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

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 on Thursday. 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 Plinius on April 4, 2014 at 1:05am

Thanks Patricia. I don't want everyone to google my name and find me here - had a few surprises - so I changed to my old bookcross name.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2014 at 1:00am

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 9:57pm

Hi Patricia,

Where I live, no body will care if you are just an atheist and keep your mouth shut. But if you are an anti-theist/anti-religious (like me) and criticize religion, you will be in trouble for sure.

Our constitution protects all stupid religious beliefs and calls itself "secular".

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 11:22am

Thanks for the greetings sk8eycat! I'm getting more and more comfortable at this place. At first I was overwhelmed by the complexity of this place -- groups, chats, forums, walls, blogs. However, now I am much more comfortable getting my way around.

Thanks everyone, I'm in good company. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on April 3, 2014 at 11:11am

Welcome back  to deepthought42, and belated greetings to Arp.

This is a safe place for any kind of comments, rants, whatever you need to get off your chest, or just share with friends.  I've never seen any evidence that trolls or snoops/hackers have ever been able to tap into A/N, and we've all said some pretty personal things at one time or another. Not to mention slamming every type of True Believer.

Lately I have been withdrawing into myself here in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, and this is the only place I feel comfortable connecting with real live people with lively minds...instead of getting meaningless platitudes in return, I get sensible and warm comments and advice.

So, welcome, again...pull up a chair, or a giant beanbag, or whatever makes you most comfortable...picture a cozy fire of aromatic wood crackling in the fireplace, and maybe some popcorn (or chili) in a big bowl

DO visit the "FOOD" discussion(s)!

Anything that makes you feel at ease....

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 4:26am

Oh, and thanks to you too Patricia!

Comment by Arp on April 3, 2014 at 4:24am

Hey, it worked. Thanks Grinning Cat.

Okay, those of you who have seen my name, please refer to me as Arp henceforth. You may continue to use my original name in private messages and places which are not indexed by the search engine.

I just realized if I say something which the theists perceive as offensive and they find it through the search engine, I might be in trouble if they also happen to know me in the real world.

It will be slightly better if my profile doesn't give my identity right away.

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2014 at 3:16am

Changed both, and it works. Thanks, Grinning Cat!

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2014 at 3:11am

I tried that, but I don't see immediately if it worked.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2014 at 2:04am

Yes, under "Settings" (upper right, under your name and Inbox/Alerts/Friends), there are two pages where you can change your name here.

Your full name is in the normal "Profile" information (first page of Settings).

Your profile URL (for example can be changed in the "My Page" section. (Especially important for people who signed up using their real name, then realize they didn't want to do that!)


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