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 yesterday. 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 sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 11:56am

Randall, I think you meant the 1971 Sylmar (or "San Fernando") quake that destroyed two hospitals, one was the newly-built Olive View County Hospital that was supposed to be earthquake-proof.  Some older, unreinforced masonry/brick buildings at the VA Hospital...many of the most severe injuries and fatalities were patients at the VA.

I live in 1972, the power was off for most of the day, but in the parts of the Valley that are really City of Los Angeles, people were without utilities for days, even weeks. 

The 1994 Northridge quake was similar.  Both destroyed freeway overpasses that were supposed to be engineered to resist most quakes.

Both scared the Pea-turkey outta me...and my cats.  I have wished for years that I could afford to move to someplace boring.

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 10:03am

It's the best plan! Hug a cat and sweet dreams, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 9:29am

Wishing you all the very best!

Life is so funny, Booklover! Here I am, in the middle of the day, totally out of energy and looking at a mountain of work. I think I'll hide under a blanket untill it all goes away...

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am

Anyone living in the Northridge area of LA, and old enough, will remember the 1972 (I think) earthquake that killed 67 (I think) and did considerable damage to freeways being built. I lived in Pomona 30 miles away and was shaken out of bed. I left So. Calif. the next year!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 4:27am

Ian, you're SO baaaaddd!  (Thank you.  I love puns!)

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2014 at 4:20am

Couldn't resist this.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 3:04am

Joan, my sister told me that Freddie, the fat black cat, was on her bed, and slept through the entire event.

Useless blob.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2014 at 12:06am

Ian, safe journey, sounds like a visit. Hope all is well. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2014 at 10:52pm

Glad you're all right, Felaine.

That cartoon took me a minute too, Mindy.

What an amazing writing desk!

Tomorrow I'll be off to England on a family visit. Looking forward to it.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 10:33pm

Oh, I'm fine, but after living through 4 or 5 major quakes makes me jumpy whenever anything in the house rattles.  All it takes is a heavy truck driving up the street....


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