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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 6:04am

Glad to hear that Carl.

Comment by Plinius on December 18, 2014 at 1:10am

Good news, Carl! And wonderful that your sister wants to be your donor!

Welcome Soren!

And thanks for the Moose in the maple tree Patricia, it makes very good teaching material!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 1:01am

Carl, happy to learn you returned home from the hospital. Good news that one of your sisters may be a kidney donor for you. You fill my thoughts throughout the day, just as so many of us feel connected to you in a very personal way. Our tight little virtual family radiate care for one another. Each moment gifts us with the opportunity to participate in life.    

May I recall a line from Soren's piece, Lessons of Immortality and Mortality from my Father, Carl Sagan
"You’re connected to the generations through DNA — and, even farther back, to the universe, because every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars. We are star stuff".

The mystery that comes from realizing we are star stuff, also reflects the mystery that comes from realizing we are connected to each other. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 17, 2014 at 11:58pm
Just a little blip on the road Carl. The good news is your kidney should come through. My youngest sister in law had a very successful kidney transplant from an anonymous donor many years ago. I'm certain yours will be equally successful.
If kind thoughts and well wishes can help you have it made.
Comment by Soren Sagan on December 17, 2014 at 11:35pm

Thanks Carl I am happy to be a part of this friendly community here. I wish a very good health to you in the future! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2014 at 11:07pm

Hi everyone.  Came home from the hospital today.  Thanks for all the well wishes.  I'm feeling well and, as I mentioned earlier, medication should prevent further strokes.  It turns out this was kidney related and not due to heart or blood clotting issues.  That's a big relief for me.  As far as the kidney transplant, lots and lots and lots of tests are being performed on me with more to come.  It looks fairly certain that one of my sisters will be a donor.  It's looking more like February or March now for that surgery.  Everything is on track.  It's just a slow and very deliberate process.  I'm getting great health care.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2014 at 10:54pm

Hey, Soren.  A hearty welcome to you.  Glad you could join us.  --Carl

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 17, 2014 at 6:43pm

I will check out books by fellow authors here.

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 17, 2014 at 6:41pm

Thanks Patricia I appreciate that! :)

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 17, 2014 at 6:04pm

True, I am one of them. :) Who are the other ones here?

 

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