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

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 January 24, 2014 at 4:40pm

Spud, count me in on the potluck! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 4:00pm

Had my teeth cleaned yesterday, and the dentist checked them over today.  All looks good.  Don't have to have my large gold crown replaced.  Whew!  Escaped another $500 bill (over $1000 anywhere else).

Have an appointment with my new doctor next week.  It's his wife that cleans my teeth, and she's the best and most friendly that I've ever had.  She recommended her husband when I told her I wanted a doctor that was less religious and more scientific.  Don't yet know if they are agnostic, or what.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 3:53pm

Yes Mindy, I agree.  But if I had the green stuff, I would ask for a show of hands from those peeps that wanted a visit

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 2:35pm

Spud, I genuinely mean it when you or anyone has a constructive criticism. I'm trying to be a better writer and each one here offers insightful expressions that I value. Just as you all were my support team during Cruddy Cancer, I feel you are on my team to do a better job of writing.  

Comment by Plinius on January 24, 2014 at 2:12pm

I think I'll serve you a potatocake with the tea, Spud. I must find and translate the recipe - will post in FOOD.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 2:02pm

Chris, thanks for the tea and potato wish.  I do also.

Carl, thanks for the compliment and potato meal wish.  

Joan, thanks for the friendship.  Just in case you missed it, I only said some of your thoughts are too Buddhist for my taste.  Smile:)

Mindy, my first thought is also the worst case scenario in a lot of situations.  I think my meditation is watching my 300 favorite movies (mostly comedies) every year.  I like reading your posts. You have some good thoughts and often make me smile.

I can say much the same for Chris, Carl, Loren, Felaine, Joan, Patricia, Daniel, and a bunch more (sorry if I forgot you).  When an unknown rich relative leaves me a cool $million (yeah, right!), I'll come for a visit.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2014 at 1:56pm

Feh ... I'm doing.  Cold outside, but not INSIDE, which is a good thing!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2014 at 1:17pm

I thought this was just CLASSIC:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2014 at 12:00pm

Spud, it's always a pleasure to read your comments and to hear your views.  I second what Chris would be fun to sit down and share a baked potato meal with you. 

When my sister lived in northern California, years ago she gave me the cookbook "Small Potatoes" from the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa.  The whole book is everything potatoes.  From appetizers, soups, salads, breads, entrees, and desserts.  I've had a lot of good eating from that book.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 11:15am

Spud, I know what you mean when you wrote, "her thoughts are too Buddhist for my taste." They get on my nerves sometimes as well. I love the feedback. You are a true friend, honest, to the point, and clear. I have to say this site encourages such attributes. 


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