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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 Qiana-Maieev on May 17, 2016 at 1:56pm

Yanni plays keyboards, not sax.

I still get email notices about the NING trouble so its not over for everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 17, 2016 at 12:48pm

Hi, Randy.  Welcome back.  Sounds like you had a great trip.  I would love to visit Greece and experience the food and the rich culture. 

It was frustratingly quiet on A/N while you were gone because of the prolonged connection problems, so you didn't miss much.  It seems to be working OK now.  Hi, everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2016 at 6:59am

Q-M, perhaps it was Yanni. Soprano sax by anybody grates (on) my ear, brain, and senses. That's especially true of so-called "smooth jazz".

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on May 16, 2016 at 1:41pm

Good to see you back safe, Randall. 

Kenny G? Shouldn't it be Yanni's music playing in Greece?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2016 at 11:06am

Randy, glad to have you back and read a little about your trip to Greece!!! Your daughter as companion sounds invigorating mentally and physically. I don't remember the city of Thessalonika, but the holes we dug and the artifacts we found in the outskirts were memorable. 

Our A/N down time has been a bummer, hopefully, it is all cleared up. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on May 16, 2016 at 10:33am

Welcome back, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2016 at 7:25am

I'm back, and it's good to be able to read and comment here at A/N. I understand there's been some problems. Glad to have missed them.

My trip to Greece with my daughter (age 42) was all I expected it to be, with a few exceptions: the Acropolis was closed due to Greece's Easter (May 1); there was a public transportation strike for 4 days that disrupted travel; airports play nothing but Kenny G (whom I loathe); and airplane travel is no fun.

Other than that, northern Greece and Corfu was spectacular. Thessalonika is a very large city (unexpectedly so), Mt. Olympus and the Pinus Mts. are massive and snow covered (ditto). Hiking in deep gorges and up steep mountains was rigorous and long (up to 10 miles). Scenery is incredible! The guides were terrific. Accommodations and food wonderful.

There were ten of us--all Sierra Club members, plus the leader and two guides. Some went rafting. Not me. I fell backwards earlier when fording a stream and hurt my tailbone making it difficult to sit down. We had time to explore on our own, especially in cities. Corfu--island and city proper, for example, was much more densely populated and urbanized than I expected. Every Greek sits around drinking lots of coffee and smokes (and stares at Americans).

Overall, it was a great experience. And spending quality time with my daughter was priceless. We had a blast. Still, it's nice to be home.

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2016 at 3:08am

We'll see. I've spent hours trying to post messages this week, I hope thing will go back to normal.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2016 at 2:37pm

And once again, Atheist Nexus is back up.  Question is: how long will it STAY that way???

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2016 at 2:07am

I share this book cover with you, not because I have read it, but the cover makes me laugh! Looks like some great contributors to the edited volume. 

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