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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 8 hours ago. 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 The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2016 at 11:44pm

Ruth, my best regards to your husband.  Glad to hear he's doing well.  I'm continually amazed hearing about so many people having major surgeries who mend and recuperate so well afterward.  It seems we are living in a time of unprecedented accelerations in medical advancements just within the past ten to fifteen years.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 10:17pm
Ruth, you got it. Glad your husband is doing well.

Joan, it was meant as a joke. An atheist in a fundie family, in the bible belt, is by default a problem child. Different from the rest. Odd is the word.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 27, 2016 at 8:59pm

Congrats on the run, Randall. It’s a relief you’re OK.

Congrats on successful carpel tunnel surgery on your left hand, Joan. I hope my memory stays as sharp as yours. I constantly forget the names of characters and actors on TV. Being considered a matriarch is an honor.

k.h. ky, you made me laugh. You want to be the AN problem child? You realize we’re all the ones who couldn’t fit into fundie families here, right?

Sorry I haven't been around much. My husband got his left shoulder replaced about 10 days ago, and I've been busy. He's doing great.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 8:46pm

Kathy, ouch! That must be painful, automatically being a problem child in a fundie family! How do you handle that stress? 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:38pm
Another notice for jury duty.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:37pm
Joan being atheist in a family full of fundies automatically makes me the problem child :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 7:16pm

Kathy, that is funny, asking to be the problem child! Do you realize I will be out there, giving you lectures and trying to reason with you? My kids hate it! They tell me if it is lecture # 101.12 or lecture #299.99.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2016 at 7:03pm
Carl, they (med staff ) always pull a sheet between me and whatever they're working on. I must look like a fainter : )
Joan, happy the surgery worked for you. That's wonderful.
Randall, congrats on the run.

Carl, if Joan and Ruth are the matriarchs can I be the problem child?? The sister that is troubled because she believes in the flying spaghetti monster.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2016 at 6:43pm

Randy, that's a great accomplishment.  Congrats!

Joan, when I had a muscle biopsy earlier this year I decided I wanted to put on my big boy pants and watch the procedure.  However, the staff made me turn my head and not look.  They even put up a barrier sheet.  The possibly of me fainting or freaking out was something they didn't wish to contend with if they could avoid it. I guess I can't blame them.  At least there was dialog between us for the duration of the procedure with explanations and updates. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 5:58pm

Spud, thank you for the lead to the story of Katharine Blodgett Gebbie; she was quite a remarkable woman. I am particularly interested in learning that four of the scientists under her leadership earned Nobel Prizes. 

Thanks for the lead. 


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