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 Oct 22. 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 Joan Denoo on February 4, 2013 at 11:43pm
Ian Mason, this is a good place to vent and release tension that builds up with all challenges one faces in life; and you have been challenged.
Learning of your daughter's conversations with you is a very good sign of her growing up. All the developmental phases present stress, but that going from "silent-adolescent" to sharing adult takes time and patience. She showed good judgment not staying with a drinking-sports-obsessed fellow. Finding a new friend at work gives hope he is steady. Having an English dad may create some opportunity for conversations. I know what you mean about our children finding ones that are "good enough." I guess the only thing a good parent can do is remain steady, especially when their lives get a little choppy. Being a good solid anchor for her to be able to trust and rely on frees you up to work at that ... we can't change others who may be unsteady; we can be a solid rock and everyone benefits.
Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2013 at 4:27pm

Tony, I am SO out of it that it's taken me this long to finally get the joke..."and I was like OMG!"  I effing LOVE it!  Thank you for the delayed LOL.

Everybody...think we should ALL sing "Here Comes the Sun" as a Solstice carol? 

Pass it along, maybe we can start something.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2013 at 3:07pm

Felaine, thanks for Here Comes the Sun song.  Like Melinda, it brought tears to my eyes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 4, 2013 at 12:53pm

Steph, don't feel bad about being behind.  Many times I leave town for work and when I return I'm 6 or 7 pages behind.  

Also, I was curious, Steph.  Are you planning on attending any of the American Atheist convention in March when it's in Austin?  You're lucky to have it in your city! 

Comment by Steph S. on February 4, 2013 at 11:57am

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2013 at 9:14am

Felaine, smashing video. Melinda, the look on "pillow-cat's" face is priceless. Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2013 at 4:58am

Thanks Joan. I will survive. Might swear and curse somewhat though.

The good news: my daughter, age 25, has a boyfriend that she feels comfortable telling me about. I met the one she had when she was 18 but she dumped him because he was more interested in beer and football than anything else. There have been others but she hasn't said anything about them. All I know so far is that his name's Martin, he's also a student at business school and they met working the same weekend job at a supermarket chain's call centre. The other thing they have in common is that his Dad is English too. I'm looking forward to meeting him at some point. He'll be all right 'cause my daughter chose him but I doubt that anyone's really good enough for my little girl :-D

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2013 at 1:46am

Sk8eycat, a great thing to watch and feel spirits rise. Sweet dreams back to you ... alll. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2013 at 1:15am
Flashmob treat in Madrid Employment Office:
Sweet dreams, y'all!
Comment by Steph S. on February 4, 2013 at 12:13am

Funny Tony! Love it - I love Chemistry.


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