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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 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

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 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

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Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2016 at 8:21pm

Joan, I know you have been feeling the pain.  I wish I could say something that could help.  In my work I've known many parents in the same kind of situation.  Everyone is an individual, but for most eventually it becomes more livable.  Time may not heal, but it helpss.

What you propose as your purpose sounds perfect to me.

That poem is very beautiful.

I am continuing to avoid politics by whatever means possible.  I wish I could put a filter on my computer so that anything that appears with a certain name, will not show up.  I did see once, someone had a way to do word replacements so that, for example, if you did not want to see the word GW Bush, you could make your couputer replace it with Elmer Fudd.  But I don't want even that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 5:02pm

such was his love, 

he folded her 

a field of flowers, 

cascading as far 

as they could see

and when she understood

what he had done

she wept flood of tears

to fill the lakes

and make the rivers run 

so their blooms 

would never cease. 

~ the mumbling hermit 

aka David Thomas 

@THE_MUMBLING_HERMIT

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 4:03pm

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161113.html

Super Moon vs. Micro Moon

So very many people have been born and died; The moons and stars reveal a bigger picture of what it means to be alive today. We live such short lives and we have only one life to live. None of this nonsense about rebirth or reincarnation.
We are the lucky one, we were born and we are alive. We are part of this magnificent universe and we have something to say and do. Does anyone know what that is? No, not even parents. We give birth to the next generation and they evolve into something full-of -wonder. 

Sometimes loving is painful; others it is joyful. A person knows one because of the other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ian, yes, in some way I do have serenity while I have more determination to work the issues that matter to me. 

* Early detection of cancer, 

* Permaculture,

* Peaceful negotiations training,

* Restoration of war-torn peoples and countries.

If we don't want refugees, we had better work to improve living conditions in peoples' homelands. 

On the other hand, there is a burning coal were my heart used to be.I don't know how one recovered from the death of a child. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 3:13pm

Randall, 'lovely' is not old-fashioned in England and is a word I'm fond of.

Glad to hear the good news, Carl. Keep up the good work. Thanks for showing the alternative to housework.

Sorry to hear about your back, Chris. I think the Danish expression for that is 'witch-shot' (hekseskud). I had one of those a few years ago and it was very uncomfortable.

Joan, you seem to have reached serenity and doing so without praying or accepting bullshit. I take my hat off to you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:47pm

Randy, your daughters have a special father. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:41pm

Christ, sorry to learn of your lumbago. 

I don't work that way anymore, not because I am wise, but because my body hurts too much. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:30pm

Yes, Carl, smudging is as effective as praying cleaning a house and many other chores. It is not the physical exercises that did the trick for me, it was using tools t change my attitudes. Once I examine the old, learned attitudes, beliefs and customs, and learned healthier ones, I was free of internalized imperatives.

"Love your husband to the lord," to I am worthy of respect and love.

"Turn the other cheek," to I only have two cheeks and they are not for hitting.

"Crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ," to Fuck you!

Sounds easy and healthy? Yes and no.

anyway, setting limits, refusing to be assaulted, standing up or myself, were beliefs well worth developing. 

So, any of you lads and ladies who suffer under the boot of an authoritarian personality, run, don't walk, to the nearest exit and create a life worth living. 

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2016 at 1:29pm

Congrats Carl! And you're right, bad news must be taken in moderate doses.

I had an overload of work, tried to finish everything in a short time and was rewarded an attack of lumbago. That will teach me! But today I went to work again and had everyone laughing with my stiff movements.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2016 at 1:11pm

Glad you got a good report, Carl.

Also, thanks for keeping us abreast of proper sage smudging technique! Just looking at the pic zapped away all my negative energy. (I'll be sure to contact my physician if that condition persists for more than four hours.)

 

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