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 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 The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 9:04pm

Randy, sorry to hear about all the weather problems you and your family are going through.  The flooding of farmland and the loss of buildings and so many trees is devastating. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 24, 2016 at 3:07pm

Awful, awful news for you Randall, & terrible for the trees.

We always had the high winds in the autumn, but now its year round, at any time.

Comment by k.h. ky on June 24, 2016 at 12:23pm
Randall, sorry to hear that. Weather reports were running on the TV last night predicting your area would be hit hard. By the time it arrived here after midnight we only had a small amount of thunder and almost no rain.
Comment by Plinius on June 24, 2016 at 10:44am

That's bad Randall, a pity about the trees and I do hope the greenhouses were insured!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 24, 2016 at 6:38am

Things got even worse on the farm after a storm with 100+mph winds blew through. My kids "lost" two greenhouses with damage to others. And I (we) lost at least 30 nice trees, some 3 feet in diameter, in the 7 acre woods. I walked through it, scrambling over and around downed maples, buckeyes, oaks, etc. It was devastated, as was I. It'll take time to recover.

Comment by Plinius on June 23, 2016 at 1:21am

Beautiful viseo, Joan, thanks. I have been watching  "Last chance to see" this week, so beautiful, and it leaves me a little hope for the furure.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 22, 2016 at 3:48pm

Mesmerizing Joan, but the music should definitely be softer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 2:30pm

Ian, a forklift driver has good attributes: you can push things around and bring order out of chaos. I hope you like your new skills and enjoy the people with whom you work.

 I found a film that relaxes as it intrigues me. I turned the volume way down to the lowest decibel to add to my enjoyment: 

Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland

Comment by Ian Mason on June 22, 2016 at 2:09pm

Good luck with the wine, Randy. One of the few things I miss by being sober is the fun of making my own wine.

That's a great video, Joan. We can only hope that those threatened, peaceful creatures are allowed to survive and multiply.

I've recently taken my 'driving licence' for fork-lift trucks and am now doing a 4-week practical session at a builders merchant/lumber yard. It's state-payed and I'm not the only one. This is what's happened to all the basic labouring jobs here: there all being done by unemployed, immigrants and refugees on government schemes. The tax payers are subsidising capitalism.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 12:54pm

Our strange weather is cool, windy, wet then dry for long spells. 

My neighbor to my east salvaged the wood from the fallen-down fence and is rebuilding it a little shorter. We took out all the ivy, which he calls, "rat homes", meaning squirrels and mice. My plan is to plan raspberries along that fence. Since he hated the ivy, I checked with him if raspberries were OK. I reminded him that raspberries will mosey over to his side of the fence. He gave his approval. 

I now have the east, south, and west fences replaced and the only things that get back there are skunks, raccoons, and cats. 

I enjoy learning of your raspberry wine, Randy. A nice way to get your daily fruit portion. 

How are you doing, Carl? I think about you often as I go about my daily life. Your recovery amazes me. Dawn, my neighbor across the street, still works as hard as before her heart transplant 20-some years ago. She said she doesn't have as much "breath" as she used to, and she is grateful to have breath at all. 

For a moment of R&R: 


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