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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 The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 1:04pm
Ian, that's wonderful news! Congratulations.
Comment by Ian Mason on November 6, 2015 at 12:40pm

Glad to hear that you'll be seeing soon, Kathy.

Condolences with your loss, Bertold. Yes indeed, as good as it gets.

Northern Europe is having a pleasant mild spell at the moment. Rather grey with drizzle but above-average temperatures.

And so: It's happened at last. I'm going to make it into print. A publisher has just accepted 10 of my (in Danish) poems for a 'new talent' yearbook in 2016. I don't know how many will make the final cut but I'm floating on air just now. The letter contained some compliments and constructive criticism. Very nice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:57am
Bertold, sorry you lost one of your furry family members. Nice to hear she made the most of her final days.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2015 at 11:19am

We lost #1 doggie yesterday. She was just shy of 15, played till her last day and made her final exit at home in bed. As good as it gets.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:17am
I'm really happy to know that you're getting your vision back, Kathy.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:48am
I'll be able to see the birds again!!
Big bonus.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:47am
Ky set a record nighttime high at 68°. It was 80° yesterday. I'm ready for cooler temps. Just a little cooler. Low sixties would be nice
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 9:09am

I grew up in a household with two parents who were birdwatchers and who kept lists of birds seen in our backyard.  Their bird books are well worn and still used today.  You may be surprised at the vast array of birds there are in a major urban setting, especially during migration times. When I was a kid I could identify many birds myself, but like most things if you don't continue to use "it" you lose "it", which is were I am today.  

I also have to say that one of the benefits of back yard bird watching is the added joy of watching squirrels.  Yes, those cute rats with the fluffy tails are very comical and can provide outright laughter at times.    

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2015 at 7:22am

What, no bird book, Joan?! You gotta get one. I use mine (and trees) all the time. The Sandhill cranes should be flying overhead to their winter homes pretty soon. Love that sight and sounds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 12:03am

I woke up this morning to snowflakes as big as quarters that quickly covered the forest and ground. Jared left for work when it was 21 degrees F, or -6 C according to my handy gadget. I bundled up to get to the greenhouse and found it quite pleasant, altho I forgot to look at the temperatures while there. I won't be filling birdfeeders when it is this cold. I just scattered bird seeds around under the big red fir outside my window. A new bird flock arrived today. I still don't have a bird book. The one I have in Spokane is for Texas birds. It remained cold all day and I sat and read for a big part of the day. The snow was all gone when I went out to gather salad greens at about 5:00 PM.  

I tell Dominic I am going to the greenhouse and he leads me there, or I tell him I am headed for the tool shed and he leads me there. 

I wonder what our new normal will turn out to be, if there ever is a normal season again. Spokane had a snifter of snow this morning that didn't stick, according to Cary. 

 

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