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 on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2014 at 9:35pm

Lauren Bacall was one of those Hollywood types that was the epitome of class, grace and dignity.  And a mesmerizing actor. 

Joan, I can't even begin to imagine how companies recruit and train people to do such crazy jobs.  I hope they well-paid for their services.  If it was me up there, the people down at street level would probably be covered in my vomit.   

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2014 at 9:22pm

Joan - you are a wizard with the video clips! I also really enjoyed the Phil Zuckerman piece you posted. I love that guy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:16pm

Carl, I wonder what these guys do for fun! Likely not listen to birds chirping in the forest. 

Why would anyone take on such a job? Do they like their work? Do they like each other? Do they ever lose their tempers? 

Most unwelcome message from one to the other, "Oh! Oh!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:10pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2014 at 8:08pm

>Another loss......Lauren Bacall.

"You know how to whistle, dontcha? Just put your lips together and blow.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

I agree Randy.  Jumanji is about the scariest movie I like to watch as well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 13, 2014 at 12:19pm

That certainly is a great view Carl!  I would love to climb those things.  Heights never did bother me.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 13, 2014 at 11:18am

High anxiety, Carl. I couldn't do that.

It sounds like you're busy, Mindy, in the really good way. Hope you don't miss the young ones too much.

I'm probably in the minority here but I prefer Robin Williams stand-up work.

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2014 at 10:09am

Are you down there Carl? Watching this with sweaty hands - I can get dizzy standing on a newspaper. But really great views!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2014 at 9:38am

This is absolutely crazy wild.  Two men doing maintenance work on one of the two antennas atop the John Hancock building here in Chicago.  Great views from high up.  Hold on to your seats!



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