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

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 22 hours ago. 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 Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

The former version of Google Earth had a date and time stamp on the photo. I don't see one here. This shows the large quake, but it was more than an hour ago. Todays are in orange, the past week is yellow. The size of the dot indicates the size of the quake. Press on the dot and it should tell you its Richter scale. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 2:32pm

Red dot means within last hour

Orange dot: past day 

Yello dot: past week 

This photo was taken at    ?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 10:21pm

How intriguing! Mary had twins, Jesus (Good) and Christ (Scoundrel).

I like the idea of re-telling myths. I wonder how long it will take for someone to tell the new myth and a group forms in support of that story line. Oh Jeez, then we'll have another one to refute. 

I wonder, Mother Mary was a prostitute and didn't know who the father was, and .... Oh! it's too late to imagine. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2014 at 10:13pm

While looking for something else, I found Ian Mason's comment a year ago recommending a few books.

I'll heartily second the one for Phillip Pullman's book "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". In this retelling, Mary has twins, Jesus, who teaches, comforts, and does good works, and Christ, who's more intent on starting a powerful institution than on recording the truth.

As Ian described it: "One of a series where established authors are commissioned to re-tell various myths. Pullman describes his book as being about 'how a story becomes a story', the distorting jump from a few simple events to a told account of them that spreads and spreads."

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2014 at 8:56pm

Napoleon, you have done it again. Just when you redeem yourself in my eyes, you invite me to look at those photos of two newborns and the video, "Viking Trance - Transfuseit" I could only tolerate if for about 10 seconds. I can't image watching for 7+ minutes. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 28, 2014 at 8:42am

I had to take that cat pic Booklover- I love it

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 9:50pm

Really good news about your daughter, Mindy. Sounds like she is on her way! Happy for you, as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:26pm

Very heavy rain and hail coming down how. Windy, wet, and cold. No gardening today, except inside. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:15pm

Oh Loren, you are so patient. I have a really hard time reading fiction. I read how much you enjoy it and recognize it gives ideas in ways that don't come across in the professional literature. However, I read a page, paragraph, chapter, and it is just so much blah, blah, blah. I am half way through and I will finish because that is my style. I do appreciate everyone's encouragement to get out of my closet and open up to new and different ways to enjoying life. 

I must say, This spring is especially welcome, even tough it is so crazy, unnatural. And we had that terrible landslide over on the coast with so many people still buried in the mud. The bodies come out, one by one. This morning they found the baby. The slide was compounded by recent earthquakes, very heavy rain, a deforested slope that has not grown back to hold the slope from caving. 

The way I read all this, we have used the Earth as if it is a slave to be bent to our will, and Mother Nature just does her thing, caring not one iota whether we survive or not. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:54pm

Thanks for the references, Joan.  As it happens, I've been intermittently rereading Double Star over the last month or so, and I'm maybe a third of the way into it.

While I think of it, have you finished Stranger and if so, what did you think of it?


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