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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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2013 at 2:49pm

Joan, the expanded-cheeks chipmunk is cute. 

I think Matt D. dropping the pen is great, and I very much like your post that talked about rats beating humans.  

I’m glad you’re ready for surgery.  You may be braver than I am, in wanting to watch, but a few years ago, I started watching when my blood was drawn.  My curiosity finally overpowered my chickenness.  Also, when I had a colonoscopy, I wanted to watch, but I was unconcious until the last 10 minutes.  But I did get to see a watermelon seed in my large colon.  : )

A video is a great idea.  Next time I’ll ask if I can get one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 12:50pm

I have great news, the cancer cure train is leaving the station and I have my surgery scheduled for April 16. I feel fine, I am ready and I wish I could watch the surgery. Maybe I could get someone to film the procedure. Well, that is a task upon which to work. 

IZ "What a Wonderful World"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:55am

Well, if I walk through an isle of jock straps, I don't feel any differently than I suppose men feel when walking through bras. 

In other words, poor planning on the part of the store. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:52am

Oh, I read further and realize the questions concerned magic. 

Looking at the effect of natural selection, I feel full of wonder, sometimes with goose bumps.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:45am

If we are discussing selection, natural would be the correct adjective, not random. Correct me if I am wrong, please. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 5, 2013 at 11:38pm

Patricia, you asked about playing Scrabble together using computers with different operating systems.

BlueStacks has an "app player" that lets you run Android apps on a Windows computer. An inveterate online Scrabbler I know tried it successfully with Wordsmith, the Scrabble variant he plays frequently on his Android tablet. (There are others, including the "official" Electronic Arts Scrabble app, and Words With Friends. I don't have an Android device myself, and haven't gotten into those. I play online at which supports Windows, Mac, and Linux; you have to download their app.)

BlueStacks is free for now, while it's in beta.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2013 at 11:17pm

Would this creep you out?

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2013 at 10:26pm

"Random" implies that, given a value, one cannot reliably predict the following value.  Considering that even Brownian Motion and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle describe what is thought to be "random" motion or behavior, the concept of "random" as some attempt to apply it to this reality is inappropriate.

There are still rules for everything ... and the answer is never ... never, Never, NEVER ... "magic."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2013 at 10:17pm

Thanks, Joan and booklover.

Here's a picture I had to share.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2013 at 4:47pm

I like your comments, especially "I integrate our role as knowers into my concept of “blind indifferent forces of nature”. This means I see meaning in the interplay of natural forces, not as something imposed by an external god but an emergent outcome of complex systems."

"I don’t need religion to find meaning and order in chaos, only observation and the understanding flowing from science and philosophy."

"There are patterns, from evolution of genes and of memes. Everything isn’t just random, even at the atomic level."

The kitty illustrates your description so well. 


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