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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 31, 2016 at 3:30pm

Happy new year everyone. We're getting a touch of snow, and going to neighbors for cedar plank salmon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2016 at 12:35pm

Daniel, your kitchen can be featured in any of the leading magazines on design and kitchens. It looks like a comfortable kitchen in which to do our bread, pies and produce from your garden. Lights under the cabinets offer significant advantages. I envy you the garbage pull-out. Clearly, you put a lot of thought into the design. 

I'm happy to learn iron infusion gave you more energy, especially facing the task such as yours. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2016 at 11:09am

You do damned fine work, Daniel.  I wish I were that skilled.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2016 at 10:32am

Nice looking kitchen 2.0 Daniel.  

No, I'm not French.  Most of my ancestors lived in Wales, some in England, I think some in Ireland, and some in Sweden or Switzerland.  I forget which.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 4:51am

There must be a  a group of web sites that define last names.  I looked a number of years ago and didn't find any.  There are many  that attempt to define first names.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 3:53am

Daniel W the kitchen  is looking good. What kind of flooring did you install?

The hardwood floors in my house need to be refinished. Some of the boards are stained, warped and need to be replaced. To do this I should probably rent a storage container to put furniture and other household items in.  I'm thinking of having a contractor do the work because I don't have experience with power floor sanders. Moving everything around the house isn't something I can do by myself either. I've refinished floors in other places, but they only required taking the wax off and  scuffing with a pole sander. prior to nail settings (bla bla bla) and revarnishing.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 3:01am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2016 at 1:26am

Ian, Q? What are conshies?

Oh! A conscientious objector, right? 

My grandfather Denoo, a young Belgian man who was just perfect for sending off to the European battlefield to be mangled and killed in the endless wars, came to the U.S. because of a generous gift from his aunt. I have no idea who she was, but everyone knew that women had babies, preferably boys, to send off to war and the glory. Of the Fatherland!

Granddad Denoo was too old for WW II, but his three sons were the right age. One, Uncle John, had a job on the railroad that protected him from the draft; so was Uncle Louie who worked for the electric power company, an essential job. Dad went to work for Morrison Knudson (MK), building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the US so that men and material could be shipped quickly across the U.S. 

Mom and I lived in a 12-foot trailer that moved across the southern tier with the construction advancement. We were in Los Vegas when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 

He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields. Mom and I moved to Spokane, WA; They paid cash for a tiny two-bedroom house, and we settled in until the end of the war. I lived with my maternal grandparent's summers and vacation, while Mom worked for Kaiser Aluminum, Trentwood. 

Mom and the other women who worked at Kaiser in formerly male-held positions suffered both opportunity and challenge. The men didn't like women taking "men's" jobs, and administration knew valuable workers when they had them. Women moved up the ranks quickly and suffered the insults of men who felt overlooked.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2016 at 12:21am

A great job, Daniel! And to think that you did everything twice!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 4:36pm

Dave Barry's year in review--

  • "Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside."

 

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