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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

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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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 10:03pm

Randy, I have a Google Alert for silverthorn.farm.com and enjoy reading their Facebook page. Your remarkable family offers an option for young, ambitious, environmentally sensitive people. You must be very proud!

silverthorn.farm.com

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2016 at 9:17pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 3:03pm

Carl, your report of settling into a new normal is good to read. I am happy your sister is recovering so quickly as well. 

A quiet evening at home is my favorite NYE activity. At Laura's the whole family comes here each year and they have a wonderful time in the snow, gathering around the burn pit outside and the fire inside with hot cups of beverage. I am happy because I get to take a nap before the midnight toasts begin. I return to bed after, and others party on into the morning. I have no problem sleeping with all the partying. There are a few alcoholic spirits, but not much. Laura and Larry are light drinkers, and their two daughters are in that stage of life of wanting to get pass-out-drunk-and-be-sick-for three-days-after. At least, they aren't out on the highway with other deadly-drunk-drivers.

Our New Years Day offered lots of left-overs; we have a day off cooking. 

Settling into your home, doing what you want to do when you want to do it brings many pleasures. I think of you as you settle in. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 2, 2016 at 12:06pm

Happy New Year to all of you here!  I hope 2016 treats you well and provides good health and enriching relationships.

I spent a quiet NYE by myself relaxing in front of the boob tube watching a movie on Netflix.  I also treated myself to Kung Pao Chicken with egg roll from my favorite Chinese take-out.  Quite enjoyable. 

When by myself on NYE, I usually opt to watch something "zany" along the lines of the Marx Brothers or W.C Fields, but this year I chose a dark, disturbing film that had excellent reviews.  It did not disappoint!  Nightcrawlers (2014) [trailer] about the seedy underside of the independent cameramen who film, sell and provide film footage to local television news shows.  Great performances, cinematography and suspense.  Jake Gyllenhaal wonderfully plays a cunning psychopath. 

I moved back to my apartment back on December 21 after spending five weeks recuperating at my parent's house.  It's nice to be home.  I haven't been here since the morning of November 12, the day of my surgery except to pick up mail periodically.  Both my sister and I are feeling good and continue to get our energy back.  I have several months of physical therapy ahead of me to strengthen my legs.  Now that there's snow and ice on the ground, walking is very hazardous, so I've had to take taxis frequently.      

Comment by Randall Smith on January 2, 2016 at 7:51am

I suppose watching football games at my daughter's house was a good excuse to spend quality time with my grandchildren. The baby is 7 weeks old and now very alert, staring and smiling at his funny looking grandaddy (as I'm called).

I also found time to discuss farm plans with Nate, my SIL. I could write at length about what's happening on our 120 acres, but, in short, all is going well. We're excited about the future of organic farming. No current newsletter has been published, but for a background, check out >silverthorn.farm.com<.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 1, 2016 at 12:12pm

Joan, I remember my daughter at that age and the fun we had. Also the need to be alert as she was a keen explorer of everything within reach.

I spent New Year with good friend Maja (who's still a bit miffed that I don't want a relationship) and we found some of our entertainment on the TV: an unsuccessful adaptation of 'The Tempest' starring Helen Mirren and Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' which was much better.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2016 at 8:37am

Randy, the word was fine, I just didn't understand to whom you directed your comment. I agree with you! I don't watch any TV and have more things of interest on the internet than I have time to watch. I am not a sports fan, so am not frustrated by that. My greatest interests lie elsewhere.

Were you with the family with the new baby? 

My little one-year-old great-granddaughter walks everywhere and is into everything. She doesn't use words yet and we do sound games with her using ba, da, pa, bo, do. po. She repeats them endlessly. Her screeches of joy reveal she will be a good hog caller, if we had hogs.

I hope your day overflows with joy! Happy new year.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2016 at 8:05am

Joan, the "bastards" I refer to are the television moguls that spend enormous amounts of money on cable/satellite television rights which excludes us regular antennae users. We are forced to pay exhorbatant fees for the priviledge of watching certain programs--in this case football bowl games. I refuse to do it. Sorry I used an offensive word.

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2016 at 2:46am

Happy New Year, for all of you! 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 1, 2016 at 12:59am

 

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