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 yesterday. 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 Randall Smith on Wednesday

So happy to read about how well you're doing, Carl! After all you've gone through, you can relax and enjoy living the good life. 

I'm not watching any part of the debate tonight. I've totally tuned out everything political. It's all a grand gory spectacle--sorta like chariot racing (or NASCAR).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Wednesday

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Wednesday

I can't wait for this election to be over. With Trump in the mix the whole process has been depressing and surreal. And embarrassing.

With that in mind, it's nice to hear your stories about golfing, playing bass guitar, lazy shopping, etc. We all need to keep ourselves sane somehow. I spent last Saturday evening with my best friend watching a movie, eating pizza, and then just chatting about life. It's not only cathartic but we laugh a lot. I couldn't ask for a better friend.

The weather here has been quite warm and enjoyable. However, meteorologists have forecast a numbingly cold winter with lots of snow and snowstorms based on the history of La Nina this year. If that's the case, I'm glad I won't have to trek back and forth to the airport in the worst of weather and deal with all the delays. But it was always nice to get to southern California, Miami Beach, or Mexico during the winter. Miami Beach was always my place to get Argentine and Cuban food.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

Ian - you might enjoy my old college bud's blog post about the bass (including his tale of building his own electric guitar in jr. high).

Comment by Plinius on Tuesday

Sorry to hear that it's as bad in Denmark! Once the big money grabbers like bankers etc. get a grip on politics, you might as well stop voting, it all seems to be an empty gesture.

I'm glad you took up the bass, 'Louie Louie' sounds good! Success with the blisters!

Comment by Ian Mason on Tuesday

Health care in Denmark is also going downhill. The government(s) have insisted on treatment guarantees for certain problems (cancer, heart, diabetes) and that sucks the scarce resources from other areas. Local authorities, responsible for elderly and home care, cut, cut and cut. There's always money for the building of new, so-called super hospitals and for more consultents/middle management etc. though. Don't get me started!

I've never had any musical talent but on my last trip to England I tried my nephew's bass, connected to a computer program with instructions and managed to play The Who's 'My Generation' (minus solo) with 40% accuracy! As I've always thought that bassists were the coolest musicians, I was hooked. I've also now broken my first string and got my first blister but the show will go on.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

I agree, Randall. I've often been tempted to sew a maple leaf onto my backpack when traveling.

Ian, I think it's admirable that you're taking up the bass. (My musical talents are pretty much limited to the listening end of things.)

Comment by Randall Smith on Tuesday

Interesting comments from The Netherlands. Like any good egotist, we Americans like to think the world revolves around us. When I leave the country, I say I'm Canadian. (Not really, but I should)

I did golf in winds that gusted 30+mph. I once heard that for every 7mph, a different club is necessary. No wonder I played so poorly yesterday. But, as Ian said, I walked 6 miles up and down hills using a pull cart. Yes, I was pooped afterwards.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Tuesday

Ian, I am sure you will be strumming those strings in no time and have nice calluses built up. I admire your ambition. 

Chris, I share your thinking about assisted suicide when all other options run their course. 

I don't like the direction our nation seems to be headed, I hope The Netherlands improve social service. The anger of working class citizens here is legitimate, but not the options to solve the problems. 

Ian, how is Denmark's social programs doing these troubled times? Any room for some people who want to leave the USA?

Comment by Plinius on Tuesday

I hope we'll soon be rid of the USA elections, it's all so gross and disgusting.

In the meantime, the government here is building snares to use after our elections in March. They proposed a law to allow assisted suicide and the rightwing xtians are already screaming. After the elections, when coalitions must be formed, the xtians will jump through any hoop in exchange for dropping the law proposal. Last time they had a proposal to drop the blasfemy law - worked like a charm.

I'm in favour of assisted suicide, but first everything should be done to make life livable, so our government has a lot of work to do first: no more cutbacks on care and health, good, adaptable housing and a decent income for seniors. More and more care is cut back and the families have to provide, but many elderly people have no family and only a small social network...  some of them are found dead some years after.


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