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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 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 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 6:54pm

Oh NO, Joan! The big C! Sorry but that gallows humor was too much for me. Good luck. Take plenty of vitamin D, as well as following the Doctors suggestions. It can help return cells to a quiescent state. I second booklover, you are very dear to us.

You have a talent for graphic visual images Napoleon Bonapaarte. Can’t stop looking at that melting brain.

“Proctomitrist”, funny Steve-ism booklover. It does conjure an image of eyeball up anus.

Sk8eycat, those are the most dramatic aurora pictures I’ve seen. The rays are so distinct in some, as if you can see the searing radiation streaming down. They’re scary and gorgeous.

Here's one that looked dull, with a gradient mask.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 6:29pm

Ian Mason, Agreed: here, now, with joy and laughter and do a little good along the way!

Patricia, I am so glad to learn you are still breathing and certainly have a sense of humor. Thanks for your sharing. I know I am not the only one, and one day cancer will be cleaned out. 

Napoleon, well, you did it again; sent me out of my seat! I'm not going to ask you how you do it ... but it does take a minute to get settled down. Your brain-cone startled me too. 

sk8eycat, your train plan sounds like so much fun; and so many different sights along the way. Indeed I hope you see northern lights. I lived at Wildwood Station, Kenai, Alaska for two years and they were glorious. 

booklover, your sweet encouragement makes my spirits sing. I love Steveisms. Proctomitrist! Perfect! This is no big deal, a small patch showed up since my last exam a year ago. We caught if very early, I expect to have no problem whatsoever. My family were a little discombobulated  but they have settled down nicely. 

Spud, yes, that joke has gotten me through some interesting medical situations. Laughter is the very best medicine. No pain, no discomfort, so far, and I expect a very good outcome. 

Ruth, you are on to something great: viral memes! I just couldn't get the hang of memes, even though I read and discussed them with others. That is my new project: viral memes. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 5:36pm

Colonel Meow, viral meme. I'm infected. Here's one for you.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2013 at 4:10pm

Eye candy for everyone...did any of you in the northern latitudes see this?

 
I MUST see the aurora before I die...I really want to take the train from Los Angeles to Seattle, ferry to vancouver, BC, train to Winnipeg, and from there to Churchill.  See the lights and the bears. 
I don't care if I come back.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 18, 2013 at 3:25pm

Glad to hear you have wonderful doctors joan.  

I'm going to try to remember the ophthorectumy joke the next time I have a biopsy.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 2:20pm

Well, I have had a good time, taking this journey through forces of nature; hope you enjoyed it as well. A week ago, my mammogram came back positive for cancer. I have been taking the steps advised by my wonderful team of doctors; they all have outstanding credentials, they know their fields, and they are fun. I told my doctor when he was taking the biopsy that he might as well do an ophthorectumy (sever the nerve going from my eyeball to my rectum so I wouldn't have such a shitty outlook on life) while he was at it, and the room filled with laughter. Can you think of a better way to get biopsy? 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2013 at 2:09pm

Agreed, Joan. We are here, we are now; enjoy the trip and try to do some good on the way.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 1:36pm

Looking toward space, seeing and learning about all the wonders of that dimension, I experience a sense of being connected. We exist kind of like wells into the universe, grounded on Earth by natural forces of gravity and electromagnetism, and impacted by Weak and Strong Forces of Nature. We need do nothing to cause all this to happen; nature does what it does and we get to participate. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 1:30pm

Although I don't feel the sting of cold and wind, the image winter creates is so beautiful I want to share it. This photo shows the Earth's contortions of these mountains, worn down by time and weather, and the glaciated-created Lake Ontario. Many geologic changes over vast amounts of time, and remnants of evolutionary forces that bring us to this day. This precious planet needs attention. 

 

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