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Hang With Friends

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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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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 17, 2013 at 11:53am

Your flower garden is fun, sk8eycat!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 11:14am

Ian, a white Easter?  I would think that a red Easter would be more appropriate.  You know........bloody zombies, etc.  Anyway, stay warm and dry and remember....Spring is just around the corner. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 10:41am

Joan, I've also been guilty of posting or repeating something from the internet that simply isn't true.  Even professional journalists have unwittingly done it.  Your pope post is a really good example of how believable an untrue quotation can be.  As you know, people of his ilk really do make truly outlandish statements such as that quite regularly, making it so easy to fall prey.  

I find the Catholic church to be quite credulous and irrelevant, but based on recent statements made by the new pope regarding humbleness and concern for the poor, I do admit to having a morbid curiosity (my own personal Schadenfreude) as to what path and what lengths this new pope will take his organization and whether he'll run into much opposition with those wanting to keep the status quo.     

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2013 at 9:21am

Thank you very much for the flowers, Felaine and for the hug, TFA. The weather forcast here in Denmark is for the worst snow-storm in more than a decade. Looks like we might have a white Easter instead of a white Xmas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 3:16am

Whenever I make a mistake during a presentation, I always get called on it, and gratefully so. If I repeat false data, I lose my credibility.

Unfortunately, Pope Francis I allegedly said, "Women are naturally unfit for political office ...".

What does Snopes have to say?  "FALSE"
Did Pope Francis I state "Women are naturally unfit for ...?"

"No documentation or reference ..."

He appears to have a more compassionate philosophy than predecessors, but I do not find evidence of a god upon which he builds his thinking.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 17, 2013 at 12:30am

Thanks, sk8eycat!  We sure could use a little bit of Spring here in the mid-west.  It's been a bit chilly lately. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 12:15am
sk8eycat, that is so cool!
Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2013 at 11:03pm

OREO Speedwagon?  Oh mah NERRRRRVES!  (I love it!  Thanks, Loren!)

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Now try this one...if the snowman link works:

This only takes a second and it feels so good!

 
I think we all need a little spring today!
I'm sending you some Spring!!!!

Click on the snowman.   You will get a black page.  
Click your mouse anywhere (& everywhere) on the page & see what happens!
Better yet, click (hold down) & drag your mouse over the black page...


Enjoy!!
 
http://www.procreo.jp/labo/flower_garden.swf
 
 
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2013 at 9:00pm

Loren, now that's a 'groaner.'  lol  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2013 at 3:47pm

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

"Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.

"Everything the donating public has been taught about giving is dysfunctional, says AIDS Ride founder Dan Pallotta. He aims to transform the way society thinks about charity and giving and change."

 

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