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 yesterday. 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 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 k.h. ky on August 30, 2016 at 8:46am
He was 83.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2016 at 8:40am

Gene Wilder wasn't very old, either. Probably died from heart ache, missing his ex, Gilda Radner.

I'm guessing that's a banana slug, mascot of  UC Santa Cruz. You have my permission to be one, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 1:16am

Ruth, very good news about your husband's recovery from shoulder replacement. 

Kathy, I didn't read your comment as funny and am glad that you were joking. I guess I spent too many years with people in emotional pain.

I'm glad now I worked as hard as I did because I am just a lazy slug enjoying my retirement. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 1:02am

R.I.P. Gene Wilder 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm

Joan, glad to hear that you (and others here) are doing OK!

I too tend to march to a different accordion...

(photo from Wikipedia)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:53am

Carl, I probably mentioned this before, but a few years ago, I decided to not be a coward and watch when I was given a shot or blood was drawn.  I noticed that the prick registered in my brain as a little stronger when I watched, but I still watch because it's still only a slight prick.

I had one nurse that amazed me because her shot didn't even register as a prick.  She said it's because she took her time to find the exact location of the vein so she could push the needle in rapidly.  That made the pain lower or nonexistent.

On both my colonoscopies, I wanted to watch the monitor.  They let me on the first one, although I didn't see much because I was out most of the time.  The monitor was pointed away from me the second time.  I asked if I could get a video of the procedure, and they said no.  I think they said they didn't make videos.  Perhaps they didn't want complainers or hypochondriacs bugging them about some things they saw.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:39am

Is that why I'm so forgetful?  Could be part of it, but in my case, the inability to concentrate is the main problem.  Too many things distract me.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2016 at 3:06am

Glad to hear that you're all well. I haven't been around this week because I've been on courses and come home with a head full.

I've been the odd one in my family too. I read books instead of watching TV.


Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:55am

I know that strategy, Carl, it's a good one!

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:49am

Glad your surgery went so well, Joan! And great that it helps!

Good for you, Randall, with your running success! I'm a bit jealous, now that I can't even run to catch a bus.


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