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.

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

Started by Loren Miller 19 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 Lillie on January 18, 2013 at 3:20pm

John, I say that the real me was born the day my mother died.  It was such a relief.  I am so glad she is no longer in this world and since there is no Heaven or Hell, I won't ever have to see her again.  This is really sad.  I hope my children won't say that about me when I am gone.  Whatever my mother did, I tried to do the opposite.  Sometimes a strange negative thought comes into my mind and I wonder where in the world it came from.  Then I laugh and say, "Margaret lives."

Comment by Future on January 18, 2013 at 1:21pm

There are thousands of small churches across the US that could not survive if they were taxed.  I don't really wish to see them shuttered because of something outside of their control.  However, practicing politics is completely inside of their control, and I am all for removing the tax exemption from any church who is stupid enough to use their captive audience to influence political issues and elections.  In my vision of a perfect world, all churches would be shuttered not because they had no choice, but because their members started thinking critically and left.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2013 at 11:36am

James and Steph, and anybody, is there any country in the world today that has the courage to tax everyonee, and every business, equally....  including churches?

I keep hoping I'll live to see the day when the US (and each state)will wake up and calculate the income that could be amassed by taxing church property at the same rate that houses are taxed, but I doubt it's gonna happen.  Ever.

Comment by Steph S. on January 18, 2013 at 10:14am

I want all those cats booklover. I pick them all.

That was great James. Thanks. I enjoyed reading your comment.

So it's Friday!! Yay!

I hope everyone is having a good day today.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 18, 2013 at 10:09am

Cat's ready for harvest is very funny!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 18, 2013 at 9:08am

Patricia, I love your examples of what the US could learn from other countries.

Comment by Future on January 18, 2013 at 8:20am

I detect a hint of sarcasm in your tone, James.

Comment by James Kz on January 18, 2013 at 6:02am

Steph: Those other countries only think they are succeeding. They are really failing, and they just don't know it yet.

Consider: Health care for all? Why would any God-fearing gun-loving Christian want that?

Spanking illegal (like in Finland)? How do you work off your stress if you can't whale on your kid now and again?

Jail the bankers? Aren't they the job creators for short-selling market speculators?

Gun restrictions? How can they possibly keep their small arms manufactures afloat, and parliamentarians rolling in graft? They might actually have to tax the people to pay legislators!

They don't know the first thing about running the world's largest prison system or managing one of the worst health care systems in the First World.

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2013 at 3:53am

It's a comfort to hear you talk, Sk8eycat! Here it's 11 AM, so I'm doing chores and reading the forum in between. Have a good weekend, all of you!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2013 at 2:28am

Ruth, re:Simple things: YES! 

Ever since I had that 4-night insomnia attack last week, I've been craving "comfort food."  So a few days ago I made some baked custard (with Splenda)' so easy that I don't know why I don't make it more often.  I bake it in the same (stainless) bowl that I mix it in,,,in a water bath, of course.  Next time I think I'm going to bake it longer at 300 deg, without the Bain Marie, and see how it comes out.

A couple of days later I made chicken vegetable soup with a lot of leftover Schwan's chicken and veg that I had in the freezer. I cheated by using Homestyle Broth concentrate....but it was GOOD! 

Today I made cranberry sauce (with Splenda again)...I bought about 6 bags of berries when they were on sale during the holidays, and they keep forever when you freeze them.  So I used one bag. When it's done, and cooled, I put a heaping tbsp of cran sauce on plain or vanilla yogurt...SO good!  I don't understand why nobody makes cranberry sorbet or yogurt.

All of those things are so simple to make, and they are comforting....both to make and to eat. I love playing in the kitchen, but so many recipes seem complicated, and use half the equipment in the cupboards.

I'm feeling satisfied and relaxed, so I wish you all a good night, and an easy 3-day weekend.


PS Patricia, I'm e-mailing that group of  pictures to about 20 people...including a few old f*rts who have developed Tea Party leanings. I hope a few of them will start thinking again.

I've been signing "We the People" petitionsto get the gov't to convict the Wall St. criminals who got us into this mess for's not working. I don''t understand why Congress, et al can't see what's wrong in this country.  I guess they believe that if they "god bless America"  and pray often enough that their imaginary friend will make everything all right.  Hah! 

Nobody can run a country on wishful thinking and bullsh*t.


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