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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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2016 at 6:15pm

Bertold, I apologize for my knee-jerk response to the Barbie pictures. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2016 at 9:04am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2016 at 1:23am

Ian, with you and Daniel, how can I go wrong? I like your statement, "Nihil sine laboure: nothing comes without work."

I will get me a wood burning tool out of the tool shop and make me a sign over the chicken coop with these words. 

I really like those pretty little hens. They provide all the eggs five of my great-grandchildren need or want. I will have a talk with their parents, Michelle and Jared, and express my concern for both the chickens and children. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2016 at 1:15am

Daniel, as always, your calm, reasonable, intelligent words help to calm my frustration. I focus on #3, as I know I should do that in the first place. My poop really hit the fan when three times this last week I found the chickens without food and water and their nests filled with droppings and eggs laying out in the sun.  I started reading up on proper care of chickens. I bought a bale of straw to line their nests, got backup water and food dishes so I could keep them filled and clean, and bought a pooper scooper to help me clean the nests and ground. A plain old garden trowel just doesn't do the job. I laid claim to the dirty straw to go into my compost heap. 

I started reading up on proper care of chickens. I bought a bale of straw to line their nests, got backup water and food dishes so I could keep them filled and clean, and bought a pooper scooper to help me clean the nests and ground. A plain old garden trowel just doesn't do the job. I laid claim to the dirty straw to go into my compost heap. 

The birds have distinct personalities. One old hen doesn't allow me to enter the coop until she has taken a few pecks at my hand. Another puts up such a noise I don't know if she is mad, glad, sad, or afraid. A pretty little white hen acts like a queen, sitting on her nest in a quiet corner of the hen house. There are no roosters, so she has nothing to come from all her conscientious time and devoted effort. 

I was very hard on my three children. They had to complete their chores before they could be excused to play. I am sure Laura tried to teach her girls these values, she works incredibly hard and makes a good living doing it. 

I feel the girls need this discipline and so do their children. I am an old wicked witch of the West. Well, that is OK. The kids spend a lot of time talking with me and joining me as I tend to the chores. We get along fine, except for chores first then play. 

It will take some time, and I do feel royally pissed off. Thanks, Daniel, for offering a calming influence for me.  

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2016 at 1:05am

Nihil sine laboure: nothing comes without work. Teach your young'uns that, Joan. Whatever there is, someone had to work for it. The myth of an Eden where Adam and Eve could just wander about naked plucking food from trees is just that, a myth. But I'm sure that time will prove a good teacher, even if your words go in one ear and out the other now.

Comment by Daniel W on April 22, 2016 at 9:45pm

Joan, Saw your post and wanted to encourage you!

While I should be the last to give advice, here are some thoughts.

1.  The important thing is that YOU be happy.  Some will learn from your example, some will learn with time, and some will never learn.  But I know that you would not derive happiness from anyone else's expense, so again, the important thing is that you be happy.

2.  I thought the grandmother's job was to piss off her children by spoiling her grandchildren?  (snark)

3.  If they don't do their chores, then can there be a price?  "If you do (this), then your reward is (that).  If you don't, then the reward does not happen.  If someone else does it, then they get the reward.

Again, I should be the last person giving advice, so I will stop there.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2016 at 9:29pm

I am pissed off. Some of my younger generation seem to think they can play and not work or do chores before playing. This mean old great-grandma just lost her temper. They think all the good things we have just fell from positive thinking! Bull fecal matter!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2016 at 9:26pm

Bertold! No! An atheist Barbie is no such thing! She is an interesting and interested young woman, learning from the past and imagining a preferred future for her generation. She has the guts, wisdom, ambition, and perseverance to create a healthy, prosperous, compassionate, empathic, reasonable world that values justice and peace. She is not a money-grabber, nor does she expect to be able to create her world alone. It takes a team to make a healthy family and community. 

Please, please, please do not pass on this image of an atheist woman! Let's create an image in which we can all take pride.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2016 at 9:20pm

Ian, your beautiful video of  Elina Garanca and Anna Netrebko duet singing Flower Duet from Delibes' opera Lakme just made my heart sing along with them. If I move my mouth to their words, I pretend I am a great singer. Sadly, even the dogs invite me to stay quiet when I sing my way through the morning.

We have a deluge of rain like I have not seen for a very long time. I wish I had rain barrels out under the rain gutters to sequester some of this precious water.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2016 at 6:06pm

Bertold, as usual, Valerie Tarico makes more sense and offers a healthier way of living and viewing the world than any religious denomination known to me. Even Buddhist principles have some dreadful traditions with which I do not want to participate. 

I also laughed at the Missippi's literacy piece. Spelling seems to be a needed discipline. 

 

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