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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 22 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:03am

Booklover, that owl looks as if it’s in the company of Daleks.

Cute skeletal cartoons, Flying Atheist!.

Thanks you, Joan for saying, “This site is a treasure and one that soothes and relaxes, even as we face big challenges of living.”

That cat video festival sounds interesting, Napoleon Bonaparte, but why would people need to congregate in person?

Egg hunts with clues are the most fun. Thanks for sharing your Sunday dinner, Joan.

Ian, that sounds about right.

1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.

Thanks for your company, everyone!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:46pm

This isn't by Gary Larson, but I also like this cartoon.  I guess I just find skeletons to be funny.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:42pm

I have always LOVED Gary Larson cartoons.  This being one of my favorites:

Ian, last year I read Bill Bryson's book, "At Home."  It's a very fun historical look at the development of the modern home and, specifically, his home in England.  At the same time he goes off on many tangents with interesting historical stories of people and household objects. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 11:01pm

Gary Larson is always good, Melinda.

Just finished Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". My main impressions are that 1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.

I remain a sceptic in all areas.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:14am

All this talk & views of chocolate easter bunnies is making me hungry for chocolate!!  So far I'm resisting because I'm eliminating sugar and refined carbs from my diet to try to get rid of 60 pounds.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:08am

Joan, I love the story of your genius granddaughter's easter egg hunt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:02am

I had Sunday dinner at my granddaughter's home with the love of her life and their blended family of five children. She arranged a scavanger hunt with plastic eggs full of treats and real colored eggs. At each egg, there was a note hinting where the next egg was located and set the locations from north and south and east and west and kept them running all over the acreage. By the time the last egg came in, they were so pooped they could hardly move! For the little ones, she hid eggs just for them in different locations so that each child ended up with a nice little basket of eggs, all smiles. She is a genius. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 1:56am

Chris, Earth; I am in love with this magnificent sphere! The Lighting strikes, Aurora Borealis, atmosphere band, rising Orion over Earth! Oh, my heart does sing. 

Ruth, very sorry to learn of your pinched nerve! Do take care! Thank you for your encouragement. I, too, want to express how much strength and pleasure I gain from your posts. 

TFA, I really laughed when I read your story! Our family used to get together every autumn to harvest and preserve horseradish. We did it in our garage and driveway, with doors wide open, fans blowing from inside out, as we shredded it, bottled it with vinegar, and then had a feast using freshly shredded horseradish on a great autumn dinner. I will try dried apricots dipped in chocolate! Sounds delicious. 

Melinda, enjoyed your story of horseradish and relatives. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 12:43am

Every brain needs some time in neutral gear Ruth. Enjoy it.

Comment by Steph S. on April 1, 2013 at 10:00pm


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