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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:03am

Carl, I am so happy to learn the panic attacks have subsided. Knowing why you have been feeling the symptoms you had helps. It is not good news that there is no cure. A new normal sounds in order. You are so positive, and have so many mental resources, you will get through whatever lies ahead. 

Oh yes! the big 5 0 ! Half a century! Now you are an official elder ... at least in the tribal terms of life. Next milestone at 75 will call for a big celebration. 

For me, it was hitting 60. I had a huge party with all my friends and family. We had such a good time I really enjoyed the day. One of my birthday parties, I can't remember which, my granddaughter, Michelle, looked at me with amazement at whatever the number was. I felt so gleeful, she was impressed! It isn't often a grandchild makes one feel exceptional. They bring me joy, and excitement, but usually I don't feel exceptional. That boosted my emotions to a new high. 

I know the feeling, don't leave my comfort zone for anything but the necessities. It does feel good to just relax, take it easy, let others do their thing, be content just enjoying each new sunrise and sunset, happy to be alive and very happy to lie down to rest. 

Do take good care of yourself, dear friend. One day at a time, sometimes just getting through the hour, and getting over each challenge, is a victory.

I like your new avatar! Very handsome! And I like thinking of you as a mature man with a few miles on your odometer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 10:49am

Mindy, good news so far and I expect you will handle whatever news comes along in the future. We are a resilient lot! In the meantime, choose joy! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2014 at 9:07am

Mindy, glad to hear your good news.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2014 at 8:53am

Thanks, Randy, I was a little stunned myself! 

I love the phrase "geewillikers."  Little Jimmy from The Cinnamon Bear radio serial in the 1930's used that expression.  Any of you (if you'll pardon the expression) old-timers remember Jimmy & Judy searching for the silver star for the top of their christmas tree?  That was always a perennial favorite to listen to during December.  

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2014 at 7:43am

Geewillikers, I take a day off from the computer (with grandson), and I miss all sorts of news--good and bad.

Carl, your kidney situation stunned me. Goodness, I hope you can return to some sense of normalcy in the coming weeks. 

Hang in there, Mindy. Try not to worry or think about any prognosis.

Ian, I'm envious!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2014 at 3:34am

I have returned! Been on a lovely visit to England. Had a smashing time with some of the family, eating, drinking lots of tea and relaxing. Also managed to squeeze in 2 art exhibitions, 1 Shakespeare play and 1 prom concert. It don't get much better.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2014 at 7:28pm

That's good news, Mindy.  Sorry you have to have all this back-N-forth to Madison, but I guess it is worth it. 

BTW, I was thinking......next time you use your health as an excuse to get out of a family function, call me.  I will do the same and we can get together for a movie night.  lol

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2014 at 10:35am

Well, despite my vow to embrace turning 50 years old last month, it has hit me like a ton of bricks.  lol    While recuperating, I have only been leaving the house to get food and supplies or to keep my numerous doctor's appointments.  Yesterday, I went to the eye doctor.  I'll be wearing glasses full-time now to correct vision problems I've been having.  No big deal, though.  I'm kind of looking forward to getting them in two weeks.  I'll be able to read books again!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2014 at 10:17am

Thanks, everyone, for all your words of support.  It means a lot to me.  I know I can come here and find a receptive ear when needed. 

Joan, my panic attacks seem to be under control now that my kidneys are stabilized.  I'm definitely feeling calmer and more at ease.  Knowing what the problem is and having it taken care of is half the battle, physically and mentally. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2014 at 9:29am

Carl, this dreadful news must have hit you hard, even though your body was probably sending you messages for some time. I am so grateful the doctor caught it before a heart attack or some other dastardly event. You are a smart fellow and know how to research and ask questions and seek information so that you can take as complete control as possible. 

The trick now is to feel that you are not a victim, but a warrior taking on a challenge of a lifetime. Each day, each moment, you have things to do to help correct the malfunction of your kidneys. It is very easy to fall into a depression, I did, and get help with that immediately. Don't think it will go away with positive self-talk. Depression is far more insidious than that. 

I/we am/are with you, dear friend, able and willing to read whatever you feel like pumping into the computer. We are survivors. More importantly, we are the thrivers of the world. We flourish in the face of illness, disaster, misfortune. Life is more than our illness. 

It is a good idea to get help with panic attacks. It usually takes only short term care to get over them, but it does require a skilled practitioner. 

 

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