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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 21, 2015 at 3:10pm

LOL, Loren. That "first lawyer" is great!

The extra warm weather is fairly widespread. Northern Spain is battling 130 wildfires, unusual for this time of year.

I would have wished all of you a Happy Winter Solstice, as in

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But we have lush green grass, overcast and 60's here, so...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 21, 2015 at 8:02am



Hell, I'm not a lawyer and I've known this for AGES!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2015 at 7:33am

When I went to the library the other day, I saw a blooming rose bush. I did a double take. What's the song? E're, a Rosebush Blooming...

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2015 at 1:59am

Sorry Joan, I wasn't clear enough. Aunt and other people in het ward all suffer from alzheimers and other geriatric diseases - fellow sufferers. The care home is very good!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2015 at 1:17am

Carl, oh dear! such mild weather in your area at this time of year foretells some interesting days ahead. 

How are you and your sister doing? Regaining some stamina? It must feel very good to be off dialysis, even though it was a life-saver for you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2015 at 1:14am

Chris, It seems your students continue to appreciate and enjoy your classes. Not such good experience as you describe your "Aunt's fellow sufferers". Doesn't sound like a very nice place. Sorry to learn of the poor cat's last days; not a very good experience for any of you, I am sure. Bulbs in bloom in December, even in The Netherlands, sounds a bit out of the ordinary. I am eager to learn what the new year brings to your local weather. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2015 at 12:40am
Sad story about the cat, Chris. I hope your b-i-l is doing OK.
Incredibly "wrong" weather here too. It's finally gotten seasonally cold here after a LONG stretch of spring-like weather. The grass is still bright green and trees, bushes and flowers are blooming! And next week is the winter solstice. It's eerie.
Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2015 at 12:19am

What I did this week?

The last lessons of the year. Explained and sang "Imagine" five times, Played games and got a lot of appreciation. 

A xmas dinner with Aunt in the care home. Met some more of Aunt's fellow sufferers and their family - nice to talk to them. The menu was full of dead animals - I ate only the veggie parts. Aunt was happy with her presents but overwhelmed by the big occasion.  

I went to help handicapped b-i-l take his cat to the vet. As usual I looked at the greenery during the busride, and saw a d... a DAFFODIL?! Not even one, there were about a hundred daffodils in full bloom along the next few kilometres. And when I paid more attention, I saw flowering daisies and yarrow and even cow parsley - half a year early or late, I wondered. Catkins in every other tree. An allergy warning about lambs tails on tv. The weather goes straight from autumn to spring.

The cat wasn't well at all - we knew that already but b-i-l didn't want to know it or do something about it - like every autist he doesn't want change in his world. So he had a hard time when the cat was diagnosed with severe diabetes and put to sleep withing a few hours. Poor Tisja! Her character didn't allow two insulin shots a day and a daily bloodsample to check blood sugar levels.  

Saturday morning now, and at last I have some time to do the shopping, washing and cleaning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2015 at 12:20am

Comment by k.h. ky on December 17, 2015 at 8:30pm
Chris, that's funny.

Randy, l think it's the holidays. Celebrate or not the stores are crammed full of people who do. And my daughter, her spouse and their children have winter solstice dinner here. It's like xmas dinner minus the tree and ornaments. ; )
 

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