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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 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 Apr 25. 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

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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 September 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Carl, yes, the San Antonio river walk is so lovely. We were stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center. There was a market in San Antonio, a galleria, that had a lot of Mexican nationals there with their families. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with Mexican mothers and their children. Very friendly, and generous people, good bargainers as I remember. I enjoy Mexican food music, colors, architecture, and history. 

While there, my three children were pre-school age and I became acquainted with a curator of Witte Museum. He gave me a map to a dig they were working on. To get there, I had to drive on dirt roads, open and close barbed wire fences, and stare at those huge beasts that they grow in Texas, the famous beef steak providers.

When I got to the dig, a group of archeologists were in the pits with dental scrapers working on individual bones of the pre-christian native population. My three 3-year old children observed this for a while and then occupied themselves under the shade of a tree. One of the archeologists came to me and asked if I knew what my kids were doing. Investigating, I found them burying sticks in the dirt in the form of human bones, covering them, and then "doing" a dig. It was a most precious moment. Their education in archeology began in a dry, dusty, scorpion and rattler infested ancient graveyard. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, now you mention it, I've noticed the same thing.  Doctors moving constantly.  Especially the ones I like the most.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 15, 2014 at 7:33am

I'm meeting with my new doctor this morning. It's a "get acquainted" session which I think is a good idea. I like knowing someone before he sticks his finger up my rectum. My old doctor "transfered" to another location. This will be my 4th doctor in the past 6 years. Whatever happened to the good old days when your family doctor was for a lifetime?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2014 at 6:21am

Joan, have you been to the Riverwalk?  It's quite nice.  Even in the intense heat of the Summer, it must be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than at the higher street level sidewalk surrounding it.  It's lush with green trees, foliage and water.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:19am

Carl, your photos of San Antonio bring back lovely memories. 

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2014 at 2:13am

That's quite another view of Texas, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 11:07pm

If anyone here has the chance to watch the documentary "The Fabulous Ice Age" that Sk8eycat and I have been discussing, you really should.  It's well made and was very enjoyable to watch.  It has lots of interesting tid-bits, stories and colorful film footage of a truly lost icon of Americana entertainment.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 11:04pm

Felaine, I had forgotten about crickets! When we lived in Texas we used a snow shovel to get to the car during certain times of the year. When we stepped on a pile of crickets there was an eerie crunch, crunch, crunch. The crows loved the dead feast. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 10:59pm

I don't wish to insult our good friends here from Texas, but the only redeeming quality I enjoy about Texas is sipping margarita's along the Riverwalk in San Antonio.  It's a beautiful setting with some great restaurants.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 10:56pm

sk8eycatMatthew 6:5-15 makes sense to me. 

 

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