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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

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Comment by Steph S. on March 31, 2013 at 6:40pm

Booklover you have such a beautiful daughter and a beautiful black kitty too.

Joan that feast sounds wonderful - so nice to have your family there with you.

Beautiful hiking pictures Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 6:23pm

Sunday morning, at my daughter's home with her husband and soon to be joined by two grandaughters and their mates, and five great-grandchildren, celebrate coming spring. Of course a big feast of baked ham, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, and all the trimmings send out aromas as they bake and marinate. 

My granddaughter, her mate, and their blended family of five children hiking this morning sent back these photos. We will all be together this evening with a shared dinner. 

Snow on the ground in the forest that surrounds their home has almost melted. A white rabbit and deer peak in on us, just checking in. Even Dominic and Spaz, dogs, watch them, but accept wild  visitors. There is something special about this family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 5:34pm
I appreciate your sharing, Patricia; the positive support that comes from staff feels so good, and then from family and friends is like frosting on a cake. I am prepared for the bad stuff, even with some good relaxation processes. I expect to complain when the time comes.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2013 at 4:49pm

Melinda, it's great to see you and your daughter enjoying time together!

And thanks for that good advice on dealing with preachy Christian Facebook friends: "Unfriend them.... just because they don't see you on their friends list doesn't mean you're not there. Have faith."

Sk8eycat, that picture "This is not a chicken ... this is not a person ... this is not a difficult concept" is right on. A potential child is not yet a person. The unspoken "personhood" / "child" / "unborn baby" assumption behind anti-choice arguments needs to be consistently spoken and refuted.

Spud, observant Jews' Sabbath practices actually do follow somewhat logically from their (crazy!) axioms. The 39 categories of creative or controlling actions (rather than physical effort) that they avoid on the Sabbath are extrapolated from the categories of "work" used to build the tabernacle in the desert. Electricity is seen as a sort of "fire" that shouldn't be controlled directly, but timers and thermostats are OK, as is keeping food hot with a stove or oven that's already on. And as Melinda mentioned, traditional Jews are actually required to violate the Sabbath rules (and most others) when it means saving someone's life.

Many humanistic Jews, while rejecting "god said so" or "the rabbis said so", find value in the Sabbath as a time to "rest" from trying to dominate and control the world and other people, and appreciate who and what we have. It also asserts that time off isn't just for the rich, and that our dignity is based on more than our jobs and paychecks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:47am

Not important, but I had another thought about the Shakespearian nom bird picture.  I wonder if it could be real, but rotated.  The branch could be slanting down to the right, and the bird is standing plumb.  Not likely, just a thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:41am

Steph, the cat chewing on the braid made me smile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:38am

Melinda, that is crazy.  Driving is more work than walking?  Pushing a button is more work than climbing the stairs?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:35am

Yes Ruth, I thought the nom bird would fall over also.  Almost certainly  photoshopped.  However, I wonder if it's possible that a real bird could get in that position because of their strong grip.  What do you think Steph?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:05am

Funny Melinda. "....not a good decision."

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:02am

Felaine, I like "This is not....".

 

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