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.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 7, 2015 at 9:44pm

Wilson Mobley & Me - Los Globos nightclub in Mexico City - !961

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2015 at 9:17pm

Randy, I enjoy your posts. You report the usual things of life that give heart to your pieces and you contribute insights that help to clarify issues or enrich ideas. Please don't stop or attempt to do less. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 7, 2015 at 8:50pm

Thanks, Joan. Recalling that era in my life, I was probably thinking about where I was going to get my next sixpack of Colt 45.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2015 at 8:41pm

Bertold, a very nice looking young man in your photo, I wonder what your dreams were at that stage of your life? 

Spud, the same impression I have of your young photo, nice looking, and ready to take on the world! 

A completed education, the world just waiting for you to come along and make your mark, and it was your oyster. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2015 at 2:29pm

Terrible news.

Comment by Plinius on January 7, 2015 at 2:17pm

I knew that running away wouldn't help - my runaway niece was brought to her parents by the police - so I plodded on until I could leave. But I don't think you're a coward; you need to be a hero to struggle on without help!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 7, 2015 at 11:22am

Very beautiful Mindy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 7, 2015 at 10:35am

After a week or two of cold weather (as low as -7 F/ -22 C), I'm now having warmer weather than normal (just below freezing at night and 40 F in the day).

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 7, 2015 at 10:32am

Bertold, I'm saving that saying.  Managing stupidity would be nice, but I don't expect to see it in my lifetime, even if I live to be 200.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2015 at 9:28am

Nice one, Bertold. Nicking it.

I too escaped from the world by reading when young and nothing's changed since. Sci-fi was my great love but have expanded my tastes over the years.

My hormones raged at a distrubingly high level but now seemed to have burnt themselves out. I can feel a little nostalgia about that but for the most am quite content with the situation. It's peaceful.


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