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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:22pm

On second thought, if I remember right, the mormon response is, the child has done nothing, but his society has displeased god, so he must suffer, and those that caused it will have to suffer in the next life (or something like that).

A better thing to say, is why would I want to worship a being that is so heartless as to make innocent children suffer for something others have done or not done?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:11pm

I have a great temptation to send that to my mormon family, asking what has that poor child done to displease god?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:06pm

Oh, that's a horrible picture Patricia, but it does make a good point.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 5, 2014 at 7:28am

I think Loren has hit another milestone. H.B.!!

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2014 at 1:37am

Good for you, Ian, driving lessons! And I hope your future tests will bring good news!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2014 at 1:18am

Hello dear friends. I got back from England a couple of days ago. Had a very pleasant time with family although age and illness are wearing some of them down.

Tuesday I began taking driving lessons. Theory only for the first sessions but I will get behind a wheel for the first time ever on the 16th Dec.

Before going away I had a routine blood test taken for prostate cancer and it came back as slightly suspicious. Antigen level 3.9. A repeat test this week showed antigen 3.5, which is in the right direction as normal for my age should be 3.0. My doctor says that there could be a dozen reasons for this but that she wants to err on the side of caution so a new test in two weeks time. I'm not particularly worried. I think I might just be a bit "abnormal".

Comment by Plinius on December 5, 2014 at 1:04am

I don't mind the glasses - I have glasses with prisms to prevent one of my eyes going stargazing all the time, but what I'd hate to pass on is the chronic tiredness and the stress disorder. I'm glad I never had children.

But you two have serious eye problems! It must be difficult for you to read and write on the pc.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 4, 2014 at 10:04pm

I hear you...I was told I had "baby" cataracts about 10 years ago.  That's the last time I had an eye exam, so I don't know where I stand now, but I'm slowly loosing my sight...

Medicareless doesn't pay for ordinary eye exams...unless you have obvious diabetic damage, cataracts, or glaucoma.  Everyone else can just squint and suffer.  The US gov't really doesn't give a shit.....

Same thing for dental problems.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 4, 2014 at 8:53pm

Makes you wonder why people will do all kinds of crazy, disgusting  things to live longer. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 4, 2014 at 8:49pm

My mom had macular degeneration, AND cataracts.....the cataract surgery (and new glasses) helped quite a bit, but so did the "talking books" we got from the Braille Institute.

I have been partially blind in my right eye for about 30 years.... lack of blood supply to the optic nerve till they finally figured out what was causing intermittant blockage of the carotid artery.  Hyperparathyroid disease.  They removed the grossly enlarged parathyroid, and I felt better almost immediately, but a dead nerve is a dead nerve.  Permanently.

I have worn glasses since I was 7 years old; both my parents also needed glasses at young ages....  Another reason I never wanted to pass along my DNA.


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