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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.

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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 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 Ian Mason on August 13, 2013 at 3:02pm

Have we seen this one before?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

Booklover, are you referring to your bookshelf?  :) 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 12:14am

"...my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers..."

That's one big bear of a cat!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm

Thanks for the LOLcat booklover, and the Jerry tummy rub story, Patricia.

When I'm at the computer my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers, asking for me to lean down and pet her on the floor.

Is that your cat, Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2013 at 10:48pm

Felaine, your commitment and compassion for the well-being of other living creatures is so inspiring.  I can't say enough how much I respect you for your benevolent actions. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 10:17pm

Oh, Melinda!  I absotively wanna kiss that grey love-cat!  My Pumpkin has always jumped into my lap when I'm at the keyboard, and I have to reach around his chest and butt to type with both hands because he just stands there.  Won't lie down, or even sit, he just purrs like a motorboat and "makes biscuits" on my thighs.

Since Jerry has been gone, he has started coming in my bedroom with me, but since he spent the first 12 years of his life (He was 14 this New Years Eve, or Day) in the Cat Hotel, he hasn't ever learned to bond with any particular human., so he doesn't know how to settle down and go to sleep with me. Yet.

He will lie beside me and let me pet his tummy forever, but as soon as I stop, he jumps up and looks for something else to do.

He's known about tummy rubs since he was a baby...his umbilical didn't close, and he peed out of his belly-button till he was big enough for a (VERY talented) vet to close it up and connect his plumbing, and neuter him. So we had to wash his tummy many times a day (and night), and apply a little ointment to keep his skin from getting burned. 

I don't know if he remembers that, but he loves to have his tummy rubbed...and the fur is SO soft there....

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 5:13pm

Babel Fish produces a literal translation of each word. Sometimes the real meaning is a little vague.  But it's a useful web site, anyway.

http://www.babelfish.com/

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 5:11pm

From BabelFish:

  • Sachez écouter, et soyez sûr que le silence produit souvent le même effet que la science. (French)
  • Know listening, and be sure that silence often produces the same effect as the science. (English)
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2013 at 2:25pm

Napoleon, is this the correct translation?

"Be a good listener, and be sure that silence often produces the same effect as science."

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2013 at 2:24pm

Patricia, you may not be a computer nerd, but whatever you did, it worked. A good team effort. Thanks to you and Mindy for bringing me fun. 

 

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