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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

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Pardon my interruption here ... but I wanted to interject something truly beautiful ... something poetic, flowing and profound.  That something came from the pen of Maurice Ravel, and I truly believe it encompasses all the qualities I listed above:



What that is ... is Ravel's "Pavane pour un infante defunte."  It is among the most beautiful pieces of classical music that I am aware of ... and I invite you:

Please listen.  Please enjoy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 8:05pm

Patricia, I had no idea you’d undergone such suffering and surgery. My spine has been degenerating more rapidly lately. Today my orthopedist prescribed sleeping in a back brace. Hopefully I’ll be able to use fewer Lidoderm patches to get to sleep. My pain is nothing compared to what you describe.*shudder* Doctors not taking your pain seriously, I hear you.

When it came to the point where I could not get off the floor, then I was classed as an 'emergency case' & got in within a week.

Your two year recovery does, however, also sound daunting.

Here's a zero calorie "box of sunshine".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 7:22pm

How to fold a shirt in 20 seconds. I've been doing it wrong all of my life.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 4:18pm

More music...IF the link works

as Dan’s song about Rick Perry puts it, :

Get Off Your Knees and Get to Work”? 

 

(Piety is like garlic, a little goes a long way.)

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 12:18pm

;-D   Nobody can resist strawberry ice cream!

Comment by Steph S. on June 17, 2013 at 11:34am

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 3:08am

Oh, WOW!  I wanna skate to THAT!

Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2013 at 2:42am

I was once on a TU course at a place that used this as wake-up music: Sibelius: Karelia Suite - Intermezzo. I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtIw5AkUEsE

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Thanks for the link, Joan! I often use these exercises and most of the time they work well. But even so I'm getting shorter all the time; I lost about 6 cm. And the exercise, the painkillers and a little pampering calmed down the nerve and I'm almost back to normal again!

That is good news that you get a grip on your well-being through diet!

Take care of yourself, Ian, while taking care of others! It's hard when there is no comfort except friendship. I'll think of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2013 at 11:31pm

Ian, thank you for the "Box of Sunshine;" I really needed it today for a lot of reasons.  

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So...I hope this cheers everyone up the way it did me when I saw it in the newspaper:

'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals

In a long-standing ritual, residents at one of Caltech's dorms wake to Wagner's score during their stressful finals season.  

 

 

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