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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.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 12:44pm

Tony, or anybody, do you know what this means: -"this content cannot be displayed in a frame"

I sent the link to "Good Morning Starshine" to a friend who still works for PBS, and that's what she got when she clicked on the link.  I also sent her a different YouTube link to the same clip, and she got the same message. 

Is it her computer, or what?  Does anybody know.  (Her ISP is AOL...which sux as much ... in different ways...as mine does. AT&T/Ya-effing-hoo.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 12:40pm

The Flying Atheist, I hope I made the point that it wasn't that I had given birth to children, but that I participated with them that brings me so much joy. Community and family comes in so many sizes and descriptions, I honor those who choose not to have children, or those who cannot. My message to you is the importance of community for mental health. You create that by surrounding yourself with people who love you and who you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 12:21pm

Joan, what a wonderful post.  I don't have children myself, but I can readily imagine the great satisfaction of seeing your own children as adults and knowing how much of a positive influence you had on them.  The world needs more mother's like you.  The kind of happiness you speak of is absolutely priceless.  Please accept my internet virtual hug.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 11:46am

The Flying Atheist, I have a son born in Sept 1963, and twins, a son and daughter, born in Feb 1964. So I know your era very well. It was a wonderful age for me as a mother.
You may notice how closely their birthdays occur. We adopted our 1963 son when he was five days old and the twins were born when he was 5 months 13-days old. It was like an ant hill for 20 years and now I reap the reward of all those books read to them, and outings to parks and playgrounds and swimming and camping and following their interests as they grew. Sweet wonderful memories. 
I participated in the fourth birthday of my great-grandson last Saturday and watching all the kids around the table, I just felt an incredible sense of happiness, not so much that I had given birth to two children, but that I have participated in all their lives and loved every minute of it. I think I made a difference in their lives. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 10:39am

Oh, Tony, THANK you!  What memories tthat brings back; both the beginning of "Sesame Street" and seeing "Hair" live at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood.

What a thrill!  Srsly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 8:57am

Good morning everyone. 

Tony, thanks for posting that Sesame Street video.  I don't think anybody can watch that without having a smile on their face.  Being born in 1964, I was in kindergarten in 1969, so Sesame Street definitely was a part of my early childhood.  Of course, one year later, I remember running home from first grade to catch the end of Dark Shadows.  How's that for a well-rounded education?!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2012 at 8:01am

From the first season of Sesame Street. Bob singing 'Good Morning Starshine', with hippie muppets. From the musical 'Hair'.

http://youtu.be/gkav2kjB0qc

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 6:25am

Joan and skyeycat - those are some cute cats!

How's everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 6:24am

Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2012 at 1:09am

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray?

As far as I remember from fundie childhood they are ALWAYS CONSTIPATED; they feel uncomfortable taking care of their bodies. They often harass themselves with the thought: What if Jesus comes and I'm doing anything else than praying. They cannot stand the thought that he could come while they're having a poo.  

 

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