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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 8:42pm

Cool Joan thanks for the videos and pictures. I am going back through the pages and catching up. Nice brain ice cream Napoleon. Thanks for the space picture sk8eycat.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2013 at 8:36pm

Patricia, is that "MOONDOGGIE"?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2013 at 7:41pm

Joan, if you want to take the Canadian Rail trip with me, we can save our pennies, and meet up in Seattle, and go on from there.  It may take years, but I have a feeling we'll both still be here on Planet Earth to do it.

My mom had cancer that started in her lungs and showed no symptoms till it was all over her body.  By the end of that year, she was cancer-free, and stayed that way for the rest of her life (age 79 - 87)...the chemo was pretty gross at first, but it wasn't as horrible as I've heard some people say it is, and she only went through that twice (10 days each time), with a drug (whose name I've forgotten) to control the nausea after the first day.  She also had something like 45 radiation treatments, too, and NO side-effects from them at all.

Everyone still acts as though any form of cancer is an automatic death sentence, and it isn't.

PS: Mom was diagnosed in 1984...medical science has advanced so much since then.  Trust your team, and I'll see you in Seattle one day.  Or, if you don't want to go all the way to Churchill, I have a friend in Tacoma I can visit, and we can work out some way to visit.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 6:54pm

Oh NO, Joan! The big C! Sorry but that gallows humor was too much for me. Good luck. Take plenty of vitamin D, as well as following the Doctors suggestions. It can help return cells to a quiescent state. I second booklover, you are very dear to us.

You have a talent for graphic visual images Napoleon Bonapaarte. Can’t stop looking at that melting brain.

“Proctomitrist”, funny Steve-ism booklover. It does conjure an image of eyeball up anus.

Sk8eycat, those are the most dramatic aurora pictures I’ve seen. The rays are so distinct in some, as if you can see the searing radiation streaming down. They’re scary and gorgeous.

Here's one that looked dull, with a gradient mask.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 6:29pm

Ian Mason, Agreed: here, now, with joy and laughter and do a little good along the way!

Patricia, I am so glad to learn you are still breathing and certainly have a sense of humor. Thanks for your sharing. I know I am not the only one, and one day cancer will be cleaned out. 

Napoleon, well, you did it again; sent me out of my seat! I'm not going to ask you how you do it ... but it does take a minute to get settled down. Your brain-cone startled me too. 

sk8eycat, your train plan sounds like so much fun; and so many different sights along the way. Indeed I hope you see northern lights. I lived at Wildwood Station, Kenai, Alaska for two years and they were glorious. 

booklover, your sweet encouragement makes my spirits sing. I love Steveisms. Proctomitrist! Perfect! This is no big deal, a small patch showed up since my last exam a year ago. We caught if very early, I expect to have no problem whatsoever. My family were a little discombobulated  but they have settled down nicely. 

Spud, yes, that joke has gotten me through some interesting medical situations. Laughter is the very best medicine. No pain, no discomfort, so far, and I expect a very good outcome. 

Ruth, you are on to something great: viral memes! I just couldn't get the hang of memes, even though I read and discussed them with others. That is my new project: viral memes. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 5:36pm

Colonel Meow, viral meme. I'm infected. Here's one for you.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2013 at 4:10pm

Eye candy for everyone...did any of you in the northern latitudes see this?

 
I MUST see the aurora before I die...I really want to take the train from Los Angeles to Seattle, ferry to vancouver, BC, train to Winnipeg, and from there to Churchill.  See the lights and the bears. 
I don't care if I come back.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 18, 2013 at 3:25pm

Glad to hear you have wonderful doctors joan.  

I'm going to try to remember the ophthorectumy joke the next time I have a biopsy.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 2:20pm

Well, I have had a good time, taking this journey through forces of nature; hope you enjoyed it as well. A week ago, my mammogram came back positive for cancer. I have been taking the steps advised by my wonderful team of doctors; they all have outstanding credentials, they know their fields, and they are fun. I told my doctor when he was taking the biopsy that he might as well do an ophthorectumy (sever the nerve going from my eyeball to my rectum so I wouldn't have such a shitty outlook on life) while he was at it, and the room filled with laughter. Can you think of a better way to get biopsy? 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2013 at 2:09pm

Agreed, Joan. We are here, we are now; enjoy the trip and try to do some good on the way.

 

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