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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 on Tuesday. 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 Ian Mason on August 19, 2013 at 11:49pm

Thanks, folks. Your good wishes are very warming.

Glad you're back, Felaine and that you enjoyed a break. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 19, 2013 at 6:39pm

I'm home, and thanks for all the good wishes, everyone!  I really needed to get out of this house for a few days, and not be reminded of Hairy Jerry every time I turned around. 

I spent 3 days glued to MSNBC, and then Saturday night A&E ran "Ground Hog Day." I'd never seen it before, and several friends had recommended it highly.  My reaction?: meh. I  guess I've read too many similar stories in Analog and/or Fantasy & Science Fiction. I knew everything that was going to happen....and the scene where the truck goes over a cliff and explodes spectacularly, turned me right off.  That does NOT happen in real life. Or maybe only extremely rarely.

Am I a cynic?  Or have I lived around the film industry too long (since I was 5 years old)?

Anyroad, it's good to be back, and now I can afford to have my hair cut, and take a friend to a local pub for bangers and mash.  NOT the best thing for  my diabetes, but I figure one meal like that won't kill me.  And I WANT it!  tee-hee!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2013 at 4:32pm

Poor Ian indeed.  Sorry about your dementia troubles, but like the sound of your delicious balcony crop.

And, Chris, it's nice to hear your auntie being overjoyed to see you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:31pm

Spice, the Old Mama Cat  came out of the barn and had breakfast with me on the patio this morning. We had a sweet nose rub, and I gave her a brushing. Laura does a beautiful job of keeping all the animals well groomed and it was easy to groom her long hair.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:27pm

Ian, I am very sorry that these stressors come, one with another. Take good care of yourself. I hope your Mum and step-mum are relatively free of anxiety.  Memories mean a lot to older folks and I know you have the patience to hear the same ones over again. Funny how old memories pop up from out of no where, giving sweet thoughts to enjoy.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:22pm

Napoleon, I like your badge. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:20pm

Mindy, a belated Happy Birthday to your husband! Nice he has a few days off to celebrate. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2013 at 4:19pm

Chris, thanks for the Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland; I am reposting o Facebook. These remarkable scenes give me goosebumps. 

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2013 at 2:17pm

Poor Ian, it's really bad when you've got TWO demented old ladies to care for, I do hope you get enough time for yourself. Here we've only got one: Auntie (Alzheimer's and vascular). I know all about the three same conversations in ten minutes, but most of the time she's so overjoyed to see us that I don't mind the endless repetitions. The memory may be gone: the love stays.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 19, 2013 at 1:39pm

Hello all.

Got back from Enlgand a week ago but haven't been in the mood for writing much. The time there was a bit mixed.

Had a meeting (at last) with a specialist doctor concerning my Mum's dementia. From the symptoms Mum displayed during the meeting and from what we as a family could relate the doctor decided that she shows signs of 3 types of dementia: Alzheimers, Lewy bodies and vascular. Her rate of decline is also alarming, for us and the staff at the care home. She's also lost 16 kilos since admission in December.

My step-mum is also in a care home now. She talks about returning home "when she gets over this" but hasn't stood up without support for nearly 6 months now so I doubt that will happen. She's also getting so forgetful that you can have the same conversation 3 times in 10 minutes. Not a good sign.

On the good side, I spent some days with my "little" brother and his family. He and his wife have just had their silver wedding anniversary so we went to the church where they got hitched and re-took some wedding photos 25 years on, recceding hairline and chubby stomachs included. It was a real pleasure to spend some relaxed time with them.

Here at home: I've harvested my gooseberries and the honeysuckle is having a burst of late flowering. There are some blueberries on the way and lots of tomatoes although there might not be enough sun now to ripen them so they'll end up as chutney.  The mint is doing well but starting to go to seed. Must get it eaten of preserved soon. Not a bad crop for a little balcony.

Hope things are going well for all of you. I will try to keep up in the future. Hugs to each and every one of you.

 

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