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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 3 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 November 24, 2014 at 5:08pm

Beautiful picture of Charlie Girl.

Comment by Deidre on November 24, 2014 at 4:33pm

Sorry to hear that, Patricia. I hope you get to feeling better, soon. For now, ((hugs))

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2014 at 12:36pm

That's a nasty thing for a firm to do, Felaine. An ice-skate slice to the shin would be well deserved.

Discovering a new author is like making a new friend. I'm absorbed by "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 11:35am

Felaine sez "Hay" back at Charlie Girl!  WHAT a sweet face!

Carl, I have read about at least one motel (in Wisconsin, I think) that does have (free) cats for guests that want one to keep them company.  It started out by accident at least 20 or 30 years ago, and now they adopt rescue cats from local shelters because so many people go out of their way to stay there. 

I used to house-dog-sit for some friends who had Boston bull terriers that snored softly when they slept.  I found myself nodding off to the sound ALL the time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 6:43am

Nice train layout Patricia.  Those cows were making quite a ruckus. : )

May have told this story before:  When I was a youngster, I wanted a train set, so when a paint the food products contest came along with a train set as second prize, I colored them all, and was disappointed when I won first prize, a bicycle.

I won first because mom helped me, and she was a good amateur artist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 2:01am

Felaine and Patricia, you've given me a wonderful idea.  Set up and run a boutique hotel that has a cat available to stay with the guests in each room for the night. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 1:55am

Wow, Patricia.  Your husband's train layout has come a long way since last time you posted a video.  He's been working hard I can tell.  Lots of very nice scenery has been added.  What a great hobby.  I know from first-hand experience how much fun it is.  

I like falling asleep to recordings of rain and thundershowers.  Tonight it's not working, as it is approaching 2 AM here as I write this.  I also listen to old radio shows from the 1930's, 40's & 50's as I drift off to dream land,      

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:29am

Purrrr-purrrrr-purrrrrr......the sweetest, most relaxing sounds on Earth....cats and the surf.  (I spent the first 5 years of my life living next to the ocean in Hermosa Beach.  I still have some tapes of the ocean...and seagulls... that I listen to when I need to relax.)

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:22am

Do the guest rooms come with a cat to sleep with?  ; > )

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:05am

What a FABulous layout!  I always wanted a real model train, NOT one of those 3-rail toy Lionel sets.

Can I come visit, and learn how to run the trains?  Please?

PS: Does he have any passenger cars?  I used to have a brass engine and tender, plus a custom passenger car with the Holiday On Ice logo painted on the sides.  It was a gift from a platonic lover at MAD Magazine....and I had the whole thing on the credenza behind my desk at work.  When the new owners fired all of us, they wouldn't let me take the train with me....claimed it was company property.  I couldn't afford to sue them...

Broke what was left of my heart (my favorite co-worker was dying of AIDS...that was hard enough to handle.)


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