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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 Steph S. on August 18, 2012 at 11:41pm
Oh I need to catch up again I got behind.
Joan your friend has a lovely hat.
I like the hanging with friends animal picture Joan.
Sk8eycat I love the fountains that your cats use. I fought a fountain for my kitty too! He loved it! I love cats! Especially the all black ones!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2012 at 11:34pm

Thanks, Joan. And I love the picture. It's just right for us. Thanks, Steph. I have days like that.

Comment by Steph S. on August 18, 2012 at 11:25pm

Comment by Steph S. on August 18, 2012 at 11:24pm

Booklover - your cats are so beautiful!

I want to hug them all.

Comment by Steph S. on August 18, 2012 at 11:24pm

Hey Ruth congrats!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 11:14pm

Ruth, congratulations on a well-run group. You inspire, instruct, advise, challenge and I respect you for all those qualities. This is a friendly and safe site.

Hanging with Friends


Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 10:28pm

Ruth: Dis iz a popular groop becuz we iz gud 2 eech uvver! (An we can be a liddle silly in heer wifout offending innywun.)

I wanted to show Joan the type of drinking fountain Hairy Jerry has (Pumpkin uses it, too, but he drinks out of the basin. Guess he's not so fussy about running water, or maybe he's afraid of it.)

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Jerry's fountain has a red basin...I thought he'd be more attracted to it because cats seem to see red better than any other color.  The water spout is adjustable so you can control how much it splashes.

There are hundreds of kitty fountains on the market, but this is the only one I felt was safe for older cats. Oh, and the tube that connects to the spout has charcoal granules in it to filter the water.  same kind of stuff that Brita pitchers use.  Since I use Brita pitchers for our drinking water (our tap water is hard as rocks!), the cats' water is double-filtered.

booklover, your kittehs are lovely.  I especially like the black kitteh.  They are my favorites after the ORNJ ones.  Pumpkin looks like an orange Abysinian, and Hairy Jerry is a biscuit and white Bugs Bunny cat.

I don't know how to Paste my own photographs in here, or I'd do it...


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2012 at 9:59pm

Hey y'all! With 749 members, Hang With Friends is the 12th most popular group. Congrats us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 9:38pm

The Flying Atheist, what a wonderful grandfather you had. His kindness and positive attitude made a real difference in your life; your affection for him shines through. I like him telling of the kindness of dockworkers and office people; so often, people tell of only the crabby and arrogant ones. What was his name? A good solid Danish name, I suspect.  We need his compassionate nature now, more than ever. Raising a family during the Great Depression and WWII presented quite a challenge; he must have seen incredible changes in his lifetime.

Thanks for sharing.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 9:10pm

That's a beautiful photo, Joan. 


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