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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

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

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 5, 2013 at 10:10am

Apple cider donuts......that sounds awesome!  Yumm. 

Mindy, I went through a period in recent years when I was experiencing occasional panic attacks.  They subsided after I was put on medication for hypertension. 

Grinning Cat, I laughed at that kale/spider joke as well.  I can't stand spiders.  I try to conserve water, but after killing a spider I have to put it in the toilet and flush it away.  No matter how much I squish to smithereens I don't want to take any chances that it may reanimate.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 5, 2013 at 1:53am

Oh, my nerves! Neighbors!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 5, 2013 at 12:42am

Oh, Patricia!  Whatta rotten day (except for the Chinese dinner)! We have some neighbors that make me clench my teeth, but at least they're not right next door. They're on the street behind us, and they party (loudly) all weekend, and fight during the week.

Is Mr. Next Door going to clean up your yard? He should.

FA, I wish I was one of those little plastic people traveling on one of those model trains!  The whole thing looks more fantastic than Disneyland.

I still want a model train layout with Victorian era houses, towns, and trains.  With steam engines!

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2013 at 12:08am

I'm glad you feel better Patricia! I've been busy restarting lessons after the summer holidays: it's so good when people love to see you again!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 4, 2013 at 10:11pm

Yes, that sure is a crappy day, Patricia.  I'm sorry to hear about your husband.  What an ordeal having to call an ambulance and having to go through all that hassle.  I'm glad he's OK. 

I hope, at least, the Chinese food was good.  What did you order?

Here's a video to show your husband to perk up his mood.  I think he'll appreciate this.

Here's to a better day tomorrow. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 4, 2013 at 3:39pm

Ruth, I'm spending a *bleep-pile* of money by running the A/C and waiting for the Schwan's driver to bring me my order of frozen food (ice cream!). It's 100 deg. outside right now, and anyone who has to be out in that heat has my sympathy.

I'm also working on The Pet Press Events Calendar. The Stray Cat Alliance is throwing their annual "Stray Cat Club" gala, if anyone is interested. (Tee-hee!  It will be held at a "private Bel Air estate," and General Admission is $150....NOT my cuppa tea!)

I'm also taking breaks from the keyboard to re-read a collection of Robert G. Ingersoll's best work. Wonderful stuff!  We need an eloquent, outspoken person like him now. An outstanding orator who can really move people.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 4, 2013 at 2:59pm

"Daily Kale" on Twitter had some advice for Steph's panicked kitty... good thing cats don't have thumbs!

Spider in your bed? Vitamin-packed kale gives you the energy and strength needed to burn down your house and move to new spider-free home

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 4, 2013 at 1:55pm

Just waitin' for the plumber to finish so I can drive around doing chores and go to the gym. How about you?

Comment by Steph S. on September 4, 2013 at 10:32am

hi! how is everyone doing?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 4, 2013 at 6:47am

Comment by Loren Miller just now Delete Comment Some of us here know the Englishman Stephen Fry, perhaps from his appearance in the movie, Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows, or for his brilliant performance in the 2009 Intelligence-Squared debate, where he appeared "my trusty Hitch[ens] by my side," and basically wiped the floor with their opponents on the subject: "The catholic church is a force for good in the world."

Well, here, poor Stephen gets the tables turned on him on his own show - QI - though somehow, I'm not certain he minds too much!


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