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 October 9, 2013 at 2:40am

Tony, that "Chammak Challo" video is fun to watch and very colorful.  I found two things to be very interesting.  Everyone was very light-skinned and the lead male had searing blue eyes.  I wasn't expecting that from India.  I hope Bollywood isn't purposefully making such drastic changes to their performers in order to make their films more marketable.  I admit, I know absolutely nothing about Bollywood movies, so perhaps this clip is an anomaly.  I've watched independent films from India but not from mainstream Bollywood.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 12:08am

Mushrooms sound good in chili. Will have to try it.

I like the old song and dance movies from the 30's and 40's. Grew up watching them with my mom. Song and dance is still alive in India. This is from the movie RA.One. Chammak Challo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:57pm

Patricia, I so wanted to be a tap dancer when I was a kid.  I grew up watching all those Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple type of movies and I've always loved the music from that era.

Sauteing the mushrooms first is a good idea.  I suspect that brings out more of the flavor. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:42pm

Here's a little gem I discovered.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:37pm

And now for something completely different.

Ian, try this when your back is better. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:24pm

Tony, that's a wonderful clip.  It sure is a mood enhancer. 

Patricia, I forgot to mention, I've never had chili with least that I know of.  I'm curious what kind you use.  I imagine the little button mushrooms would be very appropriate as well. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2013 at 11:08pm

Sorry to hear about your back also Ian. When I get feeling bad, I like to watch old movies. I hope this helps. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Swing Time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:57pm

Sorry to hear about your back, Ian.  As someone who occasionally has their back "go out" on them, I totally understand.  Last time it happened to me, about two years ago, I was literally in tears one night from the horrendous pain and using a folding chair as a walker to get from my bed to the bathroom. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:48pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Such fun things. Thanks, all. 

The "Rappin' fo' Jesus" reminds me of Dawkins saying "it works, bitches". An old man trying to be hip.

Haven't been around much the past few days. The  weekend was spent doing some much-needed cleaning around the flat. The sort of cleaning that includes inside kitchen cupboards and draws, under and behind funiture etc. Hurt my back doing it too! Still, most of it is done for the year. Only the living room left and that is a project in itself.

The one piece of pure pleasure was a concert Saturday evening: Caroline Henderson and her trio with their unique form for jazz, including some interpretations of Brecht/Weill. Can't find anything recent on You Tube so you'll just have to trust me when I say she has a great voice.


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