped. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2015 at 10:42am

Well, I don't know what to say! Other than I am staying on this site because I gain so much from it. My dearest friends on A/N post here. 

Felaine, your input is valuable, especially when it comes to animals. I feel gratitude to you for explaining why treating an animal's tail is is so painful and harmful. The reference to C.L.A.W.S. wasn't directed to you, I am sure. Well, you would have to ask someone else because I don't really know. If I had seen my children or any child twisting an animal's tail or ears I would have put a stop to it, just on general principles.   

If I had seen my children or any child twisting an animal's tail or ears I would have put a stop to it, just on general principles.   

As for myself, I feel at peace with being an atheist and no residual fear from saying so. My task now is to find ways to celebrate and affirm atheism for myself and to include those who want to join with me. I hope some fun music comes out of the atheist community. I have no talent for music or lyrics so will have to defer to others. 

Carl, a little smooth jazz, in your honor. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 13, 2015 at 10:28am

I wear a wristwatch when I'm out. When you're a "bus-stop cowboy" you need to know the time. I use digitals because the ordinary clockwork breaks down when I wear it.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2015 at 9:59am

Thanks Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2015 at 9:16am
Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2015 at 9:10am

I can't find Learners Coffee Shack, Randall. Can you help? You talked about other groups before and I couldn't find them either.

And I wear a wristwatch, outside the house. I really need it when teaching. I've got a cellphone, but I hardly ever use it - I don't feel comfortable with the radiation. I know it's not much radiation, but I became really careful from the day my friend got breast cancer from a beeper she pinned on her clothes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2015 at 8:47am

Randy, I think you're right about wristwatches.  Myself, I never wore one because my skin hated it.  I carried a small digital watch without the straps in my pocket until I got a cellphone.

I noticed it was friday the 13, and I say big frigggin deal!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2015 at 7:43am

For those of you that remain in this group, I'm changing the subject. 

First, not only is today Friday the 13th, but  we'll have another in March! Talk about a double whammy, that is, for those that are superstitious.

Second, does anybody wear wristwatches anymore? I seldom see them. I guess people use their phones, etc. Glad I don't have stock in Timex, etc.

One more thing: Learners Coffee Shack group is open for business. I'm usually a one person member. No disagreements there!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 13, 2015 at 1:16am

This nastiness has no place here. Agree to disagree and leave it at that. This is, after all, an online forum and no-one gets hurt. To quote Jefferson on belief: "it neither breaks my leg or robs my purse". Cool heads, please.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2015 at 12:48am

Wrong time of the month, Mindy?


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