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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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Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara yesterday. 4 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

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The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

Tags: south, GOP, Republican, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2013 at 10:07pm

Joan, without getting too detailed (which I'm probably not even knowledgeable enough to do) may I suggest you start by reading the Wikipedia article on Memes.  It's a very general and easily understood primer on the topic.  And also the more specific Internet meme article, also on Wikipedia. 

Here are just a few typical internet memes.  They are often related to current events or are just silly or very sarcastic in nature. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 9:14pm

OK you people with a firm understanding what memes are and how they work, how about giving us non-understanding people some examples of a really good meme that does its job. I think it will take just two or three to get us going. 

I don't intend to be mean with my memes, but I want to cut to the core of the issues I care about. Any coaches out there willing to help us make mastery of memes? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 9:08pm
sk8eycat, read your comment, "I feel stupid for whining about my cat's condition...and selfish...when some of you are undergoing much worse medical and family problems."
I am not aware of any limits of better than or worse than any situations that we write to each other. I figure Hang with Friends means writing about whatever is on our minds.
When you express concern about your cat falling so far, it is an experience that I can relate to and feel compassion for you and your beloved pet. I know the feeling.
When you wrote, "(I'm also terrified of the cost; I don't get my Social InSecurity deposit till next week...isn't that tacky?)"
Expressing concern about the cost of taking good care of your cat is another thing I can relate to. I have a hunch your vet will work with you on paying the costs. People generally understand unexpected expenses can create some serious problems, as with those on pensions. I think any good professional will work with you and may even reduce prices for you. Some even barter.
As to others of us who have different problems and conflicts in our lives, I see no need to worry about that. I can only speak for myself, but I find this a safe place to vent and even rant when I know for a fact those responses are not the best way to manage conflicts and problems. However, we need a place to vent all that pent-up emotion. This is also a place where we can get new perspectives on what happens to us.
Comment by Patricia on March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm

No idea....I can't seem to ''get'' what memes are, or what the word means.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 5:01pm

Patricia, "Cheeses Christ" "Our Grate Lord". 

Now, is this what one would call a meme? I'm going to get the hang of memes yet. .... even though I am lousy at such cleverness. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 4:58pm

Steph, this breed of cat looks so interesting, and the one of a kind among one of a kind is funny. 

"Scottish Fold Cat Breed Traits

The Scottish Fold's folded ears are produced by a dominant gene that affects the cartilage of the ears, causing the ears to fold forward and downward, giving the head a rounded appearance. Since the gene is dominant, all Scottish Fold cats must have at least one folded ear parent to have folded ears themselves. When a Fold is bred to a straight-eared cat, approximately 50 percent of the kittens will have folded ears, although the number of Folds in any given litter can vary greatly."

http://www.petfinder.com/cat-breeds/Scottish-Fold

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 4:53pm
Tony, that poor mother, all those mouths to feed. I thought it was hard nursing three babies one after the other, I wonder how she manages?
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 1:38pm
Oh! I just have to share this video of Richard Feynman on the importance of fathers. Fathers of the world, take a peak:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=695Flhmjmg4
Comment by Patricia on March 21, 2013 at 1:18pm

Comment by Patricia on March 21, 2013 at 1:14pm

I think animals behave better than we do in a lot of cases, & looking after the 'family' is the right thing to do!

Big fan of Greek yogurt myself.

 

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