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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 on Thursday. 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

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Paula T. on August 8, 2012 at 10:47pm
I lost my best friend a few years ago. She is VERY Roman Catholic, but I don't believe she reads the buybull or attend mass each week. She told me that I should read more (religious type BS) and not believe the stuff atheists say. She is totally messed up because of the religious upbringing and she was molested by her father and brothers as a child. She's married for the 2nd time to a snake and I do not like him. She sent me another FB friend request and I blocked her. She also wrote a message to my boyfriend asking if I was ok. He didn't respond. I feel sad that she is so unhappy, so deeply, and feels that religion is the key to happiness. Gawd will make everything better...
Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 9:28pm

Yay, I'm getting a day off! Sorry I haven't been around as much as usual, just been very busy, but I've been thinking of you guys, and reading the posts.

Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear of the problems you're having. I will be thinking of you, and if you ever need to vent or just talk, go to my page. Will be happy to listen/commiserate/laugh/cry with you. You do indeed have friends here.

Melinda & Steph, what can I say other than thank you both for your concern. Big warm fuzzy bear hugs to you both. Your friendship, heck everyones friendship here means so very much to me.Even when I'm too busy to respond back or be as active as I want, you're all in my thoughts.

Be well everyone. Take care.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

I love the lolcat picture booklover!

Yes, be glad the friendship is over. Now you can move on with your life in a positive way. That person was not a true friend.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:09pm

I am so glad all of you are here too!

It is wonderful to come here and talk. : )

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:55pm

Patricia, I'm sorry to hear so much pain and stress has come upon you....and in such a short period of time.  Please know that my well wishes for you are indeed sincere.  We're all glad to have you here.....no matter what mood you're in. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:35pm

Melinda, I had a friend in college who was very demanding and manipulative.  During one of our many altercations I remember finally saying to her, "I've never had to work so hard to be somebody's friend!"  And that's the point.  True friendship should never be hard work or cause you unwanted and constant grief.  I have a VERY small circle of friends, but boy-o-boy, they are THE BEST.  About ten or so years ago I made a conscious decision to rid myself of "toxic" associations and of people that had nothing positive to offer.  As a result I have fewer friends but I'm much happier with the friends I do have.    

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:07pm

That's a really pretty GIF Ruth.

Patricia sorry to hear about your hubby.

And Ian I am sorry to hear your battles with depression.

I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

booklover (Melinda) I don't keep friends who are stressful to me either. It's not worth it. It's better to have no friends than friends like that. I also know some people who claim they keep all their friends - I'm not sure if I believe them. Doesn't seem possible to me. People grow apart and evolve.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

Thanks, Ian. I'm sorry to hear about your depression. Your contributions here are delightful.

Thanks for sharing, Patricia. It's so sad to have the love of your life struggling so.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:01pm

Cool Mars picture Tony.

So how are you all doing today?

booklover - that was not a true friend if they left you because of your Atheism. You are better without them. Be glad she is gone.

 

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