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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.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2013 at 5:42am

Ian, I understand and share the urge to read more. This piece on Joseph Campbell and "Follow your bliss", including his works. Near the end of his life he powerfully supported Marija Gimbutas work and they both wrote more sensitively as a result of their friendship. 

I'm going back to the piece now to read (MORE: Why Fighting Enemies Isn't Good for You) and (MORE: Life Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'). 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2013 at 3:45am

Ian, thanks for posting the link referring to Joseph Campbell.  I've never read any of his books but I have watched many of his lectures and interviews on DVD.  He's endlessly interesting and educational.  I always end up with the feeling that I just earned a college degree.

I know it's a turn-off for some, but I've always enjoyed his academic, classroom-style of presentation.  I could listen to him speak and tell stories for hours.        

Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:25am
Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:08am

Joan, you write a beautiful picture of the season.

Actually, I've been using less time on  the computer and more time catching up on reading. It  feels like the right thing to do at the moment. Not that I'm ignoring my friends here as I do try to keep up with what's going on but sometimes I feel I have less to say.

Keep well, all.

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2013 at 10:01pm

thank you Tony - very good

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2013 at 2:30pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:50pm
Tony, I am not sure I want to open the Palin site! I've already heard her philosophies far too many times. Oh well, what the heck. Here goes ....

So, nothing new from her lips.

Here is the good news, we quickly move from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice, with leaves so bright in color it takes my breath away. A more beautiful scene can not be produced even by the finest painter. Or the sounds of autumn chores preparing our gardens for wet weather followed by cold blasts of wind and snow. The sounds of kids making snow structures, including our yearly igloo that glows in the dark. The harvest season always includes huge feasts of fresh foods and celebrations and Solstice brings feelings of closeness of family and friends with a feast to honor the shortest day of the year. For me, in includes the five generations gathered around the biggest family table and making decorations with sprays of coniferous branches and cones from the forest. We exchange gifts on the shortest day of the year and on New Years day we call out to the sun to start its trip across the sky bringing more light. O! It is a grand time full of love and sharing and care for the needy. The animals of the garden and forest creep into our vision, just long enough to thank them for a fine year and grateful for no forest fires.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:33pm
Ian, I love your bailout plan! Exactly what those liars and thieves need to do. I would gladly be available to do the cleanup.
Nice to see your posts again, Ian; I missed you.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:30pm
Mindy, your "Spin the bottle" photo came as far as my Inbox and I was able to retrieve it. Funny, I can remember feeling, "Not him! Not him!"
The image did not open. I always check the Inbox and sometimes I can get the image and sometimes not. Fickle machine! There are other little gremlins in my MacBook and I need to get a check up. I wonder if computers get cancer?
Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:17pm

Thanks, Ian, but it's really easy: use your empathy and don't be afraid to look like a fool.

 

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