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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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 11:56pm

Yes Patricia I plan on calling and making an appointment soon. I really need to get a check up.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 18, 2013 at 11:31pm

Your Wise Women group sounds great, Joan. I'm not familiar with this. It sounds Pagan.

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:30pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:29pm

Joan you have a wonderful positive attitude. I am behind on getting my yearly checkup - planning on going soon. I have been putting it off. I just hate going.

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:28pm

Joan we are here for you - hope your doctors can remove the cancer. You are in our thoughts.

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.

 

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