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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Discussion Forum

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 15, 2013 at 10:15pm

That was a very reasonable rant, Felaine. I wish you well in your battle for decent and fair treatment. Joan has a point when she says find others and unite with them.

Love the pics. What big eyes that cat has 8-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 7:15pm

Ahhh Prairie Dog Romance LOL
♥ For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. ♥ ~ Judy Garland

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 7:01pm

Wait, something is wrong here! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 6:57pm
Joseph 1.7% increase for cost of living.
Now, let me think, the most recent bonuses are
Comment by Steph S. on January 15, 2013 at 6:11pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 15, 2013 at 6:10pm

Booklover - thanks for the smiles with the lolcats.

I love them!

sk8eycat I understand your rant. My mom has Medicare and is encountering the same problems you describe. I am helping her any way that I can.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 6:09pm

Napoleon, your Mignonne is reinstalled at the top of Comment Wall. OK. I shall put a bunch of photos on to fill up this page. 

Does anyone else have this problem? 

Now, the piece is Le Relou-Garou. 

Are you, or someone else mad at me? If you are, please contact me and we can talk, find a solution. 

Comment by Steph S. on January 15, 2013 at 6:06pm

Tony thanks for sharing the photos : )

I love those squash birds Ian - how unique.

Booklover - what a large dog (bear) - hehe! Very cool.

I enjoy reading all your stories. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

I am glad your daughter is enjoying her classes. That is wonderful Melinda.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 6:00pm
sk8eycat, your rant is a powerful one, you spell out the problems and their effects on you. You don't whine or accuse, you state facts. Now, let's think who your allies are. Your pharmacist, surely, and your new dentist. How do your legislators vote on these issues? Are there others in your community with similar problems? Perhaps the internet has people who have legitimate complaints as well are willing to share. Have you ever talked to your Senator or Congress people? If they are part of the the "austerity" party, that is a dead end; however, you could try.
Yes, our health care system is a mess and it will not get better until and unless enough people take a stand for health care for all. There is no reason for loss of benefits simply because someone else wants more profits. It is insane!
Another option is to take charge of your diabetes ... I too have Type 2 diabetes and I can pretty much control it with diet and exercise. I realize not all people can. BP is also manageable for some people by using stress reducer exercises. My son-in-law reduced his BP that was terribly dangerously high by learning relaxation and stress management. He also gave up trying to be right all the time and in control. He is a much finer person to be around. These techniques don't work for everyone.
In the meantime, love yourself, unconditionally. Know that whatever you feel reflects your body trying to give you information. To live in balance, pay attention your feelings, thoughts, fears, anger, jealousy, depression, resentment. these all attempt to get your attention. Experiment with thinking positive thought and noticing things for which you are grateful.
Comment by sk8eycat on January 15, 2013 at 3:18pm

Joan, You asked if I'd had a physical MD retired suddenly on Dec. 31st (he only gave me 2 weeks notice...after 42 years!), so I'm shopping for a new General Practitioner, or gerontologist, or whatever you call a doctor who specializes in the peculiar problems of aging.

Things are a little crazy because MediCareLess hasn't set the guidelines for 2013; I usually receive the information booklet for the new year in October or November, and I haven't, nor have any of my friends who are over 65 (practically all of them).

Some local doctors aren't accepting new patients until they find out WTF is going on...and in the meantime, I have about a month's worth of the meds I need to control my BP and diabetes.  Thank DOG I'm not on insulin!

All I can find about the 2013 changes in Medcare so far pertain to Part D, which I don't have because it's a scam to benefit Big Pharma, and always has been.  I get 2 meds free from Pfizer's Connection to Care, but I still need a written Rx to get them.

Also, I have heard that ALL Medicare patients who don't have any supplemental insurance (I am one) are going to be assigned arbitrarily to whatever insurance company is handy. What that sounds like is HMO-ism...snarls of red tape, and losing the freedom to choose my own doctor(s), and that doesn't ease my mind, either.

It's a mess. 

I have an appointment with a GP next week who was recommended by my pharmacist; I trust his judgment--I desperately needed a dentist a few years ago, and he sent me to one right here in our neighborhood...she's outstanding and very compassionate , so...we'll see.

In the meantime, I AM getting a little frantic about the whole thing, and what really p*sses me off that all this is not about keeping American citizens healthy (so we don't have epidemics and plagues) and/or useful (so we can work, pay taxes, and retire comfortably), it's about MONEY! 

The radical wrong will keep their wars going forever because they get mucho dinero from the armament manufacturers...while they begrudge grandma's Social Security benefits that she earned by working at low-paying jobs all her life.  And now they are even trying to cut back care for the veterans who were maimed fighting their damned wars...

Oh, dear. I'm ranting again.  My apologies.

Ruth....thank you for creating a place where we can tell jokes, post pics, just talk, AND rant.  I think I'm feeling better.


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