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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 Ian Mason on March 20, 2016 at 5:38am

Happy Vernal Equinox.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2016 at 5:37am

Yesterday I went to an exhibition of the Danish press photos of the year. That was a sad experience. 90% of news photos were pictures of refugees. There were some lighter moments though.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 19, 2016 at 9:57pm
Ruth-Joan, I've been trying to stay away from the news because it is depressing. But I can never stay away for long. A couple of days is all l ever manage. Maybe we just have spring fever and it's to early to really gear up.
Temps are fluctuating wildly. Last week we were at 80° tonight we'll get down to around 30°. There goes the plums again. The tree is sitting in full bloom :(
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2016 at 12:23am

Ruth, you have good reason to be a bit depressed for a few days, and I join you. Prospects do not look good for a healthy future for our nation and for the Earth. If the worst case scenario develops into reality, we can only hope to be a voice of freedom and justice in a freedumb and unjust world. 

In the meantime, I will do all I can to educate people about the reasons our monetary system is corrupt, what needs to change, and the steps to establish a more humane life. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2016 at 10:34pm

What with our wonderful US politics and the planetary temperature spike, I've been a bit depressed for a few days.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2016 at 10:31pm

You introduced me to a new word, Bertold.

Not knowing the difference between freedom, and fascism is common freedumb lover trait.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 18, 2016 at 9:40am

I agree, Loren - I guess it comes under the He who pays the piper calls the tune department. Because freedumb.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2016 at 9:32am

That was impressive, Bertold, though I would have been more impressed if it hadn't amounted to little more than an Intel commercial.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 18, 2016 at 9:23am
Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2016 at 7:08am

My daughter and her 3 kids are visiting Legoland in Chicago today, as a matter of fact! Maybe it's not called "Legoland", but something like that. Spring break.


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