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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2014 at 1:37pm

@Plinius, well, here is a surprise for me. Our little invention by a N Idaho couple may be the inventor of the new bike trail in The Netherlands. 

The Netherlands Is Set To Open The World’s First Solar Bike Lane

I wrote to our local inventor to see if this is his design and haven't heard back from him. 

Solar Powered Highways with Built-In Heat Pads & LED Lights

Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2014 at 12:00am

I often tried to make or fix the things we needed ourselves, so I can knit and sew a bit, cover chairs anew, repair books, etc. The last thing I learned was knitting socks, but they wore quicker than I could knit, so I went back to buying good quality socks. This summer I knit a scarf with a meander pattern for partner.

That stingray is something to see! Too bad they didn't put that omg woman back into the water!

Comment by Plinius on November 14, 2014 at 1:16am

Thanks Joan, two lazy days and I'm all right again. The only problem is the stack of work...

November is quiet, grey, wet and mild, so far, temperatures about 12 °C - 50 °F. And I'm knitting a cowl for a cold day.

Friday morning - I'm off to the market: fish, cheese, fruit and veg. See you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 10:14pm

Chris, I hope your migraines have subsided. Are you having the cold that we northern US experience? I haven't looked at the weather map for the world yet. Hope you can stay warm!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 8:23pm

An interesting man, Thomas Hood, who seemed to have seen and felt the misery of the working poor. For example 

The Song of the Shirt (1843)

  • With fingers weary and worn,
    With eyelids heavy and red,
    A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
    Plying her needle and thread—
    Stitch! stitch! stitch!
    In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
    And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
    She sang the “Song of the Shirt.”
    • St. 1.
  • Sewing at once a double thread,
    A shroud as well as a shirt.
  • No blessed leisure for love or hope,
    But only time for grief.
  • My tears must stop, for every drop
    Hinders needle and thread.
  • Work! work! work!
    While the cock is crowing aloof!
    And work—work—work,
    Till the stars shine through the roof!
    • St. 2.
  • Oh, Men, with Sisters dear!
    Oh, Men, with Mothers and Wives!
    It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives!
    • St. 4.
  • Oh, God! that bread should be so dear,
    And flesh and blood so cheap!
    • St. 5.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 5:01pm

The actual title is November, with an alternate title No! It was composed in London in 1844.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 4:53pm

OK Bertold, I will credit Thomas Hood. This is what I have written to post with your approval: 

No sun - no moon!

No morn - no noon -

No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,

No comfortable feel in any member -

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

November!

~ A little something by Thomas Hood:

Thanks to Bertold Brautigan 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 4:04pm

@Joan - but be sure to credit Thomas Hood, the creator!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 3:31pm

Joan, we haven't really improved much since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in the '60s.  And most of the TP agitation is still about skin color....they have only added women's rights to their "enemies list."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 3:20pm

@ Joan - sure, glad you liked it.

 

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