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

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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 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 Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 12:58am

Quiana, I know you knew! I just wanted to join the fun!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 1, 2016 at 12:20am

I know that Joan, it was a joke.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 12:05am

Yes, I have moved back into my home and plan to stay here, happy, content, and proud of having created this peaceful place.
My daughter and her family took very good care of me and nursed me back to health. Some of the boxes remain at her home and safely put in a moving van that they own and keep on their property. My boxes contain books from my vast library that Craig wants. No one else in the family cares for books, so it is working out just fine. I brought my kitchen items back and gardening things. These are my two favorite places. They mostly remain in unpacked boxes, and that is just fine; I have another ten years, at least, to unpack them. I am happy beyond my ability to speak to be back home.
Oh my goodness, don't be depressed about my talking about my death and sorting things for my heirs. My life has been so full, the decisions I made all those years ago to leave my husband was the only choice I could make, and I am finally coming to terms with that. I was frightened that I had made a wrong choice. All I have to do is look at my children and know that if I had made any other decision, I would have subjected my kids to a childhood of fear and brutality. As it is, my legacy to them is a broken string of family violence. None of them use violence to solve problems or conflicts; they all learned interpersonal relationship skills ---- from me! Their dad went on to abuse another family; my father gave my mother a beating and weeks later she died. It stopped! Here! With my children and me!
Qiana that is not a photo of god, it is the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Even if it is a faux photo, it still is a good likeness to our great FSM.
Now, in the memory of the Great Giant Teapot, I dance with the stars under a clear sky, so very happy to be alive.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 31, 2016 at 11:22pm

Thanks. I'll have to honour my daily pot of tea then.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 11:18pm

Two lovely, cheerful videos Joan. Thanks. I too had missed that you've moved back. I'm glad that you're feeling good where ever you are.

The picture of that spaghetti thing is a fake. The true God is the Great Giant Teapot!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 31, 2016 at 5:11pm

Impressive lighting effect, Daniel. I imagined much smaller, dimmer ceiling brightening.

Joan, you're not the only one annoyed by LOLspeak. I think it's because people need to feel superior, so they make the cats seem stupid. It's also like regression to a child ego state, a chance to talk like a kid in public, acceptably.

Our culture is loaded with this sort of thing. For example whenever a TV character is portrayed as a genius, he or she always has to either be socially inept in the extreme or have a major character flaw. In Buck Rogers, the genius robot had to be programmed as an arrogant a**hole. <sigh> Our cultural products reflect how flawed we are.

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I hear you Ian on, "Where there's a will there's a relative."

Joan, I've only kept up intermittently here, and missed something. You're not living with your daughter any more? Ah, it's depressing hearing you talk about dying and sorting your belongings for relatives. I'm not sorting anything. I've always loved Bobby McFerrin's performances. He looks extra nice dressed in white tux and bare feet, relaxing. Mostly funny, with a dark undercurrent. I found the floating out of shoes on the window ledge disturbing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 31, 2016 at 4:40pm

Joan-Harold and Maude is one of my favorite movies of all time. The direction was about as close to perfect as it could get. I don't think there's a minute in the film that doesn't further the story or the brilliant symbolism. The identical desks of the authority figures (priest, shrink, military officer) with portraits of their leaders (pope,  Freud, president) were priceless.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 31, 2016 at 4:34pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2016 at 2:09pm

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 31, 2016 at 1:51pm
Joan, I didnt know you moved back to Spokane! Sorry I have not been in the loop! Well, Im glad you can be wherever makes you happy!

Ian, when my parents died, I just let go of everything. i figured their obligation to me ended when I became an adult. The rest was gravy. I did say, If no one wanted the family photos, going back 4 or 5 or 6 generations, I would take them. And 2 furniture items. I actually regret that, because the photos feel like an obligation to be their caretaker no one else living cares about, and the one furniture Item That I got feels sort of the same way. Its an old oak dresser.

Joan, glad you have Cary there to help out.

My main job after retiring seems to be to get rid of stuff. I took 3 carloads of items to goodwill, and 2 carloads of books to the public library used book sale. I filled up the recycle bin and trash bin several times over. It helps that with retirement,
I quit all the stress eating and junk food and none of the old clothes fit now, so off to goodwill with most of my clothes. Im down to one closet plus one dresser, that's all I use or need.

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