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Surreal, I haz it

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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 Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 7:57pm

Randy, which day will we ring out celebrations of your birthday?

I am very grateful for our modern medical care. I have regular checkups and had early diagnoses of any of my ailments that in my parent's day would have caused their deaths much sooner. My doctors have all been outstanding educators, explaining options, pros and cons, and had data to show effectiveness. I made informed choices; I was in charge of my health care. They also offered information about alternative treatments. I feel very confident in my medical care, both from the doctor's diagnosis and choices of surgeries, radiation, chemo and medication, and the outstanding care of the nursing and assisting staff members. 

Carl, how do you feel about your care? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 5:44pm

In Darwin's era living to 73 was quite an achievement.  Just think about the difference in available medical treatment between now and in the 1800's.  There's no doubt Darwin died a sickly man at 73.  He was born in 1809.  Life expectancy was approximately 40 years at that time.

Randy, I'm sure running a farm kept you quite physically active.  Although I've always read that farming ranks high as one of the most dangerous professions. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 22, 2016 at 7:34am

I try not to think about my age (or my children's). However, I just read that Charles Darwin died "a very old and sick man" at age 73. Guess who will be that old in one month?  State of mind, right?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 8:57pm

Agreed, Joan. Western capitalism seems to have reached its moribund stage. Let's hope that coming generations can find solutions that benefit the people rather than the elite. For the time being, enjoy your nesting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 21, 2016 at 8:09pm

Joan, you know I'm the same age as your kids.  I'll be 52 in July.  Hard to believe. 

Thinking about you as you settle into your new surroundings. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 7:53pm

Good luck in your new home, Joan. It should be quieter than Spokane  Our oldest is 56!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 5:58pm

Three bookcases came north to my new home via the L & L's horse trailer.  Boxes of books wait to be put in their proper places. The snow lingers only in the deep forest. No sign of major wind damage on the property. 

I am very happy in my new home and enjoy Laura and Larry; they have as many problems as most property and business owners, and they have the attitude of "Let's get 'er did!" No whining or bellyaching about how much work they have to do or how they hate their jobs. 

Today is Laura and Craig's 52nd birthday. Those years since their birth went by so fast, I can hardly believe it. Now, all three of my kids are 52 years old. I am too young to have 52-year-old children!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 5:40pm

Thanks for the info on Carl, Joan,

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 5:03pm

Note To Joe Stiglitz: Banks Originate, Not Intermediate, And That's...

My quote was from this article:

"the period from 1945 till 1965 is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Capitalism

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 4:56pm

Donald, Carl is The Flying Atheist. 

 

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