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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 Bertold Brautigan on February 6, 2015 at 8:15am

@ Ian - I think it was scag mixed with acid. I was motivated to read it back in the 70's because of a line in a Firesign Theatre album, "Out of sight, buried under ten thousand hard-bound copies of Naked Lunch." Joyce reads like a hymnal in comparison. Not necessarily my cup of tea on a literary front, but definitely another perspective heard from!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 8:06am

Just finished "Naked Lunch" by William Borroughs. James Joyce on scag. "Ulysses" meets "Trainspotting". I can see why it caused a fuss in 1959.

Super (non-blasphemous) selfie :-D

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2015 at 7:14am

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2015 at 2:20am

@Joan - nobody worries very much about a storm; we have good organizations who constantly monitor the water, the weather and the sea walls. But this country is slowly sinking, of course, because of the rising sea and the emptying gas fields in the north. The first climate change is more rain, the rivers are swollen much more often and work is in progress there to deal with the extra water.

storm pics: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=storm+10+januari+2015&qpvt=...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 2:01am

Great story!  What a calm, sensible woman! 

Did you notice that nobody mentioned any imaginary friends till you scroll down to the comments? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 11:51am

@Chris, I just watched a news report of a storm in Norway on Jan 10 that showed houses, streets, trees, and seawalls falling into the sea. Did the Netherlands get hit by that storm? Even though you have the dikes, what problems do you experience from the change in climate?

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2015 at 2:42am

Good info, Ian, thanks. It seems to me that at least part of the problem comes from people claiming land, a nationality and privileges because of ancestors  who could perhaps have lived in an area. I wouldn't think of doing that, even if I knew where my ancestors camped 3500 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:11pm

I also want to say that I think it is time we get over nationalism. After all, we all part of the planet, we have the same threats of weather, drought, famines, epidemics, natural disasters and we all can benefit by working together in a partnership way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:09pm

Ian, thank you for that information. It just seems so odd to me that peopl from that area must be at least cousins. I like your statement: 

"Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 10:55pm

Chris, thanks for the solidarity. There have been a few famous non-drivers, John Entwistle for one who(!) like me, also collected tea pots.

During my trip to Israel last Spring I went to the Israel Museum and found out the following: the Hebrews were, in the "Mosaic" period, an east.Canaanite tribe living as herders in what is now Jordan. They took advantage of a power vacuum when the Hittite empire collapsed and invaded what is now Israel. The Philistines were the notorious "sea people", a bunch of pirates who ravaged the eastern Med. before settling in Gaza. They brought with them knowledge of iron working and were dominant in their little area for some years. All of this happened about 3,500 years ago, according to current archeological/historical thinking. Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

 

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