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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

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Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

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Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 2:01pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 1, 2014 at 12:42pm

Great comic Ian.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:37am

I have driven across the US on I-90 that drops south to join I-80 as it goes south of Lake Michigan, bypassing Chicago. I have made that trip several times as we search the northern tier of the U.S. for places my ancestors lived. Driving was so crowded, I had all I could do to keep the car from going into the wrong lane and didn't see much. As we got farther away from the heavy traffic I was able to look at the terrain and notice the effects of the glaciation on the landscape south of the Great Lakes. On one trip I went from Spokane to Boston on I-90. 

I didn't go into downtown Chicago, but according to your film, and other scenes of the city, it is quite remarkable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2014 at 2:14am

What a nice memory you give me. Yes, I was there that year. Spokane had some very incredible people in those days, Ed Lindaman being just one. They were environmentalists and got us started to thinking "In the Future Tense", one of Ed's books. It was a time of great enthusiasm for living closer to the Earth. Ed started a program at Whitworth University that was called Nutrition 1985: Recipes fo alternative eating. It was designed to eat lower on the food chain and secure food produced closer to local markets. He also started an architecture program designed to have houses smaller, in smaller communities so that people could walk to work or to markets for food. He also envisioned mass transit with the goal of getting more cars off the roads. It caught on for a while and spread to other universities. Then it just petered out. 

You may remember our lovely river and the city park that follows the river through town. Before Expo '74 it was a railroad line through town with railroad tracks, smelly air, and the whole strip was pawn shops, brothels, taverns, and looked like skid row. 

A man by the name of King Cole spearheaded the project, to the great consternation of working class tax payers. He had a vision and a small community of people who shared his vision. Thus, Expo '74. 

Those progressive men and women have mostly moved on to other towns and we have reverted back to the conservative, religious, right wing political group that keeps us bound to the status quo. 

If, by any chance, you went to Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, which was part of the city tour for Expo, I live just one block east of the park. A lovely place designed by John Charles Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. Spokane was a wealthy mining and lumbering town and had tremendous wealth. Those days are over with the mines and forests petering out. 

Manito Park

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 1:48am

Hi, Ian.  That's a funny comic.  How are you, friend? 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 1, 2014 at 1:11am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2014 at 12:23am

Joan, have you ever visited Chicago?  I was in Spokane a long time ago,  It was 1974,  I was 10 years old and was there for the World's Fair, Expo '74.  One of the big memories I took away that made a really huge impression on me growing up was the theme of ecology, the environment and stopping pollution.  It pains me to see in the past 40 years how we've squandered so many of our natural resources and damaged our environment.  Sure, we've had some great technological breakthroughs to lessen the human impact on earth, but we're always playing catch-up.  And dealing with these important issues never seems to be on the front burner.  

What I remember from the fair:   

The United States Pavilion from Expo '74

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:34pm

Carl, like you, I am not afraid of the "end-times" as told by Revelations, I am afraid of the corruption of the Earth by human caused pollution and the natural changes taking place. You, in Chicago, and me, in Spokane, experience some mighty changes taking place that may foretell a far more dangerous future than we can even imagine.

I very much like your Chicago film. A beautiful city.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:27pm

Some die-hard religionists want the story told their way. What is the big deal, it is a myth retold in the 21st century with a modern bias, just like Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 9:57pm

I love time-lapse films and I love Chicago,  So please permit me to share the following for your viewing pleasure:

Chicago Timelapse Project - Windy City Nights from Max Wilson on Vimeo.


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