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Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
Members: 850
Latest Activity: 21 hours ago

Come on in, pull up a chair!

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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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

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 Steph S. on June 14, 2013 at 11:27am

Glad to see you all here. I always enjoy coming here to visit with all of you.

Yes Melinda that was funny. I love your posts here.

I really like the video Carl and Ruth I love the cat pic and your group is so wonderful.

Ruth it was a great idea. I love to chat with others here and hear about their day.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2013 at 11:25pm

Ruth, the best aspect of this group, besides the wonderful members, is that it has no topic or agenda, just our miscellaneous ramblings.  You sure hit the target when you started this group.  This is a greatly appreciated social outlet.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2013 at 10:55pm

Yes, booklover, the new black.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2013 at 10:54pm

Before I started Hang With Friends I floated the idea in another group. A group just for friendship, not about a topic, wasn't well received. Today on Going Ape: Social Climbers on the National Geographic Channel we learned that vocal communication is a substitute social bonding behavior for primates who are too busy using their hands for other things to do mutual grooming. It said that 80% of our talk is social glue instead of communicating important information. So Hang With Friends was an attempt to include social bonding instead of intellectually discussing topics. It's been in the top tier of most active groups, so it seems to work, at least for a few of us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2013 at 10:40pm

Hi, Steph.  Good to see you here.  I know you've been busy with classes.  Hope all is going smoothly for you. 

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:35pm

That's so cool Sk8eycat that the kitty I posted looks like your Pumpkin. That is a beautiful cat.

Hope everyone is doing good - tying to get caught up here.

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:32pm

Melinda that cat pic is so funny. I had to laugh.

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:29pm

Those are so cute Ruth, Napoleon and Booklover.

Love those.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2013 at 9:48am

Good morning! And yes, a little cat hair on an outfit is a badge of honor.

Thanks, Napoleon, for the videos and maps of the secret lives of cats!

In Philadelphia we're at the northern end of an "area of concern for tornadoes" this afternoon and evening.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2013 at 7:43am

Thanks Napoleon, I enjoyed that very much!

 

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