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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:49pm

Felaine, I don't know if it is frost or fire that will get us off this planet, I just know the weather is very erratic and if I want to flourish, I need to be ready for whatever weather comes at me. 

Some of my plants freeze out, some burn up. Well, there are things I can do to protect the plants from both if I am lucky and don't have too much cold or hot. Oh! I didn't mention the wind! 

What is, is! Be realistic about reality and deal with it the best way we can. We can die frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or face it with full recognition of the challenges and know we gave our very best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:41pm

Carl, that trip to the Field Museum of Natural History must have been a memorable experience. I only saw photos and felt great sadness for the plight of all those people and creatures. 

I like this fellow, Gutierrez. He is the kind of politician that gets things done. Wish we had a POTUS candidate who possessed his style. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 6:25pm

Luis Gutierrez is a dynamite speaker!  The people in his strangely gerrymandered district must be proud of him.

(And I hadn't heard a genuine Chicago accent since I left Holiday....what memories!  Thank you.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 5:32pm

Joan, I'm sure Luis Gutierrez has been called worse.  LOL

When I was in high school we took a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago.  It was hosting a traveling exhibit about Pompeii and had quite a few off the plaster casts on display of the people in the positions in which they died.  Poignant figures of people huddled together and others in agonizing positions in the throes of death.  Yes, very haunting images that I still remember today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:55pm

Sorry, my computer labeled the dog of Pompeii as Luis Gutierrez. There is the gremlin in the machine again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:43pm

Ian, I find little interest in modern music and when I happened onto Sting I find I like his haunting voice.  

Chris, you have more sophistication in music than I. I will have to do a little hunting for Dowland. Can you suggest one or two that you like of his work? 

Carl, I detest when politicos us Saul Alinsky tactics against my issues and am very proud when politicians use the same tactics in favor of what I want. I guess one can say I am a hypocrite. Thanks for pointing out the virtues of Luis Gutierrez. I respect his position on police and teenagers. He is correct, of course. 

Ian, the 'CAVE CANEM' reflects the art of Pompeii that only recently has become known. There is an image from my childhood of the dog of Pompeii that haunts me still. It seems this dog suffocated in the ash of the eruption. 

Luis Gutierrez

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2015 at 4:07pm

The 'CAVE CANEM' is a mosaic from Pompeii. 'Beware of the dog' in Latin.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2015 at 9:32pm

Joan, I always enjoy your descriptions of home life. Thanks.

Flying Atheist, your congressional district is the epitome of current US political integrity.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 6:24pm

Joan, in all fairness to Luis Gutierrez, the Illinois 4th Congressional District was remapped by court order in 1990 to include Hispanic communities.  Gutierrez was the winner amongst four candidates in the congressional election in 1992.  He didn't create the boundaries, but the boundaries have certainly helped keep him in office for the past twenty-two years.  

Although Mr. Gutierrez can be a bit obnoxious and a public spectacle at times, I overwhelmingly support most of his views.  If you glance at his Wikipedia page, you'll notice that he has a long history of supporting all kinds of human rights and equality issues.

According to this Wikipedia page, the 4th Congressional District is "one of the most Democratic in the nation."

 

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