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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

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Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

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Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

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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Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:30pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:29pm

Joan you have a wonderful positive attitude. I am behind on getting my yearly checkup - planning on going soon. I have been putting it off. I just hate going.

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:28pm

Joan we are here for you - hope your doctors can remove the cancer. You are in our thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 10:25pm

 sk8eycat, how sweet of you to think of me to join on your cross country trip. I know it would be fun. However, my travelling days are far behind me; I got it out of my system and just love enjoying my little nest. 

I have absolutely no worries about the coming processes. I volunteered for several years at Cancer Patient Care, NW and came to love the patients and become familiar with their challenges.

The thing I worry about is the unknown direction this climate change business will take and if enough people wake up to the risks facing us if we don't make some basic changes. 

I am profoundly happy, my family is doing well and fully able to care for themselves. My grandkids develop beautifully and my great-grandkids have the possibility to see things I can't even imagine. 

My Wise Women group provides outstanding support for whatever comes. They carted me hither and yon for two and a half years when I couldn't drive because of my heart, and we laugh and cry and play and work as if we were teenagers again. Well ... we dont have the energy even as we have the enthusiasm. 

Cancer is definitely not a death sentence. However, do get your regular check up. I have a mammogram every year and this one showed a growth that biopsied positive. So, there are tasks to be done and I am up to the challenge.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2013 at 10:20pm

Glad to hear your optimism, Joan and that the problem has been caught early. All the best to you and keep us posted. You're loved and wanted by a lot of people.

The Steveisms are great. It's hard to keep a straight face when people come out with that kind of thing.

I would also love to see the Aurora. The few times in Denmark the weather forcast says there's a possibility it either doesn't happen or the skies are cloudy.

Ice-cream for Zombies, Napoleon? Or a bad case of brainfreeze?

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 8:42pm

Cool Joan thanks for the videos and pictures. I am going back through the pages and catching up. Nice brain ice cream Napoleon. Thanks for the space picture sk8eycat.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2013 at 8:36pm

Patricia, is that "MOONDOGGIE"?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2013 at 7:41pm

Joan, if you want to take the Canadian Rail trip with me, we can save our pennies, and meet up in Seattle, and go on from there.  It may take years, but I have a feeling we'll both still be here on Planet Earth to do it.

My mom had cancer that started in her lungs and showed no symptoms till it was all over her body.  By the end of that year, she was cancer-free, and stayed that way for the rest of her life (age 79 - 87)...the chemo was pretty gross at first, but it wasn't as horrible as I've heard some people say it is, and she only went through that twice (10 days each time), with a drug (whose name I've forgotten) to control the nausea after the first day.  She also had something like 45 radiation treatments, too, and NO side-effects from them at all.

Everyone still acts as though any form of cancer is an automatic death sentence, and it isn't.

PS: Mom was diagnosed in 1984...medical science has advanced so much since then.  Trust your team, and I'll see you in Seattle one day.  Or, if you don't want to go all the way to Churchill, I have a friend in Tacoma I can visit, and we can work out some way to visit.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 6:54pm

Oh NO, Joan! The big C! Sorry but that gallows humor was too much for me. Good luck. Take plenty of vitamin D, as well as following the Doctors suggestions. It can help return cells to a quiescent state. I second booklover, you are very dear to us.

You have a talent for graphic visual images Napoleon Bonapaarte. Can’t stop looking at that melting brain.

“Proctomitrist”, funny Steve-ism booklover. It does conjure an image of eyeball up anus.

Sk8eycat, those are the most dramatic aurora pictures I’ve seen. The rays are so distinct in some, as if you can see the searing radiation streaming down. They’re scary and gorgeous.

Here's one that looked dull, with a gradient mask.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 6:29pm

Ian Mason, Agreed: here, now, with joy and laughter and do a little good along the way!

Patricia, I am so glad to learn you are still breathing and certainly have a sense of humor. Thanks for your sharing. I know I am not the only one, and one day cancer will be cleaned out. 

Napoleon, well, you did it again; sent me out of my seat! I'm not going to ask you how you do it ... but it does take a minute to get settled down. Your brain-cone startled me too. 

sk8eycat, your train plan sounds like so much fun; and so many different sights along the way. Indeed I hope you see northern lights. I lived at Wildwood Station, Kenai, Alaska for two years and they were glorious. 

booklover, your sweet encouragement makes my spirits sing. I love Steveisms. Proctomitrist! Perfect! This is no big deal, a small patch showed up since my last exam a year ago. We caught if very early, I expect to have no problem whatsoever. My family were a little discombobulated  but they have settled down nicely. 

Spud, yes, that joke has gotten me through some interesting medical situations. Laughter is the very best medicine. No pain, no discomfort, so far, and I expect a very good outcome. 

Ruth, you are on to something great: viral memes! I just couldn't get the hang of memes, even though I read and discussed them with others. That is my new project: viral memes. 

 

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