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Hang With Friends

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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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Forest Fire

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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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

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

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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 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.

Comment by Jessica on May 6, 2012 at 3:32pm

This is what I would like when I die.  I have been struggling with burial, science, or cremation but when I saw this I was sold.  One of my favorite series of books is Dune and the witches in the series are buried and then a tree is planted over them.  So, I want to be a tree I just don't know what kind yet.  I really like Japanese Maples, they are so pretty but a fruit tree would keep on giving.  Here is the link for an article about the urn.

Update on Funeral,  It was full of prayers and other bible scriptures.  However, 10 minutes into it my cousin's husband has a seizure and dropped like a rock to the ground (he was standing).  The weird part was I watched it play out since I was standing in the back and he went down in slow motion for me.  If he had been 2" to the right he would have split his head open on a gravestone.  My other cousin works in the medical field/ER so I was not concerned about his care she jumped right to it.  All I could think about was "there's intelligent design for yah..."  After they got him inside the pastor started back up where she left off,  most interesting family funeral ever.

Comment by Paula T. on May 6, 2012 at 3:28pm
I hope everyone had a happy Cinco De Mayo...we went out to dinner after our last night of bowling and all agreed to avoid any Mexican restaurants! After driving past a couple of our way to our destination, we could tell we made the right decision...lines out the door!

On the topic burials, I would love to be composted, but I don't believe that option is available (or legal?) in the United States. I've already let my family know to spend as little as possible when the time comes, including no viewing and absolutely no funeral. I am toying with the idea of leaving my body for medical research, but that isn't compatible with organ donation. So in some respects, I still have to final decisions to make. I must admit that I have had close to ZERO experience in planning funerals, but I have a feeling I will be helping out when my dad passes. With his health problems, it looks like it will be sooner rather than later.
 

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