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 5 hours ago. 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 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

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 May 21, 2016 at 8:00am

Hello all. Have just returned from Brussels, which was nice but to the news that my stepmum has died so I only have time to turn round and get off again to England.

I visited Athens with my daughter a few years ago. I loved it. She thought - as teenagers do - that I was daft, getting excited over old stones.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 17, 2016 at 10:12pm

Catching up... sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Randy!

About "What to think about machines that think", the discussion "Terminator movies too comforting" is worth revisiting! A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 17, 2016 at 1:56pm

Yanni plays keyboards, not sax.

I still get email notices about the NING trouble so its not over for everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 17, 2016 at 12:48pm

Hi, Randy.  Welcome back.  Sounds like you had a great trip.  I would love to visit Greece and experience the food and the rich culture. 

It was frustratingly quiet on A/N while you were gone because of the prolonged connection problems, so you didn't miss much.  It seems to be working OK now.  Hi, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2016 at 6:59am

Q-M, perhaps it was Yanni. Soprano sax by anybody grates (on) my ear, brain, and senses. That's especially true of so-called "smooth jazz".

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 16, 2016 at 1:41pm

Good to see you back safe, Randall. 

Kenny G? Shouldn't it be Yanni's music playing in Greece?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2016 at 11:06am

Randy, glad to have you back and read a little about your trip to Greece!!! Your daughter as companion sounds invigorating mentally and physically. I don't remember the city of Thessalonika, but the holes we dug and the artifacts we found in the outskirts were memorable. 

Our A/N down time has been a bummer, hopefully, it is all cleared up. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on May 16, 2016 at 10:33am

Welcome back, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2016 at 7:25am

I'm back, and it's good to be able to read and comment here at A/N. I understand there's been some problems. Glad to have missed them.

My trip to Greece with my daughter (age 42) was all I expected it to be, with a few exceptions: the Acropolis was closed due to Greece's Easter (May 1); there was a public transportation strike for 4 days that disrupted travel; airports play nothing but Kenny G (whom I loathe); and airplane travel is no fun.

Other than that, northern Greece and Corfu was spectacular. Thessalonika is a very large city (unexpectedly so), Mt. Olympus and the Pinus Mts. are massive and snow covered (ditto). Hiking in deep gorges and up steep mountains was rigorous and long (up to 10 miles). Scenery is incredible! The guides were terrific. Accommodations and food wonderful.

There were ten of us--all Sierra Club members, plus the leader and two guides. Some went rafting. Not me. I fell backwards earlier when fording a stream and hurt my tailbone making it difficult to sit down. We had time to explore on our own, especially in cities. Corfu--island and city proper, for example, was much more densely populated and urbanized than I expected. Every Greek sits around drinking lots of coffee and smokes (and stares at Americans).

Overall, it was a great experience. And spending quality time with my daughter was priceless. We had a blast. Still, it's nice to be home.

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2016 at 3:08am

We'll see. I've spent hours trying to post messages this week, I hope thing will go back to normal.


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