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 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 Oct 20. 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 Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 8:11pm

Ruth, I have that “why did I come into this room?” experience about 7 times a week!
About 4 times in the last 20 years I've had an experience where I don't recognize the room I'm in, even though I've been there many times. It's a little scary, but I just turn around and go back out, and I remember. I don't get too upset with it. My other memory problems don't bother me at all. I just laugh at them.
I stress at many things, but memory isn't one of them.

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2013 at 7:19pm

Good pictures Flying Atheist and Booklover - really makes you think.

How is everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2013 at 7:17pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 9, 2013 at 6:32pm

Cute motivational LOL, Joan.

Sk8eycat, I have that “why did I come into this room?” experience about twice a week. BTW, I just read that omega-3s cross the blood-brain barrier and help to prevent Alzheimer’s. I loathe crosswords.

Flying Atheist, your washing machine story is funny. A couple of days ago I forgot to put something back into the freezer after taking out one portion, till several hours later. *groan*

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 4:58pm

I am constantly stresses...trying to stay out of debt on nothing but Social InSecurity.  I just paid my property taxes online, and am wondering how much longer I can keep my house (and fuerte' avocado tree).

California used to have a law that allowed seniors and low income homeowners to postpone the annual taxes until the property was sold, but Der Governator did away with it after he ruined our economy by giving tax breaks to all his wealthy friends.  

I would go back to work if I could...even part time...but I quit driving 2 years ago, and public transportation around here sux.

Everyone I know who is my age or older complains of memory problem...not big ones, like forgetting where you live, or who you are.  Just the occasional word or two.  I have read that things like crossword puzzles help keep the brain active, and I am a Constant Reader. I can't function without a book nearby.

But, yes...getting too old to be productive is a constant source of stress.  I should have planned better, but I honestly didn't think I would live this long...or be physically disabled as a result of injuries from ballet and skating, which I loved. I thought I was a tough kid...I was mistaken.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 4:33pm

I forget words too Mindy.  I'll be talking and want to say for example "fingernail clippers", but can't remember it, so I'll say "that tool that snips your fingernails off", and continue speaking.  It seems to amuse people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 4:15pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 3:40pm

I have the same memory problems and have had for as long as I can remember (which isn't that long--ha!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 3:21pm

Yes, I will chime in with similar experiences. Frustating is just too weak a word for the feelings it evokes in me. Trying to remember who said what or to search for an idea that came through AN eats up lots of time. I join with the forgetters of the world in a massive, communal moan!

For those who have a photographic memory, give thanks to whatever energy seems appropriate.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

More confessions? It seems we all have the same problem...


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