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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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 sk8eycat on August 4, 2013 at 6:11pm

Universal Single-Payer healthcare obviously benefits everybody. What I don't understand is why so many people in this country just don't effing GET it!  What are they afraid of?  Because the hateful comments I see online are full of fear; the words "communism" and "socialism" are tossed around by people who don't know what they really mean. They just think they are insulting dirty "bullshit"....and "atheism," I guess.  Heh!

(See? I'm getting my sense of humor back.  You all are helping...immensely.)

As for Hairy Jerry...he was one of the few cats I've had who really liked to sleep in my arms...up until a few weeks ago.  Then last week he went downhill so fast that I had trouble getting the money together AND a ride.  (I sold my car and let my drivers' license lapse last year because 1) I'm afraid of 80% of the drivers on the road around here, and 2) I have neuropathy in my feet, and sometimes couldn't feel whether I was stepping on the brake or the gas.  Too dangerous!)

Warm hugs to everybody here!  It's so good to have a group of friends who really understand...About 30 years ago I was in this same emotional place, only I was working in a large ad office, and some jackass said something like, "Why are you carrying on like that?  He was only a cat."  I started to go after him with my Exact-o Knife....and decided he wasn't worth making a mess over.  But I still clench my jaw whenever I think of remarks like that.

Love Cats in Moonlight

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2013 at 2:19pm

Simon & Garfunkel.  My favorite group.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2013 at 2:18pm

Feeling for you Felaine.  I tear-up every time I read something about Hairy Jerry.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 4, 2013 at 12:54pm

Ian, I agree 100% with your post about universal health care.

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2013 at 10:07am

Soon memories of him will make you smile.

And you're right, Mindy! I've got about ten cats playing games in my memory, talking to me or just sleeping, somewhere  where I can almost see them - I miss them, but the memories are wonderful.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 4, 2013 at 5:02am

Comment by Ian Mason on August 4, 2013 at 4:48am

Condolences, Felaine. I'm sure he had a happy life.

Proof reading: "our husband"? Joined the Mormons, Joan?

One more night of work and then I'm off to England for a week. Half my time there will be in care homes though, but as a visitor, not a worker.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 4, 2013 at 4:27am

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments, and the great music!

I can't sleep, even though it's been a long day.  I've been reading (re-reading, really) stuff from my Robert Ingersoll books.  I wish he were here today to shake up the fundies. (I think he would have been appalled at television...)

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2013 at 12:56am

I can't say it better than Carl, Sk8eycat, and I'm glad Pumpkin is still around.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 4, 2013 at 12:27am

My condolences on Hairy Jerry, sk8eycat.

I always loved Simon and Garfunkel too, Loren.

I spent the day drinking Pedialyte and reading about how our heated up ocean is eroding Ice shelves and glaciers faster. They're talking about a foot of sea level rise by 2050. All that climate change heat "disappearing" into the ocean apparently means the ice shelves melt from the bottom. Then as sea level rises, the shelves float higher, so the warmer water can erode the bottom even more. And so on. They're just beginning to figure out how gigantic shelves break off, which accounts for half the total melt.

Enjoy your Sunday, folks.


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