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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 sk8eycat on March 30, 2013 at 7:01pm

Ian, my favorite breakfast is either leftover pizza, or a BLT with avocado on a croissant.  (Don't really have either of those very often.) I'm lazy, and the last thing I want to do in the morning, after feeding the cats and policing the litter box, is cook!


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:22pm
Spud! Great message!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 3:07pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:50pm
OH! Melinda, "a handful of nuts" means walnuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, ... I can't stop laughing!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:46pm
Of course we share concern about dumbing down of USA and loss of vital research. Some people believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Homo sapiens co-existed, that a super-human energy created all that is in six days, and some external being answers prayers, etc.
I am faced now with people saying they will pray for me. I don't need prayers, I need well trained scientists to facilitate management of my cancer. I need assurance that all have licenses and have credentials testifying to their knowledge, that they are held accountable when/if mistakes occur, that test equipment is sterile and does not infect me, that people know, based on evidence, what to do.
Yes, there is an emotional aspect of cancer, however emotional needs can be met by family and friends who express care for my wellbeing. I live abundantly in well educated, thoughtful, kind, compassionate members of my support team. All is well.
"Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much"
"Dr. Miller, who was raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, when it was a dying steel town, attributes much of the nation's collective scientific ignorance to poor education, particularly in high schools. Many colleges require every student to take some science, but most Americans do not graduate from college. And science education in high school can be spotty."
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks to Krozan Darshandhari, from Lalitpur, Nepal.

Secular Holidays by Season

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2013 at 11:55am

Breakfast? Having lived in Denmark for 27 years I've become a convert to good, dark rye bread and probably eat more than most Danes now. If I've been to the gym on the way home from work in the morning, then porrige, boiled with skimmed milk and as a little treat pineapple chunks. A good breakfast should keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:42am

Oh I love that Melinda! I need to do that with the real life ones too.

I am glad you are feeling better Joan. I am thinking of you and wish the best for you.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:40am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 9:00am

Have faith.  Good one Melinda.


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