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 12 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 Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:26pm

I had a procedure done yesterday that was virtually painless; drawing a hematoma in my breast that required long needles and I got to watch on the ultra-sound equipment. I was so eager to watch, I wore myself out, turning and twisting to see what was going on. It was odd watching the pool of blood disappear through the needle into vials. Not a bit of pain but I imagined the sucking sound of the Titanic going underwater. There was no sound; I just imagined it.

Laura and Laurie went with me and kept me cheered up. I came home and slept the rest of the day. 

Chemo starts next week.

Remind your loved ones to get regular exams.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:15pm

Ian, I respect your life's journey, and your ability to overcome an addiction. The brain is a difficult thing to master when it acts against your interests. Congratulations. 

Your day with your daughter and her friend sounds very special and may you have many more such days. 

Is this the brand and style you enjoy? 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2013 at 4:29pm

Hey, gang.  Sorry if I haven't been around much, but the display on my laptop crapped out during my trip to Dallas, and there wasn't much I could do about it.

My time there was hardly boring, though ... and for more reasons than one!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 3:28pm

Ian, what a fabulous day!  You must be worn out.  That is one FULL schedule.  That's like a weeks worth of activities crammed into one day.  I had to google "Branston pickle."  Sounds tasty.  What are some of your favorite ways to use it? 

And congratulations on 10 years of sobriety.  Milestones like that are worthy of recognition.   --Carl

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

Just got home from a really nice afternoon evening. 1) visit to an art gallery and enjoyed coffee and a (very young) music student concert in their cafe. 2) concert hall for Mahler's 8th symphony for 2 orchertras, 6 choirs and a bunch of solo singers, a mammoth work. 3) out to eat with my daughter and met her boyfriend for the first time. He seems like a nice young man. 4) got a present from my daughter ( a jar of Branston pickle) on the occasion of my being 10 years sober.

If any of you have had a day half as good as mine you are a very lucky person. This is one very happy man signing off and going to bed.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 10:31am

Tony, I enjoyed the pipers.  I actually learned to play saxophone in a program that was part of a pipers, drums and regimental marching band when I was 13 yrs old.  We used to march in tons of parades in the Chicago area.   

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 10:01am

Melinda that sounds like a wonderful day with your Atheist friend. I love the lolcat too. Flying Atheist those are great singing and dancing cats.

Ruth thanks for the coffee cup pic.

I actually love tuna. : ) Cats love it too.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 9:51am

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 9:50am

Those were fun pipers Tony. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.

It is a pretty day outside.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 4, 2013 at 12:00am

LOL Thanks for the musical cat gifs, Flying Atheist, and happy weekend to everyone from me too.


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