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.

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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 Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 12:32am

I wonder, box stores may sell cheaper, but I surely like my local baker who turns out pie crust as good as grandma's; the butcher who has only antibiotic-free beef from a local farmer who has immaculate operations that I am welcome to visit; eggs from a woman who raises egg money to augment her retirement; fruits and vegetables from farmers' markets in the neighborhood during summer and autumn. I drove only 300 miles in the last 6 months; I read articles from the internet and watch videos available at no cost. All in all, I live a pretty simple life style and love it. I suppose it wouldn't do for an energetic person, but I am happy and have everything I need and want.

I wonder if huge corporations will be affected by these new sources for food?    

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 11:19pm

ROFL Grinning Cat, that’s one heluva cable commercial!

Have a great day.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 3, 2013 at 8:32pm

TFA: Whoops!  Pardonnez moi!  Srsly.

IAN- "when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours."

Were you thinking of Nikola Tesla being ripped off by Thomas Edison and Marconi...among others?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 3, 2013 at 8:20pm

"when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours."

Were you thinking of Nikola Tesla being ripped off by Thomas Edison and Marconi...among others?

Sk8eycat, you'll need to readdress that question to Ian.  He made that statement. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 3, 2013 at 6:03pm

TFA: "when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours."

Were you thinking of Nikola Tesla being ripped off by Thomas Edison and Marconi...among others?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 3:55pm

They grow so fast!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 2:59pm

Life in all its wonder. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 3, 2013 at 6:26am

Sadly on point, Grinning Cat.

Meanwhile, United and Continental merged and effectively ruined my favorite airline (and no, it was NOT United!), and now what is it ... US Airways and American are looking to merge and cut the choices down even FURTHER?

Seriously ... it looks as though we're headed for multiple monopolies in multiple industries and no one gives a good damn.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2013 at 1:49am

The first honest cable company ad? (NSFW: contains the F-word.)

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2013 at 12:28am

I enjoyed the Short History of Nearly Everything very much, mostly because of all the people who refused the easy old answers.


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