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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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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 Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2016 at 5:06pm

Ian - I'd be proud of that description. My doctor recently asked me, among a bunch of other questions, whether I'm irritable. I answered truthfully - it depends on who you talk to.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 28, 2016 at 12:34pm

Hello all. I've just returned from a few days in England. A good time was had by all. Here's what my family think of me:

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 28, 2016 at 11:31am

Daniel, that sounds like an apt description of our new "normal"!

(Not that worship with sacrifice is so great either...)

And more and more, that pseudo-entomologyetymology that you shared in Politics, Economics, and Religion is applicable: "politics" coming from poly, many, and ticks, bloodsucking parasites.

Comment by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 8:51am

I posted a new group for quotations, awaiting approval. Meanwhile,

"The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles" - Mahatma Gandhi

Comment by Randall Smith on December 28, 2016 at 7:22am

Wow, GC, amazing stats! Thanks for the research. If I remember right, it was an elementary teacher that gave us that info. It's stuck with me all these years, but I had no evidence. Now I do!

Have you all looked at Bertold's photos on his profile page? I love his scenic ones. 

Chris (Plinius), I'm sure you're trying your hardest to convince your fellow Dutch there is no god. Keep "ruffling"!

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2016 at 3:23am

But they're still trying, Quiana! The last one was quite ruffled when I told her that I don't believe in fairy-tales.

Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 1:21am

~4% chance.

Biththday aniversaries are fun so there is a ~100% chance that others want to eat cake drink champain and celebrate with others.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

Daniel, Qiana, thanks for the heads-up.

Randy, I just tried some numbers for the probability of two people in a group sharing a birthday.

For a rough calculation, we can ignore leap days, and pretend that people were equally likely to be born (and prospective parents equally likely to have gotten busy) on any day of the year. You can calculate the probability of everyone having different birthdays: 364/365 (for the second person) times 363/365 (for the third not matching either of those) times 362/365 (fourth different from first three) * 361/365 * 360/365 * ...  Subtract that from 1 to get the probability that at least two people have the same birthday. Multiply fractions by 100% to get percent.

Turns out that in a group of 14, there's a 25% chance two will share a birthday; 50% in a group of 22; 75% in a group of 31, and 90% in a group of 40, practically 100% in a group of 60.

(And absolutely 100% only in a group of 366 or more. :-)

Comment by Daniel W on December 27, 2016 at 1:46pm

Just a heads up.  I was on another Ning site and there was a 500 error.  I don't know if that means we will be getting the same.  It's a concerning sign.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 26, 2016 at 11:55pm
I was in elementary school with five others named Kathy.We were called our first name and last initial.
 

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