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

Started by Loren Miller 5 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 Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:59am
Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:32am

Best wishes Ruth, pinched nerve pain is really horrible.

Daylight saving time starts today - means to me that I'll wake up at 5:30 the next month. But the weather is slowly - very slowly turning warmer. I can't delay planting seedlings in my roof garden, I'll risk another patch of night frost killing the new plants.  The beans, peas and some hollyhocks are already outside..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2013 at 12:00am

Ruth, glad to hear you're feeling better.  For me to say that you're fondly thought about here can only be a tremendous understatement.  I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather.  Your front garden sounds nice.  No flowering plants here in Chicago, yet.     

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 30, 2013 at 11:44pm

Joan, I’m glad to hear of the optimistic forecast. Good luck. Thanks for the Mangosteen video. As a retired high school science teacher I second your opinion that science teaching in US high schools is spotty.

Cute takeoff on Shakespear, Idaho Spud. But it looks Photoshopped. The bird would fall over standing like that.

Napoleon, That “the Scream” takeoff is kinda creepy.

Steph, I love “wi haz an us” and pigtail chewing cat.

Sk8eycat, great argument, “This is not a difficult concept”. Visula presentation is so much more intuitive than words, words, words.

As for me, I’ve been doing better the last few days, but hardly find time to finish the news. *sigh* I’m due for a third steroid injection for pinched nerve pain management in 4 or 5 days, but this flare-up is already mostly over. My front garden has some nice Hellebores and crocuses. Life is good.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 11:40pm

Joan, thanks for sharing the link to the List of Secular Holidays.  I'm going to start putting those on my calendar and touting them to unsuspecting family members and acquaintances.  :)

Melinda, the liberal christian church I grew up in started a tradition back in the '70s when I was a kid and held a seder meal every year.  Well, the very first year when it was time to partake of the bitter herbs, we all naively chomped off a big piece of horseradish root and as a result the place just went to hell.......LOL.  Everybody was beet-red, coughing, choking, laughing and sweating buckets.  All decorum was lost.  I hated going to those meals (if you can call them meals.)  I couldn't wait to get home to eat some real food.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 10:29pm you may know, I'm a flight attendant.  This past Wednesday a woman getting off the plane said to me, "Have a Happy Easter......or Passover, whichever applies.......well, not 'happy'.......sacred.  Good night!"  That just cracked me up. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 10:25pm

Melinda, I happen to like apricots.  But especially when they're dried and dipped in chocolate.  Have you tried them that way?  :) 

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 8:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 8:16pm

Spud that is adorable! Love the squirrel.

Napoleon thanks for the coffee. I love coffee.

Sk8eycat - that is true - fetus is not a person yet.

So how is everyone this weekend?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2013 at 7:40pm


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