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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2016 at 7:34am

Pizza night. I've invited my "kids" over to partake. I'll be spending much of the day cleaning house, esp. the kitchen. Having "company" over is a good excuse to do a thorough cleaning.             We'll celebrate, if you will, my son-in-law's decision and fait accompli to have a vasectomy two days ago. He's 40 with three children (and a great father). I have empathy since I had one after 4 kids. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 28, 2016 at 8:06am

Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I take them to heart. I'll let you know the results.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 27, 2016 at 6:01pm

Ian, it looks as though the Earth Wind Map directs a lot of wind to your part of the Atlantic system 2016-01-27. 

Atlantic 

Data | Wind @ Surface

Date | 2016-01-27 13:00 Local UTC

Data | Wind @ Surface

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2016 at 3:19pm

Plinius, the painting does reflect our current active core, but I’d rather not restrict ourselves by identifying with that. I particularly miss younger, more diverse An members sharing their experiences here.

Joan, I can relate to kind of "putzing" through one’s days, doing most everything in slow motion. With stable angina I need to carve out new routines that work for me.

Randall,  I agree with Plinius, Bertodd, The Flying Atheist and Joan about how to bring up the subject of parenting.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 27, 2016 at 2:15pm

My daughter became very annoyed some years ago when I broached the subject of the past and my drinking so I've let the matter drop. I think she's aware that a lot of it was self-medicating for depression.

Love the picture, Chris. Stealing it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 27, 2016 at 11:11am

On the arthritis front, I don't want to do a Dr. Oz here, but years ago I noticed significant stiffness in my knuckles. I read about a supplement that was new at the time called SAM-e. Time mag ran a big article about it back then, claiming it's a natural substance our bodies produce less of as we age. I've been taking it ever since and the symptoms in my knuckles have all but vanished.

Randall, my parents were divorced when I was 11. It seemed quite devastating at the time, but my mom didn't have a lot of choice. Our dad beat the crap out of us on the rare occasions when he was sober and beat the crap out of our mom on the more normal occasions when he was drunk. Of course my mom's boss, a stalwart Catholic orthodontist, promptly fired her because getting a divorce wasn't proper.

In your position I think I would open the door to your children to let them know you're willing to talk if they want to, and leave the choice up to them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 27, 2016 at 10:34am

Randy, I agree with Chris, "start by telling them something about your own feelings during that time," and listen for an answer. Prepare yourself beforehand to hear what you may not want to hear. If so, don't become defensive, acknowledge whatever you hear. Pay attention to how you feel and describe your feelings without laying blame. You have a right to stand tall and proud of raising your daughters as a single parent. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 27, 2016 at 10:18am

Chris, the painting perfectly reflects our group and makes me laugh.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 27, 2016 at 10:09am

That's a great picture, Chris.  I think it represents us very well.  Many of us have lost some of our physicality but not our attitude.

Always nice to hear stories of happy pets.  I wish Dito well.

 

Randy, I think Chris is absolutely correct.  Talking is almost always better.  Perhaps a good way to breach the topic is to tell them how glad you are to see them as happy, grown adults, and that you were worried for them at times because of the divorce.  Like Chris said, that's a good way to open up the subject. 

Comment by Plinius on January 27, 2016 at 8:48am

Scary, but talking is almost always better. You could start by telling them something about your own feelings during that time, to let them know the subject is open. 

 

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