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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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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2014 at 11:27am

I want to take just a moment to celebrate rants! They are the food that feeds ideas, that gives energy to concepts, that provides thought to events happening as we write and speak. 

I want to give a hat-tip to Ruth for her very insightful, precise, concrete experiences of reality. Even more importantly, she offers material upon which to chew; ideas that are out of the mainstream of thought, she offers options to complex concepts! 

Ruth, A hat-tip to excellence, not perfection, but stupendous, considerate, impressive, extraordinary, talented, amazing things you do: 

By the way, what is a peep? 

Oh! according to Wiktions, "Shortened from people, with simplified spelling, + -s to emphasize the plurality of the word".

Comment by sk8eycat on May 11, 2014 at 8:55am

I am celebrating the fact that I am NOT a mother, never wanted to be one once I found out I couldn't have kittens, and made sure that I did not become an "accidental mother." 

Now, I want to go to Texas and geld Rick Perry.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2014 at 8:29am

Sounds like a plan, Mindy! For all mothers, daughters of mothers, and mothers to be, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2014 at 1:17am

Cobgratulations with your talented granddaughter, k.h.

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2014 at 1:03am


Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2014 at 12:16am

BTW, I should add that I'm doubly impressed.  Math has always been my weakest subject. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2014 at 12:14am

k.h., allow me to also add my congratulations to your granddaughter.  That's a great achievement, indeed.  Good for her!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 11:33pm

Ruth, I hope your insurance claim has turned out satisfactorily for you. 

I very much like and agree with your statement about "self-righteous old white guys expounding to "progressive feminists" what's moral and what's not in black and white, "I'm OK,You're not OK"  vocabulary."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 11:27pm

k.h. ky I am so pleased to learn of your g-daughter's achievement in math. Girls are fully capable of achieving in all aspects of education, and when one demonstrates the truth, it opens doors for other girls. I would love to see more debate in all levels of education. Women and men need to learn how to stand up and speak out, even in the face of opposition. There is nothing wrong with taking a stand if it is based on good reasoning. Of course I don't want to listen to nincompoops expound about trivia. There are lots of hard conflicts that need to be aired. 

I hate family gatherings where everyone, men and women, yield to bullying of the dominant person. Strong personalities don't always know how to solve problems or resolve conflicts.   

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 10, 2014 at 11:10pm

Thanks for the otter solace, Joan.

Congrats on your granddaughter's math achievement,

Thanks for sharing the space station awe, Joan.

Napoleon, I had to stop watching after less than 2 1/2 minutes of

"The curse of progressive feminism". While I have very strong feelings about Islamic misogyny, I also have a strong negative reaction to self-righteous old white guys expounding to "progressive feminists" what's moral and what's not in black and white, "I'm OK,You're not OK"  vocabulary. This self-righteous pompous anger is what old white guys do to put women in their place. He's "putting us in our place" as cursed and racist. To my eyes he's clueless about liberal feminist values toward racism. As a woman on the radical side of left feminism, I don't respect accusations of racism like this. One has to go through a process of consciousness raising to realize the extent to which we're all racist, to face your racist presuppositions, conditioned responses, etc. It's no good to claim you're not racist, or to think as a white person you're qualified to denounce others as racist. To me this shows ignorance of race relations, a very superficial misleading comprehension. (There's a difference between, "You racist!" and "That's a racist behavior or attitude".) Do I hear exceptionalism in "backward moral cesspits like Dubai"? We're so pure, yeah, that we're qualified to put down another country as a moral cesspit. ROFL

To me this old white guy is singing the same misogynist song as other male authority figures, only with pseudo-liberal lyrics. Look at the medium, not the message. Of course he thinks he's qualified to tell feminists how to be feminists. Listen to his voice tones and body language, taking into account his intended audience.


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