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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 7 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 Ian Mason on February 27, 2015 at 1:27pm

Sad news indeed. "Spock" was once asked what Vulcans felt about death. "He" answered "curiousity". An apt reply for a logical and inquiring people, I thought.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2015 at 1:22pm

Cary just told me that Leonard Nimoy died. I found his character, Spock, an island of intelligence in a sea of drama. I identified with him as he didn't see what was funny when everyone else laughed, or didn't understand the meaning of what others said. 

I am sorry to learn of Leonard's death and of his character with him. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2015 at 12:47pm

True to a degree, Spud, though I think Spock found a way to integrate his emotions into his Vulcan heritage.  Worthy of note:

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.
-- Spock, Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country

Vulcan or human, he was a good man.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2015 at 12:46pm

Joan, I agree with you and Carl.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2015 at 12:44pm

I quite enjoyed the logic of Spock, although I think he went too far in trying to suppress all emotion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2015 at 12:43pm

It puzzles me that the Muslims themselves don't smite them with utter contempt for the outrageous offenses committed by IS. Carl, I am with you, this is a time for aggression - not the kind that will kill innocents and destroy antiquities. I wouldn't be the one to shoot a gun, but I am ready and willing and able to provide backup services for people with gun skills and good eyes. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2015 at 12:40pm

I find that I am very saddened having heard of the death of Leonard Nimoy, whom many of us know better as Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer of the Starship Enterprise, who taught us more about what it is to be human than we might have first expected of such a character.  Then again, Leonard was such a warm and VERY human being that I doubt we should be much surprised.

He was a good actor and a good man ... and I for one shall miss him.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 27, 2015 at 12:20pm

Chris, I'm heartbroken watching the senseless destruction of human and cultural antiquities.  I'm a peace-loving person, but these people need to be eliminated off the face of this earth.  Their lives contain no intrinsic value, just hate, destruction and annihilation.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 27, 2015 at 11:59am

Nearly forgot. In Copenhagen bicycles rule. Everyone else has to keep a look-out and dodge.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 27, 2015 at 11:57am

A bit late but Happy Birthday Chris.

Just got back from Copenhagen where I've been visiting my daughter and her bloke. The young couple seem to be getting on well; they laugh a lot together, which is a good sign. They've got a nice flat, near the city centre but with an expanse of green to one side too. We did eating and chatting, very relaxed and pleasant. Thursday I took myself off to "Arken" and then to a Kraftwerk concert. A lovely couple of days.


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