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 Randall Smith on November 2, 2015 at 7:54am

Joan, it's hilarious to see your repeated comments popping up here and there! I'm sure it's not your doing. Wish I had time (or took the time) to watch the video you referred to.

Yes, Carl, good weather approaching here in Indiana, too. 250 trick or treaters? Whoa!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2015 at 10:27pm

Thanks to all of you here, once again, for your supportive and caring comments. I'm actually developing a bit of nervous excitement now that an actual surgery date has been set. 

One of my nephew's was in town from California on business and my family spent Halloween evening with him at my sister's house for dinner. She had over 250 trick-or-treaters!  It rained all day here until about 5 PM. The kids came out in force. The rest of the evening was rather pleasant and got warmer by the hour. We are expecting temperatures in the 70's this week.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2015 at 10:14pm

Kathy, that's great news about the improvement in your eye sight. You sound very excited. How wonderful it is to be able to fix such problems.

Ruth, I wish hugs could cure all ills. I would come over and give you a big hug.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:54pm

Have you seen the video just released by Nasa? NASA releases stunning 4K video of the sun as you’ve never seen it ...

It is a meditative piece lasting about 30 munites. Looking casually at it seems to have no motion except for the solar flares, but a careful look reveals little bits of action, then ribbons, and other intereting events happening. 

It is a splendid way to just look and not think or do anything. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 1, 2015 at 6:04pm

Ian, I'm jealous - he is an extraordinary actor. One of the best Sherlocks ever (next to Nicole Williamson in The Seven Percent Solution) despite Netflix having transplanted him into the 21st century and plagued him with irritating video effects.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 1, 2015 at 5:59pm

Wonderful! Marvelous! Just seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet via a live stream from London. The best Hamlet of my Shakespeare-loving life. It ended with an appeal for donations to refugee children, Cumberbatch quoting a poem:

"You don't flee your home unless home is the mouth of a shark.

You don't put a child in a boat unless the sea is safer than the land"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 3:07pm

Ruth, a dreadful way to spend a day! Hope you feel better and have no reoccurrence. You wrote, "probably pinched nerve syndrome". what is the remedy for that?

Your Halloween photo perfectly catches the mood of the night. 

Randy, Living in Honduras must have some interesting events, do you plan to visit her there? I think optometry must be a good profession for a woman. Do you remember when there were no, or few, women in that profession? 

probably pinched nerve syndrome

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:07am

Good news, Ruth! There's much good news going around these days.

I had two trick or treaters last night, that's all--my grandchildren! So cute. 

My oldest daughter (age 42) is home from Honduras (where she lives) for "continuing education" in optometry. Looking forward to seeing her tonight.

Comment by Plinius on November 1, 2015 at 1:21am

Looks like you had a very bad day, Ruth! I'm glad it wasn't thrombosis!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 31, 2015 at 10:49pm

Only got nine trick-or-treaters this year. Love this cat costume.

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