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 The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2013 at 3:45am

Ian, thanks for posting the link referring to Joseph Campbell.  I've never read any of his books but I have watched many of his lectures and interviews on DVD.  He's endlessly interesting and educational.  I always end up with the feeling that I just earned a college degree.

I know it's a turn-off for some, but I've always enjoyed his academic, classroom-style of presentation.  I could listen to him speak and tell stories for hours.        

Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:25am
Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:08am

Joan, you write a beautiful picture of the season.

Actually, I've been using less time on  the computer and more time catching up on reading. It  feels like the right thing to do at the moment. Not that I'm ignoring my friends here as I do try to keep up with what's going on but sometimes I feel I have less to say.

Keep well, all.

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2013 at 10:01pm

thank you Tony - very good

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2013 at 2:30pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:50pm
Tony, I am not sure I want to open the Palin site! I've already heard her philosophies far too many times. Oh well, what the heck. Here goes ....

So, nothing new from her lips.

Here is the good news, we quickly move from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice, with leaves so bright in color it takes my breath away. A more beautiful scene can not be produced even by the finest painter. Or the sounds of autumn chores preparing our gardens for wet weather followed by cold blasts of wind and snow. The sounds of kids making snow structures, including our yearly igloo that glows in the dark. The harvest season always includes huge feasts of fresh foods and celebrations and Solstice brings feelings of closeness of family and friends with a feast to honor the shortest day of the year. For me, in includes the five generations gathered around the biggest family table and making decorations with sprays of coniferous branches and cones from the forest. We exchange gifts on the shortest day of the year and on New Years day we call out to the sun to start its trip across the sky bringing more light. O! It is a grand time full of love and sharing and care for the needy. The animals of the garden and forest creep into our vision, just long enough to thank them for a fine year and grateful for no forest fires.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:33pm
Ian, I love your bailout plan! Exactly what those liars and thieves need to do. I would gladly be available to do the cleanup.
Nice to see your posts again, Ian; I missed you.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:30pm
Mindy, your "Spin the bottle" photo came as far as my Inbox and I was able to retrieve it. Funny, I can remember feeling, "Not him! Not him!"
The image did not open. I always check the Inbox and sometimes I can get the image and sometimes not. Fickle machine! There are other little gremlins in my MacBook and I need to get a check up. I wonder if computers get cancer?
Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:17pm

Thanks, Ian, but it's really easy: use your empathy and don't be afraid to look like a fool.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2013 at 1:00pm

Laughing while you learn sounds great and I take my hat off to anyone who can create that kind of atmosphere.

Here's something I think is funny and makes a point:


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