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 10 hours ago. 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 Plinius on April 21, 2016 at 11:53pm

And there's space for more improvement...

Comment by Donald L. Engel on April 21, 2016 at 4:39pm

Hey Bert, don't mess with their minds.  They're trying to handle LGBT right now, and spelling is way down on their list.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 21, 2016 at 3:03pm


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 21, 2016 at 2:59pm

Comment by Ian Mason on April 20, 2016 at 12:39pm

Those are good principles, Bertold.

Randall, doing nothing is sometimes the best treatment.

We're having a couple of sunny days at the moment before Winter gives a little encore at the weekend so I've been making the most of it and going jogging in the woods. The anemonies are flowering and the trees are in bud; there fore a little topical tune. The Flower Duet from Lakme.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 19, 2016 at 9:08am

The seven tenets of The Temple of Satan:

Valerie Tarico contends that these are ethically superior to the ten commandments!

Anyone who is familiar with the Ten Commandments will immediately recognize that these seven tenets offer an easier path to equanimity than do the famous Ten. The first of the Ten Commandments—Thou shalt have no other gods before me—asserts the primacy of a single deity rather than the primacy of compassion and empathy. It prescribes competition between religious worldviews, the very antagonism expressed by Christian students in Bremerton and Christian callers from across the country. More broadly, the seven tenets emphasize positive, pro-social values rather than bad behaviors to be avoided. They largely express egalitarian values that transcend tribal boundaries, in contrast to the Ten Commandments, which endorse the view that women, slaves and livestock are possessions of men. They invite inquiry rather than certitude and individuality over tribalism.
Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2016 at 6:59am

"Frustrating" doesn't begin to say it, Randall.  I'm just hoping we're back to being able to post comments!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 6:53am

The fish and puppy photo reminds me of all those other unusual animal "pal" stories. Pretty amazing.

I'm hoping A/N is back to normal now. It got very frustrating.

My hips are 95% healthy now. Everybody kept telling me to go to the doctor or chiropractor, but I knew that time was the best healer. I know my body better than anybody.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2016 at 12:20am

Ruth, I love this photo of fish and puppy, nose to nose. 

Comment by Jayanthan on April 18, 2016 at 10:53pm
Lovely and Beautiful

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