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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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 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 Deidre on October 28, 2014 at 2:52pm

Hope everyone's afternoon is going well. Happy Halloween falls on a Friday this year. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2014 at 2:30am

Felaine, I couldn't find your image either and found it through your recommendation "Cats, Books, life is good". Looks like it would be just what I would like to have for my winter-long book reading. I love that cat. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 28, 2014 at 12:04am

Ian, Try Google Images,,,,"Cats, Books, life is good" by Edward Gorey.  That's where I found it....besides in my closet.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 27, 2014 at 11:45pm

Xmas, dear Xmas. Yes, a veritable barrage on the senses by  commercial enterprises. I'm usually tired of it by mid November. Nice seasonal pics too, Carl.

The "belief" images are very good, short and to the point. Thanks.

For some reason, I can't see Felaine's T-shirt.

It's been a slightly longer weekend here in Europe as the clocks are turned back an hour. That's a bit of a pain in the bum if, like me, you're working that night. Some of the old people I look after can't cope with the change and get very restless at 6 a.m., right at the end of the shift. Oh well, it's only once a year although I've never understood why it happens.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 4:19pm

On the other hand, there is December 21 or 22 to celebrate the shortest day of the year, the beginning of the lengthening of the day. Some call it the beginning of winter, others call it the mid-winter day. Whatever, I like the thought of more daylight each and every day until June 20-22.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 27, 2014 at 4:10pm

I love that one, Mindy!

I have been saying for decades that, "I respect your right to believe what you want (or what makes you feel good), but I don't have to respect WHAT you believe."

I also tell buybull thumpers that I read fantasy fiction for entertainment, but I never, ever believe it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 3:44pm

HOORAY! I was able to retrieve your comment of an hour ago, Mindy. The one, "You have the right to believe whatever you want!" Surely glad I didn't miss this one. 

Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2014 at 12:07pm

Thanks Randall! Some things are really too difficult for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 27, 2014 at 10:23am

Maybe it should be "HalloThanksMasBowl"  As millions of football worshipers gather in large numbers on Jan 1st.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 27, 2014 at 7:41am
Chris, "youth in Asia" (in crank mail) was what the writer thought was euthanasia!

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