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 on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 Oct 17. 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 3:27pm

I can't understand my mother's viewpoint, because I'm a lot more nervous with someone else driving than when I have control.

Whenever I've driven with her in the car, I can see how scared she is, so I reduce my speed dramatically, and drive very cautiously.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Carl, I am sorry to learn what you experience. My thoughts go with you, hoping for a fast and complete recovery. Are there any reading material that you enjoy now that we can send you? Do you like sports, nature, poetry, prose? I can't think of other genres right now. You name it, we will find something.  


Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Ian, have you never driven before?  Is it because you never had a reason, or because you didn't want to?

I don't know any males here that don't drive, but some of my sister in laws didn't want to, but were forced to by their spouses, who didn't want to chauffeur them for the rest of their lives, and my mother has never driven.  She's too afraid of traffic, and dad was kind enough to not force her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:13pm

Sorry for you're troubles Carl.  Hope you get better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:11pm

I'm with you Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:09pm

Just checking in.  I've been feeling really "out of it" lately.  My energy level is very low and I'm very tired.  Despite my tiredness, I've been suffering from terrible insomnia.  My doctor just prescribed a sleep aid this week, so the last two nights I've been able to sleep soundly.  I'm on three high-blood pressure medications but my blood pressure readings are still sky high.

This has been a busy week with two doctor appointments plus a face to face interview with the Social Security Administration regarding benefits. 

This coming Monday, the 8th, I'm having umbilical hernia surgery.  The kidney transplant team wanted me to have this completed before having my kidney transplant.  The surgery will be done Monday afternoon and I'll be released from the hospital that evening barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It's not very invasive but still, I'll be under general anesthesia and have about a two week recovery period.  

I have kept up with all the goings-on here but quite honestly I haven't had the energy to be more active and engaged.  I miss my usual interaction.  

Cheers to all of you, my friends!    


Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 2:27pm

The second article of mormon faith says " We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.  That seems contradictory to why they think innocent children have to suffer.

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.


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