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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 33 minutes ago. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 2:27pm

A recomendation to anyone wanting a new grabber like Thomas suggested, I've had quite a few, from $1 ones to a $20 one.  They all either didn't work right or broke easily excep the $20 one from Home Depot.  It's great.  Found it in the gardenting tool section.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 2:23pm

The couple of surgeries I experienced I was awake. However, prior to surgery the doctor gave me 10 mg Valium. It was lovely after that.

Patricia,

Do you have one of these?

  I use one to pick up things from the floor. I think Ben Franklin invented this so he can reach for books on the top shelves.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 21, 2017 at 2:09pm

One bonus, Patricia: some studies recommend that post-surgery patients eat a diet high in calories. Yes, all the ice cream you want. Cakes too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 1:56pm

Carl, this extraordinary video of musician Dan Fabbio's presenting symptoms, the diagnosis, and treatment tells a remarkable story of a patient, doctors, musicians, and the team that restored him to health. A blending of art and science that gives me goosebumps. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 1:52pm

I went and saw the film Blade Runner 2049 yesterday.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you like the original 1982 Blade Runner, I highly recommend this latest sequel.  It's visually stunning, as the sets and the special effects are awesome.  I found the story and the film to be quite engaging and thought-provoking.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 1:49pm

Interesting story, Carl.  I think If that was me, I would say make sure you get all of the tumor, even if you have to dystroy my music ability.  That's more important than retaining my music ability.  Plus, I've read that when a part of the brain is dystoyed that is responsible for a certain ability, another part of the brain can eventually be used to regain that ability.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

Speaking of being awake during surgery, here's a fascinating story.

Warning!  Parts of this video may be a little disturbing for the medically squeamish. 

Music is not only a major part of Dan Fabbio’s life, as a music teacher it is his livelihood. So when doctors discovered a tumor located in the part of his brain responsible for music function, he began a long journey that involved a team of University of Rochester physicians, scientists, and a music professor and culminated with him awake and playing a saxophone as surgeons operated on his brain. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 11:43am

When I had my kidney transplant the nurses had me up, out of bed, and sitting in a chair later the same day.  It's the recommended practice these days to start moving around after surgeries for quicker healing.  The old method of just laying in bed to recuperate is no longer suggested.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 11:34am

Chris, I join the others here who are expressing relief that you are safe and back home.  It's good to hear from you.  You've raised questions on some very serious issues.  I hope this event will prompt government action to correct these failings.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 11:10am

Chris, glad to hear you're surviving the fires.   I've not kept up with the news on them.  It sounds much worse than I thought.

 

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