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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 14, 2012 at 5:56pm

The first snow of the season is always beautiful.  Nice photos, Patricia.  Looking forward to seeing your now infamous fireplace!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 5:35pm

Happee Winter Solstice! Luv, Warrl

If you don't know who Warrll is, and you like fantasy fiction, you are in for a real treat!  Start with Mercedes Lackey's "The Oathbound," and keep on reading.

That is my gift to everyone.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 5:32pm

Things like this have long proved to me that, as Anne Nicol Gaylor has said, "Nothing fails like prayer."  If there really were any gods, they are worthless selfish bastards.

George Carlin was right, the only thing worth worshipping (if people just have to worship something) is Sol...the Sun...the source of life.  And you can SEE it.  And it doesn't ask for money or bloody just IS.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2012 at 5:02pm

Patricia! Yes! Exactly!

"Show yourself oh mighty one and put an end to all the natural disasters that kill, maim, destroy life and end all the greed and attitudes of entitlement that sucks resources out of workers into the coffers of the wealthy."

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 14, 2012 at 4:12pm

I very much agree Patricia.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 1:44pm

Have yourself a cozy godless Solstice

Comment by sk8eycat on December 14, 2012 at 12:51pm

I'm digging up my old holiday LOLZ, just to gross my friends out.  Herez da foist:

Selabrayt Winter Solstice U duz it ur wai, I duz it mine.


Comment by Lillie on December 14, 2012 at 12:01pm

And he is so pleasing to the eye!

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 14, 2012 at 6:00am

From the London revival of Oklahoma. Hugh Jackman singing 'Oh what a Beautiful Morning'.

Have a beautiful morning, my friends. And a better day. I'm off to work.

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2012 at 1:06am

I like that lion, Ian! Reminds me of

Sunt Leones

By Stevie Smith

The lions who ate the Christians on the sands of the arena
By indulging native appetites played what has now been seen a   
Not entirely negligible part
In consolidating at the very start
The position of the Early Christian Church.
Initiatory rites are always bloody
And the lions, it appears
From contemporary art, made a study
Of dyeing Coliseum sands a ruddy
Liturgically sacrificial hue
And if the Christians felt a little blue—
Well people being eaten often do.
Theirs was the death, and theirs the crown undying,
A state of things which must be satisfying.
My point which up to this has been obscured
is that it was the lions who procured
By chewing up blood gristle flesh and bone
The martyrdoms on which the Church has grown.
I only write this poem because I thought it rather looked   
As if the part the lions played was being overlooked.
By lions’ jaws great benefits and blessings were begotten   
And so our debt to Lionhood must never be forgotten.

Stevie Smith, “Sunt Leones” from New Selected Poems. Copyright © 1972


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