Hang With Friends

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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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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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

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 2:55pm

Loren, nice sounds, as usual. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 2:51pm

Ian, I made a mistake and clicked on "To stop receiving ..." I sure don't want to lose you. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 29, 2012 at 1:53pm

Come over to the dark side :)

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2012 at 8:38am

I discovered the following when nosing about some YouTube postings of Christopher O'Riley's piano transcriptions of songs by the group, Radiohead:

I thought that True Love Waits was a terrific CD, and it seems as though Christopher hasn't rested on his laurels with his second release!

Please listen.  Please enjoy

Comment by Future on November 29, 2012 at 7:09am

... hope for the best and prepare for the worst ...

- and vote for the candidate likely to do the least amount of damage.

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2012 at 6:36am

Who are our allies? Could be anyone, and once you start to have some success you get more allies. I won't consider politicians allies: they will use our interest like small change, no matter what they promise.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 29, 2012 at 4:45am

Thank you, Melinda. What you say warms my heart. HUG.

I think that's the same tune, Joan but I miss Jelly Roll Morton's "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the women don't get ya, the liquor must".

A change in society will come when those who have power begin to sleep nervously at night.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 12:34am

OK, if politicians will not make a helpful contribution, then who are our allies? Environmentalists, wage earners, foreign countries who feel or were in fact exploited, small farmers and home gardeners? Any others? 

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2012 at 12:26am

We're all working at the same project, Joan! But I'm not at all confident that politicians will make a helpful contribution - for me it's business as usual: hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2012 at 7:47pm

Oh dear! I hope I don't lose friends over my net statement, but now is the time to start thinking and acting toward a next election. We know Obama won't be a candidate next time; who should be? 

Someone who respects and honors:

* labor as much a capital?

* the environment? 

*others of different nations, not to be exploited but to be empowerers of flourishing of all?

* water and soil and air? 
Please don't "un-friend" me for my eagerness to build a healthier and wiser and more responsible population of the Earth!

World Population 7,081,949,110 and growing exponentially. 



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