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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.

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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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 55 minutes ago. 40 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 5 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 1:17am
Oh Ruth I'm going to post again more here now that the semester is over. I just got spread too thin and I haven't been posting as much as I'd like. You are doing just fine. No worries, ok?
Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 1:15am
I love that idea sk8eycat! Please post! Have you read the books about the cat warriors? They are cool!
Comment by sk8eycat on May 10, 2012 at 12:36am

Ruth...I'm kinda shy about starting discussions.  Many people in here are so brilliant that I feel as if my interests and concerns are trivial.  I've been thinking of starting a discussion in one of the cat-fan groups...to see if anyone else enjoys feline detective novels.  Does that sound too silly?

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 10, 2012 at 12:06am

For me, it somehow feels easier (in other online forums too, not just Hang With Friends or A/N in general) to respond to a discussion than to stick my neck out and start a Brand New Topic.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2012 at 12:44am

Thanks, Ian. The only thing that bothers me is how few people start discussions. I imagined as our numbers grew, my contributions would dwindle to insignificance. What's wrong? Why don't people share stuff more? For example, I read about how surrounded new members often feel in their profiles, but that's seldom discussed. Is there some subtle way I'm discouraging member contributions?

Comment by Ian Mason on May 8, 2012 at 12:21am

There's a lot of us about, Ruth and this is a good place to "hang out".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2012 at 12:02am

Hey Y'all, we topped 700 members!

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2012 at 10:39pm
Thanks Grinning Cat I didn't know that religious sites had more malware than the non-religious sites. My computer is set to automatically scan for viruses and adware at night, along with other maintenance duties.
Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2012 at 9:24pm

Another, more literal meaning of
"Religion is a virus":


According to a Symantec study, religious websites pose triple the malware risk of porn sites.
Religion riskier than porn for online viruses: study
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jT5f7p67gq8Awnve...

Comment by booklover on May 6, 2012 at 6:21pm

That is cool Jessica!  My Mom wants to be cremated, and then, since we are a small family, just have a little party with some good food and drink, and maybe share a few memories.

 

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