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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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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.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2017 at 4:31pm

I had lens replacement surgery on both eyes and it went very well.   No pain that I can remember.

It was the same as catarct surgery, but I didn't have cataracts.  I've been nearsighted all my life and had to wear glasses.  It got so bad, that I was carrying with me 4 pairs of glasses to see at various distances.  I got tired of that, so had new lenses put in.  The lens in the right eye let me see from 3 feet to infinity and the one in the left eye let me see from 1 to 3 feet.  Between the two, I see very well, and did imediatly after surgery.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 20, 2017 at 4:18pm

   My optometrist saz that I apparently need a cataract surgery in my right eye before I get new glasses. I will see an ophthalmologist soon. I've had surgeries before from minor to major (in all about 11), but this time I am nervous about eye surgery. According to a web site explaining the procedure the patient is awake and the whole process takes about 15-20 minutes. I think it will be best to ask the doctor for a sedative before proceeding to slice me up.

  Has any of you guys had cataract surgery before? I think I need someone to tell me it is no big deal.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2017 at 7:05am

Joan, for heaven's sake, don't stop posting whatever is on your mind just to placate me! Hang With Friends is as good a place as anywhere to make your comments. I can ignore "bad news" very easily if I so desire. Write on!

Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2017 at 2:07am

Seems a normal reaction to me, Ruth! I limit my intake of bad news, so I don't get overwhelmed.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2017 at 11:15pm

I don't get clinical depression, but do get depressed by what's happening in the world. I've found that exercise does help, as research suggests, but don't start feeling better until about 30 minutes in, after my body is warmed up and blood flow pumping. Group support is important. Keep it up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 5:57pm

Ian, happy to share encouragement with a depressed support group. Be confident that the ones with clinical depression may not be cured by support groups, alone, although they help. Clinical depression is a chemical problem and needs to be addressed.

"Situational depression is a short-term form of depression that can occur in the aftermath of various traumatic changes in your normal life, including divorce, retirement, loss of a job and the death of a relative or close friend. Doctors sometimes refer to the condition as an adjustment disorder. A person with situational depression may have symptoms that are more or less identical to someone with clinical depression; however, there are certain key differences between the effects and treatment of these two disorders."

I had situational depression when I  had cancer and again when Cary died. I quickly sought help with medication and a support group. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 19, 2017 at 2:34pm

Joan, I shared the kitten with my depression support group. People love it. Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 19, 2017 at 2:33pm

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2017 at 1:38pm

Cute & funny!

Comment by Patricia on November 19, 2017 at 1:27pm

Oh, such a cute little kitty!

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