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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:24pm

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:23pm

Carl, I'm getting sceptical about doctors. I think research has outstripped them to the extent that even the best (and they're not all good) can't keep up. Second opinions will have to be more commonplace in the future so a second doc. has a chance to spot what the first one didn't think of. 

How are you feeling just now and how far are you in the dialysis process? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:07pm

Joan, I tend to be a "glass half full" type of person.  I have a very positive outlook in life.  That being said, I am also a realist and fully know the seriousness of my condition and the importance of carefully following medical advice.  Having a positive attitude is important but also knowing that Pollyanna thinking and denial is harmful both physically and mentally.  All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:32pm

As a tree develops with many twists and turns, so does life. Find the balance in each part of life, and make it a thing of beauty. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:26pm

Use the reality of what is to find a new balance in living. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:20pm

Carl, the body is such an amazing structure. It will send out messages that we can ignore, only to realize that they were signals our body sends us that something is not working quite correctly. It is amazing to me, that we have much encouragement to not pay attention. We do need to attend to these symptoms and take action, even if the experts tell us there is nothing wrong. I am advocating paying attention to these things, doing things, such a keeping a diary of unusual events, noting pattern changes in one's body, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  That is not being a hypochondriac, that is being prudent.

This change in your life can be a destroyer of happy living; it can also be an opportunity explore your mental power over adversity. I am not suggesting a Pollyanna approach to this terrible news. I do mean to explore all the opportunities for growth and development.

It helped me to take a participant observer stance, observing the changes in my body, noting them, and realizing these are all a part of the process, in my case of cancer, in your case, of liver failure. 

Share the good and bad with us; we are up to the challenge of walking this walk with you. Just as we can't do anything to make you well, we can do everything to be with you through the bad and good times.  

My thoughts are with you dear friend. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 9:17am

An atheist bat.  Who would have thunk it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 9:14am

Interesting Carl.  Hope you get that new kidney soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:02am

Believe it or not, I've fallen quite a few times in the past two years.  My knees have been quite weak and I've fallen getting off buses or tripping and not being able to stop myself from falling.  I had been worried about this and had an MRI done on one of my knees.  The results showed all was well.  The physical therapist was also skeptical of my claims that my problem was in both knees. 

Long story, short, I just discovered that my weak knee problem is real and is related to the issues I'm having with my kidneys.  Apparently the kidneys are responsible for regulating an enzyme which is causing weakness in my leg and hip muscles.  Once I get a kidney transplant, my doctor says this problem will correct itself.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 7:38am

Felaine, falling:  what a bummer, but hopefully that's where you land most of the time.

I think the new (serious) "I've fallen, and I can't get up." advertisements are weird because over the years, so many jokes have been made at the expense of that phrase.  


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