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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2013 at 12:10pm

Ian, There are so many wonderful memories I hold of Crete. May I suggest just two spots I enjoyed.  

One is the Cave of Zeus entered from high on the slopes of Mount Ida. I walked, some rode donkeys, and the view from the top still gives me chills because of the beauty and history of that place. I was with Marija Gimbutas and Rianne Eisler and about a dozen others. We carried lighted bees wax candles until we got to the bottom, we blew out our candles, and that was black a black as I have ever seen. We then chanted Old World Goddess Chants that echoed up through the channel to the top entrance. We re-lit our candles and came out into bright Crete sunshine. We sat on stones as Maria told us old stories from the Neolithic when God was a Woman. Marija and I shared a large stone and we talked about the role of women in history, the changes, and the possible futures of a feminine energy being included into politics and economics and religion. 

The second was the Archeology Museum, if you have any interest in the subject. 

There was a second special memory of Crete. There is an old, Neolithic temple that sank into the sea so that part is underwater and part is above. It was on the day of either the Spring Equinox or the Summer Solstice and a full moon. I should be able to figure out the exact date if I go to a moon chart ... too lazy.  We gathered wild flowers from a field, made tiaras and wore them as we danced under the full moon, singing songs Marija and Rianne taught us. Some of us danced into the water. 

Life is meant to be explored, experienced, and enjoyed. 

I hope your trip to Crete leaves you with special memories you can carry to the end of your life. A sweet way to live. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 31, 2013 at 11:31am

Ian be safe on your trip.

Comment by booklover on May 31, 2013 at 8:20am

Ian, so awesome you are going to Crete!  Be safe and have fun!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 31, 2013 at 4:59am

Ian, have a great trip!

Ruth, well said about sex. Consensual sex among adults (or among peers), done while being good and responsible to yourself and to each other, is a natural and good thing!

Part of being civilized is recognizing the difference between "No thanks, that's not for me" and "That's filthy and evil; nobody should do it!"

That said, we do unfortunately have to function within a larger Dominator culture, so the Atheist Nexus and Ning terms of service reflecting the general taboo on nudity and sex are something we have to accept here. As you said, we have to pick our battles: maintaining this vibrant community of nontheists would be a Good Thing.

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2013 at 1:21am

Have a good trip, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2013 at 12:37am

Bye for now, good people. In an hour's time I'll be leaving for Crete. Stay well and look after each other. I'll be back next weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 10:52pm

Ruth, the dietitian not only affirmed your comment about Vit D, but gave me material with science non-biased research to demonstrate its effectiveness. 

She also gave me a website for evidence-based research for information on herbs and cancer. 

MSKCC.org

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 10:38pm

Napoleon, you can judge me a prude, a Victorian, a Tight Ass, or any other word or phase you like. I don't like sex talk. If I like it, I know where to go to see all kinds, every position, using every orifice imaginable. I left GLBT because they have every right to discuss sexuality and I don't like to read or watch it although I support their efforts. I can support them in other ways. 

I don't apologize for being who I am, nor do I judge you for being who you are, or anyone else. Sex is a personal thing and private. 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 30, 2013 at 9:51pm

Of course, Ruth, I agree with you. It's not an issue, I was making a parody of a typical grievance and found it amusing.

I think the video is punk art albeit utilizing a pornographic film.

I am happy if my videos are seen and any publicity is good publicity.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2013 at 8:56pm

The 'Filthy Habits' video might violate the AN standard of not posting something inappropriate for a 14 year old, since it's sexually explicit. While I have no objection to masturbation video in general, I can see how that's doesn't further our purpose. Leaving it here would just give ammunition to critics who view sex as filthy. I'm personally sex-positive. I consider consensual sex among adults as normal healthy behavior, no more morally reprehensible than eating. However AN has to function within a larger Dominator culture in which sex is taboo.

We're not really stitched up, as I see it. You can load up on sexually explicit material from the internet all you want. It just doesn't fit with our purpose here.

We have to pick our battles, Napoleon.

 

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