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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on June 27, 2014 at 7:06am

Ol' Theo (he didn't like being called Teddy) was a Democrat in Republican clothes. He was one of my presidential heroes. He could certainly write!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2014 at 8:55pm

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 

~ Theodore Roosevelt, The man in the arena, excerpt from the speech “Citizenship in a Republic”, delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April 12010.  

Comment by k.h. ky on June 26, 2014 at 3:29pm

The battle against climate change reminds me of the battle against leaded gasoline.  It took years to get it changed but once it was started it was changed rather fast.

Let's hope the same with happens with climate change.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2014 at 7:53am

Patricia, I do value your input and appreciate your sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2014 at 7:28am

Patricia, indeed, you do belong here and contribute mightily to the group. 

I gave my TV set away years ago because the news is by and for the corporate media. I did not get anything but rosy colored news. Corporate news did not warn of the financial collapse that actually started in 2007. Not a word of warning, and Bernanke and Greenspan didn't say a word about what was happening, even after at least five economist saw it coming, warned the public and were not given proper attention. Even I could see it coming since the late 1970s. Greenspan did say something about excessive exuberance of the markets or something to that effect.

I started posting economic reports on my site, Politics, Economics, and Religion, and those who wanted to follow it joined in. There is a connection between these three factors of our society and it was quite clear after paying attention to the reports. 

There are fun and games sites on Atheist Nexus and I have no interest in them and don't join. Of course, Sentient Biped has a wonderful site, as does Dr. Terence Meaden and many others too many to list. 

Hang With Friends is not Hang with Friends for Laughs. 

Sorry, my computer won't turn off the Bold font. 

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2014 at 2:08am

OK. I try to pay attention when reading, but it isn't always enough.

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2014 at 12:49am

You won't squash my mood, Patricia! There are a lot of depressing things in the world and they need attention too. I often wonder how Ruth manages to keep her balance with the subjects she focuses on. We come here, air our frustrations, laugh  and feel comfortable with each other. What would we do without the group - take pills? Don't go away! You belong here! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2014 at 11:27pm

Felaine, living with cats does give one an education! And trying to herd cats is like trying to get people to think beyond their superstitions and delusions. 

Your sense of humor and your insights are perfect for meeting this challenge.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 25, 2014 at 11:07pm

Joan, you made a very good point...ridicule!  Intelligent wit is a powerful weapon.  Robert G. Ingersoll (for one) used it to devastating effect in the 19th Century.  A pity he did not survive into the 20th.

The anti-education people, creationists, ALL of the different protesters against the power of the human mind are to some extent afraid of something...not always the same thing...but they are afraid.  And just throwing facts at them has never made a dent in their collective attitudes.  It has to be done artistically, and lightly...at first. 

Show them the absurdity of the entire idea of "Noah's" flood story, for starters.  I knew that one was nonsense when I was a child....just by living with cats.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2014 at 11:00pm

Patricia, I read your statement about Ruth's concern for real issues that will impact us all and I understand wanting to keep the "bad" news out of our lives and live life as though there were no problems. I would call this a denial of what is real and important. 

I find Ruth's contributions extremely timely and valuable and I have the concerns about people putting their heads in the sand and acting as if we live in Camelot. 

There are some changes that need to be made in public perceptions. One of the most important is the reality of climate change and what will happen if we do not make preparations for it. Whether we like it or not, the tipping point has already been reached and sea level is rising. Denying it won't change what is happening.  

You and I won't be directly impacted by rising waters as we live at considerable elevation. We will be impacted however. Roads, highways, railroad tracks, buildings, subways, infrastructures that are at risk will have to be modified if we are to continue having their services and that costs money ... lots of money. The costs will come to you and me, whether we like it or not. Might as well get used to it. 

As for me, I want all the accurate information I can get. How else will I be able to meet the new challenges? The mythology that life will always be as we have known it will catch us off guard unless we are forewarned. 

I can remember as a very small child the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. The general public was caught off guard. Now, all these years later, we discover there were signs long before the attack that war was coming. In fact, my father got a job building railroad bridges across the southern tier of USA in preparation for moving men and material back and forth across the nation for the coming war. He didn't know he was hired to prepare for war. He just thought the railroad needed bridges. Looking back on it, the labor camps were huge. I lived in one of them until after Pearl Harbor and then he was sent to Alaska to build airfields for the war against Japan. We had no clue; I am certain my father didn't figure it out until years later. 

Some people have commented that my posts are pessimistic and if you or anyone else feels that way I encourage you to block my posts. I have already told my granddaughters to block me because they don't want to read about this stuff. Well, they have the right to be uninformed. I will not, indeed I cannot stop writing about what is happening and I do not take it personally that some don't want to read about it. Blocking me is an excellent option. 

Perhaps Ruth feels differently than I do; I don't know. @ Ruth, I know you get depressed about this at times and Mindy is right, we are here to learn how each of us is fairing and we have broad enough shoulders to read the painful feelings as well as any feeling that may come up. 

Yes, there are good stories that come up and they do give relief. And the awful jokes help crack me us, as well. So, write on, whatever the thought. I welcome your comments and value them. 

 

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