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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller 9 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 The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 6:34pm
Joan, I like your little phrase "new normal." I'll have to remember that as I age and my health and abilities change through out the coming years.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2015 at 5:58pm

Thanks for your encouragement, all. Yes, the worst seems to be over.

Thanks for sharing your family's underbrush clearing day, Joan. It's wonderful to see the world through your eyes.

Here's a video of rock balancing by Michael Grab aka "Gravity Glue", that I found relaxing. I hope you all enjoy it too.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:25am

That sounds like a lovely day, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:23am

Carl, your bright and cheerful messages brings music to my spirit. If you can make it past all the challenges you faced so far, you will certainly master any future challenge as well. Isn't the body a wonderful thing, making adjustments to all kinds of insults to its organs and a rough, raspy voice that speaks with power and authority declaring you are up to the tasks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:14am

Today is a big day of the family joining together to clear out the underbrush of the forest, gather up and bury the slash and logs and create a firm fireline across the south end of the clearing. Laura is in charge of the crews, Larry is smoking and BBQing part of the feast, Laurie is in charge of the small children and kitchen, Michelle and her five young ones will be involved, the six year old as runner with water and band-aids as he barks encouragement to the 16-year-old on the tractor. 

We had another terrible thunder and lightning storm last night that took out the power for a few hours. The sun shines brightly on the forest this morning. 

Yesterday morning, a mother deer and her yearling grazed past my north window and disappeared into the forest to the west. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:04am

Ruth, it is beginning to look as though you and your husband made it over the big challenge. As life comes back to a new normal I trust the really bad events reside in the past and each day become better and easier for both of you. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2015 at 7:19am

It's nice to hear all the good news!

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Think positive.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 1:58am

Glad to hear it, Ruth. 

Comment by Plinius on May 30, 2015 at 12:39am

Hi Kathy, how are you?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 12:05am
Thanks, Kathy.

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