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 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 tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:48pm

Okay, Grinning Cat isn't a literalist!!!

About coffee's taste. When I went into the Navy the old salts (Navy lifers) told me that if I don't drink coffee I couldn't go on coffee breaks. To make coffee, they threw several handfuls of coffee grounds into about ten gallons of water and put the business end of a steam hose into the pail until the concoction boiled. New and naive, I learned to drink coffee but only with four spoonfuls of sugar.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:31pm

Free coffee for a dollar, and the explanations below?

We have a few literalists here. (Former biblical literalists????)

"Free Coffee for a Dollar" metaphorically criticizes the people in government who are giving libraries less taxpayer money--making those who use services pay.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 24, 2013 at 4:23pm

Felaine, I never drank coffee when I was mormon, but like you, I thought it smelled good.  I still like the smell, but the taste is disgustingly bitter.

Also, I never was impressed by the Seagull "miracle", even as a believer.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 24, 2013 at 4:08pm

I'm a little late getting into this discussion..."stuff" is still distracting me.

When I was in high school, some of the girls I hung out with were Mormons, and they talked a lot about not being allowed to drink coffee (most of us didn't like it anyway), tea, Coke, Pepsi, none of those "brown" drinks.  BUT what most people didn't know back then was that almost all soft drinks have caffeine in them.  Even today,, when all ingredients have to be listed, the only bubbly drinks I know of that aren't caffeinated are 7-UP and Canada Dry ginger ale....AND Champagne.  Hee-hee-heee!

I don't know if hot chocolate was on the forbidden list.  That was a lonnnng time ago.

I've never been interested in Mormonism, but I never did learn to like coffee.  It smells good when it's brewing, but it tastes like dirt to me.

When we played the Utah state Fair in Salt Lake, a bunch of us took the tour of Temple Square, and I had a difficult time not laughing out loud when the guide told us about the "miracle" of the seagulls. Even right out of high school, I knew that the Lake was a remnant of a prehistorical inland sea, and there had always been seagulls in the area.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 3:31pm

Ian Mason, that is such good news and I did not know of their efforts. I would far prefer a collaborative project rather than a competitive one. I could never understand school sports competition because it very quickly turned into "rich school vs poverty school". It just didn't make any sense to me then, or now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 3:28pm

Megan S. McGary, What were the factors that made you question the beliefs of Mormonism? Was it questions coming from within you? or challenges from outsiders? Can you describe what age developmental stage you were at when you began to question? 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 24, 2013 at 2:55pm

Joan, do you know of the "West-Eastern Divan orchestra" led by Daniel Barenboim. It's based in Spain but includes Muslim, Jewish and Christian members and was the star of last years Prom season, playing all of Beethoven's 9 symphonies. I have their CD set of the same pieces and the performances are top-notch. This is, of course, music at the flagship, elite level but I've heard of others at a more every-day pitch.  We can only hope for a change in atittudes via culture. I think there are also sports clubs that try to cross the divide and this is also a positive move.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 1:10pm


I was raised LDS, my home was very strict in following the rules of the mormon church. I still live in Utah, most people here are mormon. The mind gymnastics people here have to do to believe in that church astound me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 12:56pm

The Power of Music | Playing For Change Foundation

Just imagine a group of youngsters from Israel and Palestine making music together, a cooperative activity, and the better they cooperate the better they will learn how to be a team. Surely, it has already happened, but it makes good sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2013 at 11:52am

Grinning Cat, I like your interpretation!

Debra Stevenson, what drew you to Mormonism in the first place? Your description of some of their beliefs is quite revolting!

booklover, as usua, outstanding photos. 


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