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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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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 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 Dec 15. 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

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 booklover on January 30, 2014 at 7:29pm

Thanks Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2014 at 7:26pm

Glad to hear the good new about your children Mindy.

Comment by booklover on January 30, 2014 at 7:20pm

My son came home today and said he got a great review from his boss with a dollar an hour raise.  Next week he starts a new job in the same company, it's a step up, and with that comes another dollar an hour raise.  He only started there last September. 

My daughter has an appt. at the University nearer to us where she wants to finish her degree.  This time in Art (she's not sure which concentration she'll choose yet), not Journalism.  She is taking a ceramics class at the local community college this semester (her teacher went on and on about a piece my daughter had done and showed the class), and volunteering at our local no-kill animal shelter.  It seems she is finally on the right meds!  No depression, feeling hopeful about her future!  It is SO wonderful as a Mom to see her feeling good about life again! :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2014 at 1:04pm

Ian, congratulations to Astrid! What Joan said...!

And Mindy, that's so sad about your son's coworker and his girlfriend losing their baby. Your husband's advice was right on. You can express your sympathy simply, without endorsing their religious "mental toolkit".

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, how nice to have a son or daughter who is a good listener! We parents need such people around us.  

Comment by booklover on January 30, 2014 at 8:05am

I agree Ian.  I just don't think my 19 year old son would be comfortable asking his co-worker what happened.  If the guy (he's in his upper 20's I think) were to tell what happened, then my son would be a good listener. 

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2014 at 1:02am

Congratulations Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 10:21pm

Ian, I like your way. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 10:05pm

As regards loss: it's not what you say but how much and how well you listen. It's almost always a good thing to ask "what happened"? Bereaved parents have a real need for patient listeners who "just" listen and don't try to solve problems or find a deeper meaning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:39pm

What Joan said Ian.  Nice.

 

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