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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. 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 Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 1:07am

Patricia, what awful ordeals you endured. Do you have some rest/relaxation things that helped you get through them? Take good care of yourself. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2013 at 11:58pm
Loren, that is a lovely piece. Very soothing. Ravel's "Pavane pour un infante defunte."
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2013 at 11:35pm

Ian, Sibelius: Karelia Suite, certainly is rousing music. It should get me moving. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2013 at 11:27pm
Wow "'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals" should get the grey matter stimulated!
Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Pardon my interruption here ... but I wanted to interject something truly beautiful ... something poetic, flowing and profound.  That something came from the pen of Maurice Ravel, and I truly believe it encompasses all the qualities I listed above:

What that is ... is Ravel's "Pavane pour un infante defunte."  It is among the most beautiful pieces of classical music that I am aware of ... and I invite you:

Please listen.  Please enjoy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 8:05pm

Patricia, I had no idea you’d undergone such suffering and surgery. My spine has been degenerating more rapidly lately. Today my orthopedist prescribed sleeping in a back brace. Hopefully I’ll be able to use fewer Lidoderm patches to get to sleep. My pain is nothing compared to what you describe.*shudder* Doctors not taking your pain seriously, I hear you.

When it came to the point where I could not get off the floor, then I was classed as an 'emergency case' & got in within a week.

Your two year recovery does, however, also sound daunting.

Here's a zero calorie "box of sunshine".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 7:22pm

How to fold a shirt in 20 seconds. I've been doing it wrong all of my life.


Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 4:18pm

More music...IF the link works

as Dan’s song about Rick Perry puts it, :

Get Off Your Knees and Get to Work”? 


(Piety is like garlic, a little goes a long way.)

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 12:18pm

;-D   Nobody can resist strawberry ice cream!

Comment by Steph S. on June 17, 2013 at 11:34am


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