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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 16 hours ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Plinius 3 hours ago

There you are again at last! With all the NING-problems and real life interference I haven't seen you for a week at least! Glad your dog is back, Randall!

Comment by Loren Miller 5 hours ago

Outstanding news, Randall!  Give Dot a big scritch-scritch for me!

Comment by Randall Smith 5 hours ago

Finally, back on A/N. My dog, Dot, (Molly was my old dog, hit by a vehicle, Joan) is back, safe and sound. She was "rescued" by a farmer, put in a pen for safekeeping overnight. Dot would have found her way home, I imagine, but couldn't "escape". I went house to house to find her--and did! Thanks for the kind words.

Comment by Ian Mason on Monday

Hope your dog turns up soon, Randall. I know it must be a worry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Grinning Cat, I like your statement, "A super­human AI would likely not be either "good" or "evil" but rather ALIEN."

Carl, I didn't know the sax was invented by a Belgian, Adolphe Sax. I wonder if my Dad knew?  His father was from Belgium; my Dad played sax and clarinet in a dance band. They played the grange circuit before WWII. After that, he played for his pleasure. 

Ian, sorry to learn of your stepmom's death. My solace to her family and friends.

Randy, I am sorry to learn of Dolly, I think, or was it Molly? I forget. I surely hope she finds her way home. I like your stories about your time with her. Also, Randy, I love your photos of Greece. Such an amazing country and history. I hope Greece gets out from under its debt to NMF. 

I am packing up books and stuff to go to Volunteers of America. This is a good thing, I am sorting out 41 years of accumulation and won't have to leave it to my kids. I pretty much know what they want because we already boxed it up and took it to Newport when I moved up there. 

I expect to have ten more years here and then provide food for the worms. If Eighty-years-old is hard, I don't want to know what 90 will be. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Sunday

Randall - here's hoping your doggie shows up soon. It's awful when that happens.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Hope your four-legged buddy shows up soon, Randall, alive and well!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday

Oh no!

Comment by Randall Smith on Sunday

I'm a wee bit concerned--well, maybe somewhat more than a wee bit--about my missing dog. While going on our daily walk, she hung back to explore something. I kept walking as usual as she catches up eventually. Not this time. I went back to look for her, asked about her at several farm houses close by. Nothing. I've peered out the windows hundreds of time hoping she found her way back home.  I'll go out again today to look. She does have a "chip", so if she winds up at the Humane Society, I can be notified. Dang.

Comment by Ian Mason on Sunday

Thanks, Carl.

I've been in touch with the family and won't be leaving until Wednesday. They've already sorted out the funeral and there's nothing I can do to help.

I visited the Musical Instrument Museum which was very interesting and included saxes. It was also very warm and humid, for the sake of the wooden instruments I presume. Almost everything is closed on Mondays except for the Atomium. Perhaps you were there on a Monday?

 

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