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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Idaho Spud 2 hours ago

Thanks Carl.  I'm glad to hear encouraging news about Felaine. 

I agree that her previous reports sounded like neglect from some medical people.

Comment by Ian Mason 6 hours ago

Glad to hear that Felaine is doing well. Thanks very much, Carl.

Gangrene can develop very quickly but in Felaine's case it does sound like neglect and/or incompetence by some so-called medical professionals.

Comment by Plinius 7 hours ago

I still try to figure how it's possible that Felaine got so far that she ended with gangrene, was NOT taken to hospital because she wasn't an emergency at all, and yet is in ICU within a week. Now she gets excellent help and I'm very glad of it, but WHY NOT BEFORE to prevent all the suffering? A little help at the right time can prevent enormous suffering and costs. Is this a one in thousand case or everyday USA practice?    

Comment by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago

Carl, thank you for keeping Felaine in the loop! She finally is getting the medical care she needs.We can all sing praises for the care and attention she is getting and hope all goes well with her. Her symptoms blew horns and sirens that she needed care. I wonder how she got there? No matter! She is there and getting the care she needs. Gangrene means amputation to me. Please keep us informed. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist 10 hours ago

Hello, again, friends.  Here's an update on Felaine.  I wasn't able to speak with her directly.  She's been transferred to ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and doesn't have a telephone.  When I called, I spoke with a very pleasant nurse who was within speaking distance of Felaine.  When the nurse told Felaine that Carl from Chicago was calling to check-up on her, I could hear Felaine call out "Hello!" and that she's doing well. 

When I called, she was in the middle of having some tests done in her room so she wasn't able to relay messages back and forth via the nurse at that time.  But the nurse will tell her that "Everybody" misses her, hopes she gets well soon, and that we are looking forward to seeing her again in our group.

It's not known how much longer she is expected to remain hospitalized, but the nurse told me Elaine is doing well and is getting important and needed medication. 

I'm assuming she's in good spirits, especially since she so robustly called out "Hello" to me.  The nurse spoke very kindly about Felaine.  I can just imagine the medical staff has gotten quite a few chuckles from Felaine.

Comment by Idaho Spud 18 hours ago

I don't blame Patricia either.  Richard seemed rather callous about loosing a lot of people.  And, I tried to donate without getting the star on my avatar, but It wouldn't let me.  I don't like making people feel bad that can't contribute, and my cat has all but disappeared.

Comment by Randall Smith 22 hours ago

Patricia is upset about Richard's donation request. Can't say that I blame her. And Ruth shouldn't be too pleased to have half her face disappear! 

I guess Bernie Sanders had a great "turnout" to his video appearance. I tried to go to one, but they reached capacity. Does anybody know his "religion", if any? I'll like him even better if he's a "none".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Yeah, I miss her too.

Comment by Plinius yesterday

I will, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Chris, you can tell Patricia for me that she's missed and I wish like hell she'd come back.  Throw in a hug for good measure, too!  [grin!]

 

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