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 Oct 20. 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 The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 8:08pm

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.  My highlight to date was last night coming home on the train from the airport.  I got to watch a man flossing his teeth.  Gotta love public transportation! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 8:06pm

Joan, I love the aquariums.  Especially the sink.  The guy who cuts my hair has a small aquarium in his shop.  It has only two fish but he was joking just the other day how one fish has cost him about $400. It seems that particular fish kept eating the other fish, and he's spent a lot of money buying new replacement fish.  The two in there now seem to be getting along for now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2013 at 4:09pm

Carl, dreadful thing to happen to your little oasis! There is something about a garden and its gardener that brings out the best of people, and even with a beautiful beginning, your new landlord has no such affinity. 

I went hunting for indoor Koi ponds, aquariums, planters, and ran across these jewels. Perhaps there is an idea here that will work with your travel. 

13 Unexpected Aquarium Design Ideas

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 3:56pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:48am

When I was a little kid, our refrigerator had a long horizontal vent on the front along the floor that blew out warm air when when it was running its cooling cycle.  On those Fall and Winter days when the house felt a little chilly, I used to curl up in front of that vent like a dog in front of a fireplace.  It's always nice to have a special little place for such activities.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:20am

Ha Ha.  Love Bill, Mindy. 

I guess when no box is available, an envelope will do just fine. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2013 at 12:59am

I like the letter - reminds me again of Heinlein's Job.

And the pond is beautiful! Strange isn't it, Flying Atheist, how some people like to live in ugly surroundings.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2013 at 11:29pm

That's a nice backyard, Patricia.  I love environments like that.  When I moved into my current apartment 13 years ago the landlord had a small little 4 X 4 ft. koi pond and lush greenery all around our small city backyard.  It was very pleasant.  When the building was sold about six years ago, the new landlord took out the pond and ripped out all the plants and vines.  What a shame!  For the life of me I don't know why.  Now his mother has piles of aluminum cans scattered everywhere to be crushed and recycled and miscellaneous metal objects piled up for scrap money.  It now looks like a junk yard back there.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Yes, Patricia, that was a horrible event in Quebec.  I saw overhead photos that were taken before and after.  Buildings were just leveled.  A lot of lives lost.   

I'm also seeing a headline just minutes ago that a bus has crashed in Italy, killing at least 36 persons. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:33pm

BTW, I don't wish to diminish the horrible events taking place in Syria, Egypt and other places where far more people are dying just trying to establish freedom and human rights.   


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