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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 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

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 sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 6:53pm

1960 program/PR pic...I'm in the center back, standing directly behind Jinx Clark (in the oyster shell.)

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 6:39pm

I took dance (ballet & tap) for six years before I suffered burn-out and quit. About a year later some retired show skaters opened a small ice studio here in Burbank, and ran ads in the local paper offering the first 10 weeks of lessons at a discount.  My mom showed me the ad and asked if I was interested....was I EVER!

By the time I was a senior in high school, I was just barely good enough to make the chorus line in Holiday...This was my favorite costume:

O, HALP! I stuk in '59. backstage in Pee-oree-yuh! Pleh.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 5:39pm

Patricia: I love Kurt Browning's version of "Singin' in the Rain" because it's such a wonderful tribute to Gene Kelley, AND my body can still feel some of the moves he does (I never could jump...too scared).  But that's the kind of skating I fell in love with when I first saw it on TV ....long, smooth edges, and fancy footwork.  I can't stand what competitive skating has evolved into the last 25 years...an effing jumping contest. Gah!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 5:32pm

I think the only people who enjoy DST are amateur golfers who like to get a game in after work.

It seems like no matter where I worked, I ended up facing east while driving to work in the morning, and west on the way home.  With the sun in my eyes in both directions.  There are NO sunglasses dark enough to cut the glare.

Does anybody else remember when ALL the railroads in the US ran on Standard Time all year...no matter where they were? It's TRUE.

You would think that the logical time to change clocks (if we have to do it at all) would be on the Equinoxes, but nohhhhh...they keep stretching DST at both ends so that people have to go to work and to school in the dark when the times first change.  IMO there is NO need for it.  (We had "Double DST" during WW2 when the aircraft and munitions plants ran 24/7...must have been awful.)

Comment by Lillie on August 25, 2013 at 2:30pm

Love your rebellion, sk8eycat.  lol.  I also hate DST.  I have an internal clock that doesn't switch easily.  I am always so happy when it changes back in November.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 1:37pm

I have NEVER understood why "they" bother with DST in the northern latitudes!  We rehearsed one summer in Minot ND, and it was daylight, or twilight till 11PM, and the local teens (yokels!) drove up and down the miniscule main street outside our hotel, with their car radios blaring, till midnight.  WE had to get up around 6AM to have breakfast and get ready for rehearsals at 8AM. 

Arizona is the ONLY state that doesn't "do" DST now, and I think they're wise.. I love it because I don't have to calculate what time it is there when I want to call my only remaining (and forever favorite) aunt in Winslow.

In the meantime, here's something that makes me feel wonderful every time I watch it... obviously I don't do it enough.

ENJOY, EVERYBODY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXtd7xq7URM

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2013 at 12:40pm

No apologies necessary, Ruth. I'm a "night person," myself, and I understand how addictive it can be sometimes.  I am also not fond of summer, it's either too hot and dry, or overcast and humid, and I've been having problems with hypoglycemia.  I HATE feeling sweaty (who doesn't?) 

I have a freezer full of good food, and I just haven't felt much like cooking...or eating... the last couple of weeks.

I did treat myself to a decent haircut (and many hugs and air-kisses) Thursday.  I love having Francisco fuss over me for a little while, and he gives a wonderful cool-water scalp massage that relaxes me completely, and relieves my almost constant headache for the rest of the day. 

The only problem I have with his salon is that most of the really good gossip is in Spanish, and I never managed to learn much even though I spent several months in Mexico City...50 years ago!

Anyroad, after I was feeling more like a human instead of a shaggy dog, I bought a 6-pack of A&W Rooty Beer and some vanilla ice cream, and as soon as I got home I built a giant root beer float (my fave!). HEAVEN!  I didn't even bother to buy sugar-free ingredients, or check my blood sugar after I drank the thing. 

Sometimes I just have to be "bad," and I feel so much better for it than I have in weeks.  In fact, I may run out to the pool, get naked, yell, "TITS TO THE WIND!"  And jump in.  If I do, you-all will hear about it.

[giggle]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2013 at 9:34am

Sorry to hear about your PC, Ian. It's so frustrating to lose everything.

I've been an irregular member lately because I've been dealing with seasonal affective disorder. Yes, in the middle of Summer. For a month I'd been sleeping 11 hours, sometimes longer. It finally dawned on me that I'm not getting enough sunlight because I was going to bed at 2 or 3 AM. It's so easy to watch TV till midnight and then fall into the computer. Sleeping through most of the daylight turned into a viscous cycle.

In an effort to wrench my sleep cycle back to normal, some days I don't even get the computer turned on. I'm sitting in my sunroom now, as soon as I wake up, instead of heading for the computer as I used to do. It's beginning to work. Yesterday I did the gym routine I used to do ever so long ago, instead of the shortened version. Last night I only slept 9 hours 40 minutes. I have a way to go till my new day/night schedule is settled. I apologize for neglecting you so much.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2013 at 12:07pm

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2013 at 10:54am

If it's not one thing then it's another. Just got my PC back from the menders. There was a problem with it turning itself off when I watched TV or videos and the last time it happened it went back to near-factory settings so I've lost all photos, music, downloads docs etc. The shop said it needed a good cleaning inside to stop it overheating. That has been done but there are still problems so I may "disappear" again without notice. It may well be time to buy a new PC. My daughter tells me that 6 years old is ancient for a lap-top.

A good weekend to you all.

 

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