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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 1 hour ago. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 3:23am

Well, this was one hell of a day. I was standing in the office supplies section of Walgreens when all of a sudden an explosion occurred in my panties that left a streaming gob of green goo running down inside my slacks, into my shoes and on the floor. 

I dashed to the rest room and mopped myself up as best I could, gathered some paper towels and cleaned the Office Dept as best I could. Then very meekly and embarrassed I came home with one mess that was strait out of hell. Even my coat and blouse. Nothing was untouched. I shall never want to face those dear people again I am so ashamed. 

I was feeling fine, never had an inkling anything was about to happen. It just exploded. Damn! F**k. 

An hour later I was so hungry I thought I was going to eat everything in the kitchen. Cary fixed a beautiful dinner, and I ate it with gusto and no problem. 

Go figure.

I hope your day was better than mine.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 12:40am

Mindy, that is so neat! I had never heard it before and watched the video several times trying to get the rhythms. I didn't even catch the "you're going to miss me when I'm gone." Love it! 

The developmental task of the individual is to reveal to the world his/her unique talents. We parents get it backwards, thinking we have to instill them with our ideas of who they should be. 

It is kind of like having a cup full of seeds in a cup. The gardener puts the seeds in the ground and discovers what the seeds produce. The gardener may want cucumbers and gets petunias. 

It is the same way with humans.  A mother contributes DNA from thousands of generations from her past, a father contributes RNA from thousands of generations from his past. What results is unknown until the ovum is fertilizes by the sperm, and that creates a zygote. The zygote develops into a new life and presents a whole new blending of DNA and RNA into a baby whose job it is to reveal him/herself to the world. 

Your daughter is revealing who she is. We can just sit back and watch! 

Well, each person has to learn to do the chores and stuff like that, 

I think I mentioned before having an exchange student from Thailand living with us. He became part of our family team in which he was expected to participate in chores. A few weeks into his stay he came to me and told me he was not created to serve. At home he had a nanny, a cook, a housekeeper, a gardener, a driver, ....... I told him that he who did not work did not eat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 10:24pm

"People can do amazing things when they work together as a team, especially when they are fully devoted to what they are doing. This group of kids covering a great song called “Cups”. They are very well synchronized and at the end the final product is great."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2014 at 9:07pm
Hello everyone. I've been busy working. I don't always have the ability to respond to all the action here, but I always keep up to date with your posts. I'm glad to read about all the recent good news and reasons for celebration.....and I'm saddened by the tragedy of an infant death. I hope all of you are well.

Great, inspirational message, Joan. I find the creative process to be therapeutic as well.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 8:39pm

Mindy, my friend, Ed, was diagnosed with cancer about 8 years ago, he had radiation, and was in remission for several years. He experienced a deep depression, and the only thing that got him out of bed was his pottery. Cancer has reoccurred in his bones and he once again is in radiation treatment. His wife is one of my closest friends and we three had lunch together last week and he said he could not have survived that first round without pottery to keep his mind focused on something positive. He has a great support system and he is doing very well, enjoying each day that comes, and continuing to churn out these haunted houses. I just posted a few in my photo album, and you might enjoy seeing his whimsy.    

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2014 at 7:26pm

Glad to hear the good new about your children Mindy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2014 at 1:04pm

Ian, congratulations to Astrid! What Joan said...!

And Mindy, that's so sad about your son's coworker and his girlfriend losing their baby. Your husband's advice was right on. You can express your sympathy simply, without endorsing their religious "mental toolkit".

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, how nice to have a son or daughter who is a good listener! We parents need such people around us.  

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2014 at 1:02am

Congratulations Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 10:21pm

Ian, I like your way. 

 

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