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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

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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 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. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2015 at 1:02pm

Oh, CLASSIC cut, Pat.  Always liked Spirit, myself.  They were a fun band!

Comment by Pat on November 5, 2015 at 12:37pm

22 °C, or 72 °F here at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Like Cleveland, that's unusual for this area at this time of the year. It's normally around 11 °C cooler or 22 °F cooler than it is today. While I'm enjoying it, in the back of my mind, I keep hearing that song from the 60's group "Spirit." Natures Way

Comment by Plinius on November 5, 2015 at 11:21am

Here it's about 4 °C warmer than usual...

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2015 at 10:58am

77° F here in Cleveland, which is CRAZY for this time of year.  I think come next week the other shoe will drop and the temps will fall into something more normal.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2015 at 6:50am

To me, these are bonus days as far as weather is concerned. I'll be golfing for the fourth straight day today. Unheard of in November. And next week is supposed to be nice, too. Reality will settle in eventually. Not looking forward to that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 4, 2015 at 7:03pm

We had fantastic weather here in Philly. Hope you all enjoyed your day too.

Do you have weather envy?

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p.s. It's due to Arctic Oscillation, not El Nino.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 2, 2015 at 10:26pm

Thanks for asking, Joan. There's only symptom control for pinched nerve syndrome. I tried a neck stretching device (about $350) a few years ago. It did make my back feel better. After two weeks my hips got very very painful. It hurt so much I couldn't sit or stand still, just paced about with my walker. Lasted about 3 weeks, then subsided. Apparently the stretching, anchored at the hip girdle, inflamed cartilage there or something. I threw it out. Now I regret it, since my symptoms are worse. Bought another device, from Australia, that worked differently. Couldn't adjust it properly. It always rotated too far and too fast. Put it in the attic. Now I'm thinking of trying again. I have a cervical stretching deice that only works on the neck, that seems OK. But it felt as if it was making my current problem, nerves down my shoulder and right arm to my hand, a little worse. <sigh> I use a lidoderm patch to help me sleep, sometimes two.

It sucks getting old.

Don't have time to look at the 30 minute video tonight. Tomorrow.

250 trick or treaters, kind of overwhelming. I got nine.

Keep us up to date on your progress, please, Flying Atheist. And thanks for the virtual hug. Here's one for you too. Hubby will get a second cataract surgery in 2 1/2 weeks, he had a capsulotomy today.

Good night, All!

 

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