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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.

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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 Steph S. on March 4, 2013 at 5:42am

Thank Joan for the funny Carol Burnett Show link.

Comment by Steph S. on March 4, 2013 at 5:42am

Good Morning all.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2013 at 12:14am
Carol Burnett Show outtakes - Tim Conway's Elephant Story.
It seems the bleep by Mama was “Do you think that little axxxxxx is done?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 3, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ahh, I'd cuddle the little blue eyed kitten.

Sleep well, all. Hugs to you too.

Comment by Steph S. on March 3, 2013 at 9:30pm

booklover I just dog that's confused and the jesus praying to himself!

Very very funny.

Flying Atheist I love the communist cat.

Comment by Steph S. on March 3, 2013 at 9:28pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2013 at 9:05pm

Melinda, prayer in general is talking to oneself, but your picture takes that idea to a new level!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 3, 2013 at 8:43pm

Interesting, Patricia, thanks. This tourist gets an experience for no work, which naturalists have to spend months to get. apparently this particular group of gorillas has learned to trust the tourist camp and its inhabitants.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 3, 2013 at 1:26pm

Joan, I have not thought things through as well as you have, but I do find it difficult to remain silent when I disagree with someone...I want them to understand my point of view on whatever subject we're discussing.  It would be nice if I could get them to agree with me, but I just want them to understand how and why I arrived at a particular conclusion.

I get tired of hearing the old saws like"Someone in the church must have hurt you badly," or, "You are angry at god...blah-blah-blah." How can I possibly be angry at something that doesn't exist?  I do get angry with people who insist that a Bronze Age book of myths and legends is the perfect guide to life, and want to change our country's laws to coincide with the cruelties in that book.

And as much as I love "Hair," I lose patience with people who believe that the position of the planets and constellations (as seen from Earth) at the time of one's birth have anything to do with reality.

And sometimes, I just like to rant.  I'm snorting and growling right now over some "junk science" that's been in the news lately ... blaming feral cats for the decline of the bird population in the US.  NObody has actually gone out and counted the number of kills by cats and compared them to climate change, habitat destruction, and other predators.

And there I go again.  Sorry.  = 8 0

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2013 at 11:12am

For me, it depends. Is my goal to maintain the friendship or speak my truth. If a response is interest in knowing more, I can engage in a discussion that incudes listening and asserting; if it is aggression, I can aggress; if the other changes the subject, I can change the subject as well. 

Now I have choices to make because there are always consequences to an option chosen. If I want to save a relationship, the issue remains in the background and will come up again. If I remain silent, that implies agreement and my point of view remains unsaid ... do I have to remain silent in order to have the friendship? If so, my obligation to speak is more important than the individual. My goal is not convert another human being to my way of thinking. I have absolutely no interest in what a person thinks unless it impacts my life; I am interested in how they think through their issues. 

In my 77 years of living, I have not found it beneficial to me or to my values to remain silent. When I think, reason, compare and contrast evidence and draw conclusion, I develop a value. If that value has validity, I stand on that foundation and speak.

 

 

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