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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:14am

Hey there, Flying Atheist. I LOVE corny humour, puns and the like.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:11am

Since we're sharing cat photos, here's our family furry friend. Her name is Maya. My son named her after a software program he uses in his university studies in New Media.

How she can sleep with her head hanging over the couch, I don't know.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 10:08am

That's corny.  I love it.  lol

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:01am

"Her name was Lula,

She was a show girl."

C'mon, everyone, sing along with me now! You know the tune.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 9:50am

Lula is adorable!  Great photo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 9:20am

Wow.  Blast from the past.  I loved watching Jeff Smith (and his cute assistant Craig) on PBS.  I was a big fan in the '80s.  I only have his first cookbook, The Frugal Gourmet.  Some great recipes.  Too bad he got caught up in a tainted scandal.  He had a great personality.

I would LOVE your recipe...send away!!  

Once again, you just crack me up.  (pot in the orange juice.)  LOL

I can just imagine what you're like at a party! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 8:13am

I heard THAT!  Cranberry juice is the only fruit juice I can tolerate, but I sometimes add orange juice to the pot when I make cranberry sauce. (Maybe I should add some pot to the orange juice...)

I have also thought of cranberry sorbet with an orange swirl, I just wish I could get B&J or Baskin Robbins interested.... 

Do you want the recipe that I have?  It's in one of the late Jeff Smith"s cookbooks (The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 7:35am

Mmmmmm   Cranberry sorbet.  That would be wonderful.  I'm never without cranberry juice in the fridge.  Love the taste. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 1:32am

Steph and Tony, I don't have any parffait in the fridge, but I have some die-VOON passionfruit punch sherbet in the freezer. Better hurry, though, I only bought it yesterday, and the carton is already half empty.

PS: I have been trying for years to get some commercial company to make cranberry sorbet or sherbet for the winter holidays, and they keep ignoring me.  I have a recipe, but no Donvier machine....  But doesn't it sound perfect for the usual turkey (or ham) feast?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 1:16am

@Idaho Spud: About the 100 lb bag of manure...It was very much a physical sensation when I suddenly realized the whole book had to be fiction. 

I was trying to find the answers to personal problems (I'd been told to "take my troubles to Jesus"), and had been struggling for more than 10 years with my inability to believe as whole-heartedly as the other people in my church seemed to, so I read the whole book, from beginning to end.  By the time I got halfway through Revelation, I was thinking, "This guy is tripping on acid!"  (I had NO idea at the time that diseased rye and other "recreational drugs" were widely available in the whole Mediterranean for centuries. I read about that much later in Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series.)

Anyroad, I thought back over other "miracle" stories, Jonah and the whale, the flood, Jesus raising an already decomposed man from the dead...I looked at the book in my hand and said out loud, "This is CRAP!"  I was appalled at myself for an instant, but I did feel as if I'd shed a heavy burden I'd been dragging around for years (I was in my mid 20s at the time). 

I had always felt that there was something wrong with me, that my problems (alcoholic father that I loved, for one thing) were my fault because I didn't believe enough, or something ....

I have always been fascinated with science, even though I lack the education, but at the time I was going through all this, all sorts of amazing scientific discoveries were making headlines, and I ate them up like mad.  They proved beyond a doubt that Genesis was just plain silly, and Darwin was right...I'd been struggling to keep my mouth shut about that in Sunday school for years. (I never did have a problem knowing that our ancestors were related to apes...I thought it was exciting.)

I wanted to know why "god" didn't tell "his chosen people" the truth about their origins, or about the shape of our planet and solar system, etc..  Woulda saved a lot of trouble.

Once I realized that the buybull was nothing but myths and lies, I stopped worrying about it, and got on with my real life. (My Dad went into rehab and sobered up, too.)  And nobody EVER asked me why I wasn't going to church any more.

I'm babbling...sorry.  It just is a long story because it took me so many years to get my head straight, and that final "This is CRAP!" was a surprising bolt out of the blue.

 

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