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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 Randall Smith on August 3, 2014 at 7:57am

Felaine, I'd be on the lookout for "bad thing #3", as my grandmother's adage that "things happen in threes". Just kidding--I don't believe such things.

Well, I saved a dog from the animal shelter two days ago. It's a two yr old boxer-lab mix. She's (Dot) a strong, energetic, extremely friendly dog. I'm trying to get her used to her new surrounding, but on a leash for now. It is very therapeutic to have a quick replacement for Molly. Thanks again for all your kind words.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2014 at 3:40am

I have always tried to do business with independent neighborhood stores and services, partly because it's friendly, and partly because I detest chains.  (I would like to see Walmart and Walgreens go bankrupt  in some mighty catastrophe.)

I am old enough to remember when even grocery stores were mostly independent....now we have a choice of two...Von's, which is owned by Safeway; and Ralphs, which is part of the Kroger conglomerate.  Eff them both!

(Although Vons/Safeway began home delivery about 10 years ago; just about the time that I could no longer carry bags of groceries from my car into the house without excruciating pain.  I shop on line now, and they have electronic coupons, and other specials...fresh baked goods, etc.  I also buy a few things from Schwan's home delivery service now and then when they are on sale. And the drivers are nice.....) 

I sold my 1979 Pontiwreck 2 years ago.  Too big to park anywhere, and the upkeep was killing me.  (Have you noticed that parking spaces are skinnier than they used to be?  Gotta get more cars on all those acres of asphalt!)

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2014 at 1:07am

I'm so glad about that neighbour helping you, sk8eycat! We need people like that!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 11:48pm

Sk8eycat, what a great neighbor you have.  How nice of him to reward you with his kindness and generosity.  From the stories you tell, you certainly can use a break like that.  I'm glad for you.  :) 

Yes, Mindy, I like the Philosophy/Religion quote as well. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 2, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Kindness of Friends

Our A/C started quitting on us just as the weather got really nasty, and before I could do anything about it, our water heated died completely, and had to be replaced.

My sister finally called a neighbor who owns his own Heating & A/C business, and has for years (and we have always done business with him). He came over this morning and fixed things...the filter just needed cleaning (it's removable, he just takes it outside and hoses off the cat hair and dust, and then replaces it...I am not strong enough to remove the metal panel to get at the filter)., Then he gave the compressor a couple of blasts of freon....or whatever the coolant is.  And now it's running nicely, and I am no longer sweating.

When my sister started to write him a check, he just smiled, and said, "No charge."

I am flabbergasted.

I just wish the damn plumber was as understanding...he is not even giving me the advertized "Senior Discount" for the gahdam water heater.  And I had to borrow the money for the down payment on the thing before he would even let his men start work...

Two entirely different businessmen...I just wish I could find a different plumber.  This guy is an asshat, and I have paid him thousands of dollars over the past 10 years....never got the bloody discount.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 2, 2014 at 11:08pm
I like the puzzle.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 2, 2014 at 11:00pm

Your philosophy/religion quote is fantastic, booklover!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 8:18pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2014 at 3:17pm

@Loren Miller, do you have a good stress management tape in TM that you can recommend. I am not finding secular ones that I like. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2014 at 2:50pm

Has this one been posted on AN before?  Faith explained:

 

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