Hang With Friends

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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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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 May 14, 2013 at 12:20pm
Tom, great video on merging galaxies. Kind of like the current financial crisis, chaos of financial collapses results in bank mergers into bigger and bigger institutions. "What happens when two galaxies collide? Although it may take over a billion years, such titanic clashes are quite common. Since galaxies are mostly empty space, no internal stars are likely to themselves collide. Rather the gravitation of each galaxy will distort or destroy the other galaxy, and the galaxies may eventually merge to form a single larger galaxy. Expansive gas and dust clouds collide and trigger waves of star formation that complete even during the interaction process."
Hey folks, we have the power to stop this insanity. Stop using big banks, boycott credit cards and banks that exploit people. If enough people did that, we would end these ridiculous patterns of people being afraid because of losing huge chunks of money and running helplessly to banks to solve the problems they created in the first place.
People, wake up! Who cause the financial collapse? Who benefited by it? Why paid heavy prices for others' greed? Who is going to rescue us? Are we helpless?
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 12:00pm
Steph, love the boxed cats! They look sublimely content.
sk8eycat, Eric Idle has such a great way with lyrics and delivery, he makes the songs. As to freezing lemons and throwing them to the objectionable ones, wastes a lot of good lemons; perhaps freezing the nuisances out of our lives and making lemon ade to drink with friends in the garden and having a good chin-wag would feel better.
Mindy, it surely doesn't take much maturity to realize work, work, work, is what life is all about. The summers off end, the free weekends end, the free day occurs so very seldom, and starts again every week. I think that is the hardest part of the transition from school to adult living. I see it in my grandchildren, and the realization of my children that they went through that period as well. It is at that point children begin to appreciate their parents and forgive them. At least, that has been my experience.
Comment by tom sarbeck on May 14, 2013 at 11:06am

If you want to watch galaxies colliding, in both computer simulations and real pix, visit

today, May 16 before midnight EST.

If you don't make it today, you can scroll down to the bottom  of the screen, click on Archive and click on the May 16 line.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 13, 2013 at 11:38pm

I was lucky to have loving parents without serious dysfunction. I grew up poor but uncomplicated.
Thanks sk8eycat for the Galaxy and DNA song.
Booklover (Melinda or Mindy) the wilted puppy was a hoot.
Cute cats, Steph.
Joan, thanks for keeping me up to date on how you’re doing. Good luck with chemo.
Thanks for Chris Hadonfield’s Space Oddity, Tony.
Ian, your witness guardian link came up “file not found”.
Good night, all.

Comment by Steph S. on May 13, 2013 at 10:17pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 13, 2013 at 10:15pm

Hope everyone had a good Monday.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 13, 2013 at 10:14pm

Melinda, my parents weren't perfect; there was a 10-year period when I wanted to shoot my father because he couldn't stop drinking, and (like most alcoholics) thought nobody noticed because he mostly drank straight vodka. Vodka itself may have no odor, but anyone with a nose can smell it on the drinker. But he did sober up when I was almost 21, and I went to work for him, and learned all phases of bookkeeping. Unfortunately, he's consumed all my college savings before he dried out, so....

In the meantime:

Who Needs Lemonade Anyway?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 13, 2013 at 7:38pm

Revised Version of Eric Idle's Galaxy & DNA Song:

The Original:


Keep on evolving and revolving!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 13, 2013 at 7:18pm

I think "Space Oddity" has gone "viral;" three friends have sent it to me today.

Re: Mothers Day (and Fathers Day next month)....I'm afraid that all they do for me is remind me of how much I miss both my parents.  I wish they were still here, but young and healthy.  Sept. 8th will be my Dad's 110th birthday; I don't think he would appreciate being alive at that age.


Comment by Steph S. on May 13, 2013 at 6:57pm

Booklover that is a cute puppy pic.

Thank you Joan for the links and the picture.

Napoleon - thanks for the pics too.


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