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Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
Members: 850
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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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Discussion Forum

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 Ian Mason on May 10, 2014 at 4:02am

Thanks for all the great pics (and unusual music). Just the stuff to come home to after a night's work. Warmth and good cheer :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 1:06am

Hugs to each one having stress in our lives. A virtual cuddle, a soothing expression of care, and an experience of gratitude for friendship across the miles can ease the feelings.

Looking at Earth through the lens of Cassini doesn't relieve the pain and frustration of living; it makes it more important that feelings of strength, power, competence and agency replace helplessness, anger, fear and hopelessness.  

Chaos of modern life can be challenged with a determination to experience beauty, comfort and serenity, especially as we express our deepest frustration at incompetence.

 

Comment by Plinius on May 10, 2014 at 12:29am

A good song, FA, thanks! No migraine, so I got up early and will do a lot of work today. Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 11:25pm

I hope everyone has a good weekend and that next week will be better than the last. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 9, 2014 at 9:27pm

Joan, I've wanted to be a Red Hat Lady for years; they seem to have so much jolly fun!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 9, 2014 at 9:15pm

Ruth, I'm sorry to hear about the insurance bureaucracy driving you to frustration! (And you're exactly right that the right wing, which is against government bureaucracy, is just fine with it as long as it's in the private sector of health care profit-as-usual.)

On a different, lighter note: Massachusetts' reminder of the law, in a Boston accent, to drivers who don't signal lane changes:

Electronic roadway sign: USE YAH BLINKAH(story and video from a Boston news station)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 7:03pm

Patricia, I might enjoy a dog if I thought I could have a bird train it for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 6:06pm

Carl, love your coffee, collection and cat! It is a keeper! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 2:48pm

Patricia, I think a lot of us were touched by your challenge and impressed with your management of a personal and private pain in face of unknown events. A hat-tip to you! 

 

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