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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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 Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:20am

that was funny booklover!! I loved it - that Lolcat made me laugh.

Flying Atheist thanks for the videos.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 16, 2013 at 10:42am

The most despicable thing that Agnes Bojaxhiu ("Mother" Teresa) did was to constantly speak out against abortion and contraception.  When she was asked why she encouraged overpopulation and famine...and people having more children than they could afford to take care of, she would always drag out that old saw that "The lord will provide."

She also seemed to believe that the suffering of the poor was "beautiful," and somehow helped the world, but nobody ever had the cojones to ask her "HOW??!"

She was brain-damaged, IMO.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 10:17am

And proud to belong to your team, Joan! But I'm very glad you've got such a wonderful real life team!

Sending you a wallflower from my garden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:38am

I just drank 32 oz of water and am fasting, preparing for a cat scan this morning. Then no more until next week. I intend to enjoy these days away from treatments and protocols and just enjoy my fabulously beautiful, weedy garden. 

Mindy, I will be thinking of you and your mother and daughter enjoying a lovely time together. 

Thank you, each one, for your encouragement. You help keep that dark cloud from enveloping me. You are part of my team and I appreciate you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:33am

Mindy, a wise man, and I too "I love Alan Alda! :)"

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:07am

 sk8eycat, Great news about your project to increase energy efficiency in your home. A nice happy cry clears out the old cobwebs as it gives you fresh ways to see the world. It is kind of a wet  emotional ophthorectumy: cuts the nerve between the eyeball and rectum so one doesn't have such a shitty outlook on life. 

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Hitch's book on Mother Teresa. She was brainwashed and couldn't put an end to mindbinding of religion. Perhaps her final days would have been easier for her if she had abandoned her yearning for a reciprocal Christ and turned to her own internal strengths. 

"Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.
— Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979"

Doubt, questioning, examining, exploring are part of what makes us human and leads us from the filth of dying people laying on cots dwithout adequate medical and hygiene care and could have move her to see the role religion plays in creating, maintaining and perpetuating such poverty. She was part of the problem. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 8:19am

Felaine, I'm glad to hear your good news.  I just bought a powerful LED light on sale, so I'm glad they gave you LED lights.  They have no mercury, don't break, are the most efficient, and can be turned off & on as much as you want without reducing their life.  Some can even be dimmed.  

That Hitchens' book sounds good.

Joan, sorry about your bad day, but glad to hear you have such good support.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2013 at 5:50am

Good things happen sometimes, Felaine. Enjoy them.

The best way to avoid wasting food? Feed it to me! I admit to having a "very healthy appetite", to put it politely. It's a good job I'm an exercise junkie too.

Joan, it sounds like you've got a great team there and I'm sure that helps. Even that old sceptic Hitchens said there was a link between morale and health. All the best to you and yours.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 3:44am

Joan, I wish you the the best (of all possible outcomes).

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 1:24am

Today was the toughest day for me as far as procedures go. I had an EKG of my heart, which is normally just as easy as watching a heart pump blood through the arteries, but I am getting pretty tender from all the procedures that have taken place. A hematoma developed and we drained as much blood from it as possible. However, I go in next week for a procedure to reopen the wound and clean out the dried blood. We had to delay chemo until all this was completed. Now, we are back on track of the Cancer Conquering train, all team members are on board and expect good results.  

Laura and my two granddaughters go with me as they are able; they are as excited by all the protocols, and equipment as I. Michelle is taking training for emergency medical care in her volunteer fire department role and Laurie just completed home health care training. With their training and my daughter's good, calm, sensible approach, we all seem to be thriving. 

Cary does a beautiful job of keeping track of all my drs appointments and medication. He also takes on the house and yard and cooking and washing up. I have it so easy, and all because of this fantastic family. My son and his family in Colorado send me their positive energy, so we are all teamed up in this together. 


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