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

Started by Loren Miller 15 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 Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 11:29am

Hope the mammogram went well, Melinda.

Sagan's experience with MJ fits almost exactly with my first experience with tobacco! I experienced synaesthesia -I could SEE music - and felt that, for the first time I really understood harmony deep down in my soul. Probably why I got hooked for the next 39 years.

As far as mj goes, I loved the first few times and wanted to stay stoned all the time but then it turned nasty on me and caused severe panic attacks. That was probably for the best, otherwise I would have become a chronic stoner.

Weather here typical autumnal: mild, wet, windy and changes twice an hour.

Good weekend all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2012 at 10:55am

It is now official, my winter hibernation starts today; we had 2+ inches of snow last night and the garden is absolutely gorgeous! 
I have never had a cigarette in my mouth, nor have I tried MJ. My only experience with it was while in graduate school, every night students got high and acted so silly I just didn't want to participate. I still don't like second hand smoke, whether tobacco or MJ. That old victorian upbringing holds a tight hand, but at least I can disregard its chatter when I want to. 

I really am looking forward to winter, even if it predicted to be a "cold/hot" one. Last time we had such a winter I lost a couple dozen roses to the freeze/thaw patterns over and over. Everything was well protected, but it could not stand up to the fluctuations. So, perhaps more will die this winter. It's OK because it will open up room for more vegetables and fruits. 

Hope everyone is warm, well fed, doing something you like to do with someone you like to be with, and content. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2012 at 10:43am

It's true, I had the same experience with cannabis; it's really wonderful to smoke a joint and look at art. But I've also seen a lot of people who used whatever they could find as an escape from the problems they should have faced, and there are more reasons to be careful with cannabis. Tobacco is a much nastier addiction, by the way.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 10:32am

I take it elated-cat is being sarcastic.  Hehe :)

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2012 at 10:25am

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2012 at 10:20am

Hugs to you Ian - I love that Snoopy.

Booklover - I love that Irish cat!

Tony that looks like it is a picture from the National Geographic.

So how is everyone doing this Friday?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 10:15am

Joan, that's interesting about Carl Sagan's cannabis use.  I've not heard that before, so I looked it up on Wikipedia.  I think it should be legalized as well, but I've never used it and don't plan on trying it at the present time.

While reading about his life, I saw this humorous comment: 

Sagan units

As a humorous tribute to him, a sagan has been defined as a unit of measurement equal to at least four billion, since the smallest number that may be described as billions and billions must be two billion plus two billion.[41][42]

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2012 at 9:52am

Patricia, I'm glad you've found an atheist doctor, and Sk8eycat, your secular jew specialist sounds like a keeper also.  

And, it would be a horror story to me also, if an eye surgeon wanted to pray with me before the operation.  There was a cat-lick hospital here in the past, but it thankfully went out of business.  The present one here appears to be secular, but there's a butt-load of mormons working there, and they ask for your religious preference when you first come to them.  I just said none.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2012 at 8:49am

Didn't really know where to post this, so I'm gonna put it here. It just struck me when I saw it. Just beautiful.

November 9, 2012

Hamar Portrait, Ethiopia

Photograph by Pascal Mannaerts

This Month in Photo of the Day: 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Hamars are a people of East Africa living in southwestern Ethiopia in a fertile area of the Omo Valley. The gracious Hamar women, freeing pride and dignity even in the midst of the bustling weekly market, are easily spotted with their characteristic outfits. They take pride in their dress and accessories and win the prize as the most decorated of the Omo people. The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar girls includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2012 at 1:37am


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