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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

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 November 13, 2014 at 10:03am

Spud, to tan or not to tan (for women) has gone in cycles...especially in the 20th century.  Pale skin was considered aristocratic most of the 19th and early 20th Cen....indicative of someone who doesn't have to work in the fields.  Then a smooth tan became fashionable for women who had the leisure to just lie around in the sun....especially after WW2....bikinis.  THEN the MDs started keeping track of who kept getting skin lesions and stuff....

Of course, in the Southern states, a dark tan has never been fashionable, and could get you sent to the back of the bus....or killed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 9:59am

Strange that.  I guess some people produce melanin easier than others.  I get a little tan when I'm outside a lot in the summer, despite wearing a large brimmed hat and long sleeves.  I don't wear sunscreen because I don't like slathering stuff on my bod. LOL.  Same reason I've never shaved with anything other than an electric razor.

I don't know if I could get very tan because I've never tried.  Probably not.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 9:20am

I'd like to slap the idiots that started the idea that tanned bodies look more healthy and attractive.

That idea never caught me.  I still think a woman with no tan looks a million times more attractive.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 7:52am

Sorry about your headaches Randy.  I wonder why you don't have skin problems.  Do you have light or dark hair?

I'm blond, so the few times I've spent too much time in the sun has taken it's toll.  I've had 7 skin cancers removed from my face and hands, but they were all basal and squamas.  No melanomas.

My new dermatologist did send in a piece from one of my spots to see if it might be cancer.

Too bad young people don't think about what they're doing will affect them in later years.  I would have wore more sun protection and taken better care of my teeth.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2014 at 7:37am

Nice to hear from both Patricia and Chris. No migraine--just a sinus headache and "no-caffeine" headache (couble whammy) this morning. I'm fasting in prep for a blood test this morning. Nothing like Carl's. Routine for a Dr. visit in a month.

Spud, OUCH! As much as I've been in the sun all these years, with no sunscreen, I'm surprised I never had any problems. My father and a sister do.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 7:13am

Sorry about your migraines Chris.  I've never had them either, and don't think I could stand them.

My medical news is good.  I've had lots of annoying itchy spots and growths on my face for years now that dermatologists haven't taken care of, if they didn't look pre-cancerous.  

But yesterday I saw a new dermatologist, complained about how annoying and itchy they are, so he froze and burnt 35 of them, after his nurse gave me about 50 numbing injections.  He said she was going to treat me like pincushion, and she did.  No biggie though.  Needles have never bothered me.

I considered not going shopping afterwards as I had planned, because with all those bandages, I was afraid I would freak people out.  I did go, and no one seemed freaked, so I only told one person not to worry, that I didn't have anything catching.  Haha.

So far, the spots are looking good, and I'm happy to get those things removed.

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2014 at 1:31am

No doubt that you're happy that your husband is still around, Patricia, but what did it to you, all the watching and caring you did and not knowing if he would live? Perhaps I shouldn't ask.

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2014 at 1:17am

Hi, good to see Patricia back! I haven't been away, just work and a double helping of migraine. I should lead a wishywashy life without all the extra tasks to avoid the migraine, but there's no one else to delegate them to - so I just go on. I enjoy Mindy and Joan's family stories very much - so many loving people! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:33pm

Randy, does your home, without the visiting children and grandchildren, kind of echo their sounds after they are gone?

My house just rings with laughter, music and the memory of things that happened while they were here. The little five year old headed for the music part of the living room where I keep the ukulele, ocarina, Ozark harp, tambourine, drums, triangle, harmonica, maracas, castanets, and the dozen or so kazoos. There is also an old organ that doesn't work anymore, but they pretend to play the two keyboards and footboard. Before you know it, they each have an instrument of their choice and march around the house. The sounds they make are more like cacophony, but a wonderful concert to my ears.  

I am content!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:11pm

I am getting behind on reading mail again. Being retired means I don't make time for the things I love to do, and one of my greatest pleasures is reading A/N mail.

My cousin from Hayden Lake, Idaho, came over this morning for our annual autumn chat ... we have one in the spring and several throughout the summer, if possible. It feels so good to chat with her. She and I hold very similar views on gardening, economics, politics and religion, and when we differ, we don't get angry or make a fuss.  I enjoy these topics, and so does she. Her father was the superior court judge and he was very hard on her. Thankfully, she was able to pull away from his influence and created a successful business of her own. Hard-headed business woman with deep feelings of compassion for those who can't break away from traditional values. She is now retired and about to do her yearly migration to live in the south.

 

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