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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 1:05pm

Chris, yes, Alexander Calder has several pieces of artwork on display in Chicago.  Interesting that you should bring up his name at this time.  Coincidentally, two of his most prominent and iconic pieces have been making news headlines here just recently.  

The Universe, on display in the lobby of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) since 1974, was dismantled last month and put into storage in preparation for a lobby renovation.  Renovation plans do not include installation.  There is also a legal dispute over who owns the art.

Calder sculpture no longer in Willis Tower 

The other threatened piece is Flamingo.  Also on display since 1974, it has become a cherished icon in Chicago.  It sits in a wide, open plaza bordered on three sides by three Mies van der Rohe designed buildings.  The beautiful bright red color and curves of Flamingo are a stark contrast to the dark, rigid steel and glass buildings by van der Rohe.  The melding of the Calder sculpture and the Mies van der Rohe buildings have created a much loved and beautiful public plaza.  

Right now there is talk of renovating the plaza, and so the future of this sculpture has been questioned.  There are conflicting stories about what is planned for this plaza.  And again, there is a dispute as to who owns the artwork.  The plaza and the Mies van der Rohe buildings are owned by the federal government.  They house federal courts and offices and a post office.  The sculpture was commissioned by the federal government as a public work of art.  Over the years it became an important visual icon of Chicago. 

Preservationists Sound Alarm Over ‘Flamingo’ Sculpture

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 8:24am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2017 at 5:28am

Cinco de Mayo!!! Libertad!!!

Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 2:57am

What are you raising in your green house Joan?

Comment by Chris on May 4, 2017 at 7:08pm

I dislike hearing that President Trump wants to decrease funding for the arts, humanities and PBS.

Comment by Chris on May 4, 2017 at 7:00pm

I read that Alexander Coulder has some great mobile artwork in Chicago.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2017 at 1:48pm

Denmark has had sleet, hail and frost up to the end of April but has survived.

Joan, I admire how much you love your life. Your memories of Cary must be sad and sweet together. I'm glad that his trees and plants are flourishing for you.

Great fountains, Carl. Yes, they are one of the bright things about this season.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2017 at 1:26pm

What I like about the Spring season is that all the fountains get turned on again.

Chicago's Fabulous Fountains from Julia Thiel on Vimeo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2017 at 12:46pm

Joan, we had a overnight frost warning here two days ago, so Old Man Winter is not quite ready to begin his slumber for the season.

I'm glad you have fond memories of Cary, despite their melancholy nature.  Living, growing plants are a beautiful and appropriate way to honor and remember life.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:30am

Oh, not are you an idiot like me, but do you love jesus as much as I do?   I just couldn't resist making it a little closer to the truth.

 

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