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 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 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 Ian Mason on June 10, 2013 at 11:23am

Nice one, Melinda.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2013 at 11:19am

Senior Skinhead Joan, I salute you. Hope the birds don't take you for granted and start coming round again next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2013 at 9:23am

Nope! Definitely not a wig! If a bald Joan results, a bald Joan is what the world gets. I wear it as a badge of honor. We have quite a few bald women wandering around Rosauers  grocery store or the hardware store, the only places I care to go. It doesn't take long for hair to grow back, and who knows, it may grow back to my favorite style, white and straight. 

Well, I am off to the garden to share my shedding hair with the birds. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 10, 2013 at 8:42am

Joan, are you going to get a wig, or have you already done so? 

My mom was terribly upset about the hair-loss part of the treatment, and her oncologist's assistant suggested an Eva Gabor synthetic wig.  It was comfortable, washable, looked perfectly natural, and they're still in business!  Made all the difference to her morale (This was years before anybody came up with the idea of "teams." As I said before, she had to go through the chemo "discomfort" at home with just me to try and keep her from giving up.)

When her hair grew back in, it was as thick as ever, and was pure white (It was salt & pepper when it fell out).  She looked terriffic!

I was looking at the styles online last night, and I'm tempted to get one for myself, just for the fun of hair is so thin, fine, and colorless that I can't do much with it but have it cut every 2 months..

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2013 at 1:18am

Chris, I feel fine. No more nausea or diarrhea, Creating the most delicious soups with vegetables and herbs, choking on my falling hair. Tomorrow is shave my head day with my cousins. 

Comment by Plinius on June 10, 2013 at 1:01am

Sorry to hear about your hair, Joan, but the white lining of the birds nests is lovely to think of. How are you feeling? And must you wait long before your treatment is finished?

Thanks for the holiday pictures and stories, Ian! I enjoyed them very much! 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 9:50pm

Be careful you don't get a sunburnt head, Joan. Good that you're recycling as you go.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2013 at 8:26pm

Sorry to hear about your hair loss, Joan.  I like the idea of you combing it outside.  At least the birds will put it to good use.  All life seems to work in continuous cycles.  Your loss is a gain for something else, and in time you'll have your silver crown back. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2013 at 8:12pm

My hair is coming out in big chunks! Sitting in my garden, i pull the comb through my hair, and great gobs of strands come away from my head and float to the groud. Birds chirp and dance around me as the hair hits the ground and they fly off with mouthfuls of my white hair. I have a feeling all the bird nests will be white this year!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 9, 2013 at 2:41pm

Lilie, you were on holiday, he was trying to scratch a living. 

A quote a remember from someones memoirs. A townie, he was fascinated by the fact that someone he met had been a ploughman with a horse-drawn plough. He asked what it was like. The ploughman replied: "how would you like to spend 10 hours a day looking at two bloody great horses' arses?"


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