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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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 The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:44pm

Chicago used to be similar to Rome.  "All roads lead to Rome."  At the heyday of rail travel, all railroads led to Chicago.  To this day, still, Illinois has the highest number of deaths by trains because of all the ground-level grade crossings - another result of our flat landscape.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:38pm

The Flattest U.S. States? Not What You Think.

Kansas is not the flattest state, despite common perceptions.

National Geographic

Illinois comes in at the number 2 spot right behind Florida for the top two flattest states.  Kansas is seventh flattest. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:34pm

All I remember about Green Bay is that it was effing windy and COLD.  We always played there just before our December 10-day hiatus.

We changed trains in Chicago a lot, and the railyards were so peaceful-looking when covered with snow. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:29pm

I've always wanted to take the Canadian traiins from Vancouver to Nova Scotia, and Amtrak from New England along the Atlantic coast, and then back west via New Orleans to LA.....but Texas, parts of New Mexico and Arizona are (to me) too bleak and flat.

I have relatives in Winslow, AZ, and a 3 day visit is about all I can take in that town.  It's on a high plateau, about 4500 ft, but FLAT.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great photos, Felaine.  That's one thing I love about traveling, being able to regularly visit and see landscapes that are vastly different from the flat prairies of Illinois.  Every type of terrain is beautiful in its own respect, and natural prairies are filled with wonderful types of grasses and wildflowers.  Chicago is in a great location on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, but I've always loved seeing mountainous terrain.

We don't have mountains here.  We don't even have rolling hills.  About the best we can do are our ridges.  These are the long stretches of sloped ground common in this area where the edge of ancient glaciers sat that formed the five "Great Lakes."

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 9:12pm
Lovely neighborhood Sk8eycat. It certainly did change as things in life tend to do. I think l would be tempted to post a sign for people to pick up after their dogs and leave the damned fruit alone.
Although it probably wouldn'tdo much ggood.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

I forgot to add that I get very freaky in places where the land is 100% flat, and I think taking an ocean cruise out of sight of land would affect me the same way. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 8:56pm

This shot was taken 4 years after we moved in...and the ONLY time it snowed and stayed on the ground longer than a day.  There were only 7 houses on our street then, with a couple more under construction, and the school one block up the hill had opened the previous September (1948).

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 7:26pm

Chris, a hedge or a fence around our front and side yard would look awful in this old neighborhood; part of the attraction is the openness.

As for the trash that lands in the parkway (the lawn between the sidewalk and the street)...we are responsible for the upkeep, but it is actually City property.  View of hills from our front lawn....crabgrass.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 4:19pm

Mindy, I was thinking you had more cats, but couldn't remember.


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