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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.

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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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2012 at 11:55pm

Thanks, Joan, that derivation of "politics" is my favorite pseudoetymology. ("It really bugs me when I can't remember the entomology of a word.")

"Goodness gracious" and "Agnus Dei" reminded me of the Monk's Aria from P.D.Q. Bach's Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice:

... Mea culpa kyrie elei-
Sonny Tufts et Allah in Pompeii;
Donna nobis pacem cum what mei;
Agnus and her sister Doris Dei;
Lord, have mercy on my so...lo. ...

Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2012 at 11:44pm
Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2012 at 11:39pm

It also appears as gracious sakes alive and goodness gracious, Agnes, the latter partly drawn from the Latin words in the Mass, Agnus Dei . . . miserere nobis, ''lamb of God . . . have mercy on us,'' referring in that case to Jesus as sacrificial lamb

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/16/magazine/the-way-we-live-now-6-16...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 10:42pm

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gHbYJfwFgOU

via Patricia

Bill Nye gives a heartfelt plea to parents to believe what they will, but do not saddle children with false belief in a 6,000 year old Earth, denying reality of infinite time and space, and deluding them to believe in things that have not been supported by evidence. The world needs children growing up with a clear understanding of facts of mathematics and science and eschew fables and myths told for generations as true. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 10:06pm

booklover, I couldn't find the whole quote of "Goodness Gracious Godness Agnes!"

The "To market" one was in nursery rhyme books I read to my kids when they were small. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 9:53pm

 Grinning Cat, Great definition. 

politics = 

"poly-", many, +

"ticks", bloodsuckers

I listened to the radio interview and found the mine executive insensitive to the claims of miners' objection to "mandatory" attendance at rally. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2012 at 9:02pm
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2012 at 8:50pm

More on the Ohio miners whose unpaid attendance at the Romney rally at their mine was "mandatory":

Miners Say They Were Forced To Attend Romney Campaign Event Without... (ThinkProgress)

Comment by Lillie on August 28, 2012 at 7:42pm

To all of you in and around New Orleans, stay safe.

Comment by Steph S. on August 28, 2012 at 7:30pm
Here's a link to my bird group Patricia - many thanks!
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/birding-birders-and-all-things-birds
 

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