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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 on Wednesday. 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 sk8eycat on January 10, 2015 at 9:03pm

We just had an hour of light rain...just as the Vons/Safeway truck delivered our grocery order.  They've actually gone back to using brown paper bags; sturdy enough to stand up to a few sprinkles, and recyclable.

Ruth does hot, mulled apple juice or cranberry juice help any?  Just as a cold weather "comfort drink"?  Or tea with a cinnamon stick? 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 10, 2015 at 6:55pm
Ruth, just more joys of aging. Not. I've been staying in a lot. Our temps are like what Mindy just described. I keep repeating to myself 'it's only 60 short days'. It__being the worst part of winter.
Sometimes I actually believe it!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 2:57pm

Geez, Ruth.  What a bad spell you're having right now.  Sorry it has piled up on you all at once.  I hope you get some relief soon.

Are you also having below normal temps in PA? 

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2015 at 1:31pm

I hope you feel better soon, Ruth!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2015 at 12:26pm

Sorry you having such a hard time Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 10, 2015 at 12:21pm

Hi. Just yesterday on a nature program I learned that a pair of barn owls has to catch 8 voles a day to keep their babies alive, which adds up to 2,000 voles a year. No doubt they also catch lots of mice in that quota, Joan.

booklover, how about a picture of your daughter's winning snow sculpture. Woah! -7! Aagh.

Sorry I've been out of touch. During two weeks of bronchitis I was entirely sedentary. Also I couldn't face eating seafood. As soon as I'd mostly recovered from that, I got severe arthritis in my left hip. Hence I've not kept up with all of you. I'm eating wild salmon again, for my low inflammation diet, and back to exercising and stretching at the gym three days so far. Only marginal pain improvements so far. Hopefully after a few days it will ease up and I'll return to full functioning. The pain makes me brainless as well as making everyday stuff an order of magnitude harder. I'm not allowed to use NSAIDS or even drink alcohol, so no relief there. I've been using a lidoderm patch after the gym, and resting a lot on my side.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2015 at 10:56am

Patricia, very cute owl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 10:23am

Mindy, I heard this morning that Rockford is getting ready for a big snow and ice sculpture festival this week.  It sure is cold enough!

Stay warm everyone.   

Comment by Randall Smith on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am

Guess I have to agree with Bertold's "cuteness quotient" comment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:46pm

Thanks, Randy, for the lead to  Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife and The Human Age. They go onto my To Read List 

 

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