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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 sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 7:14pm

I had some "issues" with my dad when I was in my teens, but when he sobered up I quit skating and went to work in his bookkeeping and escrow office.  I learned a LOT, and got to know him better, but always felt that I'd let him down because I never went to college, never got married, etc. 

But the week after he died, I had to call ALL his clients to tell them that I wasn't qualified do their taxes and stuff (I was working in advertising by then).  Anyway, every single one of them told me "He was so proud of you."  I fell apart....and I have always wondered why he never told me that.

Oh, and we had a row with Dad's sister and her husband (son of a preacher-man) because Dad had been adamant about no services... he just wanted his ashes scattered in the ocean without any fuss, so that's what we did.  (I've already made arrangements for the same thing for myself. Phish Phood.)

Families....there's always someone who has to complicate things. Or feel offended, or whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:42pm

Just got this as part of an e-mail from FFRF...I think it's clever

FoundingFathersWinterSolstice

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:34pm

Dear Grinning Cat, when my father died (in 1985, right before my 46th birthday), some twit did say "He's in a better place now," and I screamed back, "WELL, I'M NOT!!!"  Idiots.

This is not a comforting thing to say, but I have to tell the truth...I still miss him.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 17, 2012 at 4:14pm

Thanks for all of your support and good thoughts! (And refreshingly, without having to deal with well-meaning theistic talk about a better place, etc.)

Felaine, the hugging cat is perfect!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 3:20pm

"I bought this at Macy's Cyber Monday Re-tail Sale!"

(I don't know if this is a PhotoShop-type job or not, and I don't really care...'tis beautiful!)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 2:54pm

Flying "A"...OH! YESS!  I always wanted to skate to that, but I was never good enough. (couldn't jump.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 2:09pm

Yes, sk8eycat, Blood, Sweat and Tears is another great group, as well.  So is The Association.  They had a lot of great hits.  In my opinion, Chuck Mangione is the guy who introduced and popularized the flugelhorn for the masses.  He had some big hits in the 70's and 80's playing it.   

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 12:33pm

Good morning, Flying A.....Blood, Sweat & Tears has amazing brass, too.  I get chills (of happiness) when I hear the intro to "Spinning Wheel."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK62tfoCmuQ

The Association (the original group) had a couple of horns, too.  One of the guys played a strange looking thing called a Flugelhorn.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 11:56am

Tony, good morning and thanks for posting the Lighthouse song.  I've never heard of them.  Great song!  I've always liked rock music that included horns.......Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, etc. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 11:52am

Grinning Cat, so sorry to hear of your sad news.  Be well.  --Carl

 

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