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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 2:23pm

Joan, I absolutely love that last photo of "Lunar Earth-rise"!  I have a large poster of that one, and haven't had the money to get it framed and hung.  It just takes my breath away.

I agree with both Weinberg and Harris; it's time to take the gloves off and challenge religious fables and fantasies, and stop the TB's from tampering with science education in the public schools.  You all do know that US high school students scored second WORST in science and math among the industrialized nations. 

That's ghastly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 1:59pm

Grinning Cat and Joan, thanks for calling our attention to the Steven Weinberg video.  I'm in total agreement with him.  Religion, in any form, fundamentalist, mainstream, or innocuous new-age B.S. have no valid purpose in our modern society.  Using any type of religion as a foundation for belief is just building a house of cards.    

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 1:58pm

Thank you all for your good wishes, I AM doing better today, even though the parmacy hasn't delivered my Colcrys yet. I picked up my free Neurontin at my MD's office yesterday, and that one desensitizes the damaged nerves in y feet and hands, so I'm not wanting to howl when I take a step.

I've been rereading sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation; He doesn't soft-pedal anything.  It contains a lot of scientific facts to us when challenging a True Believer   Highly Recommended for atheists, and to sneak into a TB's library.  Heh!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 1:50pm

This is what I want to hug...even though I know it's impossible:

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:14pm

Napoleon,  I like your poster. Art that makes one mad, sad, glad, afraid catches not only the eye but he mind. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:12pm

Chris, you are way ahead of my area. The magnolia looks like it might have some juice running, but very small buds, still. Butterflies!? Oh my goodness. That is like seeing a rainbow with a pot of gold you can reach. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:10pm

Grinning Cat, is that what I did? Thanks for reposting. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2014 at 12:52pm

Worth mentioning again:

Steven Weinberg on religion and science in less than 3 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYlMpvHMXO4

(Thanks, Joan, for sharing this in a status!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 12:02pm

Chris, I can't believe you've seen a butterflies already.  Now THAT'S a sign of spring.  I still have a mound of shoveled snow in front of my house that's as high as my nipples.  (And I'm 5' 10")  Like Mindy just said, we're expecting more warmer temperatures that will start the big melt, and even thunderstorms tonight with freezing rain.  A complete mess!  I'm looking forward to seeing butterflies as well. 

Napoleon, I agree.  All art should be emotional in some aspect.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2014 at 8:16am

Hard to believe: I met the first butterfly of the year on February 19th! Crocuses are in full bloom and the magnolia buds can burst any moment. One thing is sure about the weather - you never know what will happen. Have a good spring everybody!

 

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