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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 8:14am

Chris, very good news that your BIL will be moving and hopefully freeing you to do what you need and want to do. Your schedule is tight and your projects sound interesting. What a relief! 

Carl, you are correct about political/economic/etc. discussion here on Hang with Friends. I get impatient when people don't know about things that impact their lives. 

The Carlton Complex fire has grown to over 202,000 acres and towns are being evacuated. This morning's sun is bright orange; very pretty. Smokey air not so good. 

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2014 at 4:22am

Oh yes! I've got a stack of interesting new books as tall as I am (1.58 m.), lessons to write, administration to sort out, friends to visit, clothes to buy and sewing to do - before I start my courses again in September. And I could go out with my partner... but we keep the responsibility for our two patients.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2014 at 12:55am

Chris, it's nice to know you are coming to the final part of the big summer project you've been working on concerning your brother-in-law.  Yes, it will be nice to have him living in a freshly cleaned place with new furniture, etc.  I sure hope he will be happy and excited in his new environment that you are creating for him.  From this point on, hopefully it will be easier to look after and to care for him.  Have you been thinking yet about what you will be doing with all the free time you'll get back after this project ends?   

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2014 at 12:23am

Thanks, Carl! I try to keep up with the most important world news, and that is quite enough with the other things I have to do. I miss out on a lot of things you talk about, sometimes reading on internet for twenty minutes before I understand who's who. I read the political discussions but I'd better not react before I know what I'm talking about.

To Ikea today to buy new furniture for brother-in-law. He's still unable to concentrate on the Ikea catalogue, so it will be a surprise for him when he's moved into his new rooms. A pleasant surprise, I hope.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 18, 2014 at 6:56pm

Something substantial yet mellow to round out your work week: yet another Radiohead transcription by Christopher O'Riley.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:44pm

100 homes destroyed in Carlton Complex Fire

Our skies are gray, ash falls all around, the sun is reddish/orange. I feel so sad for all those businesses and homes that went up in flames. One woman said she had 3 minutes notice to get out when the wind shifted.  These fires were started during that terrible storm we had a few days ago. Very strong lightning strike over all this region. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 18, 2014 at 2:24pm

Joan, I agree that we need to have political discussions, but they should be done in a different group.  I like to keep in mind that Hang With Friends includes lots of people from countries other than the U.S.  I wouldn't want to alienate them by having regular discussions here concerning U.S. politics.  Just my 2-cent rebuttal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:12pm

 k.h. ky, I am with you "Let's have a Warren/Sanders ticket."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, a very sweet episode that just makes my heart sing! Observing families growing up and being close is the greatest thing I know. Good job to you and your hubby, and a hat tip. 

There seems to be no photo of an older woman giving a hit tip, so add 50 years to this young woman in your imagination and you have my hat tip. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

This speech gets my vote for her as POTUS. She knows the fight that needs to be fought and will not back down from it. This is not rhetoric with her. She is not a bought Senator and will not be a bought President. 

 

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