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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 Idaho Spud on January 30, 2014 at 7:26pm

Glad to hear the good new about your children Mindy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2014 at 1:04pm

Ian, congratulations to Astrid! What Joan said...!

And Mindy, that's so sad about your son's coworker and his girlfriend losing their baby. Your husband's advice was right on. You can express your sympathy simply, without endorsing their religious "mental toolkit".

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, how nice to have a son or daughter who is a good listener! We parents need such people around us.  

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2014 at 1:02am

Congratulations Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 10:21pm

Ian, I like your way. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 10:05pm

As regards loss: it's not what you say but how much and how well you listen. It's almost always a good thing to ask "what happened"? Bereaved parents have a real need for patient listeners who "just" listen and don't try to solve problems or find a deeper meaning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:39pm

What Joan said Ian.  Nice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 8:29pm

Ian, a beautiful and brainy daughter. You must be very proud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:28pm

I still have a hard time knowing how to respond to someone's loss, even at my age.  My next door neighbor died last year.  Her husband the year before.  Her son came over to tell me and I just didn't know what to say to him, mainly because I don't know him that well.

A coincidental occurrence happened today as I was getting my blood drawn for a LAB report, the woman drawing it said "You look familiar."  I couldn't place her face and asked if she knew my dad.  She said no.

After a couple of minutes she said "don't you live next to where my parents used to live?  I live around the corner.  Then I knew who she was.  I didn't recognize her because I've never talked with her before.  I've talked to her husband and son and most of the rest of their relatives that live in this area. 

Anyway, we talked about her mother & father as well as mine.

And, she did a good job of drawing blood.  The last time I had a lab, the young guy lost the vein and had a lot of trouble finding it again.  Had a big bruise for a week.  Never going to that place again.

I had a good discussion with my new doctor today that may be an agnostic.  I plan on feeling him out to see what his religious beliefs are (or lack thereof).  But so far I like him!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 3:25pm

My daughter, having finished university as "Kandidat Magister" (Advanced Degree/MA) with the next-highest grade. A proud Dad, me.https://plus.google.com/photos/117651753549220715564/albums/5974354...

 

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