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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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 on Tuesday. 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 Ian Mason on July 21, 2013 at 11:48am

Welcome, John Kennedy Opiyo. Enjoy yourself here and be sure that you have the support of good, kind people.

Felaine, loosing a pet is hard. Feel free to vent, We understand and feel with you.

Joan, I wouldn't want to be without the benefits of modern society but we really do need to learn responsibility. Life wouldn't be so hard without, for example, huge neon advertising signs. I reflect sometimes on the root of the word "luxury", from the Greek "lux" meaning light. There were times when light was a luxury for 90% of people. Shouldn't go back to those times but a little moderation would benefit here in the over-consuming West. We could learn to appreciate the darkness/night but of course without "god" coming into it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 11:31am
Randall, The night sky, diversity of flora, fauna, and elements, opportunity, and possibilities all reside in the perception of the individual and require no god to make them magnificent and preferable. To refer to nature and god in the same paragraph reveals more about the writer than about the nature of these things. Personally, I think referring to god creates a dumbing down of society. Ya, I am pissed when I read such drivel as well.
Comment by Loren Miller on July 21, 2013 at 9:03am

You're not the only one to be pissed off by Bogard's presumption, Randall.  May I heartily recommend you write NatGeo and register a bit of indignation with them?  Somehow, people need to understand that awe and wonder need not be coupled to some imagined super-being, that the beauty of this reality stands amazingly well all on its own.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 8:16am
6:00 AM, 58 degrees F, and I am headed to the garden until the heat drives me in for the day. Mosquitoes keep me inside in the late afternoon, so I have 5-6 hours of wallowing in the pure pleasure of plants, birds, squirrels, and a new visitor, a Siamese cat intent on catching birds. I hope my fences around the feeding stations protect my little friends. The fledglings sit on wires or shrubs, fluttering their wings, mouth wide open waiting for their parents to provide food. Bird-parents are not yet at the time when they fly away in the presence of a fluttering offspring.
Ruth, what a nice comment to read, your appreciation for balance. It seems I have a wider, longer perception of events and that moderates the present messes we experience. I believe most problems, conflicts, and chaos are opportunities for solutions and my job is to find ways to make life better.

"People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection."
~ Albert Ellis
Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2013 at 7:46am

Is there no escape? From Bright Nights, Big Problems, a National Geographic article by Paul Bogard, he writes, "Most of us have lost this opportunity to be awed at the sight (night sky), to feel similarly inspired to create, to change our lives, to gain a greater understanding of our God."  I don't know about you, but I bristle when I read that. Perhaps he meant nothing by saying "our God". Still, was it necessary?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2013 at 12:10am

Thanks for the upbeat note, Joan. I agree. Chaos can generate the energy to make necessary changes. I do have a vision for humanity surviving in a more mature form. Sometimes my mood is dark and I post that way. I appreciate your balance. What would we do without you! What would I do without you!

Sorry about Hairy Jerry, sk8eycat. We’re with you, whatever course you take. If he were my cat I would have him put down humanely. It's very fast and virtually painless (just the needle). I waited until my first cat was having convusions for a couple of days, though we knew she was deathly ill. Later I felt guilty for making her suffer so long. Cancer is painful, and we don't realize their pain because they  instinctively conceal it. Frankly, when I saw Mushroom's pupils overdilate a second after the morphine injection, I thought that might be a nice way for me to die were I terminally ill. I tear up thinking about the event, but it felt right. It's better than a pet hiding, as they do when in severe pain at the end, and dying slowly, all alone, afraid and in pain. Ach. There I go again with an excursion into the bad parts of life. I hope you don't all think me bipolar or something.

Thanks for the hilarious annoyed cat picture, booklover.

Your funny meme is also a hoot, Flying Atheist.

I have to mellow out.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2013 at 3:18pm

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:54pm

Many thanks to all of you who have offered virtual shoulders for me to cry on.  Especially Joan; You really undderstand.  Well, so does anyone in here who has ever had to deal with this kind of situation.

I wish we could have caught Jerry's tumor early  enough for it to be removed and treated, but I think it was already too late when I adopted him 2 years ago.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:47pm

Welcome, John Kennedy opiyo!  We need people like you in this group; I love exchanging thoughts and "coversation" with people from all over the world.  So, join the party, and don't be afraid to speak out.  You may have seen my latest rant...I have a cat who has untreatable cancer, and I'm already beginning the grieving process. And dumping my feelings on my friends.  (I have heard people elsewhere say, "But he's only a cat." But he is a sentient, feeling being as far as I'm concerned, and I don't know if it's time to let him go yet.)  That's what I'm struggling with now.

But I'm not always like this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 10:53am
john kennedy opiyo, I am very happy to see you joined this group. I know so little about your culture and hope to learn from you. We can share our experiences and lives in this group and I look forward to reading your comments.
My bald head is because I am half way through cancer therapy and I expect my hair will grow out as white and lush as ever.

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