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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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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 Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:59pm

Thanks for your support friends on Atheist Nexus. I am feeling just fine and in good spirits. I feel well supported and encouraged. I have a cloud of supporters.

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 10:46pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:41pm

Carl, so, you are moving into the high tech age with gusto. My daughter and son-in-law use them in their businesses; Remarkable what information they can carry with them. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 10:40pm

Joan I am glad to hear the surgery went well.

You have been in my thoughts.

I am thinking about you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:38pm

Hi! a quick update. Surgery went very well, Had very little pain that responded to a little medication. My daughter and granddaughter, Michelle, were with me and brought me home and had a beautiful break-the-fast lunch. I feel great. 
Ruth, thank you so much for the information on parsley, celery and chamomile tea. I have lots of parsley growing in my garden, I love celery and I have the tea available and love it. Glad the list didn't include such things as cod liver oil. 

Ian, the stages of life your Mum and step-Mum are in is not easy on you. Please do take good care of yourself and keep positive thoughts going, for yourself and for them. Perhaps your Mum could hear your voice, even if she couldn't respond. It doesn't hurt to talk to her; she may not hear and if she does, at least you do what you can. I remember the helpless feeling of not being able to help. Thankfully, there are medications that can keep her free of pain. The happy photo looks great. Nice to see you and your new hat.

A very heavy rain started this afternoon with lots of lightning and thunder. The air looks and smells scrubbed, and green as Ireland. A perfect sight to come home to.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 10:29pm

Wow, Joan.  That rising tide video is scary.  I can't imagine having to put myself in such continuous danger to collect food for survival.  If I was in desperate need and there was a large abundance of food available to collect during a short period of time, I would think it would be difficult making the decision when to stop gathering.  When is just one more piece too much before it's too late and you are helplessly trapped?  It must be scary to have literally tons of unstable ice shifting above and around you and an unstoppable tide moving in to drown you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 9:57pm

Race against the Tide

Thanks Ed. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 6:22pm

Oh cool - glad that worked for you Carl. I use it myself all the time when I am away from my computer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 2:04pm

Thanks, Steph.  That worked!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2013 at 1:59pm

Just returned from England so still trying to catch up.

Great to hear that you're keeping chipper, Joan. Good luck with the cell-stomping to you and your team. And yes, you've persuaded me: I've started a round of "given up smoking" check-ups to see if there's any permanent damage or latent consequences.

Things in England were a bit mixed. My step-Mum is still in hospital after her COPD attack but has been moved to a physio unit and is just starting to make some progress. She managed to stand up yesterday, with support, for the first time in 12 weeks. Me and a step-sis were there to cheer her on and that seemed to help, plus I told her that the sooner she gets back on her feet, the sooner she can use the WC instead of a pot, which is a great motivator for here.

Visited my Mum in her care home. The first time I was there she was fairly lucid and only a bit doolally but the second time she was miles away and kept falling asleep. Later that day the home rang and said that they were getting a doctor to see her as she wasn't even able to stand up any more. I have a suspicion that her repeated urinary tract infections have become chronic and may have spread further around the pelvic/kidney region.

Apart from that, it was great to see family. Went to a country show with my brother and his family: saw old-fashioned steam and vintage tractors, wood-turning, a falconry show, various dog and horse events plus ate venison sausage rolls and home-made jam sponge. We even bought hats! I'm the one with the tea mug.

 

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