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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 12:34pm

Mindy, Charlie Girl is so pretty. How is she doing with the others at this point? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 11:08am

Thanks Mindy for the update of no news. Just thinking of him nd hoping all is well. 

Not an important issue, but my "mother's nature" says no new is bad news ... they are laying in a ditch in an overturned car and suffering from the injuries, cold, wet and being alone. Here I am at my age, a great-grandmother, and still imagining the worst

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 10:08am

Felaine, thanks for that tip. 

Randy, Ya, I can go with cynic! Getting more so all the time. 

Has anyone heard from Carl. I have the usual mother's nature, no news is bad news. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 9:40am

Randall....go to the Stash Tea web site; they have all sorts of loose teas....single varieties, and blends.  Plus tea ware, baked goods, and other accessories.

http://www.stashtea.com/

Comment by Randall Smith on November 10, 2014 at 7:10am

Joan, "shitty outlook on life"? Not you! Perhaps cynical, but not "shitty". Hope the tests, etc. turn out well.

As for tea, I prefer mine iced, mixing black and green loose tea leaves for steeping. Nowadays, it's difficult to find loose leaf tea. It's beer I never acquired a taste for.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 9:44pm

Ah, I didn't know what the test was for.  My mom had heart problems after she went through chemo and radiation, but in those days (1980s) the usual thing was just to fit her with a Holter monitor for a couple of days, and get the results from the tape.  I don't recall any dietary restrictions, but she and dad both stopped drinking coffee on their own when they started having medical problems....about the same time that "Mr. Coffee" machines hit the market. 

I never learned to like coffee....(backstage / Green Room coffee is dreadful!  So our family has always been major black tea and cocoa fans.  (And I HATE what the hyper conservatives have named themselves.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 8:41pm

I don't like tea, although I have lots of different flavors in my cupboard. I got out some grape juice that I processed from my Concord grapes and that will satisfy my taste buds. The thought of giving up coffee laced with chocolate is bothersome, but doable. I appreciate the suggestion, Felaine. I have nothing else to complain about. 

Thanks for the well wishes on the test. It is simply a routine check up for my heart. The procedure is not at all painful, just a little needle prick and nuclear energy surging through my body. I take a couple of hours nap and wake up for the test. Then to see my heart doctor. She will read the results. 

I will meet my new cardiologist for the first time tomorrow. I fully expect that my pacemaker will need to be updated, right on the time schedule they gave me those years ago. Laura is going with me.

I will ask my cardiologist for an ophtho-rectomy while she is at it so that I will not have such a shitty outlook on life. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 8:21pm

Joan, Do you have any herbal tea in the back of a cupboard, or someplace?  I hate most herbal teas, and am not really fond of green or white tea, BUT Stash Meyer Lemon tea is good, no caffeine, and most white teas might as well be caffeine-free.  (They're also too bland for my taste.)

Mulled apple juice or cranberry juice...either one is good heated with whole cinnamon and cloves, or allspice....or are you only supposed to drink clear liquids? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 7:54pm

OH darn, I have to give up caffein until tomorrow afternoon!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 9, 2014 at 1:39pm

Good luck with your test, Joan.

 

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