Just wondering....   more than 30,000 members.  At most, I am guessing 20 or 30 or so post discussions or get involved in discussion.  Not that I keep track.

That's the size of a mega-church.  Sorry for the analogy.  It's about the size of the town where I grew up.  Also not a good analogy, that town was a sorry excuse for an over-sized septic tank.    Let's just say it's a lot of people.

Anyway, I wonder what happens for the folks who sign on and don't post.  I hope this site is useful for them.  I suppose if 30,000 people were all posting and discussing it would be kind of overwhelming.  Maybe page-views generate some funding for the site?

I also wonder about people who used to be very active, then....   poof!  vanished!  There are a bunch of them.  Did they get bored?  Found Jesus?  Get busy and no longer had time?  Found peace with being atheist, the need was met, move on?

Just speculating.  I sometimes welcome new members hoping to inspire involvement, and others do a lot more of that than I do.

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Joan, you are one amazing person.  I appreciate hearing more of your story.

Jerry, thanks for your kind words. Life hands you a lemon, make pickled lemons. 

theburningmonk, I hope to learn more of your story. I have a feeling you have a story that needs to be told. Thank you for your nice comment. 

Joan, anyone who has the piss-poor judgment to call you a "bad woman" doesn't know shit from Shinola.  As for the jackasses at Gonzaga who wanted to give their unqualified appraisal of your handiwork, it is more than obvious that they suffered from their own presuppositions, biases and indoctrinations, either childhood or adult.  They were SCARED of you, the primary and possibly the dominant reason why they would not grant you a doctorate, scared because they hadn't the cojones to recognize the truth of your arguments and that you were the one on the rock and they were the ones on the sand.

Give it time.  That sand is becoming QUICK, if you catch my meaning.  It's happening even as we speak.

Loren, I agree, I am really optimistic about what is happening, not only within this group and between groups, but in the undercurrent of people getting ready to take thought and action. I am very encouraged. 

I am also surprised that I still have buttons that get pushed. I really don't need to blow people away. 

Thank you for your encouragement and support. 

Patricia, you say you are "not well-eduated" and I experience you as a wise and thoughtful person. You have opinions and state them clearly. I don't have to wonder what you write because you write distinctly. Your food and recipes work for me and your graphic art delight me. I look forward to learning how you like Ubuntu and am very glad you are out of Microsoft and Windows. 

Your husband is a jewel, with his beautifully designed garden and greenhouse. 

I am the same way with the phone..I absolutely hate having to get on the phone. I'm probably one of the few people left in the country that doesn't own a cell phone.

Are you a breast cancer survivor? My wife is, and she developed hoshimoto's disease and had to have her thyroid removed. The thyroid is in the neck (sorry if you already know this) and the surgeon nicked, and partially paralyzed one of her vocal chords. She was also recently diagnosed with Myastenia Gravis with one of the symptoms being vocal function issues. She can talk, but as the day goes on her voice gets weaker, sometimes to the point of it being nothing more than a hoarse whisper (she sounds like she has laryngitis).

I hope you find out what you voice issue is. We've learned to keep insisting that the doctor keep looking until they figure out what the problem is.It took 2-1/2 years and about 20 doctor visits to the Myastenia Gravis diagnosis.

I hate the phone too.  I thought I was some sort of...  I don't know, Neanderthal? - but I am not talkative, I don't hear well, I like seeing the other person for their body language and I might be doing some non-conscious lip reading to enhance my bad hearing.  

I do have a cell phone,  Texting is good when it's hard to hear

You're not alone! I know a few phone haters as well (a woman and a couple of men) who are fine with conversations in person. One friend says he'd prefer to drive an hour to meet someone face-to-face rather than have a social phone conversation! I don't mind using texts, instant messages, and email with them when we're not together.

My own preference is to hear someone's voice.

(Another possible aspect: text-based communication isn't as demanding of our sustained attention in the same way that a voice conversation is. You can take your time to reply.)

Grinning Cat, I like your no cell phone conversation cartoon. It is a keeper. 

Daniel, I am grateful you had your cell phone on you when you collapsed. 

Joan, that's a good point and thank you.  Cell phones do have a role.  Everyone has a different level of comfort with them too, as with anything else.  For emergencies, they are a real tech-send.  Not a god send of course.

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