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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 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 April 18, 2013 at 11:08pm

Melinda, sorry to hear about your flooding issue.  What a pain!  I hope it doesn't get any worse.  It rained here yesterday NON-STOP all day.  There's been major flooding in my neighborhood and around Chicago.  My best friend, who lives about 2 miles west of me, woke up this morning with about one inch of water in his basement. 

In my neighborhood, the Chicago River has swollen and caused considerable flooding just 4 to 6 blocks from my building.  I live in a ground floor unit but have been very lucky.  The sewer system must be working well on my street.  People who live closer to the river just a few blocks away from me aren't so lucky.  I've heard emergency vehicle sirens on and off all day today and an occasional helicopter....I'm sure from the news stations.  

These are news photos taken just 4 to 6 blocks from my apartment building.

This is a cemetery four blocks up my street:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 18, 2013 at 5:50pm

Thanks for the Box-cats Steph.  Gave me some big smiles and chuckles!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2013 at 1:42pm

Joan, here's wishing you a speedy recuperation back to our normal energetic smart companion.

Comment by Lillie on April 18, 2013 at 1:04pm

I can exactly see my cats with this box.  They are even the same colors and my black male is my pushy one.

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 12:07pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 12:06pm

That's cute booklover!

Thanks Ian for the you Tube link.

It's been raining here all day.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2013 at 10:11am

I think i might have missed something. Have you had an operations, Joan? It sounds like it went well.

Hope you have drier times soon, Melinda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fpbCLNyPUA

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 9:48am

sk8eycat, that is an interesting idea! Anything to calm people during the hub-bub of travelling will be useful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 9:31am

I like that lizard photo with cats. Funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 8:58am
Melinda, what an awful event! I know you were expecting it and were not caught unaware. But still, the chores to protect and dry out stuff! Is the rain continuing?

I feel wonderful! Just a tiny bit of pain and I have a heck of a time finding words. I finally gave up yesterday and just read my mail and offered just a few simple comments. I feel muzzled by my locked brain. That will pass as soon as the chemicals clear out.

My granddaughter, Laurie, who just passed her home-health care course, is coming over today to remove part of the bandages. Just think, that dear little baby has all grown up and now giving me care. When she was a baby, she didn't crawl at first, she just rolled around until she got to where she wanted to go.
I hope today goes well for you and your husband!
 

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