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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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Discussion Forum

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 The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:48am

When I was a little kid, our refrigerator had a long horizontal vent on the front along the floor that blew out warm air when when it was running its cooling cycle.  On those Fall and Winter days when the house felt a little chilly, I used to curl up in front of that vent like a dog in front of a fireplace.  It's always nice to have a special little place for such activities.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:20am

Ha Ha.  Love Bill, Mindy. 

I guess when no box is available, an envelope will do just fine. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2013 at 12:59am

I like the letter - reminds me again of Heinlein's Job.

And the pond is beautiful! Strange isn't it, Flying Atheist, how some people like to live in ugly surroundings.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2013 at 11:29pm

That's a nice backyard, Patricia.  I love environments like that.  When I moved into my current apartment 13 years ago the landlord had a small little 4 X 4 ft. koi pond and lush greenery all around our small city backyard.  It was very pleasant.  When the building was sold about six years ago, the new landlord took out the pond and ripped out all the plants and vines.  What a shame!  For the life of me I don't know why.  Now his mother has piles of aluminum cans scattered everywhere to be crushed and recycled and miscellaneous metal objects piled up for scrap money.  It now looks like a junk yard back there.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Yes, Patricia, that was a horrible event in Quebec.  I saw overhead photos that were taken before and after.  Buildings were just leveled.  A lot of lives lost.   

I'm also seeing a headline just minutes ago that a bus has crashed in Italy, killing at least 36 persons. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:33pm

BTW, I don't wish to diminish the horrible events taking place in Syria, Egypt and other places where far more people are dying just trying to establish freedom and human rights.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:24pm

Wow, I was just reading that the driver of the Spanish train that recently crashed has been charged with 79 counts of homicide.  He admitted before a judge that he was negligent and was driving the train too fast for the curve.  What a sad tragedy.

Reuters news article

On a lighter note...Ian, I like your last post.  It made me laugh.  As a person who lives alone, I seem to have far too many conversations with myself than should be normal. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 28, 2013 at 3:53pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 4:00pm

Ruth, glad the bad tooth is out.  I had a similar problem with my root-canal tooth, but not near the pain or trouble you had.  Wow!  What a bunch of uncaring people you had to deal with.

When my tooth gave me trouble, my dentist sent me to a dental surgeon that was a great guy.  He took one x-ray, said it looked cracked and asked if I wanted it taken out or if he should try to repair it.  I said "take it out", and he said "good choice".

When he took it out, it fell to pieces.  It was rotten through and through.  

I've not had it replaced and quite a few years later, no trouble.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2013 at 1:31am

Ruth, I am so glad you have that bad tooth out and I support your complaint about extra radiation.  

 

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