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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 34 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 22, 2014 at 8:58am

I've seen that happy child before Mindy, but it's a great reminder.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2014 at 2:58am

One for Napoleon. (Less knowedge = stronger convictions)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2014 at 2:56am

Happy Earth Day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 22, 2014 at 12:33am

Hi, Ruth.  Always good to hear from you. 

I saw my first butterfly yesterday while sitting in my parents yard.  A true sign of Spring and good things to come.  It was all white.  I've always liked butterflies and all their different colors. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 21, 2014 at 10:39pm

What a great group! Welcome back regular Mindy/booklover. I enjoyed all of your flowers, meerkat hugs, Dr. Tinycat, and George Takei birthday buddy.

I've been distracted all day, stewing about Climate Change damage to the East Coast Atlantic. Which I shared in Petey the Puffin tells the future. It's a relief to catch up with your lives.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2014 at 7:03pm

Joan, those are cute little huggers!  In my "Cute" file they go!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 21, 2014 at 6:55pm

I'm sure I speak for everybody on here, we like "regular Mindy" just as much. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2014 at 5:19pm

Had to save Dr tinycat.  So cute & funny.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 21, 2014 at 5:13pm

Mindy, please add me to that group hug!  And here's somebody to make you feel better

DR. TINYCAT

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 21, 2014 at 4:42pm

Mindy, I'll join the chorus hoping everything went well -- and that you'll be back on your feet, safely lifting, driving, and doing all that other stuff for yourself, before too long!

 

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