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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 1:03pm

For those who feel they "don't fit in"

Not easy being green

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 12:45pm

Thomas, thank you for your invitation to hear Robert Sapolsky who offers powerfully structured lectures that give me goosebumps; his clarity and discipline make following him challenging and exciting. Here is one example of one of his recent talks: 

https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_sapolsky_the_biology_of_our_best_a...

Sapolsky traces the factors that influence behavior, good and bad. 

Now I am ready to take on:

“Robert Sapolsky on depression:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc

An excellent explanation of different types of depression, offering treatment and prevention. 

Now, for “Religion is a mental Illness.” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJM5mipwebw

Wow! I've never seen this lecture! I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before! Splendid!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 12:28pm

Randy, we are at odds with the intent of being on Hang with Friends. I seek information, ideas, identifying areas of conflict and problems, and options for thought and action. I also enjoy a debate. 

To respect your intent with being here, I will move my place-to-go for satisfying my needs to another site. I will use Politics, Economics, and Religion.

Daniel also needs to have less of the "controversy, serious discussions, and bad news." What I want to honor his needs as well. 

Thanks for the clarity of expressing your needs. 

 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 19, 2017 at 8:09am

I often forget this is a site for atheists only. I try to avoid controversy, serious discussions, and bad news. It just raises my BP. So I stick to only a few groups, this being the main one. As a rule, most of you simply converse about fairly nonsensitive topics. And, you all make me smile. Thanks for being my friends.

Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 11:17pm

Thanks for the green A, Thomas! And I feel the same about company too - probably I'm afraid of this; if they are all the same, I am the one who doesn't fit in. And I hate monocultures.

It's the same video, Spud. I use facebook but mostly for contacts and events close by and for games, very useful when you're tired and stressed.  

Good luck, Ian! Luca and I are in the same condition as you are - how to reach pension despite illness and difficult working conditions. I'm glad you're still going on in a good mood!

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 18, 2017 at 9:22pm

Joan,

I was just researching on depression today, which I do weekly and I stumbled on Robert Sapolsky. I have never heard of him til today:

Robert Sapolsky on depression:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc

..and then this:" Religion is a Mental Illness" by Dr Sapolsky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJM5mipwebw

Unfortunately for me, I do not know what he is saying but perhaps other people will benefit from his " Religion is a Mental Illness " lecture....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2017 at 8:00pm

A friend sent this to me and asked me to pass it on. Depression is described by some as like a dark blanket over life that cannot be shed. I share it gladly!

"This touches on a very personal part of my life. Depression and anxiety are all very personal mental disorders . Everyone says: "If you need anything, don't hesitate, I'll be there for you. " Most of that's BS.... I'm going to make a bet, without being pessimistic, that out of my Facebook friends that less than 5 will take the time to put this on their wall to help raise awareness of and for those who have mental health difficulties. You just have to copy it from my wall and paste it to yours.


"Please write "done" under my comments when you do!
The toughest time of the year for depression is coming to many that do have it suffer


"Depression is part of the loneliness and feeling unloved which is always harder to deal with during holidays about family. there is a lot of exclusion of good people. Invite someone to your home who is without family. You may make a new friend."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2017 at 7:57pm

Is Booklover back? Oh! I hope so!

Comment by Patricia on November 18, 2017 at 4:40pm

Seems a rather long commute for 6 hours work. But it all helps I guess.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 18, 2017 at 4:31pm

An interesting afternoon and evening. I've worked! A temp agency offered me a 6 hour shift washing up and I said 'yes'. It was at the Ikea store's customer cafeteria, flat out all the time loading or unloading a conveyor belt of dishes and cutlery. Well, it passed the time and wasn't that bad. The negatives were 3 hours of travelling plus that scraping all the greasy left-overs into a bin took my appetite away. I don't know how much I'll be paid but 6 hours work extends my unemployment benefit by 12 hours. One or two of those shifts a week wouldn't be bad.

 

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