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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:41pm

Mindy, that is a bummer! Well, if that is your reality, let's look at some options.
Go to a xmas party, which you don't agree with in the first place, and say nothing.

Go to the party, carry on your normal conversation while avoiding any toxic topic. If someone begins a conversation you don't want to discuss with them, tell them you don't want to discuss that topic with them.

Go to the party, get smashed, and tell them all to fuck off. Deal with your husband when you get home, if you ever get home.

Discuss the dilemma with your husband and daughter and negotiate a solution with which you can all agree.

Go to the party, listen to all the banter, come home and get on line with AN and let it all out!

Oh Jeez, I've run out of options.

Let's go at it another way.
When you return home from the party, what do you want to leave behind, in yourself? How do you want to feel the next day?
Or, what do you want your daughter to learn from this experience, something that would make you feel good about yourself?

Comment by Steph S. on November 18, 2013 at 6:34pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 3:07pm

Mindy If you go to the Xmas party and run into your in-law that causes you so much grief, just look at her and see this face. Give a big smile, a hearty chuckle, turn on your heel and find someone who you do like and have a circus-good time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:53pm

Carl! That carrot lov'n video tops them all. Yup! gardening has its funny moments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:47pm

Mindy, what are your options?

Go to the party and speak your mind, even if it costs you your reputation of being a freethinker. (Hooray, you say it girl!) 

Go to the party and remain silent, even if it costs you having to wire your mouth shut with barbed wire. 

Do not go to the party, feel alone, lonely, miserable and hate your husband for having a good time without you, even if it costs you hurt feelings and you feel miserable. 

Do not go to the party, pick out something you very much want to do, even if it costs you from having a good time with those whom you can communicate.  Then go visit your favorite in-laws with your husband and have a jolly good time. 

Just a thought, there are now 7,125,158,800+ human beings on this planet and you have the right/responsibility to choose with whom you spend your time. Remember you only have ... maybe 100 years to live and then you become atoms. How do you want to spend your time? Then do it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:30pm

I do understand why anyone leaves Facebook. My regret is that all of your fine writings do not get to an audience that hears what you all have to say. Yes, I get hate mail and sometimes phone calls. I get cold shoulders from family, neighbors and friends, and they are not going to read why and who are atheists and what they have to say.

They subscribe to religious stuff and send gobs of religious sob stories that makes one crumble into tears. The sob stories are chain letters and I very highly doubt that 99% are true. If they can believe made up stories from the Bronze Age, they surely will not care if modern fabrications get sent on their huge networks.

Anyway, I just block them, I tell them I am blocking and why, and then don't read any of their propaganda that does get through. Larry fixed it so that my blocked mail gets sent back to the sender. 

The really odd thing is when someone has a thorny problem, or troubled relationship, they seek out my thoughts. The neighbors who shun me all year come to my neighborhood parties and seem to have a good time. Their kids spend a huge bit of time in my garden with me, and the parents don't seem to object.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 1:56pm

I stumbled across this video and just had to share it with all of you.  It's very cute!!

Carrot Hugs

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 1:48pm

Good for you, Mindy.  I've never had a Facebook page so I don't know first hand what I've been missing, but from what I surmise, it seems like it's more trouble than it's worth.  Hearing stories throughout the years about cyber-bullying, privacy problems and the contemptuous environment has kept me away,  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 12:32pm

It was a rough ride for the first 20 minutes or so leaving Chicago but then it smoothed out with occasional bumps along the way.  Because the storms had moved east in the direction of our flight path, the captain had us remain seated the whole flight.  We weren't able to get up and do a service and I wasn't able to serve dinner to my first class passengers.  But they were happy just to get to their destination.  I've been in worse turbulence.  It doesn't frighten me, as long as I'm seated and buckled in.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:12am
Carl, your trip to Wash, DC sounds like a bumpy one. How are take offs and landings. I imagine people were happy to get to their destinations.

Mindy and Chris, I wouldn't go out in that weather either. I like being cuddled up in my blanket; weather is getting colder with forecasts of snow storms. Lots of wind and cold rain.

Anyone affected by storms/tornados?
 

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