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.

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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 6 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 Randall Smith on August 30, 2015 at 2:35pm

I rarely boast, or even talk, about my golfing expertise. But if I may, I'd like to say I had a hole-in-one last Friday (witnessed). Sadly, I never actually saw the ball go in the hole. We were facing the sun and "lost it". I thought it went over the green, looking there first. It was not a jump up and down moment. More of a "How about that!".  It's my fourth one, all coming during retirement. And, for the record, I have a 4 handicap, meaning I usually shoot between 70 and 75. My golf game has actually deteriated as I get older (I'm 72). And I have to use the senior tees (which shortens the yardage). I do not ride a cart. My pedometer averages 6 miles walking. Sorry if I'm boring you.

Comment by Hex5 on August 30, 2015 at 2:33pm
So i walked into a church today and and met a guy. I told him i used to be a fundamentalist but i left the church. The cool thing was he was interested in my points and recognized what i was saying. We had a very intelligent respectfull conversation. I was suprised the civility.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:50pm

Loren, Thanks for this Enya moment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:47pm

Randy, you have every reason to be proud of your family. I am proud of them, too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2015 at 11:33pm

Loren, I've always loved that song.  Seems I've heard it many times and did, in fact, know it was performed by Enya, but I never really researched the details about that song or who Enya is until now.  Thanks for posting it.  It's such beautiful music.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 1:01pm

Enya is unique and that is a lovely song. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2015 at 11:30am

I first heard this a LONG time ago, just how long, I don't remember.  It's a song which feels almost effortless in its character, one I doubt I could ever tire of.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 9:19am

Brag away, Randall. Family love and pride are very positive things.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2015 at 7:08am

Thanks, Joan, for the promo!  Yes, my farms "kids" have their ups and downs. Yesterday, Nate was digging for an irrigation pipe leak. It's always something--machinery, weather, findng a baby sitter (my job today), etc.  If you check out their web address (below from Joan), you'll find another link to a short video made by Slow Food Indy with an interview. Yes, you might say I'm proud of my kids and what they're doing. Hope you don't mind me bragging.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

So too much rain in Indiana, and not enough out West, Joan? <sigh> Vegetable lovers sadden.


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