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Hang With Friends

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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

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

Evangelicals Unmasked (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 4 Replies

After roughly two months of "shelter-in-place," it would seem that evangelical Christians are champing at the bit to get back to their money-making-machines churches, because empty pews mean empty collection plates, which means no moolah in pastors'…Continue

Tags: ReOpen, churches, COVID-19, coronavirus, America's Best Christian

Opening a Country With a Closed Mind (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Apr 27. 1 Reply

Today, against the better judgment of just about EVERYONE with a brain and hard data supporting them, Georgia is going to open back up for business, including hair salons, bowling alleys, and ... GYMS???  Perhaps the biggest Petri Dish of them all? …Continue

Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Brian Kemp, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian

Do As You're Told!

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 26. 8 Replies

Spreading this around......As someone with a Masters in disease control, you can only imagine the sheer hell on earth that Facebook is for me at the moment.From Chantelle who has impressively made the leap from bath bomb retailer to consultant…Continue

#NeverBiden is the New #MAGA! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 14. 9 Replies

Apparently there is a new hashtag out there: #NeverBiden.  Now, I'm not much of a hashtag follower, but it would seem as though America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers IS ... and she's not at all happy with the point of view represented by the…Continue

Tags: #MAGA, #NeverBiden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian

Thou Shalt Stay the Hell Home! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 4 Replies

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is a scofflaw as it comes to the whole "shelter-in-place" order ... ESPECIALLY when she has such a FABULOUS place to shelter in!  Problem is, she sees way too many other…Continue

Tags: virus, corona, shelter-in-place, , , America's, Best, Christian, , , Betty, Bowers"

Stay at home order

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 6. 5 Replies

Not only should the Federal government issue the "Stay at home" order, but all medications should be negotiated through the nation and health care should be provided to all inhabitants, citizens or not. From where will the funding come? From those…Continue

Tags: socialist, profits, capitalist, free, speech.

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Comment by paul babcock on May 17, 2011 at 6:42am
Thanks Ruth. I ll tell you what o am looking for. A while back the wife and I used to post regularly at a site that constantly had a thread going for just that purpose.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:54pm
Thanks for sharing, Lary9. You might consider sharing this in the Wonderism group too. ;) I've had transcendent experience that literally alters my consciousness too, mostly from connecting ideas from very different fields, but I can't seem to communicate my ideas to others.
Comment by Lary9 on May 16, 2011 at 9:58pm
I wanted to share this personal vignette with you. From time to time, when I've finally grasped some set of complex, unfamiliar ideas about a theoretical subtlety of science (e.g; how natural selection operates like Yahtze dice selection but in evolution for example), I have a kind of transcendent experience that literally alters my consciousness, not just my view of nature's mechanics. In other words, my journey toward understanding, when successful, actually reconfigures the way I perceive the world and think about it. For one thing, my skeptical resistance to illogical nonsense is palpably sharpened. For another, the exquisite grandeur of the natural world is revealed more clearly in all its glory.
Therein lies my "secret spirituality"---science education, when it's done right, is palpably transformative!
I expect that faith-based believers will find this odd or incomprehensible but it's real---I've experienced it. Also, I can report that, for me, the benefit of this naturalistic worldview is more lasting and cumulative than religion ever was.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 7:34pm
Thanks, Eric but not for me. Ever so long ago I was a Lutheran. No paperwork, just stopped going. If you want to create a discussion, which will last longer than a comment and get more attention, try sharing your personal story and adding a link to your group. Others who've had similar experiences can then reply, or just people who sympathize. Nice of you to join us. :)
Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2011 at 1:59pm

Thanks Ruth. A good suggestion. Actually, Google have been treating AN as spam recently, which I've now corrected.

 

Recently single again, own choice. The plants on my balcony are doing well: honeysuckle, mint, lavender and tomato. It's been raining here in Denmark, which is good as he farmers have been spreading pig slurry and it stinks. Off to work soon. My first night-shift alone in a new job. Should be interesting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:48am
Hi, paul babcock. Yes, sharing stuff from our lives is one of the things we do here, but I'd really rather people started a discussion about whatever their topic is the way Colby Whitlock started "Showing of my little herb garden." That way people can reply specifically to her, and the reply will pop up in latest activity on her page. The replies will stick together, and become part of our group culture. People can add to them much later and bring them to the front of the discussion list. If you post here in comments it's a grab bag and stuff gets lost as soon as it moves off of the front page. We also share silly stuff, and quite serious topics too. We are whole, complex people. :)
Comment by paul babcock on May 16, 2011 at 10:34am
So I joined this sub group just this minute and I have this question. So the idea here is that we post things like,"Hey. How are you? What are you up to? I have been doing this and that.", as in I donot have to have anything of any great impotence or significance than that to make a post.?

And if so, am I doing it correctly in the correct spot and everything?
Comment by Tara on May 16, 2011 at 10:17am
Thank you for the invite, Ruth. :)
Comment by Brent Feeney on May 16, 2011 at 9:48am
Nice to be here - from St. Louis myself. Love to talk and meet new folks and see what's on their minds and what makes them tick. Hope to get to know everyone!
Comment by Sarah Rizzuto on May 16, 2011 at 12:40am
Nice to meet you all!  I love people who have both insightful comments and like to stir the pot, where nothing is taboo.  Tacky not welcomed, but breaking down taboos is great.
 

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