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 The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2013 at 1:13pm

Madison Avenue is always trying to pretty-up our language.  You notice that no one sells used cars anymore.  They are all pre-owned vehicles.  And all the employees at retail stores are all 'associates' even though everyone is underpaid, under-insured and under-respected by the heads of the corporations. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 1:03pm

Oh, I love Dog and Friend.  The raccoon looks like a youngster...about half-grown. 

I used to have some friends who had a pet raccoon...named TrashCan; every time we would get together they would have another hilarious tale about his behavior.  (They built an enormous enclosure for him...took up half the back yard...but they also would bring him in the house on a leash.  Until the night he ate one of their parrots.  LOL)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2013 at 1:03pm

WTF indeed.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 12:57pm

Spud, another word that has made my teeth itch ever since it was coined is "wellness."  The first time I saw it, I wondered "WTF is wrong with 'health'? Or 'healthy'?"  It's a simple word that everybody should be able to understand, so why invent a non-word that smells of Madison Ave. semi-cuteness?  It is now acceptable even in university publications, and it makes me want to scream.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2013 at 9:40am

Haha!  Sorry Rover, no way!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2013 at 9:13am

I'm another one that doesn't understand the meaning of the word meme, even though I've read Dawkins, Wikipedia, and several people on the net explain it.  

I've just about given-up on trying to understand it.  As far as I can tell, it's not necessary for me to understand it, and I have much more enjoyable things to think about and do.

Maybe it's just part of my curmudgeonliness, but there are a number of new words that I don't see any reason to use or understand.  Most of them seem to have old words that describe what the new word does, sometimes even better.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 4:19am

LOL!  I've had a problem for decades; I have had my nose in one book or another since I learned to read, and friends always say, "Why don't you write a book?"  Sheesh! I can outline a simple plot idea, but that's about as far as I can go.  I can't imagine characters in detail, and my dialog tends to run to one-liners and puns.  And that's IT.

My favorite authors (living and dead) make the reader see, hear, and feel their characters without actually describing them in any detail. I can't do that.  I think it's an inborn talent, and whatever talent I have ever had is/was physical. I can choreograph in my head, but I can't explain it to anybody else.  I just listen to music and know what moves belong when.  And the shape my body has been in for the past 25 years, I can't do the moves anymore.

So I read and enjoy it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 2:31am

Oh, I think I see my problem, I enjoy seeing memes, I am just not clever at creating them. Oh well, so what else is new; I'm not good at a lot of things and I am very good at a lot of things. Creating memes is not one of my strengths. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 2:24am

sk8eycat, I like what you wrote and your experience. I know the fog will lift at some point and I will say "why did I make such a deal out of this; it is only ....!" 

I looked up Judith Hayes and read only a little bit and like what I read. Sorry to learn of her suicide and its impact on you. I look forward to looking into more of what she had to say. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 1:43am

Joan, I'm not stupid, either, but I'm not exactly highly educated, and I have never *grokked* the meme concept, either. I have read The God Delusion three times, and reread certain sections more times than that, and I still don't understand a lot of what Dawkins is trying to say.

I have had a long-standing problem with a lot of writers in the field...they use another language that I call Academish, and I don't understand it.

That's why I was so delighted when I first found Judith Hayes (The Happy Heretic) online about 12 years ago.  She "spoke" my language, and clearly explained many of the contradictions and nonsense in religions, particularly xianity.  We actually became and phone...and I was invited to come visit, but I never had the oppportunity.

And that's why I was so hurt and angry when she killled herself last year.  I miss her dreadfully.  I don't know if her columns are still archived online, I haven't looked, but she always made sense...she didn't use vague terms like "meme," ...until she kinda went off the rails when her husband died.  You might find her books (she wrote 2) at  You can search by author.


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