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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2013 at 10:25pm

 sk8eycat, how sweet of you to think of me to join on your cross country trip. I know it would be fun. However, my travelling days are far behind me; I got it out of my system and just love enjoying my little nest. 

I have absolutely no worries about the coming processes. I volunteered for several years at Cancer Patient Care, NW and came to love the patients and become familiar with their challenges.

The thing I worry about is the unknown direction this climate change business will take and if enough people wake up to the risks facing us if we don't make some basic changes. 

I am profoundly happy, my family is doing well and fully able to care for themselves. My grandkids develop beautifully and my great-grandkids have the possibility to see things I can't even imagine. 

My Wise Women group provides outstanding support for whatever comes. They carted me hither and yon for two and a half years when I couldn't drive because of my heart, and we laugh and cry and play and work as if we were teenagers again. Well ... we dont have the energy even as we have the enthusiasm. 

Cancer is definitely not a death sentence. However, do get your regular check up. I have a mammogram every year and this one showed a growth that biopsied positive. So, there are tasks to be done and I am up to the challenge.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2013 at 10:20pm

Glad to hear your optimism, Joan and that the problem has been caught early. All the best to you and keep us posted. You're loved and wanted by a lot of people.

The Steveisms are great. It's hard to keep a straight face when people come out with that kind of thing.

I would also love to see the Aurora. The few times in Denmark the weather forcast says there's a possibility it either doesn't happen or the skies are cloudy.

Ice-cream for Zombies, Napoleon? Or a bad case of brainfreeze?

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.  :)

 

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