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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 Idaho Spud on April 8, 2014 at 9:56am

Loren, I would have loved being at that get together with you and the other atheists.  

I wouldn't want an autograph or even a handshake (I'm a slight germaphobe), but I would very much like a picture with you and some others, especially Richard Dawkins.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2014 at 9:50am

Brent, it's too bad that you had to leave because of a bully.  I hope he's gone for good.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2014 at 9:49am

For those of you who are interested, I've posted my impressions of The Unbelievers in my blog.  There may be more regarding the book signing, which left its own impressions and which I think want some commentary.

I WILL get there eventually!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2014 at 9:48am

Patricia, what a sad childhood.  I don't know what to say, so I'll just say I second what Joan has said.

I think it would do me good to work at being humorous like you do.

Comment by Pat on April 8, 2014 at 7:15am

Outstanding Loren! Can't wait to read the review.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2014 at 7:05am

Welcome back Ian, and thanks for the pictures, I like them very much.

" many need help just to survive their families"

Very true, but the stories are told and shared here: we're in good company!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2014 at 6:57am

I imagine that at least a couple of you want to know how The Unbelievers was last night.  I will likely be a little while writing about that, but in the meantime, here's a little something to let you all know that yours truly wasn't just blowing smoke:

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 4:47am

Grottos at Rosh HaNrika, near the Lebanese border.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2014 at 4:44am

Smart wheels, Patricia.

Dome of the Rock and little brother.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2014 at 1:23am
Brent, good to see you back. I remember someone giving you a hard time a while ago about posting the details of your friends radio show. You made those posts before each broadcast. I never, ever viewed that as spam and I didn't understand why that person got all bent out of shape about it. It kinda came out of nowhere. I'm sorry it was enough to keep you away from here.
Anyway, I'm sorry you've had a rough time lately dealing with family health issues, but it's great to have you back with the herd.
 

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