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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.

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 10, 2012 at 3:20am

Steph, I probably will start a discussion about cat fiction in a day or two; I had a typing and printing job that I had to finish tonight so it could go out in tomorrow's snail mail, and I have a feeling that the Pet Press ads are going to start coming in next week...so I'll try to get my act together by this weekend.

The only cat warrior books I've read have been Mark Rogers' "Samurai Cat" series, and I got those mostly for his artwork. Oh, I know about Larry Niven's series about the Kzin, but I've never read any.

So many books, so little time....

Comment by Ian Mason on May 10, 2012 at 3:19am

Nice pic. How's the sailing going?

Comment by Worrall Travel Rs - Roz and Russ on May 10, 2012 at 3:09am

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 1:18am
Congrats on the 700+ members!
Sorry I'm behind on the site here. But now I'm free! Yay!
Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 1:17am
Oh Ruth I'm going to post again more here now that the semester is over. I just got spread too thin and I haven't been posting as much as I'd like. You are doing just fine. No worries, ok?
Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 1:15am
I love that idea sk8eycat! Please post! Have you read the books about the cat warriors? They are cool!
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 groups...to 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".

 

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