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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2015 at 2:48pm

Glad to see you here, Sk8eycat.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 24, 2015 at 2:33pm

Did you get to the last frame, Spud? No-one is insignificant because we're all part of the human whole. Give someone a smile and you matter.

Is that some kind of runner-up list, Randall?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 24, 2015 at 9:31am

Joan, I liked the images of the universe, but they did not make me feel insignificant.  

I'm not anywhere near what I would like to be, but I'm not insignificant.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 24, 2015 at 7:39am

Ready for today's pop quiz?

What do all these men have in common? And no fair googling.

Schuyler Colfax, Thomas Hendricks, Charles Fairbanks, and Thomas Marshall

Hint: add J. Danforth Quayle to the list 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 5:31am

Joan, the most liberating thought I ever had was the realization of my utter insignificance.  Very comforting to know I'm worthless..

Comment by Randall Smith on February 23, 2015 at 8:34am

Glad you're feeling better, Carl! Keep up the positive attitude.

Joan, when taught astronomy, I tried to instill that "size" perspective into my students. I could have used those photos.

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:56pm

I love to be put in my place by the universe - thanks Joan!

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:49pm

Good news, Carl, but I guess you had some bad days before things got better! I hope better developments come soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:17pm

Perhaps that's the negative side of adaptability, Joan. At first there's shock but then a tendency to "get used to" things, internalising the outrage. There should have been a large-scale, popular revolt against the banks a few years ago but most people took the Homer Simpson route: "I know, but what can you do?". In a lot of cases what people did do was start blaming immigrants and others further down the economic ladder.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Carl. Hope the treatment keeps you on an even keel while the medical team sorts out the other issues.

 

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