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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

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 Steph S. on April 11, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh enjoyed reading that booklover - I am glad to here of your updates. No need to apologize. Well I hope things go the way she wants them to go and everything works out for the two of them.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 10:04pm

Mindy, I love FFRF's DIY virtual billboards...I've wanted to make one for a long time, but I haven't been able to come up with a photo, OR anything clever to say.  This one is PURRfect!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2014 at 8:26am

I've seen shows about the Alex.  A most amazing bird!  "Bird brain" is not the put-down it used to be.

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2014 at 4:40am

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 2:49am

Anybody ever see any videos of Dr. Irene Pepperberg and the late, much lamented Alex (an African grey parrot)?

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2014 at 1:07am

Small brains are big enough. One of my cats remembered something ten years later, and he was happy about it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2014 at 2:46pm

That talking bird is fascinating Mapoleon.   It's amazing how smart birds are with such small brains.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 9, 2014 at 2:42pm

Migrating mallards have been stopping by our pool the last couple of weeks...not many, but one or two every morning.  I hope the chlorine and other chemicals in the water don't harm them.

There's an apartment complex out in the West Valley that gets huge flocks of them every year.  A friend of mine has a pool-cleaning service, and he is NOT fond of the ducks.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Plinius on April 9, 2014 at 9:09am

That is much more than the tourist route, Napoleon! Must have been a good trip! (The tourist route is half a day: Rijksmuseum - Night Watch, tulip fields and Marken, now get back into the bus and quick!)

Comment by Plinius on April 9, 2014 at 6:04am

Very special bird, Napoleon! I wondered how much training he had, then remembered the starlings at Rotterdam Central Station - they mimick the screeching sounds of trams and trains. I can't figure what they get out of it - fun? 


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