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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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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 September 29, 2014 at 7:37am

Chris, I'm glad the weekend is over also. I get tired of listening to loud motorcycles roar down the highway (half mile away). Cyclists were out in full force, and the wind blew noise my way, disrupting my peace and quiet.

Loren, we get gorgeous sunsets around here, too. Dust from harvesting this time of year enhances the colors.

I'm spending the day with my five year old grandson, visiting people and places, eating out, and highlighted with us riding a golf cart while I play 9 holes. (I usually walk 18.) Hope he enjoys it all. Next year, I'll get him started on golf.

Comment by Plinius on September 29, 2014 at 1:33am

Beautiful picture, Loren. I'm so glad the weekend is over. There was a local festival - it means there was loud music from Friday till Sunday into the nights, drunken singing mobs,etc. We did a lot of odd jobs for our two wards, and today I can start on my own work. But it's quiet now! :-D

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 28, 2014 at 11:07am

Loren, we've had some beautiful Indian Summer sunsets here lately as well. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2014 at 10:46am

My wife and I went to her high school reunion last night, and in the process of that event, I managed to catch this:

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2014 at 12:05pm

Mindy, call the vet NOW!  (If you haven't already.)  Did she check his mouth, teeth, and throat when you took him in for the exam earlier this week? 

This is sounding seriouser and seriouser.....

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2014 at 3:29am

Thinking of you and Dale, Mindy

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 10:07pm

I will be thinking kind thoughts, and hoping it's treatable. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 8:27pm

IMO you have to do everything you can to help Dale.  13 1/2 is quite young for a cat these days, so you so need to find out what the problem is, IF it can be treated, and go from there.  Find out if he needs a special diet, etc. 

I wish I could afford to give my cats raw meat...I mean, they did NOT evolve in the wild eating kibble.  BUT Pumpkin and Black Beauty both grew up in catteries, and won't even taste raw chicken, they just sniff it and then try to cover it up.  I am NOT going to go out hunting for lizards and rodents for them....

(I used to have a tortie who tried to help with the grocery expenses; she'd go outside, kill a rodent, and leave the body by the kitchen door.  Freaked my sister out, but I just praised her, and told her what a mighty hunter she was.  She seemed to understand.

I don't let my cats go outside at all anymore, too many hungry coyotes roaming around....

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2014 at 2:01pm

My sympathies, Mindy. I hope the tests give some clarity. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 25, 2014 at 1:35pm

Hugs to you, Mindy, and scritches to Dale if he'll have them... you're doing what you can so he'll have the best quality of life possible.


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