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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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 Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 8:53am

Congrats Randall, and many happy returns!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2015 at 7:47am

72 revolutions around the sun (as Chris would say) today (3/24). It's been a great ride, and it ain't over quite yet.

I've led a fairly charmed life, godless and all. My parents were great. I thank them for clothing and feeding me, providing an education, giving me piano lessons and braces, and much more

My first (of two) wives gave me 4 wonderful children. Being twice divorced wasn't on the menu, but such is life. I'm happily single.

I enjoyed (mostly) teaching middle school students for 33 years. I don't know who was educated more. I learned a lot.

Over the years, I've traveled, hiked mountains and plains, seen the Mona Lisa, on and on. I'm headed to the Danube in two weeks. Mostly, I'm a homebody, however, gardening, golfing, reading, exercising, babysitting, just hangin' out.

It's a wonderful life--at least for me.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 23, 2015 at 11:19pm
I accidentally hit that I liked andold blog of mine and it popped up on the right. I feel like an idiot and hate this little pad!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:31am

Trepidation indeed Randall.  Here's hoping things go well.

I don't quite understand the land value you're talking about.  Can you clarify that for me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:26am

I used to work with a guy that was probably the most enjoyable person to talk to that I ever met.  And, he had a great sense of humor.  We could be talking about something very serious, and he would all of a sudden say something funny about it, and make me laugh.

I ask him how he got such a sense of humor, and he said his home life was so miserable, he had to develop a sense of humor or die.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2015 at 7:38am

In a couple of hours, with fear and trepidation, I'm signing papers that will use my 100 acre farm land as collateral for my organic farm kids to secure a major loan for their operation. To make money, or be successful, you have to invest. They're running their operation on shoe laces. And they want to expand--fruit trees, modern equipment, cattle, etc. At $8000/acre, we're talking ten times that in land value. But, it's a risk I'm willing to take. No pain, no gain.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2015 at 1:51am

 I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind.

Many people can't, but if you find one who can, listen and watch. I think such people have a special quality; they are hurt as often as anyone, but they remain unspoilt. Like this man  I read the book, and in an extra chapter one of his sons told how his father was a happy familyman and his children never even suspected that he had had such a bad past.

I love how your Ebony taught you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2015 at 6:57pm

Chris, What a horrid/sweet memory to carry and share! His experiences molded him. I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind. Clearly, he means a lot to you. 

I love the fact it was a black cat. My Ebony was a wonderful teacher. She taught me how to wean my babies, discipline them and care for them. She took no nonsense from her kittens and the two litters she adopted when my Calico turned out to be an unloving and uncaring mother of her kittens. I watched Ebony and would say, "OH! I can do that!" She kept them fed and clean, made sure they didn't get into dangerous situations, and when it was time, she wouldn't let them nurse. 

Your  father-i-l had to have experienced the depression in Europe. Then the war with armies marching across his country and planes bombing from above. It saddens me that they were USA bombs. At least that is what I assume. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2015 at 6:08pm
Chris, I love your family story about 1940's Rotterdam and the black cat!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2015 at 3:01pm

Ian, Dury does have a way with words! Funny? 


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