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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 15 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 December 20, 2012 at 5:44pm
Spud, my experience as well. "I can't remember if I've already posted it here or somewhere else." The strings get so long it is hard to remember where I might have put something. Thankfully, we have a patient and forgiving group.
Comment by Steph S. on December 20, 2012 at 5:30pm

So glad that you got your question answered Spud. I am just sitting down today.

Thank you so much Flying Atheist. Yes, I do care about all of you. I enjoy hearing from you. I also love to come here and read the posts and look at the pictures and videos.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 4:34pm

From MEMEbase:

Party Like It's 2012

Comment by dr kellie on December 20, 2012 at 4:06pm

I just turned on the tv and saw that we are under a red flag wind advisory.  Never heard of such a thing, but damn, that wind is blowing.  My palm trees are singing a hurricane song, which is nice, but my old wood house is inhaling and exhaling.


Sk8eycat, your poor cats.  Mine are oblivious.  They don't even care about the end of the world.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 3:19pm

Solstice Customs and historical stuff:

There's also a very technical article about the Myan/Aztec calendars and cycles on another page on this site.  Something to send your friends who think the world is gonna end tomorrow (IF you know anybody that dumb.)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 3:03pm

dr. kellie: Sounds like you're having the cold, dry, gusty wind we had here (SoCal) on Tuesday. 

My 2 cats acted like it really was the end of the world even though it was warm enough in here.  I guess it was the sound of the wind whistling through the trees, and dead leaves skittering across the yard and against the house.  Poor kittehs couldn't find any place they thought was safe (both of them spent most of their lives in big catteries); they don't know what things like cardboard cartons, pillows, and deep closets are for.  They don't even know that beds are for hiding under.

BUT the wind stopped suddenly around 10PM, and didn't start up again.  It's still cold, but calm.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 20, 2012 at 2:29pm

It's always nice to see happy people, no matter what their gender, inclination, ethnic background. A smile is the shortest distance between people.

Denmark is chilly and damp at the moment with snow or sleet/freezing rain on the way and I'm working this weekend. Bugger! I would have enjoyed a couple of days at home in the warm with cocao and a good book. Oh well, there'll be another chance for that before the winter's over.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 2:16pm

Joan, those two men are charming!  I'm so happy for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 2:08pm

Here are our two happy whiskered grooms, this time, not in flannel, but in suits, with vests!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 2:07pm

By the way, I hope I haven't insulted the numerous fine people here who live in Texas in places other than Austin and San Antonio!


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