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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2013 at 9:34am

Sorry to hear about your PC, Ian. It's so frustrating to lose everything.

I've been an irregular member lately because I've been dealing with seasonal affective disorder. Yes, in the middle of Summer. For a month I'd been sleeping 11 hours, sometimes longer. It finally dawned on me that I'm not getting enough sunlight because I was going to bed at 2 or 3 AM. It's so easy to watch TV till midnight and then fall into the computer. Sleeping through most of the daylight turned into a viscous cycle.

In an effort to wrench my sleep cycle back to normal, some days I don't even get the computer turned on. I'm sitting in my sunroom now, as soon as I wake up, instead of heading for the computer as I used to do. It's beginning to work. Yesterday I did the gym routine I used to do ever so long ago, instead of the shortened version. Last night I only slept 9 hours 40 minutes. I have a way to go till my new day/night schedule is settled. I apologize for neglecting you so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2013 at 12:07pm

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2013 at 10:54am

If it's not one thing then it's another. Just got my PC back from the menders. There was a problem with it turning itself off when I watched TV or videos and the last time it happened it went back to near-factory settings so I've lost all photos, music, downloads docs etc. The shop said it needed a good cleaning inside to stop it overheating. That has been done but there are still problems so I may "disappear" again without notice. It may well be time to buy a new PC. My daughter tells me that 6 years old is ancient for a lap-top.

A good weekend to you all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2013 at 8:28am

Thanks Joan.  Another interesting bit from Tyson.  

Yesterday, I think I spotted him playing a character on the TV sitcom "Sanford and Son".  It looked like a young Tyson, and I think it sounded like him.  I only caught a few seconds of that character, so I'm not sure.  Does anyone know if it was he?

I do know he was on an episode of "The Big Bang Theory".  There he was playing .... Playing?  No, I don't think he was playing himself.  He was just himself, not playing a character.  Anyway, it was amusing because Sheldon was upset with him for degrading Pluto.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2013 at 12:23am

Just for the fun of it, here is a Neil deGrasse Tyson clip:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Earliest Evidence of Life on Earth

There is no such thing as a stable Earth. Oh joy! The only constant is change. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2013 at 8:30pm

Thanks, Patricia, for the book reference. Good point aobut not being responsible to phantasms. Your bread looks tasty. :)

Wow, booklover. You are far more involved with family than I ever was. I hope your daughter thrives in her new job. Exactly what is a puppy-niece?

Richard C Brown, thanks for announcing your interest. That’s a friendly way to join our group.

Napoleon, thanks for you sex education contribution. I’ve read about female genital mutilation for years but never saw it. That’s gruesome.

Sk8eycat, I’m glad to hear that Pumpkin is blossoming as an only cat. Watching hummingbirds is always so much fun. I had no idea they were so territorial. Perhaps that instinct is because real flowers have limited nectar, compared to feeders. Can she watch the nest from her den window, and see the baby?

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2013 at 7:01pm

Melinda congrats on your daughters job. Way to go.

Your Pumpkin is a beautiful cat sk8eycat.

So glad to be back here.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:54pm

StEph!  Sorry about the typo.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:53pm

Stph, that little ORNJ kitty looks very much like my Pumpkin.  And he has come out of his shell a great deal now that Jerry has "left the building."  He has never been an Only Cat in all of his 14 years; I think he's enjoying it.


Ruth, yes, I always see hummingbirds at the feeders when I stay at Sue's house. sometimes 2 or 3 will come from different directions, and then "scold" each other about who was first...even though the feeders each have 3 openings for group meals.

One pair comes back every spring to build (or refurbish) their nest in a camellia bush right outside her den window.  I have photos....

Those little birds know a good thing when they find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:44pm

Richard, WELCOME!



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