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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

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Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

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

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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

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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:10am

The Beauty of Science (Richard Feynman)

"People say to me, are you looking for the ultimate laws of physics? No I’m not. I’m just looking to find out more about the world and if it turns out­ there is a simple law that explains everything, so be it. If it turns out it's like an onion with millions of layers and we just get sick and tired of looking at the layers, and that's the way it is; but whatever it comes out, it's nature and she's going to come out the way she is and therefore when we go to investigate it we shouldn't pre-decide what it is we're trying to do except to find out more about it. You see, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong.


"I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things but not truly sure of anything and many things I don't know anything about. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose; which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me."

Comment by Plinius on March 9, 2013 at 2:06am

Congrats with the results of your check up, Joan!

Ian, Grinning Cat and you woke a lot of memories of washing. One day in the week my mother was behind her ´tub´washing machine with a wringer. Heavy work to get all the wet things a few times through the wringer - her hands were damaged by soap, hot water and work - and then the drying began, with washinglines in the whole house and afterwards the ironing. Everyone was slightly smelly, because with the wash being such a hard job you had to use towels and clothes much longer. I remember the smell of a class full of children who lived the same way - nobody cared about a stain or two and you could still see the stains a week later. What changes!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 1:53am

Thank you, Joan. Your contributions are always clear-sighted and inspiring. I'm with you on working for the common good and the best possible world for each generation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:04am

Ian, I love your memories! So human, and real. I can see your wash boiling on the stove and the zinc bath hanging, and the other memories .. oh yes, the vaccinations. Being close to Germany during that era and all that followed ... your memories hold value and need to be told.

So, the next generation don't want to hear about the old days, but if they do not realize times are not always good, they may be caught off guard if the economy goes bad, or if people war over land and property, or people with narrow minds get control over weapons creating chaos beyond our imagining.

Clean water, blue skies, fertile fields, and people working together for a common good is worth the effort. 

Thanks, dear friend. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:49pm

Joan, it's nice to hear that your motor is still running.

I can just about remember having chickens, Mum boiling the washing in the "copper", the zinc bath hanging in the shed outside, lighting fires in the morning. I also thought that vaccinations, with a needle the size if an eight-inch nail, were torture but I'm alive to tell the tale.

I remember that our first TV was a big event (one of the places my Mum cleaned were getting a new one and gave us their old one). Telephone meant walking to a phone box, dialling and putting in coins. And there were two Germanies where people were killed for trying to move from one to the other.

I agree, not the "good old days". I raise my morning-coffe-cup in a toast to progress.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 8, 2013 at 10:27pm

Have a great time, Melinda.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 10:03pm

sk8eycat, I have been having trouble with the top row not showing "Link, Photo, Movies, "T", paperclip, Bold .... I surely do miss them when they are not there. Sometimes, I just don't send something interesting because I don't have those handy tools. 

Do I hear myself complaining?  YES! Loudly and with a few "sheist kopf" thrown in. I just now realized that in my old days, I had to find a piece of paper, an envelope, stamp, write the thing using a dictionary, put it on the mail box hoping the mailperson would stop that day or go to the post office 4 or 5 blocks away and put it in the slot. Joan, just remember!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:55pm

Grinning cat, great list of things from long ago. The young don't understand, but they sure have some interesting changes ahead of them as science marches on with all new kinds of technology.

I'll have to write my own list for my kids so they will learn about one-hole outside toilets, using a pump in the kitchen to get cold water, of taking baths once a week, heating water in a kettle on the stove so the whole family could bathe using the same water, chipping ice from the ice chest, cooking with wood, starting a fire winter mornings, slippers frozen to the floor, chickens raised in the back yard, killing a chicken or two every Sunday and pulling feathers and singeing the skin with newspaper fire, making pillows out of chicken down, using lard for shortening and to butter our toast, listening to Amos 'n' Andy on the radio, going to the movies for a quarter, watching horses pull harvest machines, huge family dinners every single Sunday, growing our own vegetables and fruits, and meats, wailing and pleading on our knees to god with tears running down our cheeks, babies dying from whopping cough, teenagers dying from scarlet fever,  the "Poor Farm". 

Those were not the good old days. I am so grateful to be alive and see all the wonderful talents in medicine and engineering, and technology. These are the good old days. 

I just completed my yearly check up for all my body parts. I have four more years on my pacemaker, my lump on my breast turned out to be nothing, the breast exam didn't hurt one little bit, my teeth all are in my head in the right places, my seeing problems can be solved with corrective lenses and cataract surgery isn't yet indicted.

Now, how could I ask for anything more.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:35pm

Melinda, I just got off the phone with my daughter and I described your trip with your family and how much I enjoy learning about all of you and having such fun and interesting things going on together. I hope your trip is full of wonderful events, that you just soak up all the special time building memories for the days when you rock in a chair with your memories, your hair turns white, you teeth turns brown with flat edges , and a few wrinkles cover your face. Laughter, built from good time together, makes growing older so much better.

My daughter and one of my granddaughters joins me on Sunday for "girls day"! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 9:28pm

A few of my favorite physicists on this just released video. Hope you enjoy!

Symphony of Science - Secret of the Stars


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