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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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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 3, 2013 at 8:25pm

Just my twopenn'th of opinion re the big issue in the news.

It seems to me that countries continue to believe in their own myths, no matter what evidence there is to the contrary.

America: if the "good" cowboy stands up to and shoots the "baddies" at high noon on Main Street the grateful townsfolk will come running to thank him as their problems are now solved forever.

Britain: send in a gunboat or a few planes, fire off a few shells and the ignorant "darkies" will run back to the hills and stop causing trouble.

Denmark: the issue doesn't matter, just as long as we get picked as a makeweight by the Big Boys for their team. We've been noticed!

Oh, one more thing. Poison gas in Damascus? That's what Winston Churchill suggested in 1919 as a method for keeping the uppity natives in their place

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2013 at 6:40pm

Single payer is definitely the way to go. The nonsense of it all ... I have type 2 Diabetes and I control it with Rx, diet and exercise. I don't need to test unless I don't feel good and then I usually find my blood sugar is too high. An easy fix, and I get back on track. I know when I need to check

My medical insurance sends me a new supply of strips and other supplies every month. It is usual for me to use three or four in a month. If you can use my style of strips, I will send them to you gladly. I suspect mine are mickey mouse compared to what your son needs.

  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 3, 2013 at 6:09pm

LOL sk8eycat.  We all have our moments of relapse from time to time.  I've been known to yell, "Oh God" during sex. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 5:46pm

Mindy, I did something out of character a little while ago...I sent a friend a pomegranate e-notecard with a prayer on it for Rosh Whatever.  Pomegranates are an integral part of the second day's dinner/ceremony, or something, and Lori takes this stuff seriously, so I thought I'd "make nice" on her.

I really surprised myself.  (And damaged my Lucretia MacEvil image.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 3, 2013 at 1:57pm

Insurance companies and certain people in our federal and state government(s) want everyone to die as soon as we reach retirement age, or before that if we have conditions that can't be fixed with a couple of aspirin. They have panic attacks at the mere thought of anybody ceasing to pay into whatever fund, and needing them to pay out (as they agreed to do when we bought the insurance, or spent our working lives paying into Medicare) , instead.

I have a friend who has both Crohn's Disease and fibromyalgia, and it seems like every month she is fighting with the insurance company that Medicare or SSI arbitrarily assigned her to.  They tell her they can't allow her to become "dependent" on the only pain meds that work for her.  WTF! She is never going to get well, so she should be allowed to live the rest of her life in relative comfort, if not totally pain-free. (That's impossible.) It's all about money...they have it, and they want to hang on to it.

Makes me so angry I want to scream, but not at you guys.

Single-payer insurance is the only way to go.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 3, 2013 at 10:48am

Booklover, I sympathize with you over the self-defeating short-sighted insurance company. Making it harder for type 1 diabetics to monitor their blood sugar will increase health costs later. That's the opposite of what insurance is supposed to do.

I don't watch shows that humiliate contestants. I don't get a kick out of seeing people publicly fail. To me it's painful, not funny.

My favorite dance performances are by Pilobolus. Here's a 30 second sample.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 8:15am

Oh, Felaine, at first I thought you said you loved the gong show, but then I saw you hated it.  Even though I loved it, I did feel sorry for some of the dummies that didn't know they were bad.

Well, everyone has different tastes.  I wasn't going to say it, but after you said you hated the gong show, I hope you don't mind me saying I hated Bob Hope.  

I can't stand egotists, and he stuck me as a big one.  Seems like every time he made a "joke", he would stop, give the audience a sideways look that to me looked like he was saying "OK, I'm waiting for you to recognize me as the funniest human ever, and start laughing."

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 8:05am

Thanks for the reminder FA.  I loved the gong show and Gene Gene, the Dancing Machine.  Great fun!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 2, 2013 at 9:41pm

Oh, I LOL'd at the awful comedian with the paper bag over his head, too.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 2, 2013 at 9:39pm

I hated The gong Show...except for Gene Gene, and one other act. I can't remember his name, but he was the switchboard operator at KCET when I worked there.  Funny as *bleep!*  He did some kind of torch song in drag, and got gonged, but he didn't care; he wanted to be gonged. He knew he was supposed to be awful.

What I hated about the show were the performers who didn't know they were awful, and the expressions on their faces when somebody hit the gong were pitiful.

Chuck Barris had a sick sense of humor; he loved to humiliate people. He produced another "game" show that featured male executives with their (female) secretaries and their wives. The object was to see which woman knew the most about the man.  It bombed.

 

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