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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 sk8eycat on August 3, 2012 at 11:56am

Booklover: I am SO tired of athletes blaming their wins on "god." 

Just once I'd like to hear one say, "I worked my ass off for years perfecting my skills, and I won this medal! I would like to thank my parents and sponsors for supporting me all these years, and my coaches for working with me, etc...."

I guess it will never happen.

Comment by Paula T. on August 3, 2012 at 9:46am

Love that picture, booklover!  I describes too many people I know!

(btw - I mistakenly said you can't block game feeds on FB, but you can *blush*) 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 3, 2012 at 9:42am

Great pictures, Tony and Booklover. Stealing for future use, if summer ever comes to Denmark.

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2012 at 7:50am

LOL! I love that one, Booklover!

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 3, 2012 at 6:43am

Supposed to be another hot one today, 104 here, so ya'll be cool.

Comment by Paula T. on August 2, 2012 at 9:45pm
booklover, that was probably me asking about FB. Joan, I would love to be your friend, as well. I think I can learn so much from you there, as well as here.

(one warning...I play a game that generates lots of posts, but they can't be blocked.)
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2012 at 9:25pm

Ian Mason, the cat photo is priceless! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2012 at 8:36pm

booklover, thanks for sharing your day with us. As to the loss of someone because he/she doesn't like your beliefs, "good riddance!" I know that sounds intolerant, but heck! why be tolerant of someone who isn't tolerant of your ideas? Agreement is not the test of friendship, it seems to me, but rather whether you can speak and you can hear each other. Who knows, there may be common ground between ideas and the only way to find out is to speak your truth and listen to the other. 
As to your friend who is "VERY religious", I'm glad she knows how to separate friendship from ideas and you can continue to communicate. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2012 at 2:27pm

Thanks for the link, sk8eycat, but many of Vidal's quotes turn me off. I did like this one.

Nonprofit status is what created the Bible Belt. The tax code brought religion back to this country.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 1, 2012 at 11:43am

"You hear all this whining going on, 'Where are our great writers?' The thing I might feel doleful about is: 'Where are the readers?'" (Esquire)

Gore Vidal
 
 

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