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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

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

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Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 9:46pm

Steph S---do the words rational and Texas really fit together?  Having doubts.  Though seeing so many here is so encouraging.


Not a problem - links are easy if you phase the search right. One of my occasional skills.

Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:42pm
Yes, please join us Sentient - we need more rational people here. : )
Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2011 at 9:36pm
Im starting to feel left out for not living in Texas. Guess I'll have to move there.
Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:29pm
Hey Kit!  Thanks for the Austin bumper sticker links.  : )
Comment by Julie Carter on July 19, 2011 at 9:17pm
And Kit, that's good news! More of us are coming out!



Is anyone in DFW (and its environs) a member of an atheist book group? I was just telling a friend of mine about Candace's bumper sticker (he has a t-shirt that says the same thing) and he mentioned that there are several groups on Meetup (we met in a book group on meetup), including an atheist book group.



Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 9:14pm

Did any one see that last poll in NYTimes about the number of people that openly admit as atheist?  We my friends are now at 16% of the population and those are the ones "outed" as Dawkins would say. 

Yes, Gary we have a meetup group here in Denton as well.  Ages range from college freshmen to a few in their 70's - so maybe we are living at the buckle of the bible belt, we still have our voices.

Bumper sticker links: (for Austin)


Comment by G Smith on July 19, 2011 at 8:52pm

I'm in Phoenix, AZ.  Through I found the Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group.  We have a discussion site like this one, and about 1,070 members.  We have perhaps eight meetups a month at restaurants, bars, planetariums, etc., plus public service activities, such as park cleanups and food distribution centers for the poor/homeless.  

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
Dr kellie - hope springs eternal.  I have been working to organize a group in this area.  I am hoping for a good turn out on the 16th for the moveon meeting.
Comment by Julie Carter on July 19, 2011 at 8:28pm

Dr Kellie, that definitely is a conservative area! (Was it you who posted that San Angelo article about the exorcist? Ree-diculous.) At least you have some trees and hills and rivers! And it's not Houston!


I have been really surprised by how many Texans there are on this forum, though! Really glad, because I don't know a whole lot of atheists around me. I'm getting more and more vocal about it, and not really hiding it, but I'm definitely still in a tiny minority here in the bible belt!

Comment by dr kellie on July 19, 2011 at 7:56pm
Maybe yall haven't noticed, but I live 160 miles south of Dallas.  It doesn't get more conservative, except maybe east Texas.  We stick together and organize well because we have to.  We have a great group called Brazos Progressives.  It is not uncommon to have more than 50 people at potlucks, and more than that at other functions.  Of course, we are rife with professors and the like.  This town only has 90,000 people, so I think we are doing well.  So keep trying, everyone.  There are people out there!

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