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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2017 at 2:08pm


Comment by Plinius on September 21, 2017 at 2:02pm

My first pride walk this weekend. Rotterdam lit one of the bridges in rainbow colours.

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2017 at 2:01pm

Lovely singer!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2017 at 2:01pm

Ian, what can I say? I started to watch the video, "

and could not watch! it was too grotesque. 

I just now watched it and the power of his paintings and his words moved me close to tears and rage. 

The European, who survived WW I & II with their lives and families torn apart, their cities left in ruin, their political and social structures shredded, and we (U.S.) citizens wonder why European countries do what they do. 

We, in the U.S., bear witness to the inhumanity of slavery with a nod of our heads and a flick of the fingers before we turn away and go about our business of having a vacation at the beach, al la Michael Kvium. Decade after decade, year after year, century after century and we continue to have de facto slavery. Why? For whose benefit? Who loses? Who wins? 

We, in the U.S. bear witness to the inhumanity of sex role stereotyping with a blink of an eye and turn of the head before we turn away, not seeing, not saying, not doing anything to make changes. 

My grandmothers and mother worked for equal pay for equal work. They didn't want to be coddled; they willingly worked very hard at their arts and crafts. Yet, they were discounted, trivialized, even demonized if they disagreed or made attempts to better themselves. Any woman who to dared to poke her head out of the kitchen sink was knocked back to her proper place. 

My granmothers were too smart to be relegated to the kitchen and cleaning up messes made by others. They had hopes and dreams while they lived under the jack-boot of patriarchy. They did what they could to rise above their station in life. They hoped their daughters would fare better. Their daughters tried even harder to climb out of the scrub bucket and were knocked back into aceptable behavior. 

I heard Maya Angelou recite her poem at an appearance in Spokane; she wrote of the black woman and it rang bells for me as a white woman. 

No Images

She does not know
Her beauty,
She thinks her brown body
Has no glory.

If she could dance
Under palm trees,
And see her image in the river
She would know.

But there are no palm trees
On the street,
And dishwater gives back no images.

~ Waring Cuney, “No Images,” American Negro Poetry, Arna Bontemps, ed, Hill and Wang, N.Y. 1963, p. 98

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 21, 2017 at 1:30pm

Thomas, I love the voice of Linda Ronstadt.  I've not been privileged to hear her live, but relive her great singing on CDs.  

I have a DVD where she appears on the Muppet show, singing the wonderful Blue Bayou, as well as other songs.  

Her face is so very attractive and her attire on that show is almost like a nightgown and greatly adds to her attractiveness.  When I lent it to my religious son-in law, I got the comment from him and his wife that her dress was inappropriate.  Typical religious hatred of anything approaching sexual attractiveness.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2017 at 1:21pm

Thank you, Thomas, for your piece on Linda Ronstadt. I did not know that about her. 

"Art is for healing ourselves, and everybody needs their own personal art to heal up their problems."

~ Linda Ronstadt

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2017 at 12:43pm

Grinning Cat, I "Bookmarked" for satire sites. Maybe if I watch enough of it I will become familiar with its strategy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2017 at 12:38pm

Ruth, I like the site you recommended: Media Bias/Fact Check. I "Bookmarked" it. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 21, 2017 at 12:19pm

   This morning, I was showing to my two kids on YouTube one of the great singer, Linda Ronstadt. I've been to her concert once and it was an amazing experience for me. Just thinking about her signatory song , "Blue Bayou" still send goosebumps all over me.

   I eventually checked the web to find any info on how she is doing with her Parkinson disease, which left her unable to sing.

  Here's something I didn't know about her until now:

" I'm your basic atheist that believes in maybe - I'm a spiritual atheist." ( isn't this agnosticism? )

Linda Ronstadt


" It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know."

Linda Ronstadt


" Art is for healing ourselves, and everybody needs their own personal art to heal up their problems."

Linda Ronstadt

  I'd like to think that Linda (throughout her life in the music, singing and arts) have freedom and proof that religious people say it is impossible without God.


Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2017 at 11:37am

Half an hour on art, philosophy and politics by Michael Kvium.

Danish, with English subtitles.


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