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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2014 at 5:42pm

When I was in elementary school, the "Talking Mule" movies were a big deal in the theaters. 

My legal first name is Frances (with an "e"), though I've never used it for anything but paying taxes and banking....or when I'm being snarky.   Every school year would begin with a new teacher calling out "Frances Hampton" for the first roll call, and I would have to correct her....while the entire class broke up, brayed, made me feel rotten..

I never, ever had any desire to see those ghastly movies.

Felaine (Frances Elaine)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 4:47pm

Carl, I didn't like his standup routines either; they were too manic for my taste. His movies, on the other hand, stood out as masterpieces in my opinion. As you, I especially liked Dead Poet's Society, Mrs Doubtfire, as well as Good Will Hunting, Popeye, and Awakenings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:58pm

I liked his comedy, except when he got too blue, which he did way too often.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:34pm

Oh, so they were on TV, just not a series.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 1:24pm

Spud, when I was a kid, I used to watch Francis the Talking Mule movies on TV Saturday afternoons.  Those and the Bowery Boys.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:10pm

Speaking of a bad memory, I just looked on Wikipedia and found-out that Francis the Talking Mule was not on TV, but was in movies and in a comic strip.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2014 at 1:09pm

Even though my name is Carl, a group of girls used to call me Carlton the Doorman (the guy who always spoke over the intercom on the Rhoda TV show.)  I used to HATE being called that. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:04pm

Being teased is not fun!  I remember being teased at grade school because my name is Francis, and "Francis the Talking Mule" was on TV at the time.

My memory is not good that many years ago, but I don't remember being very upset at that teasing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 11:58am

I like Patch Adams, Jumanji, Awakenings, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork & Mindy, and Bicentennial Man,  but my favorite is one that most people don't care for, Popeye.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 12, 2014 at 8:58am

Patch Adams


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