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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 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

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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 Idaho Spud on August 28, 2013 at 3:12pm

Got a good chuckle out of the Crazy Cat Lady starter kit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2013 at 1:28pm

Just for you, Mindy.........

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2013 at 2:11am

LOL, I know how hard balls are when they hit you in the face, so I  stayed out of ball games.

I like Ackroyd's books! I read London Under and The Clerkenwell Tales. Now reading the biography of a Dutch atheist - Adriaan Koerbagh 1633 - 1669) who wrote a new dictionary: every lemma was a kick in the face of religion, and he was tortured till he died for it.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 27, 2013 at 9:56pm

Nothing wrong with a ramble, Mindy. I agree with the "library" quote.

It's useful to catch a moving ball when it's heading your way, Chris. Do you know how hard a cricket ball is?

After some periods without a pc (holiday, pc broken) I've found that I can live without one most of the time and have read a lot more, the way I used to. Latest: "London: the biography" by Peter Akroyd" ( Over 800 pp), and "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Have a new lap-top now and am having to spend time learning some basics for Windows 8. Still haven't found how to access the media player so as to hear my favourite radio stations, KCSM and Radio Mozart but can hear the BBC, a good thing when the Prom season is in full swing.

Peace and love, all.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 27, 2013 at 2:04pm

Joan, I don't think I was particularly disciplined, I just couldn't stand still whenever I heard music. Some of my earliest memories are of making up my own "dances" to "The Nutcracker," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and whatever Glenn Miller or Andrews Sisters stuff was playing on the radio.  I had never actually seen ballet or any kind of dancing till I began taking lessons when I was six.

I first saw ice skating when I was eleven, after Dad bought a TV set.  I roller-skated on the sidewalks with all the other kids, of course, but it has snowed here only once in my lifetime.(We went bonkers.)  "Frosty Frolics" was a summer replacement TV show, broadcast live from a big rink in Pasadena.  I was HOOKED! Obsessed.  Gliding looked so much more graceful than tippy-toeing across a stage in those painful pink shoes. (I hated dancing en pointe.)
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Ian, I think most people are somewhat "mixed brain." I'm right-handed, but always hated sports that required hand-eye coordination...particularly soft(HAH!)ball. I never could catch the damned things...and I got hit in the face more than once trying.  They HURT! 

When I was in high school, my gym class had a short course in archery; I never managed to even hit any targets.  My arrows went all over the field. It was fortunate that I didn't hit a classmate, OR the teacher.

If I wasn't using my legs, I was a total KLUTZ!  (Never was able to touch-type, either...still can't.  For some odd reason, I became a whiz at using a 10-key...the numbers went directly from my eye to my fingers...may have been using my left eye at the time. I dunno. So I spent 40 years as a bookkeeper. I actually enjoyed it.)

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2013 at 1:50pm

And I'm lefthanded -eyed and -footed but I have a squint in my eyes that prevented me from skating or ball games. I can see the ball well enough, but with the extra time I need to find out where it is exactly...  I NEVER caught a moving ball! But who needs a moving ball?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 10:39am

sk8eycat you must have had great discipline to learn and do all that you did. You must feel great self-respect and pride. I didn't have that kind of dedication. Your beautiful personality shines through. 

Carl, funny exaggeration! I guess "freedom" has many definitions and different priorities. I wonder what her reply would be. Perhaps, "You idiot, what about MY freedom!" I think I was pretty cross about cleaning up the cat-litter boxes. Don't want to do that again. 

Patricia, having trained rats to perform, I can just imagine someone spreading tasty food on the mouthpieces and letting the critters do their thing. 

Ian, your "mixed brain" sounds interesting. I wonder if the new research on brain/mind function will explore this phenomenon?

Mindy, I like learning of your pom-pom history! Do you still like to perform? Not everyone likes to ... perhaps we are born with the ability to stand in front of others. My daughter was terrified of public speaking, became a volunteer fire fighter and now she is a tiger when speaking to schools and groups about preparing homes for fire protection or when she is teaching safety and techniques to new fire fighters. I am amazed at her achievement.  

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:17am

I am right handed and left eyed and so are most of my family.  My son was career military and had to learn to shoot with his left hand.

Comment by Lillie on August 27, 2013 at 9:15am

My cat puts the litter on the floor.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 27, 2013 at 12:50am

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle, Patricia, Carl and Mindy.

Glad you're feeling better Joan.

I'm one of the world's most uncoordinated people. I didn't know why until an old Peanuts cartoon put me on the right track: mixed brain dominance. I'm right-handed but left-eyed. Couldn't catch a moving ball if my life depended on it. That made me a figure of fun at school because no-one there had ever heard of the phenomonen. Most people still haven't and don't believe me when I tell them.

 

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