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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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 February 23, 2013 at 12:20pm

The Flying Atheist, I am impressed! I see you easily, thanks for clueing us to where you are in the orchestra. Did you play when you were in school? How did you pick the sax? Do you play other instruments?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2013 at 10:17am

Thanks G Cat.  I thought I knew all about passwords, but didn't know about the memorable phrase idea.  Sounds like a good way to generate a password that I can remember.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2013 at 9:18am

You never know what you'll stumble upon when surfing the internet.  I just found two videos of the community band in which I play saxophone.  These were recorded two years ago.  I thought I'd share a little bit of what I do in my free time.  I'm third row on the right, fourth person in.  I hope you enjoy. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2013 at 8:10am

Good morning! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 12:47am

Tony CarrollOverview Effect

Patricia, Bria Cox; 

The Flying AtheistNOVA: Earth from Space

bookloverSecular Creed; 

All precious pearls with information and beauty beyond describing. 

Thanks, dear friends. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2013 at 12:03am

Several people have had problems with posting pictures from webmail such as Yahoo Mail. (The picture that works for you, but not other people, is coming from your private email account.)

The solution is to download the picture to your own computer (right click and "Save picture as..." or something similar), then use that copy in your A|N post. The second button in the toolbar, "Add Image", in the group to the left of bold, italic, etc., lets you browse for a picture on your computer and upload and include it.

Oh, and it doesn't hurt to repeat this advice about passwords: words in a dictionary, including foreign-language dictionaries, are NOT good passwords. Hackers routinely use word lists to guess passwords, and they automatically add variants like "!nc0rrect".

A better tactic is to take letters from a memorable phrase, such as "The Flying Spaghetti Monster likes chocolate chip cookies with extra hot sauce", giving TFSMlcccwehs.

(from Abstruse Goose)

Comment by Steph S. on February 22, 2013 at 10:18pm
Cute pics booklover and Ian. I'm catching up on posts here.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2013 at 10:04pm

Sk8eycat, you seem to have a history of not being able to post your cartoons correctly.  You're reminding me of "Uncle Don Reads the Funnies" from radio days.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2013 at 10:01pm

Thanks, Ian.  I just read the wiki article and it prompted me to Google "hamsters and chocolate" with the following result:  Feeding hamsters chocolate.   I didn't have dogs or cats in my house as a kid but we always had a collection of gerbils or hamsters, and I knew that I was NOT to feed them chocolate.  I never knew why until today.  Isn't the Interwebs awesome?!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2013 at 9:59pm

If you can't see "Senior Brilliance" (yeah...I Copied it from an email, and I DO have Ya-effing-hoo Mail), it's a photo of two white-haired women grinning at each other. 

The caption says, "My memory really sucks,Mildred, so I changed my password to 'incorrect.'  That way, when I log in with the wrong password, the computer will tell me...'Your password is incorrect.' "

I can certainly identify with that! 


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