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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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Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia on Monday. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 9:53pm

Patricia, your experience sounds dreadful. Did you know you had the option to have surgery earlier? I can't even imagine being in so much pain for so long. 

Comment by Patricia on June 16, 2013 at 9:29pm

I did everything I could at home along with physio & acupuncture, but my disk was too far gone for anything to work. I had the lumbar laminectomy in 1998, & have been fine since. I do get a very sore back if I over-do or stand in one position for more than a short time, but that's just fine after the torture I had to live with for over 2 years. That 'white hot' screaming pain from my butt down to my foot was unbelievably agonizing, so the operation & the 2 year recovery were well worth it! I find a lot of the info seems to soft-pedal it some, because experiencing it is nothing like what comes across when watching/reading the articles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 8:59pm
My strategy is working. Much better tummy; Wish other aches and pains for each one of you is as easy to get control of.
Mindy, hope your mini-vacation is restful even though the drive of five hours + does sound like a lot of sitting. If I remember correctly, the drive from your area to Wisconsin is a pretty drive.
Ian, a nice bright greeting from you with sunshine feels good. Hope your Father's day was very special.
Chris, really sorry to learn of your pain. Does being active help? I haven't had that problem so looked it up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZuQ7WmcDI. It appears to be dreadful and especially after reading Patricia's comment. Do take care, both of you.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 3:31pm

Thank you, Mindy.

Hope your strategy works for you, Joan.

To the cinema for the second evening in a row. This time "Song for Marion" with Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and others. A pensioners' choir that sings Motorhead and hip-hop! Another life-afirming British film about ordinary people. Sad and sweet.

Comment by booklover on June 16, 2013 at 3:29pm

I'm going with my (Atheist!) friend to her relative's lake-house in Wisconsin from tomorrow through Thursday.  It's just us, and we're just going to eat and relax on the lake! I'm not looking forward to the  5 1/2 hour drive though!  So have a great week everyone, and I will be back here at the end of the week! Hugs~ Mindy

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 3:05pm
My strategy for today is to go back to WebMD Soluble Fibers: "Sources of soluble fiber: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots."
Thanks Ruth!
Comment by booklover on June 16, 2013 at 8:06am

Comment by booklover on June 16, 2013 at 8:05am

I'm sorry everyone has so much pain. :(  Everyone has such good attitudes about managing it though!

Ian, I'm sorry about your friend.  It is sad.

Thanks Ruth.  I like to tell you guys about what's going on with my family.

Happy Father's Day Ian and all the fathers here on Hang With Friends!~ Mindy

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 6:01am

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Thanks for the good wishes and I hope everyone's aches and pains improve.

Mindy, I know from experience that the right kind of company at the right time can help with depression. I hope things go well for your daughter.

Just had the news that a former "drink-and-depression period" woman friend commited suicide last year. The last few times I spoke with her, about 4 years ago, I tried to tell her how much sobriety had helped me but it didn't sink in. Very sad.

 

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