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 Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 12:42am

And now for some recent literal bible-thumping:

Sheriff's Office: Woman arrested after using Bible as a weapon (, May 13)

A Kings Mountain [NC] woman was arrested Saturday and charged with assault inflicting serious injury after beating another woman with a Bible, according to arrest warrants.

[The 57-year-old woman] struck another woman "numerous times about her body with a closed fist and striking her with a Bible about her left arm," the warrant states.


So it's not just ninth-graders, as in the detention notice Matthew Greenberg posted last year:

Comment by sk8eycat on June 19, 2013 at 9:57pm

LMSAO! (The "S" stands for "skinny") You find the neatest stuff, Loren, and very often when I need a laugh.

Do you think that scene was before or after Lot went to bed with his  girls?

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2013 at 4:41pm

And now for something completely different:

Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2013 at 1:00am

So that's where the Sputnik ended! Thanks for the pictures, Ian!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 19, 2013 at 12:10am

Patricia, you have determination and style -- that license plate for your scooter is perfect (and not just because of the cat)!

And thanks, Ian, for that taste of "Sculpture by the Sea". (Their website has an extensive gallery.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:48pm

Ruth, I like your comment of Eva's version of "Imagine". Her mellow sound, coupled with her story, does produce a melancholy rendition.

Eva died of melanoma cancer in 1996 at the age of 33. 


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2013 at 11:41pm

Interesting sculptures, Ian. I didn't realize the second one was a dragon, thanks Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:41pm
Patricia, I have a whole new appreciate for you and your life's journey. With your wit and wisdom, you will always come out a winner. Especially appreciate the scooter, its license, you wearing purple and giving off that air of self-respect and dignity. Please include a photo of you and your husband riding your scooter. So sorry to learn of your husband's stroke and its consequences.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:34pm

Ian, take advantage of the senior discount if you can get it, the consideration may not be there in 8 1/2 years. 

On the other hand, it may feel better to be an "adult" not a "senior citizen". So, I guess it is best to do what works for you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2013 at 11:30pm

Ian, is this most recent piece also a light? I love the shape. All these interesting shapes arouse my curiosity. The Sputnik must have a story behind it. I am puzzled by the dragon ... is it flowers, or beer cans or ? "Sculpture by the Sea", Aarhus" led me to this intriguing site:

sculpture by the sea aarhus denmark. It answered my first question about the piece that looked like an imaginative  lamp post. Thanks for the treats!


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