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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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 March 11, 2016 at 12:15am

Carl, Laura and I were not hurt; the headlight disappeared under the fender, and the driver's side front fender will need repair or replacement. It happened so fast. I saw it out of the corner of my eye to my right on the passenger side and it looked like it jumped over the car and hit the left headlight and fender. The poor thing struggled so mightily to get up and off the road. 

Donald, I like being so deep in the forest but it is not all green meadows with deer prancing through looking like Bambi's mother. They eat our crops and tear down our fences. Memories of The Yearling come immediately to mind. 

I am a city woman losing my naivety. 

Thankfully, we don't eat our poultry; they lay eggs, eat bugs, weed the garden and fertilize as they mosey around. . 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2016 at 12:13am

To everybody here (but especially to Chris) I just saw this post and had to share.  It's beautiful.  Enjoy.

20 Photographic Proofs That Netherlands Is Europe’s Wonderland

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 10, 2016 at 11:35pm

Isn't country life fun?  We've been living it for 25 years now, and we were only a little worried once, when a bobcat came out of the driveway just as we headed in.  The coyotes don't bother us much.  They eat the rabbits that eat our garden.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 11:29pm

Sad story, Joan.  You don't mention it, but can we assume no one in the car was hurt?  I hope you're all OK.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2016 at 10:48pm

Sadly, about a mile down the road on our way to Spokane, we hit a deer. The poor thing writhed in the road and we stopped, called Larry and we waited. Two men came along and they used a knife to kill her. Just then, Larry came with his gun and finished taking her out of her misery. Her back was clearly broken and she struggled mightily to get off the road and back into the forest. 

I'm having trouble with the forest, the coyotes coming right out in front of us to grab a goose or a chicken, and finding a beloved pet attacked by a clawed animal. 

We have three wonderful dogs that keep the cougars, coyotes and occasional bear away, but some wildlife kill and eat beloved animals. Poor old Rooster Cogburn was killed and One-Egg-a-Day Banty Hen was eaten by a raccoon.

Country life, with beak and claw, puts one close to nature. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 9:54am

Yes, Randy.  The demographic difference between collecting polling data information from land-line only phones definitely is known to skew results.  I have both a land-line number and a cell phone.  All the annoying calls I've been getting are on my listed land-line number.  I guess I didn't notice it as much in the past as I was constantly out of the house traveling.  I'm home all the time now. 

The recorded messages from politicians pleading for my vote or endorsing others has gotten so numerous and obnoxious.  I get calls for judges, state representatives, city alderman, board members for the Water Reclamation District, mayor, governor, county board, states attorney...the list goes on! 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2016 at 7:29am

I've never been called to answer a poll of any sort (excepting brands of liquor, which I ignored). Once I got a cell phone and discontinued my landline, I receive virtually no calls (to which I'm most grateful!). I'm wondering if that's one reason why the Michigan polls were so inaccurate in forecasting the outcome in the Demo primary. Perhaps mostly old people were being called on their landlines, while the younger generation, having cell phones, weren't being polled. Afterall, the only persons being called are those who have listed numbers, right? That's one reason I'll never be called. Just a thought.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2016 at 11:33pm

I like Paul Jay, Senior Editor, The Real News. 

TRN's story for today, March 9,

"Miracle Technology" Isn't Needed to Stop Climate Change

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 9, 2016 at 10:57pm

I agree Carl. The most irritating thing about the robocalls is you can't tell them to fuck themselves.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 9, 2016 at 10:47pm

Our election primary in Illinois is this coming Tues. March 15.  I can't wait for it to be over.  I'm all for being involved in the political process, but the non-stop robocalls from politicians has been akin to telephone harassment. 

When the "Do Not Call" lists were started years ago I didn't have a problem with political calls being exempt.  I figured they were an important communication tool in the political process.  I've completely changed my mind.  There's no reason a person should be subjected to such an annoyance in their own home. 

Times have changed.  We can obtain our political information on the internet.  Using telephones for political communication has gone the way of the punch-card and hanging chads.  

[rant over]


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