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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 The Flying Atheist on January 31, 2014 at 10:16pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 9:23pm

I don't know about the chemistry of the brain; I am sure the fMRI reveals far more than we can notice in our own thought processes. I do know that laughter is a great response to people and events of life. Bring on the beta endorphins 

Comment by Joseph Corder on January 31, 2014 at 7:50pm

Hey guys,  Just got off of facebook!  Screw beating around the bush!  A fellow who puts out a lot of religious crap, posted a quote from George Carlin.  It had to do with using labels to identify yourself.  The quote ended with the conclusion to not label yourself at all!  The quote was mixed with a little science.  My response was, " A quote from a true non-theist!"  R.I.P. George!  (rest in peace sounds dumb when you think about it)!!!  The "so called" christians are not paying attention!!  I should go straight for the jugular and drop the A-Bomb on them!  I wonder what the fall-out would be like?  Maybe like.....FUN!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 31, 2014 at 6:16pm

So here's something I just found in my e-mails.  I don't "do" FB, so I don't get all of them, but some of y'all might:

TYPES OF PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK:

1) The "Rooster" – Feels that it is their job to tell Facebook "Good
Morning" every day !


2) The "Lurker" – Never posts or comments on your post, but reads
everything, and might make reference to your status if they see
you in public.

3) The "Hyena" – Doesn't ever really say anything, just LOLs and
LMAOs at everything.


4) "Mr/Ms Popular" – Has 4,367 friends for NO reason

5) The "Gamer" – Plays Words With Friends, Mafia Wars, Bakes
virtual cakes and stuff, etc., ALL DAY.)

6) The "Cynic" – Hates their life, and everything in it, as evidenced by
the somber tone in ALL of their status updates.

7) The "Collector" – Never posts anything either, but joins every
group and becomes fans of the most random stuff.

8.The "Promoter" – Always sends event invitations to things that you
ultimately delete or ignore.

9) The "Liker" – Never actually says anything, but always clicks the
"like" button.

10) "Drama Queen/ King" – This person always posts stuff like "I
can't believe this!", or "They gonna make me snap today!", in
the hopes that you will ask what happened, or what's wrong but
then they never finish telling the story.

11) The "News" – Always updates you on what they are doing and who
they are doing it with, no matter how arbitrary, and Lastly . . .

12) The "Thief" – Steals status updates... and will probably steal
this one...
Comment by sk8eycat on January 31, 2014 at 6:14pm

I love this place!  Where else can one exhibit art, rant about late life devolution back to physical infancy, and the need for adult diapers. AND LAUGH about it all!  We laugh because life is painful....it causes a release of beta endorphins in the brain to relieve the pain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 4:54pm

Spud, the issue is, do you want to talk about your experiences or not. If you do, I can't think of a better place to rant and refresh. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 4:51pm

Mindy, let's do a little brainstorming here. Ways art can be used to financially support one:

Community art projects to replace graffiti with local children's art; 

Consult with clients about home decorations, clothing choices, color combinations, styles;

Write a children's book and use art work to illustrate it;

Do the artwork for an author; 

Arts and crafts exhibits take in local artists and craftspeople;

Write a grant to fund a community development plan to improve blighted areas;

Work to become an art's commissioner on municipal projects; 

Set up an arts web page where other artists can share ideas; 

Do animal portraits of the pets for wealthy people; 

Do summer art projects with camps or common gatherings; 

Create winter art projects with families; 

I surely haven't exhausted the options. Keep adding to it if a light goes off in any ones heads.

I want you to meet a very special woman who lives in Harrison, Idaho. She is a genius at color, form, texture and glass.  She is a struggling artist trying to make a living and about six years ago came very close to losing a foot because of cancer. She is on Facebook and a real delight. 

Rebecca York, these are just two examples you will find on her Facebook page. This is all done with glass. I have been to one of her shows and she is fantastic. she is in pain, somewhat disabled by her foot, bright as a ray of sunshine, and loves life. She, too, has bouts of depression. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 4:22pm

sk8eycat, how horrible! It is being out of control that is so distressing to me! I want my life neat and tidy, with all the bells and whistles of the good life. Getting used to the new normal challenges us to use all our resources to rise above the messes our bodies create and get on with pure, unadulterated joy of living. 

I am sorry to learn of your morning episode and hope you feel healthy now. Nothing like doing a major clean up to get one's mind off the trials and tribulations of the world. 

Your are a super survivor turned thriver, sk8eycat. You turn life into laughter.

I would hate to be a pharmacist in this age, or a doctor, for that matter. It seems all the bright men went into finance and made fortunes - some lost them faster than they made them. The women go into medicine at a time of insurance turmoil; they not only have to fight health issues, they have to fight insurance companies as well.   

One has to be a Pollyanna to find the silver lining in the cloud out of all the turmoil, but it is worth the effort. Well, for me it is discovering my three children have their feet firmly planted on the ground and their heads are working as a wise adult would. My grandchildren seem to  be developing a strong sense of independence and a few are at the phase of knowing more about life than their parents or I do. They'll get over it. Life has a way of knocking cocky self-assurance into productive interdependence.  My great-grandchildren are at that full-of-wonder stage of discovering everything. 

So, all in all, life is worth hanging around and participating in. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 3:56pm

Patricia, our friends here at A/N have learned so much from you. Reading your experiences helps me to face the reality of being overwhelmed by a dreadful event and not being alone. Those who do not suffer the health issues offer most empathic support and willingly tolerate our tales of wo. They give comfort to those impacted, and gain insight into what helps and what doesn't. Don't pray for me is a biggie. 

I am sorry to know you have so many health problems and just hope better days lie ahead for you. In the meantime, your humor keeps it all in perspective. These health problems are real, deluding ourselves or denying the facts has no useful ends. We might as well face what is and get on with living a rich, fulfilling life in the ways each one finds to do that. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 2:55pm

Wow!  So many of you peeps have major health issues that I don't think I could put-up with, that I'm often embarrassed to mention my relatively minor ones.

 

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