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Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
Members: 869
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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 9 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 13 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2013 at 10:55pm

Yes, booklover, the new black.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2013 at 10:54pm

Before I started Hang With Friends I floated the idea in another group. A group just for friendship, not about a topic, wasn't well received. Today on Going Ape: Social Climbers on the National Geographic Channel we learned that vocal communication is a substitute social bonding behavior for primates who are too busy using their hands for other things to do mutual grooming. It said that 80% of our talk is social glue instead of communicating important information. So Hang With Friends was an attempt to include social bonding instead of intellectually discussing topics. It's been in the top tier of most active groups, so it seems to work, at least for a few of us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2013 at 10:40pm

Hi, Steph.  Good to see you here.  I know you've been busy with classes.  Hope all is going smoothly for you. 

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:35pm

That's so cool Sk8eycat that the kitty I posted looks like your Pumpkin. That is a beautiful cat.

Hope everyone is doing good - tying to get caught up here.

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:32pm

Melinda that cat pic is so funny. I had to laugh.

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:29pm

Those are so cute Ruth, Napoleon and Booklover.

Love those.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2013 at 9:48am

Good morning! And yes, a little cat hair on an outfit is a badge of honor.

Thanks, Napoleon, for the videos and maps of the secret lives of cats!

In Philadelphia we're at the northern end of an "area of concern for tornadoes" this afternoon and evening.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2013 at 7:43am

Thanks Napoleon, I enjoyed that very much!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2013 at 3:47am

Nearly sprayed my breakfast over my laptop laughing at those funny pics. Thanks all.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2013 at 10:22pm

Steph. the cat in the food dish looks SO much like my Pumpkin!

I did a bad thing today...I bought 3 different kinds of frozen desserts (treats) from the Schwan's truck. How much y'all wanna bet that none of them last till the 4th of July?  (I can't help it, I love ice cream and fruit pops, and all that stuff.

Annnnnd....I gave Hairy Jerry a whole jar of Gerber's baby food chicken, and he ate the whole thing.  I guess I'll have to try some other flavors, and see how he does...except that stuff is so expensive.  But...I'll feed him anything he wants to eat...he DOES want to eat, but he's starting to have trouble chewing and swallowing...and he's still losing weight.  If I thought he wanted to give up...well, you know.  But he so obviously wants to stay alive for the time being. (I'm going to be a wreck when it's time for him to "leave the building.") It's so sad tht his original owners abandoned him in a cattery when he was about 8 years old, and he spent 5 years there before I adopted him.  *sigh* 

I wish he could speak English...I need to talk to him.

 

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