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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Discussion Forum

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 13 hours ago. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2014 at 9:29am

Oh, THAT one is PREMIUM, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on October 20, 2014 at 9:03am

Thanks Randall! It looks good, judging from internetreviews, but tomorrow I'll go to Rotterdam to find it in the library.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2014 at 7:20am

Just completed Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Living with a Wild God, "a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything". I would especially recommend it to the Joans, Ruths, Felaines, Mindys, Chris', etc. among Hang With Friends participants. Men aren't forbidden to read it, however. I found it in my library. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:52pm

I forgot to mention that the "Rainbow Bridge" is borrowed/plagiarized from Norse mythology. I wonder how many people who send those cards know that.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:43pm

Bertold, those damn sympathy cards always make me feel terrible, and usually make me cry because I KNOW there  is no life after this one, and I will not be reunited with anyone...human or feline....or all the wonderful BIG dogs I used to "baby-sit" when I was still able.

When someone I know suffers a death in their family, I usually send a single flower in a bud vase....when I can afford to send anything at all.

I do wish I could still house-and-pet-sit....I could sure use the $$$, and it would get me away from the JW in my own house for a while, but I can't even see well enough to drive anymore, so I'm stuck. 

I do have my Pumpkin-cat, but he's almost 16, and sleeps a lot nowadays.  The Black Blimp has adopted my JW/Aspie sister, which takes her attention off my atheist self.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:44pm

Thanks Joan. You are quite a paragon of articulate clarity yourself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 2:17pm

Bertold, I like your direct style. I don't have to wonder what you mean! 

I like your new Avatar, very nice. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:14pm

Sk8eycat - when I lose a pet and friends send that rainbow bridge crap it just makes me want to puke.No, I'm not going to be f-ing reunited with my f-ing dog in f-ing heaven, you f-ing imbecile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 12:53pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 11:31am

I envy your five mile walk, Randall. Thanks, booklover and Flying Atheist. It's a lovely sunny afternoon here.


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