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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

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 Steph S. on May 20, 2013 at 11:29am

That is cute booklover. Hope you are doing well.

Joan I am glad you are doing well.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2013 at 5:19am

It's that time of year again:

EVERYBODY Draw Mohammed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 12:22am
Oh! I just read this page of comments from each of you, and I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with feelings of support and care. Yes, it is tough! I am up to it. And I have heard from so many who have been through it, I know the outcome will be restored health.
Tony, you have a way with words and images that inspire me and I am sure each one of us. Your gift of tender expression feels so ... comforting. Thank you dear friend.
Patricia, your "Canadians turning away from organized religion" reassures me. I feel especially strong about awakening others to the possibility that there is another way to live and this is a perfect example. I don't intend to tell others how to live or what to believe, I just want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to consider other options.
Steph, your cheering tulips remind me that I have this incredibly season to provide me comfort as I work at healing, and have you as a friend.
Lillie, I am happy to learn of Fiona, an elegant name for a fine cat. She is a lucky kitty to have such good care.
Loren, I know you are on my team, you always have been. I value your friendship and good sense and funny way of prodding me.
Mindy, I am really glad to learn you had a nice visit and sad about your daughter's depression. I know she has good medical care, and you are a good sounding board. Does she feel that she is not up to the task of adulthood? Living in such a chaotic world as we have right now can even put old, experienced people on edge. Perhaps she feels overwhelmed. Don't let her read my economic or political stuff. She needs more stability and I can't be good for her on those issues. The only thing I can think of is find things you know she can do and encourage her to do them. Another option might be to volunteer in an animal shelter. Sometimes caring for other living things might help. I like Ruth's idea of walking in nature. I think about you and your daughter and do hope she gets beyond depression to full living.
Ruth, what can I say that I haven't already said? Well, you are a great inspiration to me, clearly showing the way to express what it means to be a free thinker, and encouraging me/us to avoid poo virus. Your contributions on climate change educate us all so we can spread accurate information to others. Your funny bone delights me, always sending a message both happy and pointed.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2013 at 11:07pm

Joan, I agree with you that we have to be smart about our health. Thinking of you.

Patricia, thanks for the good news about organized religion in Canada.

Walking outdoors in nature is supposed to be helpful for depression, booklover.

Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hugs.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2013 at 2:14pm

Hey, Joan!  I'll be thinking good thoughts, but You're TOUGH!!!  That cancer doesn't stand a chance against you!

Comment by Lillie on May 19, 2013 at 2:09pm

I have a Siamese kitty just like the "cat food" kitty and she prefers my food, too.  However, she doesn't get it.  The vet gets on my ding dong if I don't feed her properly because she has allergies.  Her name is Fiona., an elegant cat with an elegant name.

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:27pm

Joan I am always thinking of you.

Sk8eycat - thanks for the pictures

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 1:03am

Just a little attempt at some levity, trying to lighten things a little. That's all.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Tony, "...the rest of us silly monkeys,"?

Please.

 

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