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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 Loren Miller on November 12, 2014 at 12:45pm

A day late, maybe, but worthy of your attention in any case, or so I think.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:08pm

13 degrees here, with a high of 21 expected.  It was 0 degrees F at 7:19 this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 12:07pm

Joan, I agree with Mindy, as usual.  What an amazing family, started by an amazing woman who made an amazing escape from abuse.  They should make a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 12, 2014 at 11:59am

Yup, cold here as well, Joan.  28-degrees.  At least it's sunny!  We're expecting a high of 35-degrees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am so glad to learn that your daughter is able to go back to school and work at creating her life. She has courage beyond my understanding. Having such a loving and supportive family makes all the difference. With your support, she has every reason to believe that her life will be a happy, healthy and productive one.

I know it puts a strain on you, and you are strong and able to provide the kinds of support that will make her good nature shine. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 10:31am

Good morning from one cold place to your cold place. It seems we have been hit with a very big weather system. It is 19 degree F now with a high of 23 expected. Burr. I had to buy a new coat because I threw away my old faithful one of many years when my cancer chemo caused a projectile blast from my gastric system last winter. 

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter Laura and her husband, Larry. We had lunch and went shopping. I hate to shop so they pulled me along. It was a great adventure, trying on coats with two such fine dressers helping select one for me. 

My granddaughter and her five children dropped in after a dental appointment near my home. They are so much fun. Michelle is doing a beautiful job of managing a blended family. She has two sons and is partnered with a man whose wife died when his youngest was two. When they first came into our lives, their eyes looked like lost souls. Now, they are sparkling with their sense of security and in a healthy atmosphere of loving new family. What a fine young woman she is. She is only 29 and raising 5 kids and keeps her brilliant smile and laughter. She is tough as a marine sergeant on matters of behavior. When there is an attitude problem, she is right on it, finding out what is bothering them, checking to see what they need and helping them find a way out of their own problems. I just watch in amazement. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2014 at 7:56am

Joan, I loved your inadvertant pun, "I walked out with a happy heart..."!  What a welcome relief.

Mindy, is your daughter out of the woods yet (depression)? Hope you had a good time with her and your mother.

My kids are all gone and safely home (theirs). I think they really had a good time being together during this homecoming. I'm pround of them and told them so. My father has never said he was proud of me or even that he loved me. I won't make that omission for my children or grandchildren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25pm

I know you didn't share because you wanted something from us. You shared because we care about you and you showed respect for ur concern. I will follow your lead, and do what I can to help raise the money you need. 

You are family to me. Just as Mindy said, "we need you here, healthy and happy!" 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 11, 2014 at 10:11pm

Wow, everyone!  I'm very moved not only by your caring words of support but also by your offers of generosity.  Thanks for the ideas about fundraising.  That is an avenue I know I must pursue.  In telling my situation to you, it was never with the intention to solicit financial support from you, which is why your offers are so meaningful to me, as they were offered unasked.  Thank you so much.  I'm at a loss for words beyond that right now.  What an amazing group of people you are.  The next several months are going to be stressful and busy for me and I will definitely be here to keep you up to date.

Joan, I'm so glad to hear the good news that your problems are not related to the more serious scenario regarding your heart.  Hopefully some minor tweaks here and there will alleviate the symptoms you've been experiencing.  Big hug to you!

Big hug to all of you!

Mindy, please give Charlie Girl a kiss on the head and a tummy rub for me (if she'll let you.)  I would love to be able to watch her prancing around your house and enjoying life.  I love the photo you posted of her.  

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 10:07pm

It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

"Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old."

One of the excuses the apologetics recite is that he didn't consummate all his marriages. What? Does that have anything to do with marriages? If he was married and had other wives, did he or did he not consummate one or more of his marriages? If he was marriage and "married" a 14 year old, does it matter that he consummated the marriage or not? 

No matter how you define marriage, it seems like a lot of baloney to me. Just plain old wheedling. In other words, bull shit. 

 

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