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 Joan Denoo on April 5, 2016 at 2:26am

Carl, you are an inspiration to me. Your resilience and positive attitude encourage me to remember to live in the present moment, finding the pleasures that come from simple things; a great family and friends, delicious food carefully prepared. Each breath and each day are a triumphal declaration of being alive, expressing joy and anger, gratitude and sorrow, hope and grief. 

I like Ian's "Personalized" walker. It stimulated the imagination. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 1:21am
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Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 4, 2016 at 10:32pm

Its good you already have a walker. I use mine nearly all the time now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2016 at 10:27pm

It's been 4-1/2 months since my transplant.  I may not have my physical mobility back but I have so much more energy and stamina than in the previous few years.  That makes a huge difference in my attitude.  I'm back in the kitchen doing more cooking, which I love to do, and taking care of many previously neglected activities around the house, both business and fun.  I use a cane for outside only.  Inside is all flat floor surfaces and plenty of items around me to touch for keeping balance.  I own a walker which I used for a short time after one of my hospital stays but it's not currently needed. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2016 at 12:40pm

Carl - I'm really sorry to hear of your latest setback. You've had so much crap thrown at you and you maintain an admirable equilibrium in the face of it all. You're an inspiration for all of us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2016 at 8:10pm

Carl, bad news, indeed! I just Googled it, and there is no known prevention or treatment. Given such discouraging news, be sure to develop a strategy to deal with your reality. Find all the things that you enjoy that you will be able to do and focus on your abilities.Your disabilities exist as a fact that is beyond your control. You have a choice about how you react, and that decision will mean misery or gratitude. 

You have every right and need to grieve. The individuals in this group are strong enough to listen. As we are not able to change your reality, we can share the process with you as you find your new normal. 

Carl, you know I have a particular fondness for you. Being the same age as my three children and your enthusiasms ring my bells. Do take good care of yourself. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on March 31, 2016 at 5:12pm

Have you thought of a walker? The Euro type folds sideways & travels easily on transit, if you use that mode.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2016 at 4:32pm

Thanks, everybody, for your comments.  My attitude is actually very good.  I don't have much control over what happens to me so all I can do is continue forward and enjoy life. 

If I recall correctly, I think it was Joan who mentioned some time back that as we grow older or when we have certain restrictions placed upon us, we need to adjust to the standards of our new "normal" and move on from there.  Words of wisdom, indeed.

All of you are so inspirational in your unique and various ways.     

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2016 at 1:36pm

What Loren said, Carl! Shit happens... We're here to listen and give whatever support we can.

I hope the light exercise keeps up your strength, and that you get to participate in promising clinical trials -- and that the research progresses quickly into useful treatments!


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