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.

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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 5 hours ago

While you guys are getting snow, we expect a high of 61°F tomorrow and 66°F Friday. Those roses are still OK. It was down to 28°F last night here in the burbs, but there they were. I think the south side of that building, facing a parking lot, is a micro-environment that saves up heat from the day.

Happy Turkey Day to all!

The honest political ad was cute.

Thanks for the Jimmy Cliff song, Joan. Bergen appreciated it. He's always liked the song. "Thank her for me", he says.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 6 hours ago

Joan, I love the Thanksgiving holiday. I celebrate it like I do with Christmas, with my own values, meaning, and interpretation. No, I don't use the day to celebrate and glorify the genocide that occurred on this continent. I make the day "my own" and celebrate and reflect upon what I personally am thankful for. Plus, I really enjoy the "traditional" meal which, incidentally, is nothing like the actual food served by the Indians and Pilgrims.  

You can never go wrong with Carl Sagan. Great video!

Love the political ad, Bertold.

I hope you enjoy your low-key Thanksgiving, Randy. I don't blame you for not wanting to participate in a setting that makes you uncomfortable.

Comment by Grinning Cat 10 hours ago

We need to reform the system, so that good candidates can get elected without spending big money (and large donors expecting access and favors).

Anyone know what public financing programs currently exist and how they're doing? It looks like there are a few state-level programs:

"In the clean elections programs offered only in Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, candidates are encouraged to collect small contributions... As an example... a candidate for state office in Arizona must raise $5 contributions from at least 200 people in order to qualify... In return, the state provides the candidate with public money in an amount equal to the expenditure limit....

The other type of public financing program, offered in states such as Florida and Hawaii, provide matching funds for candidates up to a certain amount." (Candidates who participate must abide by various contribution and spending limits.)

(info from National Conference of State Legislatures)

Maybe time to move this to a topic in Politics, Economics, and Religion?...

Comment by Pat 11 hours ago
Great add Bertold. Rather than having politicians watch it, I would suggest thousands upon thousands of voters. Maybe then they would get their head out of their ass and realizing the con job they are being sold.
Comment by Loren Miller 14 hours ago

I can think of a few politicians who could stand to see that commercial, Bertold ... a few thousand!

Comment by Grinning Cat 14 hours ago

Joan, thanks for sharing that powerful video!

Comment by Grinning Cat 15 hours ago

That's a truly honest political ad! “I’m Honest Gil Fulbright, and I approve of whatever my marketing team has put into this message.”

(It's worth watching to the very end.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 15 hours ago
Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

A gntle reminder of who we are as human beings. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

A tremendous effort by crews from many states to get electricity flowing once again and we are cozy and warm in our homes. Thanks to all those who suffered the bitter cold to get us back on our feet.  

Today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, offers a serene scene often portrayed on Xmas cards and new year's greetings. White ground covered with snow, although ours appears considerably churned by dogs chasing birds and clouds. The trees hang heavy with snow; they glisten in the sunshine on a sky-blue day. 

The electric power went out for a brief period this morning with a tree down over the lines. All repairs completed, again, we enjoy the activities of preparation for a family gathering on Mourning Day in remembrance of native peoples' genocide and the role of religion in those tragic events. 


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