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. Last reply by Randall Smith 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 sk8eycat on December 17, 2013 at 10:59pm

Xmas display, or epilepsy trigger?  (Bet this guy's neighbors wish he'd move somewhere else, even though he IS a computer genius)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Ruth, glad to hear your medical issue was (relatively) minor.  I seem to be at that age where little medical issues seem to pop up more frequently.  I guess I'm "middle-aged."  I not in that mind-set, though (which I suppose is a good thing) but I know that I have more years behind me than ahead for me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 10:43pm

Patricia, actually I think I'm more susceptible to colds and flu from being in such close quarters with other people inside an airplane cabin and from picking up their trash than from changing climates.  I'm constantly washing my hands.  I also get a flu shot every year.  Just the other day a passenger came to the back of the plane to use the lavatory.  I could tell by looking at her that she wasn't feeling well.  I struck up a conversation with her as I thought she might be airsick, as I wanted to help her.  She readily admitted that she thought she had the flu.  It's just impossible to control what you're exposed to on an airplane. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2013 at 10:03pm

With Laminectomy stories and other serious illnesses, I feel as if I got off easy this week. One of my fingers snapped down and wouldn't straighten out. On medical advice I got it opened up an hour later, after soaking in hot water, and splinted it till I saw the orthopedist. By now the steroid injection has worked, and the ache from that is gone too. No more splint needed. Whew! One trigger finger is as nothing compared to what many of you went through.

Still, it was scary. I'm so lucky to live in an age where treatment is possible.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2013 at 9:54pm

Hi, Steph.  Trying to stay warm with these cold, cold temperatures and additional snow here in Illinois.  Had the pleasure of some warm weather the other night when I spent a night in Tampa.  72-degrees and swaying palm trees.  Nice!  Los Angeles was gorgeous as well.  That's one of the great perks of my job.  It goes both ways, though.  I've spent many miserably hot times in Miami and Washington DC in the sweltering August heat.  

Hope you are well, Steph.       

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 9:20pm

Good to know you are Felaine!!! Sorry to hear about your name mixups you had. How is everyone doing this week?

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 9:17pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2013 at 5:39pm

Even though I've never been a gum-cherwr, I would tell people to avoid BuyBull Gum because amout of bacteria found in "holy" water fonts....


Steph, I'm not exactly "Fe-line lucky," but I'm still FELAINE!

(Frances ELAINE...using my middle name all my life has caused me all kinds of mix-ups with our Holey Bureaucracy, but I like things this way...and it's what my parents called me.  Too late to ask anybody why they did that now.)

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2013 at 10:33am

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 16, 2013 at 2:04pm

Mindy, I hope your son recovers quickly!

And Felaine, hang in there... if the US were a civilized nation, health care wouldn't be held hostage to a predatory layer of administrators and insurance shareholders. But I'm preaching to the preacher, so to speak.

Thanks, Joan, for the pointer to a "vision" of St. Nicholas based on actual knowledge and evidence (imagine that!) rather than "our heroes must be white".


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