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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:35am

There were one or two here (mad fools!) that wanted to see some of my teapot collection. Prepare to be dazzled by a few of the 80+

The first one ever. I was recovering from my last relapse (alcohol) when I wandered into a second-hand sale. As soon as i saw this, i remembered when I'd first seen one like it. At my great-aunt's house when I was about 4 years old.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 6:40am

I wonder if Snoopy was raised in a Mormon household.

http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 25, 2012 at 5:46am

Hey everyone. Been working alot, so I haven't been able to ost alot, but this is just to let you know I'm thinking of you. When I do get home at night, I ty to go throught the posts, but I usually glance at them and go to bed. Work will moderate some this week, so that will be better. 5:30 a.m. here, getting ready to go to work now, wom't be home until around 9:00 tonight. Found this picture I, newly hatched squid. Cute and eeewkey at the same time. Everyone have a great weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2012 at 2:22am

Booklover: An occasional rant is necessary for your/our mental health. Sometimes you just need to.

If you recall, I did a lot of ranting 2 months ago about my "friend" who wore me out for more than two years with 2 or 3 phone calls a week, and most of the time she was NOT sober. When I was in ACA (Adult Children of alcoholics), we had a term for a certain type of irritating person, "Emotional Vampire."  Anyway, the "friend" finally committed suicide, and I felt sad, but also terribly betrayed because she had so much talent and so much to live for.  And I kept telling her so.

Anyway, this week I finally deleted all her e-mail addys from my address book.  I don't know why it took me so long to do that, but when I finished, it was like a breath of fresh air.  When a friendship becomes toxic, the only thing to do is DUMP them!  Save your own sanity.

{{{{Booklover}}}}

PS: I'm a booklover, too.  My collection is crowding me out of the house, but I don't care.  Hairy Jerry-Cat loves to rub his chops on certain books...Dan Barker's Godless seems to be his fave.

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2012 at 1:30am

Very special music, Patricia! There were all sorts of styles mixed in, reminding me of about everything between Beethoven and jazz and it was all harmonious and without hesitation! Not even sure if I can believe what he said about ´make it up as I go´.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2012 at 11:32pm

You mean Romney doesn't use the royal "we"?
Thanks for all the cute picture, y'all.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2012 at 10:22pm

Booklover. Having a good rant and rave is (or should be) a human right. The only problem is when people such as your alcoholic friend get stuck there. So enjoy 5 minutes of blowing your top now and again.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 24, 2012 at 8:17pm

Flying Atheist: But..."They know that this is the place that we were born and raised." 

It isn't even a sentence.  It's a Quayle-ism.  Mitten has been digging his political grave with his mouth all year. His stupidity scares me, just the way The Shrub's did in 2000, and look what happened with him in charge.  (Well, Cheney was really the one in charge. I'm convinced of that.)  And people still think he's fit to be president.

[shudders]

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2012 at 7:34pm

sk8eycat, I get goosebumps every time I take that galactic journey. 

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 7:21pm
Well I meant that I love the disco turtle - not live the disco turtle - that would be a funny way to live! Disco all the time - lol!
So glad you came here to find support with friends Booklover. We are here for you. You are correct that your other friend is a true friend - In that she accepts you for exactly the way you are and makes you feel good about yourself. A true friend makes you feel good - not bad.
 

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