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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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 on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 sk8eycat on August 21, 2013 at 2:01am

Ian, I really needed to spend a few days in somebody else's house with a big fat cat, and a fantabulous modern kitchen. I didn't do any real cooking this was "salad weather"...but I did boil up a quart of hummingbird syrup, and filled the feeders.

I just needed to spend some time in a place where everything didn't reminded me of Hairy Jerry. It worked.  I'm not kicking myself anymore.

Now I have to get out my Mac laptop and learn how to use it. The difference between that and Microsoft scares me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2013 at 11:55pm

Mindy, I am very happy to learn of the developments for your daughter and you. Seems like positive steps toward growth. Being excited about changing events and looking toward possibilities can be so very uplifting. Taking new directions and going into the unknown can awaken unrealized interests. Good for both of you. Please keep us posted on the outcomes. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 20, 2013 at 10:08pm

Thanks for the noctilucent clouds and aurora video , Chis. The music was perfect.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 20, 2013 at 9:28pm

Mindy, many good wishes for both you and your daughter.  You may even enjoy dealing with customers and meeting new people. You might surprise yourself.

Best of luck, and a BIG HUG!

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 19, 2013 at 11:49pm

Thanks, folks. Your good wishes are very warming.

Glad you're back, Felaine and that you enjoyed a break. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 19, 2013 at 6:39pm

I'm home, and thanks for all the good wishes, everyone!  I really needed to get out of this house for a few days, and not be reminded of Hairy Jerry every time I turned around. 

I spent 3 days glued to MSNBC, and then Saturday night A&E ran "Ground Hog Day." I'd never seen it before, and several friends had recommended it highly.  My reaction?: meh. I  guess I've read too many similar stories in Analog and/or Fantasy & Science Fiction. I knew everything that was going to happen....and the scene where the truck goes over a cliff and explodes spectacularly, turned me right off.  That does NOT happen in real life. Or maybe only extremely rarely.

Am I a cynic?  Or have I lived around the film industry too long (since I was 5 years old)?

Anyroad, it's good to be back, and now I can afford to have my hair cut, and take a friend to a local pub for bangers and mash.  NOT the best thing for  my diabetes, but I figure one meal like that won't kill me.  And I WANT it!  tee-hee!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2013 at 4:32pm

Poor Ian indeed.  Sorry about your dementia troubles, but like the sound of your delicious balcony crop.

And, Chris, it's nice to hear your auntie being overjoyed to see you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:31pm

Spice, the Old Mama Cat  came out of the barn and had breakfast with me on the patio this morning. We had a sweet nose rub, and I gave her a brushing. Laura does a beautiful job of keeping all the animals well groomed and it was easy to groom her long hair.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:27pm

Ian, I am very sorry that these stressors come, one with another. Take good care of yourself. I hope your Mum and step-mum are relatively free of anxiety.  Memories mean a lot to older folks and I know you have the patience to hear the same ones over again. Funny how old memories pop up from out of no where, giving sweet thoughts to enjoy.



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