Hang With Friends

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 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 Plinius on August 11, 2012 at 1:41am

You're right Joan, and I'm happy for you and for the fact that life gets better when you grow older. I'm only 58 but I feel lots better already - all the sourfaced grumblers from my past never prepared me for this! Finally I'm getting the messages my cats sent me: Let go and stop worrying! Relax and enjoy yourself!

I'll practice some purring now with Luna on top of the bookcase. Have a wonderful weekend all of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2012 at 5:13pm

I love the article, Ruth, about elderly are happier. That may be so, but for me, it is letting go of the little things. Everything doesn't have to be perfect, Just enough is good enough, dishes will wait and so will laundry. I don't have to have everything ready on time for everybody else's convenience. I am the master of my day and if I don't want to vacuum, I don't. I eat what I like and what is good for me and don't worry if other people like it. I don't give a damn what other people think, and when I encounter a jerk, I can make a decision to go the other way, or don't invite them to my place. If someone makes a racist or sexist or homophobic comment I find it my obligation to object, publicly. I don't like to shop and don't and my clothes closet is getting emptier and emptier. So I wear pants with holes in the knees, or shoes that aren't shined, they are comfortable. I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me. I love history and tracking down patterns over time.  These are the Golden Years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 10, 2012 at 4:28pm

Thanks for the quote, Booklover. That's a great restaurant policy, sk8eycat.

Your happy Friday doggie brought a smile, Steph. I recently read an article that the elderly are happier because they choose to look at pleasant stuff. It made me think of the great LOLcats and dogs you share, making all of us happier. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on August 10, 2012 at 4:18pm
Beats the sh*t out of restaurants giving discounts to people who bring in a church bulletin!

Unplugged: L.A. Restaurant Offers Discount to Customers Who Forfeit Phones at The Door


We've all sat with someone who's tethered to their email, frantically texting with their boyfriend, or obsessively running a Tweet-by-Tweet of a meal. It's annoying, and it can be awkward to have to bring those etiquette to your dining partner's attention. Thankfully, one L.A. restauranteur has taken matters into his own hands.


Eater LA reports that chef Mark Gold of Eva has instilled a new policy at his farm-to-table restaurant on Beverly, offering diners who leave their cell phones with the receptionist 5% off of their final check.


We wish that more establishments would offer such incentives. In fact, we wish there were hands free dining police in restaurants.


What are your thoughts? Do you feel that this is a service industry, and people should be free to do what they want? Or do you wish more diners were somehow incentivized to shut down during dinner hours?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2012 at 2:41pm

Melinda, perfect quote. I am reposting on Facebook; may I attribute it to you or would you prefer I not?

Comment by Steph S. on August 10, 2012 at 1:13pm
Love that graphic with the quote. I'll have to download it. Thanks booklover.
Comment by Steph S. on August 10, 2012 at 8:45am

Going to make my coffee.

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 10, 2012 at 4:00am

Steph, I think that cat's just been drinking in a Mars bar. Peace and a pleasant weekend to you, Sylvia, and to all here.

Comment by Plinius on August 10, 2012 at 2:31am

This one is good to listen to with your first cup of coffee.

Comment by Sylvia on August 9, 2012 at 9:50pm

Hey guys I wanted to touch base and let you all know I have been very busy this week. This is my last week in this course and Tuesday I start another course. Hope everyone is doing well... peace!


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