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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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 Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:23am

Loren, I like the Herb Alpert's Let it Snow. A great winter song. I've enjoyed everything you share with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, I enjoy the Kronos String Quartet, Songs From Liquid Days, and saved it. 

I like the photo of you in 1983. You must have very special memories of your musical years, too. 

I couldn't remember which sax you played and the piece I selected had them all. How could I miss! 

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 1:19am

You are busy! Writing four pages while I sleep!

I'm so glad you got food, Felaine! And I love the unsugared cartoon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 7:18pm

Good timing on that post, Loren.  Chicago is under a winter storm watch for tomorrow.  Thundersnow with thunder and lightning has also been predicted.  I remember the first time experiencing that as a kid.  It's quite bizarre to hear and see lightning flashes during a blizzard.  Concrete details of tomorrow's expected storm are quite evasive.  Anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of snow, if any.         

BTW, I'm a huge Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass fan. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 23, 2014 at 6:52pm

Not certain whether I've posted this before or not, but still ... 'tis the season!

Comment by Pat on December 23, 2014 at 6:49pm

Felaine, I'm very glad to hear about your good fortune. As to lentils and split peas, I'll go with the lentils. While I am a meat eater, I don't use it in lentil soup. Carrots and onions are good for me. I'll have to think about cinnamon and allspice as to my blood glucose. Might be a good idea.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 5:39pm

You can add me as a split-pea soup lover as well.  Yum.   

Sk8eycat, you better not give us your address.  You might end up with a long line of us outside your front door.  Although.......that would be fun if we all brought something to eat.  Potluck at Elaine's house!!!!! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 5:36pm

Patricia, bay leaf is another ingredient I can live without, but I certainly have turmeric, curry powder (????) and cayenne.  There was also a bag of lentils in with all the soup ingredients, plus a small bag of Ghirardelli chocolates, 2 pears that need to soften up a bit....a LARGE bag of navel oranges  I have a bag and a half of cranberries in the freezer....and I always buy the largest bottle of cinnamon available, at least twice a year.   (I wonder if my overuse of cinnamon and allspice in practically EVERYTHING has anything to do with my blood glucose normalizing itself.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 23, 2014 at 5:21pm

Split pea soup is one of my favorites.  I add things to it for variety, but most times, I just use butter, pepper & salt.  Very economical that way.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 23, 2014 at 5:17pm

Happy for you Felaine!


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