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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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 10:34am

Have a great time, Carl and Chris.

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm glad not to think back. I'm organizing a little celebration for brother-in-law, tomorrow is his first visit here since his accident. He'll be brought here by a taxi service for the disabled - I wonder if he can manage the stairs. Auntie cannot come - her ward is closed because of an infection, but I'll bring her a present afterwards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2014 at 9:31am

As of this morning, apparently the winter weather has moved east of Chicago and will miss us.  The winter storm watch has been cancelled. 

Today, I'm off to my doctor for an appointment and a review of my health.  I'm glad I won't have to deal with any snow or rain.  BTW, I'm still feeling well and I'm looking forward to spending time during the next few days with my family.  Lots of great seasonal food is in store!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2014 at 8:09am

I like all the "good news" comments--and music, cartoons, etc.

Christmas eve brings back many wonderful memories. One year, Santa (my grandfather) walked up to our house, looked over his list, shook his head, and walked on down the street. I was devastated! Yes, he returned.                                                    It'll be a very quiet eve and day tomorrow this year.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2014 at 6:11am

Thunder-snow, eh?  I remember that from not quite 30 years ago when I was waiting for a flight at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Flight was cancelled, of course!

Glad you enjoyed "Let It Snow," Carl.  That one is a long-time favorite of mine.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 4:32am

Joan, your gladness and love of life are infectious. Have some lovely days with your nearest and dearest.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:19am

Ian, wonderful cartoon! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:17am

I'm having a most delightful visit with Laura and Larry. They worked all day each day so far and I enjoy cooking dinner each night and preparing mid-day snacks to keep their strength up. They enjoy my cooking ... thankfully. 

I spent an afternoon with my five great-grandkids. Their mother works for Laura and so I had them all to myself. When dinner time came, each one, from six years old to 16 had their assigned chores in getting the meal ready and they performed like real troopers. 

One of the boys, ten year old Austin, has a learning disability. I was dumbfounded at his abilities at building things out of magnet parts. He built a bridge, igloo, houses of different shapes. I will send photos of them later. He has unusual math abilities as well. I told his Mom and Dad, they need not worry about him. If he has good teachers, he will surprise everyone with his abilities. They don't need to be so anxious about him. Their other kids have very high grades and all participate in sports. Especially the 12 year old girl. She lives for sports. The six year old learns many things from his older siblings, appearing advanced for his age. His language skills will take him a long way. The 16 year old is a junior volunteer fire fighter, taking courses in forest management and gets college credits for his involvement and courses. The ten year old has a free spirit and I suspect he has some musical talent. He enjoys rhythms. He and I like to go into the woods and beat patterns on fallen logs and upright trees. He is quite good. 

My four month old great-granddaughter will be with us tomorrow. I guess you know I am looking forward to time with her. 

The Winter Solstice log burn will take place later in the week because of conflicting schedules when we will all be able to attend.

I'm just kind of giddy with all the playtime for myself and the kiddos.  

I hope each one of you have great fun, build happy memories, have good health and celebrate the Turning of the Yearly Wheel. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 3:07am

Bon appetit, Felaine. Unexpected suprises like that are lovely and you deserve a treat.

A little "reality" for the season:

Comment by sk8eycat on December 24, 2014 at 2:42am

If I were 40 years younger, I'd grab Mike Wilson and run for Vegas in a "New York minute!"  He's kind, smart, adorable, and divorced.....   The kind of man I looked for all my life and never found.


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