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.

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

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2014 at 10:40am

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 7:59am

This whole Playlist has some fascinating videos. Pick and choose and you will come out of the experience wiser and better informed. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 7:54am
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 7:43am

Homo sapiens has become god, capable of destroying life as we know it. 
The good news, the Earth will survive and revive, as it goes on its splendid journey through space and time. Remnants of mankind will be concrete and steel that weather away into their basic elements. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 19, 2014 at 8:44pm

This Daily KOS article grossed me out completely:

Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A

Scroll down and read the comments....there's a great GIF of Bugs Bunny "amputating" Florida from the rest of the continent....I've considered doing that myself lately.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2014 at 3:23pm

Joan, I can't find your post where you referenced Grant Palmer's video "My Ah-Ha Moments While Researching Mormon History".

I finally listened to it all, took copious notes, and wanted to comment on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 8:14am

Chris, very good news that your BIL will be moving and hopefully freeing you to do what you need and want to do. Your schedule is tight and your projects sound interesting. What a relief! 

Carl, you are correct about political/economic/etc. discussion here on Hang with Friends. I get impatient when people don't know about things that impact their lives. 

The Carlton Complex fire has grown to over 202,000 acres and towns are being evacuated. This morning's sun is bright orange; very pretty. Smokey air not so good. 

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2014 at 4:22am

Oh yes! I've got a stack of interesting new books as tall as I am (1.58 m.), lessons to write, administration to sort out, friends to visit, clothes to buy and sewing to do - before I start my courses again in September. And I could go out with my partner... but we keep the responsibility for our two patients.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2014 at 12:55am

Chris, it's nice to know you are coming to the final part of the big summer project you've been working on concerning your brother-in-law.  Yes, it will be nice to have him living in a freshly cleaned place with new furniture, etc.  I sure hope he will be happy and excited in his new environment that you are creating for him.  From this point on, hopefully it will be easier to look after and to care for him.  Have you been thinking yet about what you will be doing with all the free time you'll get back after this project ends?   

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2014 at 12:23am

Thanks, Carl! I try to keep up with the most important world news, and that is quite enough with the other things I have to do. I miss out on a lot of things you talk about, sometimes reading on internet for twenty minutes before I understand who's who. I read the political discussions but I'd better not react before I know what I'm talking about.

To Ikea today to buy new furniture for brother-in-law. He's still unable to concentrate on the Ikea catalogue, so it will be a surprise for him when he's moved into his new rooms. A pleasant surprise, I hope.


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