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.

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.

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Discussion Forum

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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 4:20pm

Patricia, I want one of those to hang from the mirror in my minivan.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2012 at 4:03pm

sk8ecat, I like your line about getting the 100 lb bag of buybull manure off your back.  I'm going to remember that.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 3:28pm

Hi Ruth. I'd say it's been a few years since I became a truly born-again atheist. I clung to a few things, New Thought ideas mostly, and the UUF for awhile. With the New Thought, I followed Religious Science International's Ernest Holmes teachings. Then Unity Church. 

Right after the Haiti quake, some folks on a Unity radio show were talking about how negative thoughts brought on by physical hardships of those in Haiti may have caused the quake. I contacted them to talk about plate tectonics. They didn't get. I left. Too much voodoo!

Unitarian Universalism was a welcoming thing. Very open to personal discovery. Rich history. But for sometime I'd been thinking I was using it as a crutch . . . a place to socialize. A few weeks ago the theme for the coming months was determined. The general focus was on what happens after we die.

I'm very confident that I know the answer. Trying to find a comforting spiritual answer just wasn't part of my needs or beliefs. That's when I decided enough was enough.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, Flying Atheist. Yes, our Hang With community is a great way to be connected no matter where you are.

So, Derek Bly, are you saying that you just became a "born again" atheist this week? I'd be uncomfortable especially with astrology in my social group. Some versions of spirituality completely leave out ghosts, so those wouldn't bother me. Welcome here! We're happy to have you  aboard.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

Thanks, Melinda. And thanks for the 'Friend' request!

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 10:22am

It's a fabulous Friday here in sunny southern Alberta! I'm at work, looking forward to a great weekend with temps in the high 20s. That's celsius, of course!

This was a big week for me. My 'spiritual' journey of the past 30 years took a huge step forward. I've gone full circle from being an out-and-out atheist, through fundie Christianity, liberal Christianity, New Thought, Unitarian Universalism to being a born-again atheist. A few days ago, I advised the wonderful people at our UU Fellowship that I would not be attending any longer.

I appreciate their approach to seeking the truth and leaving it up to the individual to determine what that may be. Their openness and acceptance of anyone and everyone is refreshing. But most still have some kind of belief in spirituality. Some are pantheists. Some follow wiccan practices. Some are into astrology.

Me? I find wonder and beauty in science and the natural world. My attendance at the UUF had come down to being one of social connection. I've faced that and realized I didn't subscribe to any of the beliefs expressed at each meeting. So, here I am . . . a happy atheist who say I am a secular humanist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2012 at 9:33am

Good morning to everyone.  I haven't said it before, but I have the same sentiments expressed by Melinda (booklover) yesterday.  I really enjoy getting up in the morning, drinking my coffee, and catching up on all the comments from all the wonderful people here.  Since I travel for a living, I'm gone for a few days at a time.  That's why I pop in and out.  But I ALWAYS enjoy catching up with the goings-on.  Thanks for all the photos, videos, jokes, comments and rants.....I enjoy them all.     

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 6:58am

Ha Sk8eycat, that sounds like a 'loving xtian husband' to me - the arrogance of those types! Small wonder that you didn't stomach the doormat-training! I got a doormat-training from my fundie parents - rebelled, of course, but later I had to unlearn quite a lot!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 6:00am

Morning all. Hope you had a good nights sleep. Ready to head out to work. Will see ya'll later. Have a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:04am

Chris, surprisingly, it wasn't painful at all.  By that time I was SO angry at him ...he was trying to control practically every move I made; where I went, who I talked to, even what I talked about.  And I was angry at myself for trying to be his doormat.  It was a relief.  Similar to the feeling years later when I finally got the 100-pound bag of buybull manure off my back.


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