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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 The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2015 at 4:21pm
Ruth, what instrument does your husband play?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2015 at 1:38pm

Hi, Randall. A thousand dollars to pour ashes into a hole! You started my day with a laugh. My parents chose cemetery burial, less green.

It’s been gloomy and chilly here in Eastern PA too, Flying Atheist. The birds have been chirping, as if they’re roosting, half the day. Since our heat is off I got out my HeatHolders socks. Perfect for cold tile.

I envy your blackberry picking, Ian. And running in the woods too. It’s been years since I could jog.

Sorry I haven’t posted. Nose bleeds for a week or so, but they stopped.  Mostly I’ve been kind of brainless lately. I see interesting articles, but don’t have the energy to share. Getting out of the recliner takes more work than it used to. As you can see from my new profile picture, I’m mostly grey now.

I get mild depression, reacting to bad climate and political news. I’ll try to stop lurking and actually say something.

Joan, my husband joined a senior band that includes big band songs in their list (it doesn’t compete with his blues band). So I’ll be hearing more of that music here at home.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 4, 2015 at 12:58pm

Glad you found a good solution, Randy.

Welcome, Jonathan. Nice to have you here.

I've been using the mild Autumn weather for good things. Running in the woods and (when I've found the good spots) going back and picking blackberries. Now have plenty frozen ready for the Winter.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2015 at 11:23am

Happy weekend, everyone. 

Yes, Randy, it's been pretty gloomy and chilly lately.  My apartment temperature is down to 64-degrees, but I haven't turned on the heat.  It's not unbearably cold yet.  It's kind of nice to lounge around in my flannel pants and a sweatshirt.  I'm rehearsing my winter coziness.  

Hey, Jonathan.  You're a new face here.  Welcome!  Nice to have you with us.

Comment by Greyfax Grimwald on October 4, 2015 at 8:02am

I also still have to decide where to put my mom's ashes. I have very mixed feelings about her, but I promised I would wait at least a couple of years before deciding anything, otherwise they might have ended up flushed down the toilet. I am glad you don't seem to have any mixed or negative feelings, but that's total BS that the cemetery wanted to charge that much when - esp. when you'd be doing the work yourself.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 4, 2015 at 7:03am

Gee, where is everybody? It's been a week. 

It's another gloomy Autumn day here in Indiana. Fitting for spreading my father's ashes around the farm and at my parent's headstone. I wanted to simply dig a hole there and deposit the container of ashes. But can you believe the cemetery charges a thousand bucks to do it?! No different than the cost of a regular burial.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 27, 2015 at 7:09am

Loren, I love "Corner Pocket"! One of my faves.

Joan, interesting info.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 3:51pm

Geez, I've never heard that song before (Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere.)  Nice!  Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:31pm

You guys catch my memory with those old songs. Big bands, great musicians, beautiful scores and lyrics. Lots of memories, i.e. dads gone to war, most moms working outside the home. The new sort of demand for child care, with grandparents and great-grandparents taking on that task. Food rationing, no fats or sugars. Women were learning how to drive. 

How Much things cost in 1943 Average Cost of new house $3,600.00 Average wages per year $2,000.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas15 cents Average Cost for house rent $40.00 per month Bottle Coca Cola 5 cents Average Price for a new car $900.00

 

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