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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 15 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2012 at 12:27pm

Hope your trip helps Booklover.

I can relate, because I'm 60 pounds overweight and Depression is a large factor I'm sure.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 26, 2012 at 12:20pm

Smashing pics all round. Thanks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2012 at 12:09pm

I weigh myself every morning so I have no surprises.  I finally compared my scale to the doctor's, and found mine reads 3 lbs high, so I'm 3 lbs less fat that I thought. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2012 at 11:34am

Anti-screaming cat is funny Booklover.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2012 at 11:32am

Beautiful snowflake Tony.

Comment by Steph S. on November 26, 2012 at 8:34am

Lovely snowflake Tony!

I love that lolcat booklover.

Cool Ian - that's funny.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 26, 2012 at 6:08am

Good Morning, heathen nation! Getting ready to leave for work. Another day at the grind. But it's gonna be a great day. With the solstice coming up, I submit the following, for your approval. You have entered the science zone. (In his best Rod Serling voiceover).

Cool snowflake. Have a great one, my friends. Later


Comment by Grinning Cat on November 26, 2012 at 2:55am

Ruth wrote:

I'm still reeling from David Roberts TED talk. When we drastically cut back CO2, hope for humanity has a glimmer again. That day will outshine all previous sacred days. Let us achieve this day within five years. I'll really really be happy to celebrate that day.

That day would go far beyond the basis for many current holidays, one particular national/ethnic/religious group's survival or victory, to celebrate the hope for continued life for all of humanity!

I forget who said that civilization and maturity is exemplified by expanding the boundaries of "us" (as opposed to "them") to include ever wider circles, eventually all people.

(image from Alondra Anderson)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2012 at 5:00pm

Jared Diamond Playlist
Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA,

author The Third Chimpanzee(1991/2004), Guns, Germs, and Steel(1997), Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005).
Jared Diamond cautioned us years ago of the coming challenges facing our nation and the Earth and that we need to start making changes in our beliefs, policies and practices. I recommend each one, but if you have limited time, 

"It's the end of the world as we know it"

Published on Apr 13, 2012

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2012 at 10:59am

Good question Ian.


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