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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2015 at 5:46am

Ruth, thanks for the pointer to Madison's Music and what's wrong with the current Supreme Court! "One dollar, one vote" is an apt summation of a lot of it -- and there's the privileged duopoly, and entrenched gerrymandering to create safe incumbents.

(On gerrymandering, the 2002 Economist article "How to rig an election" is still very much relevant, and contains some shocking examples and maps!)

"... what’s needed is a new Supreme Court majority that understands Madison's vision and is not hostile to a broad and inclusive democracy."

That underscores how essential it is for us to vote in every presidential election! Even while the system is broken.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2015 at 3:37am

Just to show that there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle (or sackbut, oud etc)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 12, 2015 at 3:31pm

Funny LOL on dieting, Bertold.

I’ve been on strict dieted for decades too, Plinius. And keep gaining anyway.

I don’t’ get the leg transfer joke, Flying Atheist.

Thanks for the update, sk8eycat. I was wondering how you were doing after that fall. Keep on trecking.

Indiana’s hot too? We had 95° today north of Philly, Randall.

Carl, I personally agree with that. I enjoy seeing people of all body sizes and shapes flaunting enjoying skimpy swimwear. It seems as if many HWF regulars, including myself, walk with care.

Speaking of bleak futures, Joan, and bleak present, I was surprised to learn how much the US supreme Court has destroyed democracy. 8 Ways the Supreme Court Has Been Destroying American Democracy

As for your big old house being too much to maintain, I’ve had a few little similar milestones: giving up a little garden by the road because I couldn’t carry enough water, giving up a lovely aquarium because I couldn’t carry water, giving up hosting parties because I was too tired to enjoy them after carrying chairs up from the basement. I think down-sizing is part of aging.

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 12, 2015 at 12:01pm

Comment by Ian Mason on June 12, 2015 at 12:00pm

Joan, I love that expression ' garden of eat'n'. Are you planning on moving?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2015 at 11:40am

I have great concerns about my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Because of social changes taking place now, I feel a need to set examples for them that will increase their options as they face whatever comes. They do not know how to plant seeds and do the tasks necessary to be self-sufficient. They live in the country requiring skills of repairing things and they do very well at that. They don't know how to plant seeds and do the tasks necessary to grow and preserve food. If they learn those skills they will have options to increase their self-sufficiency. 

In many ways, I hate leaving my home and garden of 41 years. This patch of Earth exists in a very different way than it was all those years ago. 

In many ways, I anticipate the joy of creating a garden of eat'n for Laura and her family.  As I age I need more help, personally, than Cary can provide. My big old house is too much for me to maintain.

It is clear my life changes. I anticipate the Earth changes. So, the theme of this era, in my opinion, requires managing change. Change does not mean fear, it means opportunity. Surely the Eskimos' lives change with the loss of snow and ice. I wonder how they will meet that challenge. I wonder how we will meet our challenges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2015 at 11:19am

Randy, thanks for the lead to  David Archibald, Twilight of Abundance.

I have not read it and intend to, as well as some of the other books listed. 
As to my reaction to "
a bleak future--food shortages, China controlling the world, energy problems, and many more. In fact, his subtitle is "why life in the 21st century will be nasty, brutish, and short". 

I agree that we face a very different world than we lived since the end of WW II. The growing prosperity of the middle class that followed that conflict and the present dismantling of laws that were put in place to protect workers create fundamental changes in our culture. The decline of labor unions, the growing gap of family wealth between rich and poor, the loss of the kind of education that trains people for skilled trades, the changing role of women worldwide, the growing trend toward laissez-faire capitalism, the role of religion in political life, the growing power of China and India all provide reasons to believe great changes take place already. 

Whether the Earth is warming or cooling is not something upon which I can make an informed decision. From what I have read so far my judgment says warming of the Earth exists. I could be wrong and I am not betting my future on one or the other. 



 David Archibald, Twilight of Abundance.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2015 at 10:31am
Hi, Randy!

I understand all the problems with walking. I'm not using a cane anymore but I need to really be careful and walk slowly. I still have a problem with balance and with my knees suddenly giving out if I don't concentrate on each step.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2015 at 9:49am

Grinning Cat, according to your post I, too, can have a bikini body!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2015 at 7:04am
Not much to report around these parts. It's been hot, but I like it. Evidently, there's not much else happening to others here on A/N--few comments.
Glad to hear from Carl. And good luck to Felaine with your new walker.

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