Hang With Friends

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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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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Saturday. 3 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2018 at 12:32pm

It is hard to find the right words sometimes. That's why we fall back on clichés. I've heard variations on 'sorry for your loss' recently and while it's often used as a default, I take it as a genuine expression of sympathy. Peoples hearts are in the right place.

Comment by Plinius on November 12, 2018 at 8:11am

You're too kind, Joan, but to be of use to someone is often impossible. We all think of Patricia, who's in pain and on a horrible waiting list, but what can we do? Endlessly repeat our concern until the words have lost their meaning? Shake up the Canadian health care? Doesn't work.   

I'd better go and shake up a Dutch dentist, she must look after Aunt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 4:06am

Plinius, from my perspective, you always seem to find just the right words and feelings. I wish I had your clarity and empathic ability to relate. 
I agree it is hard to find the right expression!

Comment by Plinius on November 12, 2018 at 4:01am

But I must admit that it's hard to find the right expressions when you only have an internet contact....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 3:31am

Thoughts begin in the mind, become transformed by the mouth and voice box energized by air from lungs. 

That is all, "I am thinking of you!" & "I pray for you!"
The end product is hot air meaning nothing. 
A phone call expressing care and concern, or dropping off a basket of homemade muffins, or asking for ways to help and then doing something. 
The end product involves action and has meaning. 

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2018 at 2:08pm


Comment by Patricia on November 11, 2018 at 1:19pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2018 at 9:04am

Well, we both know what T&P is, Chris: the desire to appear to be doing something about a situation when, in fact, what is accomplished is absolutely NOTHING.

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2018 at 8:18am

People who have experienced real hurt drop the T&P ideas. The others keep using it.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2018 at 7:38am

I saw it as well ... and I'm wondering if the whole "thoughts-and-prayers" meme has finally been worn out in the face of the mother of a victim who has clearly had a bellyful of that superficial sop.  It'd be lovely if T&P could finally be dropped from the vernacular, but I'm unwilling to bet on it.


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