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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

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 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

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

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

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 1:57am

Sleep well Joan! I'm just starting Saturday, it's 9 o'clock and it looks cooler than yesterday - such a relief!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:52am
It is fast approaching midnight. So I shall say "goodnight Chris". You must be ...?
Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 1:24am

Congrats, Joan, to have come all this way with a great attitude! I hope the rest of your program is a breeze!

And I see a duck, but the rabbit comes up now and then.

I'm glad my pc started again: it shuts down after 10 minutes at 30° - and my brain works at half power in these temperatures. How do people and PCs in hot places endure it? It must be very hard to get any work done.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 11:08pm

Here is my thought for the day for each of us. My favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson says it better than anyone: 

The Power of a Cosmic Perspective, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Big T...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 10:44pm
Melinda, I hope our husband's management heard what he had to say! Speaking out in the face of "stupid decisions" makes good sense to me, even if it is risky!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 3:08pm

Patricia, these topics do take over one's life, what one eats, when, having to locate the nearest rest room at an instant's notice, things that taste like metal ...  Your input gives me reality checks with your determination to not give in to the beast.

Ruth, You describe the ageing process as I see it. Now, given that reality, how do we get our minds off the aches and pains? 

Chris, we got your rain dance results today, a beautiful "Maiden's Rain" as the ancient Spokane Indian tribe named it. 
"Spokanes (Spokans) maintain that their name originated when
a native beat on a hollow tree inside of which a serpent made a noise that sounded like "Spukcane." One day, they say, as their chief pondered the noise, vibrations radiated from his head, which gave the word the vague meaning "power from the brain." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 1:01pm

How is this for a reframe. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 19, 2013, it is now Aug 2, 2013, I have only five weeks more of chemo treatments. I am 4 1/2 months into treatment! I am almost finished! Cancer has been foreground far too long!

OH! I feel so much better!

Do you see a duck or a rabbit? 

Comment by Plinius on August 2, 2013 at 12:27am

Good morning! 7.30 and it's already 30° (85°F) in here, so I started my rain/storm/thunder dance all over again.

It seems god has taken the shape of a deer this time - I think he was after interesting smells.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:39pm

Oops, I forgot to mention the image source.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:37pm

Femara’s side effects sound terrible, Patricia. I had no idea you were coping will all of that. The humidifier sounds like a good idea, but why not run one downstairs during the day too? What, you’re an indoor cat too? That’s an amazing deer video!

Joan, I don’t have an excuse for low energy from chemo, but just age related lack of get up and go. I identify with your weeds growing into giants and dust accumulating. I’ve been staring at a duct tape smudge on the window by my recliner for a couple of months, but never seem to get around to it. My back garden is really overgrown, but I’m too afraid of ticks to deal with it till after a hard frost. We’ve had a mild winter and tons of rain the past month. I had a tick ride in on my shoes just from walking across the grass from the parking lot to our front sidewalk (a few feet). I pulled it off one of my cats who likes to snuggle with the shoes in our foyer. Did I mention I especially loathe disease-carrying blood sucking insects, since childhood. So I watch my weeds grow every day.

If the weeds start watching you back, call a landscaper.

 

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