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 on Saturday. 3 Replies

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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 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 Bertold Brautigan on November 12, 2014 at 2:25pm

Welcome back, Patricia! Missed your perceptive comments and entertaining wit.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2014 at 12:56pm

Thanks for sharing, Joan. Enjoy your new coat!

It's 65.8°F here. We won't get the Omega Block till tomorrow in the Phila area.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2014 at 12:45pm

A day late, maybe, but worthy of your attention in any case, or so I think.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:08pm

13 degrees here, with a high of 21 expected.  It was 0 degrees F at 7:19 this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:07pm

Joan, I agree with Mindy, as usual.  What an amazing family, started by an amazing woman who made an amazing escape from abuse.  They should make a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 12, 2014 at 11:59am

Yup, cold here as well, Joan.  28-degrees.  At least it's sunny!  We're expecting a high of 35-degrees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am so glad to learn that your daughter is able to go back to school and work at creating her life. She has courage beyond my understanding. Having such a loving and supportive family makes all the difference. With your support, she has every reason to believe that her life will be a happy, healthy and productive one.

I know it puts a strain on you, and you are strong and able to provide the kinds of support that will make her good nature shine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 10:31am

Good morning from one cold place to your cold place. It seems we have been hit with a very big weather system. It is 19 degree F now with a high of 23 expected. Burr. I had to buy a new coat because I threw away my old faithful one of many years when my cancer chemo caused a projectile blast from my gastric system last winter. 

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter Laura and her husband, Larry. We had lunch and went shopping. I hate to shop so they pulled me along. It was a great adventure, trying on coats with two such fine dressers helping select one for me. 

My granddaughter and her five children dropped in after a dental appointment near my home. They are so much fun. Michelle is doing a beautiful job of managing a blended family. She has two sons and is partnered with a man whose wife died when his youngest was two. When they first came into our lives, their eyes looked like lost souls. Now, they are sparkling with their sense of security and in a healthy atmosphere of loving new family. What a fine young woman she is. She is only 29 and raising 5 kids and keeps her brilliant smile and laughter. She is tough as a marine sergeant on matters of behavior. When there is an attitude problem, she is right on it, finding out what is bothering them, checking to see what they need and helping them find a way out of their own problems. I just watch in amazement. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2014 at 7:56am

Joan, I loved your inadvertant pun, "I walked out with a happy heart..."!  What a welcome relief.

Mindy, is your daughter out of the woods yet (depression)? Hope you had a good time with her and your mother.

My kids are all gone and safely home (theirs). I think they really had a good time being together during this homecoming. I'm pround of them and told them so. My father has never said he was proud of me or even that he loved me. I won't make that omission for my children or grandchildren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25pm

I know you didn't share because you wanted something from us. You shared because we care about you and you showed respect for ur concern. I will follow your lead, and do what I can to help raise the money you need. 

You are family to me. Just as Mindy said, "we need you here, healthy and happy!" 


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