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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2016 at 9:24pm
Kelly, Nigeria and Iran are two countries that have the death penalty for gays. There are others. Prison time with hard labor are common punishment.

Google it. I think you will be shocked.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2016 at 2:29pm

Could you use a good laugh today?  Try the following on for size:

Click on image to enlarge.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2016 at 1:14pm

Christianity Debunked Using Science and History - Richard Carrier

Here is on of the firebrands, using critical thinking skills to analyze evidence 

Comment by Plinius on January 19, 2016 at 7:16am

I like it, Ian, clear and well told, but I don't like that depression.

You reminded me of my own "spider", so I'll put it here:

Between hope and fear

on a silken thread

..

from cantilever window

to the window-frame

I build security

without  a doubt.

..

I’m a spider.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 18, 2016 at 7:55pm
Ruth, I hope all goes well. Everyone I know has had a good outcome.

Ian, l like your poem very much.

Joan, what's the temps in your area? We are down to near zero. We will be before morning.

Kelly, being gay is still punishable by death in many places. Sad but true. And religion is always behind it in one way or another.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2016 at 7:04pm

I didn't understand your comment, Joan. All I saw was a 2014 weather map image, no commercial or commentary.

Great poem, Ian.

We thought twenty one was cold, Randall. The grandkids sound great.

I see your point about musicians, Loren.

<sigh> On a personal note, my respiratory problem has cleared enough, so I'll get the cardiac cath tomorrow. I'll be out of touch for over a day if I get a stent. Bye for now.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 18, 2016 at 6:18pm

[sigh] First Bowie, and now Glenn Frey of the Eagles.  2016 is NOT starting out kindly to musicians.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 1:22pm

Ian, your poem on depression moved me. The phrases offered a visual of unexplainable thoughts: 

Like a spider that has

spun in vain in an empty room

where only dust moves

I also am intrigued by the way your lines form an hour glass.  It gave me a shiver when I made the connection of being in the empty room to 

grit our teeth and move toward

the light, every step a modest victory.

Thank you for sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 1:09pm

Although this is a commercial for a product, I send this because of its photos and commentary on climate change. Climate change is a fact, what is not so certain is the cause. A conspiracy? I can't imagine humans behaving in such a way. Perhaps the most popular and common theory is not correct, science often goes down a mistaken path. However, the beauty of science is its ability to self-monitor and make mid-course corrections. 

I liken science to a plane flight from Los Angeles to Bejing, it is off course 99% of the time and makes corrections along the way around the planet. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 18, 2016 at 12:44pm

After a lot of prevarications and distractions, I've finally started to translate some of my poems from Danish to English. Here's one to start with, about getting through a depressive episode:

A Spark

 

Like a spider that has

spun in vain in an empty room

where only dust moves

we try to reach for the impossible.

All efforts seem wasted,

all labour worthless.

Nothing helps.

Nothing.

 

Again

a new attempt.

We stretch, breathe

blow on hope’s tiny spark,

catch sight of a single sunbeam,

grit our teeth and move toward

the light, every step a modest victory.

 

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