Hang With Friends

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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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

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 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 sk8eycat on January 22, 2015 at 1:05pm

I should have posted the link:

Good comments, too.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 22, 2015 at 1:02pm

From Daily Kos:

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 22, 2015 at 11:36am

Joan, I like the "Hope for the future" video.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 22, 2015 at 11:35am

Patricia, I'm saving that arrangement of roses.  I love the multi-colors.

Felaine, I'm saving that cute birthday cat in the vase.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 22, 2015 at 11:27am

Thanks peeps, for liking the cake.

Comment by Plinius on January 22, 2015 at 7:01am

Far too late of course, because you're awake at the wrong time! Happy birthday, Joan, I hope there's a wonderful year in store for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2015 at 1:41am

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2015 at 1:26am

Well, folks, I am a sprightly 79 years old today! Life just keeps getting better! 

Steph, you know how much I love chocolates! A delightful cake. 

Kathy, thank you for your greeting, I like your presence on A/N, you add greatly to our discussions. 

Spud, that chocolate cake with a garden motif hits me right where the love is! How thoughtful. Your pretty green card with a Lady Bug fits right in. 

Bertold, I am very pleased you join us on A/N and you offer so many enlightened ideas. thanks for your greeting.

Felaine, your greeting with that cat and vase tickles me, as usual. You bring me lots of laughs and I am grateful for your friendship. I keep adding your name to my dictionary and they just will not accept "Felaine". I shall keep adding it until they get the message!

Mindy and Carl, I agree, Spuds' cake perfectly fits for me. I own that one. 

Ian, your bright red tulips and greeting foretell the coming of spring. It won't be long. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 22, 2015 at 1:25am

Joan - happy birthday, and many more, enjoying life and surrounded by your wonderful family and other significant people! (And Spud, that cake is perfect!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2015 at 1:10am

Patricia, thank you for that beautiful bouquet of flowers. You pick lovely scenes. 

Carl, Claude Monet's "the Springtime" and his "Garden in Giverny" are two of my favorite paintings. So tranquil. I think of the word "equanimity" when I see his garden. 


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