Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
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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.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

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 sk8eycat on May 10, 2012 at 12:36am

Ruth...I'm kinda shy about starting discussions.  Many people in here are so brilliant that I feel as if my interests and concerns are trivial.  I've been thinking of starting a discussion in one of the cat-fan see if anyone else enjoys feline detective novels.  Does that sound too silly?

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 10, 2012 at 12:06am

For me, it somehow feels easier (in other online forums too, not just Hang With Friends or A/N in general) to respond to a discussion than to stick my neck out and start a Brand New Topic.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2012 at 12:44am

Thanks, Ian. The only thing that bothers me is how few people start discussions. I imagined as our numbers grew, my contributions would dwindle to insignificance. What's wrong? Why don't people share stuff more? For example, I read about how surrounded new members often feel in their profiles, but that's seldom discussed. Is there some subtle way I'm discouraging member contributions?

Comment by Ian Mason on May 8, 2012 at 12:21am

There's a lot of us about, Ruth and this is a good place to "hang out".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2012 at 12:02am

Hey Y'all, we topped 700 members!

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2012 at 10:39pm
Thanks Grinning Cat I didn't know that religious sites had more malware than the non-religious sites. My computer is set to automatically scan for viruses and adware at night, along with other maintenance duties.
Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2012 at 9:24pm

Another, more literal meaning of
"Religion is a virus":

According to a Symantec study, religious websites pose triple the malware risk of porn sites.
Religion riskier than porn for online viruses: study

Comment by Jessica on May 6, 2012 at 3:32pm

This is what I would like when I die.  I have been struggling with burial, science, or cremation but when I saw this I was sold.  One of my favorite series of books is Dune and the witches in the series are buried and then a tree is planted over them.  So, I want to be a tree I just don't know what kind yet.  I really like Japanese Maples, they are so pretty but a fruit tree would keep on giving.  Here is the link for an article about the urn.

Update on Funeral,  It was full of prayers and other bible scriptures.  However, 10 minutes into it my cousin's husband has a seizure and dropped like a rock to the ground (he was standing).  The weird part was I watched it play out since I was standing in the back and he went down in slow motion for me.  If he had been 2" to the right he would have split his head open on a gravestone.  My other cousin works in the medical field/ER so I was not concerned about his care she jumped right to it.  All I could think about was "there's intelligent design for yah..."  After they got him inside the pastor started back up where she left off,  most interesting family funeral ever.

Comment by Paula T. on May 6, 2012 at 3:28pm
I hope everyone had a happy Cinco De Mayo...we went out to dinner after our last night of bowling and all agreed to avoid any Mexican restaurants! After driving past a couple of our way to our destination, we could tell we made the right decision...lines out the door!

On the topic burials, I would love to be composted, but I don't believe that option is available (or legal?) in the United States. I've already let my family know to spend as little as possible when the time comes, including no viewing and absolutely no funeral. I am toying with the idea of leaving my body for medical research, but that isn't compatible with organ donation. So in some respects, I still have to final decisions to make. I must admit that I have had close to ZERO experience in planning funerals, but I have a feeling I will be helping out when my dad passes. With his health problems, it looks like it will be sooner rather than later.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on May 6, 2012 at 1:24pm

About burial: it is my cultural tradition to bury to un-embalmed body in a simple linen shroud, and nothing else. (Whence the origin of the shroud of Turin). I would be perfectly happy with that, because the linen would decay rapidly, and my body would return to the soil. Too bad the law doesn't allow that, so we've substituted wooden coffins -- those decay, too. I don't really want to be a fossil, because I think there are enough examples of homo sapiens, but what I REALLY would like is for my body to be a hanging skeleton in a high-school biology classroom! But alas, they're all plastic nowadays -- waste of plastic when you could have the real thing! :-)


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