Hang With Friends

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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 22 hours ago. 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 The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2016 at 2:59pm

Grinning Cat, your 'tumor' meme reminds me of the following conversation  I had about two weeks ago when I ran into my upstairs neighbor.

Him:  How are you doing Carl?

Me:  I'm doing OK.  Hanging in there.

Him:  Getting better?

Me:  Well, actually the way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  No.  You'll get better.

Me:  No.  In fact my muscle condition will deteriorate very slowly over time.  The way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  Well, that's what doctor's say.  There's always God.

Absolutely maddening!  I'm left speechless by such ignorant statements.  It makes me angry and laugh in contempt at the same time. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 20, 2016 at 2:27pm
Pat has a history of heart disease and has had a heart attack in the past. I dont know why he's absent now.

One of the major flaws of this website is we so often lose people, and we never know why. Not long ago I discussed with someone, Hugh Kramer, who used to be very active, then vanished. So had Dr. Kelly. In the groups, so people drop off the face of the earth and we are left thinking, did they just lose interest? Greener pastures? Found Jesus? In Jail? Dead?

To be honest, I genuinely care for folks here. It's difficult when some just disappear.
Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 20, 2016 at 2:01pm

My gall stones never showed up in tests either & was told they'd do the surgery and find out then.

The first thing I asked when coming out of anaesthetic, was "did I have gall stones?"

The answer? "YES!"

My dr. told me to get to hospital as fast as possible if I had another attack before surgery because it can rupture & become fatal!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:42pm
Loren, this has been going on at least ten years. But I've never had an attack that I've gone to the er for. Rate it's going it can't be long. Drank a cup of tea two nights ago and it started with the pain and vomiting.
But I had an ectopic pregnancy twenty years ago and the doctor said I wasn't in enough pain for that. The test proved otherwise. Straight into surgery.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2016 at 12:27pm

I've been missing Pat's great sense of humor and way with words.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm
GC, I love the cartoon. Reminds me of my sisters. One's baby gson just had open heart surgery and she said he came through fine 'thank the lord'. I asked'and the doctors'? She didn't reply. Lol.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm

I was hit twice, Kathy.  The first time was in November of 2015, which was unpleasant enough.  The second was on a Monday morning in March of this year, and that was MISERABLE.  I went to the University Hospitals Ahuja Center Emergency Room, just north of us, and they took care of business.  That Tuesday morning, I was lighter by the weight of one gall bladder!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:19pm
Joan, that's the Pat I was asking about. Same as Loren and Carl.
I had the ct surgery on one wrist with no improvement so I didn't bother with the second. But, I have tendonitis in both hands and ct surgery won't help that. Everyone is different.

Loren,how long did it take to diagnosis your gallbladder? I've had the test three times and it's shown normal every time. But,I still have the pain in the upper right, almost constantly now. Now I get nausea with it. Guess it's time to have the test again. But I'm going to have it done at a different hospital.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2016 at 12:07pm

Joan, I hope your surgery yields a good result.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 9:56am

Ooooo, and while I'm at it, VERY BEST WISHES to you, Joan!  I hope your carpal tunnel surgery goes as easily and as well as my gall bladder did!


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