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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Discussion Forum

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 k.h. ky on May 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
Hi Arp
Comment by Arp on May 12, 2014 at 8:11am

Quick hello from me. Hope you all are fine. I've been busy for the last month or so, and continue to be busy even now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2014 at 8:06pm

I like your Mother’s Day plan, booklover.

Napoleon, I don’t enjoy S&M, so I’d have found that missed ending less than fun. S&M is compatible with the personality portrayed, though. But it would have been a twist to not have the whole thing be a rant. Oh well, each to his own. You and I often have different tastes, but I still think you add so much to HWF. The world would be uber boring if everybody was like me.

I’m not a mother either, and  happy just to have cats. It never occurred to me to celebrate not-motherhood.

Joan, I’m just an ordinary old woman. If I were really that insightful, wouldn’t I have publications or something? Everything I’ve ever submitted was rejected, excepting at the most trivial level.  You are a very forgiving audience. Thanks.

Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:50pm
And... Happy mothers day.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:48pm
Oops, didn't see where you had already found it.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:46pm
Joan, a peep or my peeps in slang is 'my people'.
I'm not sure if that's the meaning your were looking for.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:44pm
Thanks all. I too was, and am, lousy at math.
I think that's why I'm so proud of her.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 11, 2014 at 1:40pm

Whoops!  It's "The Temple of the Innersprings."  I goofed.

The song is on Barker's CD, "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist."

(I love to listen to him play the piano...something I could never learn to do.)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 11, 2014 at 1:30pm

"Church of the Innerspriings" is a line from one of Dan Barker's songs, "Sunday Morning Blues"


Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2014 at 12:09pm

Ian, "Fear has two meanings" states what I believe. There are times to run and I have done that. Nothing else seemed to work. After running, fear grabbed me by the collar and told me to get busy. Plant that garden, get that job even if it was minimum wage, get more education, raise my kids to be moral and ethical human beings with love for themselves and for diversity. Oh! it was quite a ride. 


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