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 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 4, 2013 at 12:27am

My condolences on Hairy Jerry, sk8eycat.

I always loved Simon and Garfunkel too, Loren.

I spent the day drinking Pedialyte and reading about how our heated up ocean is eroding Ice shelves and glaciers faster. They're talking about a foot of sea level rise by 2050. All that climate change heat "disappearing" into the ocean apparently means the ice shelves melt from the bottom. Then as sea level rises, the shelves float higher, so the warmer water can erode the bottom even more. And so on. They're just beginning to figure out how gigantic shelves break off, which accounts for half the total melt.

Enjoy your Sunday, folks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 11:02pm

I wonder how they look now? They will always sound special. 

"The pair last reunited at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame concerts in New York in 2009."
Read more at 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 10:52pm

Elaine, I am sorry to learn about Hairy Jerry and your loss of his companionship. The lovely bouquet of flowers Carl sent you reflects the sentiment of our little group, caring for you and your sadness. 

May I add just a little scene? 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 3, 2013 at 10:11pm

I just spent a bit of this evening listening to an old friend ... actually TWO "Old Friends," being Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and their amazing concert some 30+ years ago in Central Park.  As I listened, I was astonished to hear what was, for my ears, classic after classic after classic piece of musical legerdemain, mostly written by Simon and voiced by those two remarkable artists.

May I leave you this evening with this wonderful, understated anthem to America ... "An American Tune:"

Have a good night.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2013 at 9:44pm

For the weekend. Just a fun little ditty from a time long ago that I love. I hope everyone enjoys.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 8:23pm

I forgot to say that I still have Pumpkin, aka Prancer, aka The Brat. He and Jerry weren't exactly friends, but  he KNOWS something happened today.  You can't tell ME that cats (and dogs) aren't sentient creatures.

Thank you for the flowers, Carl.  They're lovely.

Dirty Elaine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2013 at 7:47pm

Elaine, so sorry to hear that news.  Thanks for checking in an letting us know.  We've all been thinking about you two.  Although the finally outcome was not a  surprise, getting there is never easy.  If it's any consolation, you can be sure that Jerry had the best of care and shared a wonderful companion for many years. -- Carl


Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 7:28pm

Hello.  I haven't been around for a while because I was fussing over Hairy Jerry, and when I wasn't fussing, I was in my room re-reading my favorite books to take my mind off everything. finally got to the point that Jerry couldn't even swallow water, and we took him to the vet today....and you know the rest. It was actually very peaceful for him, but my eyes are still wet from time to time.

I'm blaming myself as usual...for hanging on to him as long as I did. I always do this.  I'll get over it, and be back sometime soon


Bye-bye, Jerry. You were the most affectionate cat I've had in ages. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:39pm

Melinda, that is exactly why we have to fight against health insurance linked to jobs, and for universal health coverage. It is a tough fight, and one well worth the effort. Our nation cannot be strong as long as the system doesn't work for all its citizens.

It seems to me, the major issue besides health care for all, is education for all, even life-long learning. Investments in education always pay back to the system more than it takes out.

Take a simple example, when I lived in Alaska, the native kids didn't know about hygiene. With just a few very short, quick instructions, we were able to teach them how to blow their noses into tissues, toss them into a fire, and how to wash their hands. The colds and flu went down, school attendance improved, and the general health of the kids improved. Prevention is so easy, doesn't require a degree in science, is easy to learn and everyone benefits.

Does your husband have good stress management techniques? In reality, one can't cure stupid, and when management is not as smart as they think they are, the workers pay a price. So, workers can learn procedures that reduce stress, even as they take on management. Part of the strategy is building coalitions, which is exactly what unions do.

With you and your kids having health problems, and living in a culture such as ours, we need strong leadership to take on systemic problems. You can't do it alone, but you can and do take necessary action when it is called for. This is no time for prayer ... it is time for praxis, thought + action.

Praxis is usually considered a liberation theology word meaning to express how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be lived in the world.
In secular terms, it means the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced. embodied, or realised.

Thought without action is a daydream. Action without thought is a chaotic nightmare.

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 4:54am

:-D Thanks Ian! Is Denmark still in a heatwave?


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