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

Started by Loren Miller 22 hours ago. 0 Replies

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 Plinius on March 23, 2014 at 1:27am

One of my cats did the same in his sleep: twitching, running and clearly busy with an opponent. He usually woke up in the same mood, and then wondered where they all had gone and where the fight was.

Scary, waking up and unable to move!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 12:20am

Spud, I used to take care of a German shepherd who had gran mal epilepsy, and that last dog looked kind of like Nunie did when she would have a (very) rare seizure in her sleep.  Except that her hind legs would be tucked up tight against her body.

I found that part of the video kind of disturbing, and should have warned everybody.

I don't know if muscle twitches happen when dogs dream; humans can't move at all during REM sleep. 

I've had what are called "waking dreams" a couple of times, and it was very frightening.  I could NOT move, and couldn't even make a coherent sound to yell for help.  Once my sister heard me making hoarse groaning sounds, and called 911.  By the time the EMTs and police got here (less than 5 minutes), I was wide awake, and very embarrassed. *:"> blushing

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2014 at 9:05pm

Cute, however, some of those pets didn't seem very relaxed.  That one dog must have been chasing a rabbit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 8:32pm

Yup, very cute, sk8eycat.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 8:27pm


Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

This is cute, and relaxing.

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 1:34pm

I don't Carl, it's what I get from being too busy - I can't concentrate and express myself precisely enough. Still struggling to do the necessary organising for our two grown-up children.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 10:05am

Chris, I hope you don't think that I am the person who created the "500 Years of Female Portraits" video.  That's the wonderful artistic handiwork of some other person.  I cannot take credit for it.  I'm just passing it along.

I did, however, get the inspiration yesterday to compose the quote about music and art that I posted after watching that video once again.  If I may pat myself on the back, I thought it was good.  lol  

Hi, Mindy.  Yes, you may use my quote!  I'm sure your daughter will have fun dog sitting.  When I was in high school I would dog sit occasionally for a family who lived down the street.  They had two dogs who were ecstatic to see me when I arrived to check up on them and feed them.  They were so appreciative and loving.  I used to also babysit for the two children that lived there, so the dogs knew me well.

Randall, I whole-heartily agree with you about Django Reinhardt.  He's one of the icons of jazz guitar.    

Comment by Randall Smith on March 22, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm not familiar with this Tina you all are raving about. But, if you want to hear somebody that can blow everybody out of the water, that would be Django Reinhardt. And he did it with missing fingers on his chord making hand! I'm a jazz fan.

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 5:15am

Thanks Carl, the portraits are wonderful! Make up some more things, I wonder what comes up! I was thinking on this oldie, and it fits your description exactly


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