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Hang With Friends

Location: Earth
Members: 848
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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 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 Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2013 at 11:25pm

Ruth, the best aspect of this group, besides the wonderful members, is that it has no topic or agenda, just our miscellaneous ramblings.  You sure hit the target when you started this group.  This is a greatly appreciated social outlet.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2013 at 10:55pm

Yes, booklover, the new black.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2013 at 10:54pm

Before I started Hang With Friends I floated the idea in another group. A group just for friendship, not about a topic, wasn't well received. Today on Going Ape: Social Climbers on the National Geographic Channel we learned that vocal communication is a substitute social bonding behavior for primates who are too busy using their hands for other things to do mutual grooming. It said that 80% of our talk is social glue instead of communicating important information. So Hang With Friends was an attempt to include social bonding instead of intellectually discussing topics. It's been in the top tier of most active groups, so it seems to work, at least for a few of us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2013 at 10:40pm

Hi, Steph.  Good to see you here.  I know you've been busy with classes.  Hope all is going smoothly for you. 

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:35pm

That's so cool Sk8eycat that the kitty I posted looks like your Pumpkin. That is a beautiful cat.

Hope everyone is doing good - tying to get caught up here.

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:32pm

Melinda that cat pic is so funny. I had to laugh.

Comment by Steph S. on June 13, 2013 at 10:29pm

Those are so cute Ruth, Napoleon and Booklover.

Love those.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2013 at 9:48am

Good morning! And yes, a little cat hair on an outfit is a badge of honor.

Thanks, Napoleon, for the videos and maps of the secret lives of cats!

In Philadelphia we're at the northern end of an "area of concern for tornadoes" this afternoon and evening.

Comment by booklover on June 13, 2013 at 9:19am

I must be SO fashionable! lol

Comment by booklover on June 13, 2013 at 9:17am

Carl, thanks, and I agree with Ruth that I think we got off lightly compared to what "they" said was expected.  It's just nerve-wracking when the tornado sirens go off!  I think my husband was worried about the Blackhawks not being able to play last night if the storm hit Chicago! lol.

Aww Felaine, I'm so glad Hairy Jerry is getting something he likes, and I'm so glad he has YOU!!!!

Steph, adorable cat food bowl picture!

Napolean, thanks for the cat-cam. :)

Have a good day friends!~ Mindy

 

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