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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 Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 8:50am

Randy, it sounds like a good family visit.  I like the pictures.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:27am

P.S.: My cold hit me hard after supper and through the night. Thanks, grandson! Today's a day of rest (more or less).

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:24am

Carl, you'll be on my mind all day. Fingers crossed.

Ruth, yes, I was hoping the earth hadn't swallowed you up! 

Yesterday went great with the whole family in attendence. I can't begin to tell you stories and events. My kids (3 girls, ages 41, 39, and 36; one boy, 31) all get along marvelously. I'm so proud of them. Their mother left us when the kids were between ages 5 and 15. I raised them by myself, but they were so good, I had few problems. Three teenage girls could have been a nightmare! Check out their pictures in the Food group. Plus here's another one or two with my father (age 96), oldest daughter holding niece and her son. The second photo shows my kids reading old letters they sent to my parents (saved!) when they were young. They had a hoot going through them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 7:44am

Waiting to hear your news Carl.  Preferably good news.

Joan, I love your post from Laurie.  "The trash took itself out" is great.

Personally, I would rather have 1 good friend, than a million casual lovers or acquaintances.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, Ruth sent this to me, and I'm forwarding it to you....

http://api.ning.com/files/Rw5DXnG-22QleyQZXzUr0*lHHGGdS*sCgt-QkVsBTK7KsmWMwmCT7NSRbl1qeiBUqz857zE1jncYXeVjKjzlTS3VeYlKfeov/hugsforyoukitty.jpg

with a clue that you can probably buy USED copies of the "Tales of the City" books at Half.com...at a decent price.  They were originally written as newspaper columns, so the chapters are short, and are perfect for reading when you're recovering from surgery.

http://product.half.ebay.com/Tales-of-the-City-by-Armistead-Maupin-...

http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2014 at 1:37am

I hope you get good news, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2014 at 12:26am

Grinning Cat, Petition signed and shared. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2014 at 11:11pm

Dearest Carl, I (and everyone else at JCPenney Advertising) read ALL those books, and went to local signings, and had wonderful times.  The mini-series was better than most (I got a laugh out of seeing Mr. Maupin through a window in a few scenes), but the books are outstanding...IMNSHO.

I wish I still had them, but I loaned them to a friend who was dying of AIDS, and he donated everything in his apartment to APLA....that was in 1994.  It affected his brain, and he didn't even know who HE was toward the end. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 11:05pm

I like Facebook to keep track of what the family is doing. Twitter has excellent leads to article that interest me. With both, one has to sort through a lot of nonsense to get to the meat. 

I much prefer and enjoy Atheist Nexus and my friends I met here. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 10:53pm

Tales of the City.  I should read those books!  I loved the television mini-series. 

 

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