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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 on Friday. 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

Your favorite photobombs?

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

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2015 at 8:09am

Joan, My son in law is very knowledgeble about soil science.  In fact, he's a featured speaker at Purdue and other gatherings. It just takes time to build the soil back up in a natural way. Fertilizer speeds up the process.

PBS showed part 1 of its cancer show last night (Part 2 tonight). Interesting. It's done by Ken Burns. Can anybody explain Burns' hair? It's grotesque!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2015 at 7:54am

It's a nice storm, Joan, I enjoyed it very much. Lots of fresh air. A bit difficult to walk in the wind but not a real problem. Some of the people in my course stayed home this morning, but they are a bit frailer than I am. The wind is still bellowing and whistling, the streets are full of broken twigs and some dead umbrellas, but all is ok.

Why I like the wind? This is the Randstad - a conglomerate of towns and villages from here to the north of Amsterdam. The rural areas between residential areas are filled up with industry, but if you look carefully you might find a few green patches with cows. The moment that there's no wind you can feel your lungs deteriorating, so I vote for wind every day and regular showers of rain.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:58pm

I'm not into parties, either. I like the idea of you becoming more active with your atheism. We need every effort that can happen. Do you have any ideas of how you will do that? You write powerfully, and I suspect you are a powerful speaker. I have a hunch you would be good with a college age group. You talk collegeze. 

Also, you have enough memory to be able to take on any challengers and do them one better. I love that about you. 

Reason Rally 2!!!!!!!!

I wonder where they consider holding it. 

When Silverman held American Atheists conference in Salt Lake City, I didn't like the idea at first. However, articles and videos revealed it to be a most interesting place to have serious discussions with believers, as well as debates and presentations. Getting into the middle of a hornet's nest offers some risks, as well as some surprising benefits. Remember the discussion panel with Mormons and atheists discussing differences and similarities and challenges?

I wonder how the numbers were for membership in American Atheists. I'll find out. 

That being the case, the deepest bible belt would be the identified hornet's nest. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2015 at 2:33pm

I'm not much of a party animal, Joan.  My wife and I make our own fun for the large part.

I got with FFRF and the Northern Ohio Freethought Society (NOFS) because I wanted to do more with my atheism than I could just here on Atheist Nexus.  So far, the experience has been pretty good, and I'll be curious to see what comes down in the future.

Worthy of note, too: David Silverman is talking about 2016 being the year of Reason Rally 2!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:18pm

Spud, how are things going for you? Are you into the hard physical labor yet in the garden or are you still able to sit and watch the soil thaw?

I forgot, do you have pets of your own? I remember you had visiting pets, as do I. 

Hope you are feeling well, with no unexpected aches and pains. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:12pm

Loren, you have such nice opportunities in your community to enrich your social life and learn from others first hand. Having fun all the while. 

In relation to your experiences as an atheist, what things are most fun for you? Where do you go to laugh, celebrate, and share?

Dan Barker appears to be a genuinely happy man, at peace with himself and provides positive experiences for others. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:09pm

Randy, the wind map looks like your wind has subsided; is that your experience? It is about time that huge flow of air from the Arctic gave way to gentler spring patterns.

Exciting news that your kids and their farming operation has the data on soil analysis and can make adjustments. Are they familiar with permaculture and the rotation of chickens, ducks, goats, cattle over the land to replenish the soils? 

I like Geoff Lawton's videos because of the principles he teaches. Not everyone's needs are the same, but learning principles can make gardening easier and more productive. I am currently making a food forest on my 50' x  185' city lot, using his principles and others, such as 

Advanced Cell Grazing

Chicken Tractor on Steroids

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 1:37pm

Chris, we have light winds but nothing bothersome for most. I get to stay inside and don't have to repair telephone wires or make roof repairs. 

Yes, Vancouver, B.C. had some winds and they appear to be moving north. 

I see the wind map intensifies over your areas today. I look forward to your description. 

From 1959 to 1961 I was Joan, the Kenai Weather Eye at Wildwood Station, Alaska. Very often, people would notify me to step outside and broadcast the weather forecast. I would be more accurate if I did so. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2015 at 11:35am

Thanks, Chris!

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2015 at 11:03am

Good for you, Loren!


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