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 50 minutes 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 The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:24pm

Tony, that's a wonderful clip.  It sure is a mood enhancer. 

Patricia, I forgot to mention, I've never had chili with least that I know of.  I'm curious what kind you use.  I imagine the little button mushrooms would be very appropriate as well. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2013 at 11:08pm

Sorry to hear about your back also Ian. When I get feeling bad, I like to watch old movies. I hope this helps. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Swing Time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:57pm

Sorry to hear about your back, Ian.  As someone who occasionally has their back "go out" on them, I totally understand.  Last time it happened to me, about two years ago, I was literally in tears one night from the horrendous pain and using a folding chair as a walker to get from my bed to the bathroom. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:48pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Such fun things. Thanks, all. 

The "Rappin' fo' Jesus" reminds me of Dawkins saying "it works, bitches". An old man trying to be hip.

Haven't been around much the past few days. The  weekend was spent doing some much-needed cleaning around the flat. The sort of cleaning that includes inside kitchen cupboards and draws, under and behind funiture etc. Hurt my back doing it too! Still, most of it is done for the year. Only the living room left and that is a project in itself.

The one piece of pure pleasure was a concert Saturday evening: Caroline Henderson and her trio with their unique form for jazz, including some interpretations of Brecht/Weill. Can't find anything recent on You Tube so you'll just have to trust me when I say she has a great voice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 12:17am

Just peeking in to see who's here.  Hello Steph.  I'm having a good week.  Hope you are as well.

Sk8eycat, how was your afternoon out at the symphony?  I hope you got some good laughs from Elayne Boosler.  

Ruth, thanks for telling us about your cats.  I always enjoy hearing all the stories here about everyone's cats.  Since I don't have any, I live vicariously through all your tales.

Melinda, homemade chilli..........Mmmmmmmm.  I always put corn in my chili but many people think that's odd.  What's the opinion here with this group?  (Despite what is said, I will continue to put corn in my chili.)  lol

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2013 at 10:21pm

That sounds wonderful Ruth. How is everyone?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 7, 2013 at 9:56pm

Thanks for the senior performance, Patricia. That was fun.

Sk8eycat, Dee Gordon’s expression is priceless.

Napoleon, I don’t get what’s special about the barking dogs.

I had trouble downloading the three tenors video, Tony.

Booklover, that LOL’s so cute, I had to pass it on.

At our house, Grinning Cat upgraded our cat tree with two new shelves, like steps connecting the levels, on Saturday. Mira immediately took ownership of the largest new shelf, and every day she spends hours on it. Her delight is so entertaining. Trissa can’t be lured to explore them, even with treats.

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2013 at 8:29pm

Booklover that is so cute!!

sounds like you had a very nice day

Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth that dog is so funny!! Made me laugh


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