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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 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

Tags: poem

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

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Patricia on October 28, 2012 at 8:00pm

You have storm worries Ruth, & we had a large earthquake off our coast last night. Luckily it was remotely centered so no damage, but tsunami was a concern.    

Comment by Steph S. on October 28, 2012 at 7:32pm
Oh Booklover those are soooo funny -LOL! Laughing!
Ian that pissed off cat is great!
Ruth I will be thinking about you as you weather the storm. Hope everything goes ok.
Comment by booklover on October 28, 2012 at 7:25pm

This just hit me funny! LOL

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2012 at 4:44pm

Schrodinger's pissed-off cat made me laugh.  Thanks.

Comment by booklover on October 28, 2012 at 3:50pm

Comment by booklover on October 28, 2012 at 3:50pm

We will be thinking of you Ruth.  I agree that Sandy may be not just a fluke, but the new normal in changes we are seeing with the Earths weather, etc.  I hope you don't lose power or have your basement flood!  Hang tight! We are land-locked here in Northern IL, but there are tornadoes aplenty!

Joan, I love the pic of the chimp hugging the dog. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 28, 2012 at 2:59pm

Comment by Steph S. on October 28, 2012 at 2:05pm

Such wonderful posts and insights shared today. Love the posts sk8eycat. And the video of stairball.

"I admire people who barely have anything, but share it nevertheless."

Such a wonderful quote!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 28, 2012 at 1:51pm

Thanks for the video of Harvey playing stairball. I see him as efficient, not lazy. Dancing cat and nomming cat were also welcome. "Keep going strong" is a good way to put it, Steph.

I'm anxious about Sandy, living in Phila. Our basement is prone to flooding and all of the battery stores are sold out. *sigh* The shelves were empty of bottled water too yesterday, excepting the expensive individual size.

The media keep calling it "rare", as if this is just an extraordinary fluke, rather than an indication of how storms are changing. Perhaps the high tide is a fluke, but blocking patterns are the new normal. Yet, I haven't adequately prepared. So who am I to talk. Once the power is out, you won't hear from me for a while. Don't worry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 28, 2012 at 1:21pm

Dear friends on "Hang with Friends", you made my day. 

Steph, as always your photos tickle my funny bone when I am in the midst of some unsolvable problem and I lighten up, and the solution comes. 

sk8eycat, your photos make me love what I am doing. Those precious photos i.e. man and dog, and man and cat; I file these in Animal Companions; this is not intended to put either one down or up. 

Chris, I don't like opera and your photos just made it great comedy. Sorry opera fans, I do not intend to brag, or trivialize;  my opinion reveals my failure to appreciate something others find lovely or inspiring. 

 

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