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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 14 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 Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:32am

“A slave cannot be freed, save he do it himself. Nor can you enslave a free man; the very most you can do is kill him!” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

A restatement of Heinlein's thought: 

A woman cannot be freed, save she do it herself. Nar can you enslave a free woman; the very most you can do is kill her! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:30am

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

~  Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2014 at 7:52pm

Ian, I just read your post of yesterday and am so sorry to learn of your two Mums failing health. You face a tough stage of life, made harder for being your Mums and both of them not doing well. I hope you have a good process for stress management and relaxation. If not, I can give you some referrals. 

So very happy to learn of the galleries and plays you saw. My curiosity got the better of me and I had to do some investigating. You keep very good company when you are away from us. 

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533, The Ambassadors, The National Gallery, London 

Jan Van Eyck and the Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, 1434. The National Gallery, London 

The Painter's Father 1497, Attributed to Albrecht Dürer The National Gallery, London 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 26, 2014 at 5:10pm

Mindy, those young women have amazing, tight harmonies and simply good music... thanks for the smile!

And those advertising fails... <grin!>

A coffee lover I know calls that one brand "Charbucks".

Patricia, there's even a hymn to coffee, by UU minister Christopher Raible, to the tune of "Holy, Holy, Holy":

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee,
Praise the strength of coffee.
Early in the morn we rise with thoughts of only thee.
Served fresh or reheated,
Dark by thee defeated,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.

(two more verses)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2014 at 5:00pm

Mindy, I shared Wonderful Quartet!  on Twitter! Great group. 

Ian, I missed your email about your visit to England and will go looking for it now. I like your "Bookworms Unite"; I am with you. 

Loren, your "20 of the Top Misplaced Hilarious Advertisements" is funny beyond belief. Who believes in Intelligent Design? 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 26, 2014 at 3:54pm

Oh, Loren!  I HOWLED!  Gotta share it with my coffee-loving friends (that's what they ALL say about that particular brand.)

(About 20 years ago, a medium-sized Chai was $3.50.  Haven't been in one of those stores since then.  I'll make my own tea...any flavor.)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2014 at 3:17pm

A little something worth a good a good giggle here from the wonderful world of advertising.  Let's have a bit of a sample, shall we?

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2014 at 5:43am

Difficult for you to manage your mums, Ian, it must be extra hard because it's close family.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 25, 2014 at 10:20pm

Ian, thanks for the laugh! I so completely resemble that "bookworms" poster.

And I'm sorry to hear about your Mums' troubles.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2014 at 4:37pm

 

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