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 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 Randall Smith on January 7, 2015 at 8:13am

Speaking of "the good ol' days", I've been reading my old childhood diaries. It's amazing what I've both forgotten or have no memory of happening. I had some raging hormones back then, too!  After 50 years, I haven't changed much in personality and "loves", like reading, science, golf, hiking, etc. One thing that has changed is I became an atheist.

Comment by Plinius on January 7, 2015 at 7:57am

After two winterish days we're back in the rainy season again, a wet mix of autumn and spring. I saw chestnut buds yesterday, they looked very big, but I can't remember what they should look like in January.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 7, 2015 at 7:52am
Is it cold every where? Our wind chill is going to be twenty below. I really should have gone to the library before this set in.
Comment by k.h. ky on January 7, 2015 at 7:47am
Berthold, I need this for a bumper sticker,
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 7, 2015 at 7:44am

Comment by Plinius on January 7, 2015 at 6:33am

Patricia, I wasn't trying to make your story look less important.

You and I have in common that we didn't fit in and I was very unhappy about that. No loving parents, no kind family or friendly classmates - I was seven when I calculated how long I had to stay in my parents' house. I escaped in reading and tried to learn from books what a normal life could be like.

I love the teenage pictures and look forward to more!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 6, 2015 at 8:02pm

Loved the Gypsy Airs, Joan.  As a classically trained saxophonist I was always practicing music of that same vein.  There's some great classical saxophone literature out there.  

I'm enjoying the teen-age photos that have been posted.  I'll have to see what I can come up with.  

Bertold, I love Pandora and have discovered lots of great music that was unknown to me.  As I type this I'm listening to my station of Spanish contemporary love and romantic songs by male singers.  There are some wonderful artists from Central and South America.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2015 at 4:54pm

Patricia, it doesn't sound like the classroom environment offered you something to compensate for your situation. 

There is no reason to try to change your emotions and feelings. They helped you to cope with whatever you had to face. 

Would you like o feel uplifted and positive in your life? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 6, 2015 at 4:45pm

Thanks Carl! I love the old 40s/50s jazz, especially sax, and I'd never known about Don Byas. Just started a Pandora station and it's great!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2015 at 3:34pm

I didn't seem to have the angst in my high school years that some had. I loved learning, I had very fine teachers, and I made top grades. It was a place where I would not be hit and I would be acknowledged for doing a good job. 

My senior year was magical for me. A lot of successes occurred and doors opened. I wanted to go to college and my guidance counselors found some scholarships for me that made it possible to choose hairdressing (which I declined) and some other training that didn't appeal to me.  

I worked a year and continued to apply for scholarships. I finally got what I wanted ... a chance to go into horticulture at Washington State College,

I attended WSC for one and half years and then decided to marry Don, who was in dental school. Although it turned out to be a bad marriage for me, I have three beautiful children who make me very proud. There is no more violence in any of their lives! They learned how to be rational, and compassionate. I am proud of them, they discarded superstition, are moral, ethical, compassionate, and caring people. Isn't that just amazing!

I still hate hair and liked my bald head when my hair started falling out. I also liked the kids who wanted to touch my head-of-no-hair or reacted in some way. For those who were afraid of me, I was able to be a jester and make them laugh.


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