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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

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 8:54pm

Ian, thanks for the pep talk.  I know that "should" and "ought" but don' wanna are symptoms of my own mind...I've inherited clinical depression and procrastination from both parents, and I should talk to my doctor about it.  IF she ever has the time. 

Love the frog...he looks kinda like little Kermit. (Or have you ever seen "Sesame Street," or "The Muppet Show"?)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:44pm

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:43pm

Felaine, that "should" and its friend "ought" are two nasty pieces of work. Kick them in the balls every time they turn up. The only thing I force myself to do is phyisical exercise because I know it helps, at least for a while. You obviously have your way of soothing your darker moods. I presume you also care for your cats and enjoy their company, so things do get done. Good luck with the book-hunting and book-sorting projects.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 3:45pm

Ian, I can totally identify with what that article says.  I have spent most of the last 2 weeks in my room, reading.....and smoking.  Sometimes I come in here and check my e-mail, but I have not really been communicating with anyone.  Nor have I been cooking much of the food that Mike brought me.  (I did cook, and eat the chicken, wrapped in bacon, because I didn't want it to go bad.)  Anything more elaborate just seems like too much effort.

So I read a thick biography of Julius Caesar, and then I read a similarly-sized biography of the first 40 years of Robert A. Heinlein's life. (I need to search the net for for the 2nd volume...it's been published.)  And now I'm going through my paperback collection looking for things I can give away without regret.

But there's so much else I should be doing, and I just don't want to.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 12:16pm
Comment by k.h. ky on January 3, 2015 at 10:59am
Ian, the early part of winter has started to depress m . Short, dreary days. Long boring nights. No sunshine. It will be better in 60 days or less.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 9:49am

Thanks, dear friends. Dep and me are old adversaries and I know that I'll come up again. Your support and kind words help a lot.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 3, 2015 at 7:50am

Usually, there's not much good on the telly, but last night PBS spent an hour honoring Billy Joel with the prestigious Gershwin Award. I love Billy's music! In fact, coincidentally, I just finished a biography on him. Great tribute and quite entertaining (the show).

Comment by Plinius on January 3, 2015 at 1:46am

Take care of yourself, Ian!

I haven't taken care of my back, so I'm back into back excercises; it hurts and I have trouble moving. My own fault, I should have kept up the excercise. And I'm also very glad the holidays are over! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:38am

k.h. ky, I am feeling much better, thanks. I have a new appreciation for those who have depressions and the struggle to get back to living again. 

My thoughts go with Ian as he fights off the dark. 

 

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