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 Qiana-Maieev on June 1, 2016 at 7:04pm

I just thought it was a fun picture.....good for a laugh.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 1, 2016 at 7:02pm

Joan, I also missed the news -- glad to read that you're happy, back in your own home!

Qiana, that picture looks very much like a melding of the FSM, a longhaired Ceiling Cat, and Yoda! Maybe they're all aspects of the same being. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 6:35pm

Carl, I am very excited to read your update and the things you can do now. If you like to write, or if research brings you pleasure, being retired opens up golden opportunities, or if you like tying fishing flies, or making bamboo furniture or talking with friends, you are now free!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 5:58pm

Randy, I agree, stay in my home as long as I am able. I was happy at Laura's and being with all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Laura's branch of my offsprings. They were very kind and loving to me and watched over because of all the animals on the acrage and the wild things that come and remind us they were there first. 
I was very sick when I went there and weak. I felt vulnerable and helpless. As I tended to the chores of family life in the country, I regained my strength, health, and stamina, I lost my sense of helplessness. Coming home is what I need to do. I miss each family member and Fire District 8 members who drop in, and the lovely neighbors who also enjoy country life. The animals were a special treat for me and I miss the dogs, cats, and chickens. I even miss the ceyotes that howl through the night. Of course I miss the greenhouse and I am happy to say that we harvested all the vegetables that survived the Newport area freezes and I planted every growing big with spring vegetables. The ediple pod peas were so good, as was the lettuce and spinach. The onions hadn't matured when I left and the tomatoes and peppers looked healthy. 

The family assured me I was welcome back and they seemed happy when I told them I wouldn't bring back all those bookcases and books. They are not interested in the books, but they jumped at the chance to get extra shelves for arts and crafts. Craig will get my library, which is about as fine an applied social and psychological reference source one can find in Spokane. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2016 at 4:45pm

Randy, thanks for inquiring about me.  You didn't miss any updates while you were in Greece.  During that time A|N was experiencing many outages, so there wasn't much to miss.  Glad you had good travels with your daughter.

Not much has changed with me.  I'm attending physical therapy twice per week and it definitely is helping to strengthen my legs.  Of course with my condition the goal is only to maintain strength, not to bulk up my muscles, as over exercising is counter productive and could excel any muscle deterioration. 

At this point, I'm basically retired and adjusting to a new lifestyle.  Overall, life is good.  Perhaps I could work in some capacity in the future, but for now my life as been in so much transition and adjustment that I wouldn't be able to commit to steady employment - at least not at this time.

My parents are in the process of getting ready to move from their home into a two bedroom apartment in a retirement community.  My three siblings and I recently got together for one week to help them sort through all their (many!) possessions.  This gave my parents the opportunity to give away certain items to each of us that they personally wanted us to have.  Additionally, we got to choose and acquire family items had special meaning to us.  The six of us had a rather fun time with lots of laughing. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2016 at 6:53am

Yes, Joan, I too was surprised to hear you have moved back to Spokane. You sound happy and content. And I concur with Bertold.

Thoughts of moving occur to me every now and then. As long as I'm able, I'll stay where I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 1:27am

Oh! Bertold, what a nice sentiment to hear. Thank you. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 1:17am

And you're one of mine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 1:08am

Krebs is one of my heroes. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 1:05am

Joan - As Maynard G. Krebs used to say, You're a real human being!


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