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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 9 hours ago. 3 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Patricia on July 24, 2018 at 9:16pm

Glad to see you Carl, even with your sad news. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2018 at 8:43pm
Hi, everyone. Checking in and thanking you for the well-wishes and birthday greetings.  I warmly appreciate it.  I'm hoping to regularly be back here soon when I finally have my computer running again.  
In the meantime I want to let you know that my father died on July 11.  He was 83.  He went very quietly and peacefully in his sleep in hospice. 
My whole family, my mother and father, two sisters, my brother and I, had all agreed to transfer him to hospice the week prior after being hospitalized for a heart attack the week before that.  He had congestive heart failure and was basically rendered immobile.  He had a totally blocked artery from a collapsed stent that was inserted just eight months ago. The least bit of movement or activity left him gasping for air.  As a result, he was too weak to endure any further corrective medical treatment.  It was painful putting him into hospice because he was 100% mentally alert, but he didn't want to remain bedridden on oxygen and I.V.'s, unable to move for the remainder of his life.  At least it was an informed decision by us all.
As some background, he had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery 34 years ago when he was only 49, so his death now was not totally unexpected.  In fact we feel lucky to have gotten an extra 34 years of life from him. Throughout the last three decades he had countless angioplasties and stents, plus a myriad of other procedures and surgeries for other issues. He endured many inconveniences and hospitalizations quietly and without complaint, always able to return to reasonably good heath and activity. 
Ironically, just last month he participated in a fundraising walk-a-thon on a treadmill without issue.  Unfortunately this last heart attack ended up being too much for him.  The poor guy was just too worn out for major heart surgery.    
So much of my family and relatives were able to visit him the last several days from coast to coast around the country, which was extremely moving and meaningful for him. He was also able to Facetime with grandchildren and great-grandchildren who weren't able to be there in person.  Amongst the tears we were able to do much laughing with him during that time, as my Dad always enjoyed good humor and fun.
His body was cremated and we held a memorial service for him this past Monday the 16th.  The large number of people who attended was a testament to how well liked and respected he was.  Afterward we spread his ashes in a beautiful, secluded peace garden at the church my parents attended.
We'll miss having him around. 
Cheers to all of you.
Mom and Dad
Comment by Patricia on July 22, 2018 at 12:20am

Not too much trouble for a few years now, Plinius, but I have arthritis in my neck which is beginning to be a problem.

Comment by Plinius on July 22, 2018 at 12:11am

A whiplash is a nasty extra, Patricia, I hope it doesn't trouble you much these days.

The Netherlands are baking too, Ian. The parts above sea level are bone dry, with dying trees, people are trying to save the fish from drying brooks, etc. Here below sea level the trees get enough water, but I see many trees and plants that have clearly given up flowering for this year, dropping the buds.

Good luck with your hedges, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 21, 2018 at 1:31pm

That was very kind of the driver, Chris. I hope your new pc arrives soon. Sewing is a useful skill but not one I've ever learned. My fingers don't do what I want them too. 

I don't know what the weather's like other places but Denmark is getting baked. A lot of trees are starting to shut down as if it was Autumn in order to survive. The long-range forecast is for even hotter weather that won't end until mid August. It's hard having to work outside cutting hedges in 30 degrees C!

Comment by Patricia on July 21, 2018 at 1:12pm

We've both had whiplash, & it can come back any time for decades, & we need some physio when it does.....not fun.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2018 at 7:25am

Just now, my printer ran out of ink! I use it primarily for crossword puzzles. Evidently, they use quite a lot of ink. And it ain't cheap. Can't use your cartridges, Bertold. I have an HP.  Hope you get your computer soon, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2018 at 6:59am

Old into new. I got some used bedlinnen from someone who is decluttering. Not the size I needed, but I made three fitted sheets from it. They will serve me for five years at least.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2018 at 5:54am

What are you sewing?

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2018 at 3:54am

Yes, it was very thoughtful of him, but a whiplash is something to be very careful about...

So I'm patiently waiting for pc number 4, going through a lot of retrieved messages etc. and making miles on the sewing machine...


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