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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 26, 2016 at 4:54pm

Chris, best wishes to your kitty, Dido!  I know it'd tear out my heart to lose any of our five.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2016 at 4:39pm

Sorry to hear about Dido, Plinius. I try to avoid carrying Trissa, who weighs 22 lbs. So often we don’t know we’re overdoing it till later. I had to start using a cane after carrying around rocks a few days for garden improvement. Didn’t feel it till later.

I hope your good health continues forever, Randall. For osteoarthritis, I’ve found that not only pharmaceutical grade fish oil helps but Dr.Theo’s Avosoy Complete. It’s not only salt free glucosamine and chondroitin but has avocado-sybean unsaponifiables. I’d read about the latter ingredient in research literature many years ago. I don’t’ think they know how it helps, just that it does. About two years ago their supplier failed Dr. Theo’s independent analysis (he has high standards and tests every batch), so it was unavailable for about a month. After two weeks without (just using another glucosamine/chondroitin product) my arthritis got much worse. I was so glad when it was available again.

Loren, Ian, Plinius, Bertold and Flying Atheist, you seem to be the kids of our core group. Younger people join Hang With Friends but don’t post as often.  It is essential to be conscious of one’s changing body and take precautions. Keep it up.

“Wonderfully tasteless décor” made me laugh. I can appreciate that aesthetic.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2016 at 4:17pm

What an inviting room for virtual relaxation. I love tea and snuggly throws, and it's peaceful, calming. Thanks, flying Atheist.

You make good points, Joan. We all learn so much from you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 26, 2016 at 2:49pm

Randy, I'm not crazy about that 70s decor, but I admire people who decide to do something and go all out.  I have to appreciate their commitment.  I like people like that. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 26, 2016 at 2:45pm

I'm 51 but often feel like I'm 91.  

Comment by Ian Mason on January 26, 2016 at 12:33pm

At 59 I must be a mere stripling! I've also begun to feel the first signs of wear and tear in joints, tendons etc and healing/recovery gets slower and slower. I refuse to give in though. I have plans for at least one more year of jogging half-marathons.

Carl, what a wonderfully tasteless decor. The fire-and-tea scene is much more restful.

Comment by Plinius on January 26, 2016 at 11:55am

You're not the youngest, Loren, I'm not yet 62. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2016 at 10:06am

Also 65 here, just went on Medicare last fall. Been noticing shades of decrepitude creeping in on various fronts. I try to work in a bit of light lifting, stretching, and tai chi every day.

I always find somehow comforting the oft-noted idea that dying begins the billions of years of non-existence that mirror the billions of years of non-existence preceding your life. It just occurred to me that means statistically, being dead is far more "normal" than being alive.

The moral: at least while you're still alive, beware any judgments or undertakings based on statistics.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 26, 2016 at 7:46am

Gad, I guess I'm the young'un here at 65!  I'm doing pretty well at the moment, not a lot of medical complaints.  I would LIKE to get more active when the weather gets better (especially considering what I spent on a bike three years ago!), and I do little things to at least attempt to keep myself in shape.

I find I'm becoming more conscious of what's going on with myself and my body and I want to take actions to counter any degradation in my current status.  It'll be interesting to see how successful I am as time passes!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 26, 2016 at 7:21am

Actually, Carl (and Bertold), I like the decor! Perhaps it's because it's so different from my antique white walls and old furniture.

Sorry about your maladies, Ruth. I guess I'm pretty lucky at 2 months shy of age 73. My worst health issue is osteo-arthritis, mostly in the thumb joints. Fingernail fungus is disappearing with generic Lamosil. 

Of course, Joan is ever the eternal and inspirational optimist!


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