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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.

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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

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Comment by Steph S. on September 18, 2013 at 5:05pm

Love those pics Melinda and Idaho. That is a great video Tony. Thanks for posting it. It would also go great in my Geek and Nerd Haven group if you'd like to post it there too.

How is everyone?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2013 at 4:54pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 18, 2013 at 2:17pm

     Nerdtastic! If you enjoy Queen and particle physics, this is right up your alley.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 11:43pm

"In all ages, whatever the name and form of government, be it monarchy, republic or democracy, an oligarchy lurks behind the facade." Ronald Syme

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 17, 2013 at 10:27pm

I enjoyed the Japanese art video, Tony, Thanks!

I agree, Ian. I don’t like “vertical” society, because women are always under men. Although the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will change the basic structure. Corporate profit will soon be at the very top of our global vertical society, trumping all human concerns such as labor laws, environmental protection, consumer protection or safety. Our politicians are going to put corporations in charge. If a foreign company might lose profit due to a consumer protection, they'll be able to sue and get the consumer law vacated as unfair trade. Considering that corporations are a type of self-replicating nonhuman entity, I see this "trade" pact as a Terminator-style suicide act. With the planet hurtling toward Climate Destabilization, handing corporations from other countries power to trump laws, to protect health and  environment, passed by citizens in all other countries  is incomprehensible to me. There are already some trade pacts doing this on a smaller scale. Remember dolphin safe labels on tuna? They had to be removed because it was deemed unfair to the tuna trade.

Sorry for the rant.

Cutest Darth Vader ever, Steph.

Comment by Lillie on September 17, 2013 at 9:49pm

Melinda, I would like to meet your mom.  Sounds like my kind of woman.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 9:04pm

A great, groanworthy pun, Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 17, 2013 at 3:28pm

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 16, 2013 at 2:29am

Saw an old (1971) TV appearance of Santana a couple of years ago and Carlos played with his back to the camera. I heard that he did that to stop people stealing his licks.

I love music too, all kinds except banal pop, and have a considerable collection.

Have returned from holiday with a few additional pounds around the middle. The first step to removing them was running a local ½-marathon yesterday. My times nowadays are about 15 - 20 minutes slower than 15 years ago, something I've had to learn to accept. While on Crete I was asked, for the second time this year, if I wanted a pensioner's ticket. Will have to learn to accept that too, it seems and train myself to say "yes" when it happens. I'm 56 by the way.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:53am

Hi, Tony.  Haven't seen you in a while.  I hope you're well.  I really like the Japanese art video. 

 

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