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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2013 at 5:19pm

Oh, that is SO true!  My best friend for the last 10 years is a man  in DC...we talk on the phone a lot, but we've never met face to face, or I would have hugged him and never let go.  We"met" on an atheist forum that no longer exists.  I have 2 or 3 longtime friends from that forum, and we all keep each other hanging onto life when things get rough.

I just thought of a line from one of Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" books, "I'd rather have 5 good friends than one mediocre lover."  I've got the friends...gave up on lovers so long ago I can't remember who the last one was; just that he was worse than average.

Tee-hee!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2013 at 4:18am

Happy solstice all :-)

Just got home from my night shift and a good workout so these ARE my plans for the day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2013 at 1:51am

sk8eycat, you are a treasure; I got goose bumps all over again when I read your celebration of my news.

You have so many challenges, it is a wonder you keep your keen sense of humor. Having good health care from "an artist" makes such a great difference and you deserve it. Your description of petting Lyle immediately after your surgery and feeling his hair evokes visions of what can happen and should happen in our health delivery system. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2013 at 12:39am

Joan, no...my hands started becoming arthritic when I was in my early  40s, and it may have been tendons or ligaments getting hung up on calcium deposits in my fingers.  Also, I had a condition called hyperparthyroidism...a rogue parathyroid gland was drawing calcium out of my bones, and depositing it where it didn't belong...all over my body (and expelling some of it through my kidneys).  A LOT of the deposits slowly went away after I had surgery in 1992, and so did symptoms like trigger finger. 

Oh!  I forgot!  I had carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, too.  I had the right hand fixed (they wanted to do the left hand first, and I argued and argued till I finally wore them down) in 1993  because I desperately needed to go back to work, and my best office skill always was on the 10-key.  I was a whiz.

The amazing thing was that the carpal tunnel release was done as "day surgery." I wen in at 6AM, they worked on me starting at 11 AM, and I was alert and ready to go home by 2PM.  I was wearing a steel wrist brace wrapped with elastic bandage, but my fingers were free.  The first thing I did when I got home was pet Lyle, the ORNJ cat we had back then, and already I could feel the silky texture of his fur...every single hair...for the first time in years. I cried a little...for joy.

At that time I was going to a County (charity) hospital, and I can't praise the surgeons and nurses who took care of me enough.  The surgeons were senior residents from UCLA Medical School, and they were so gung-ho about finding out the cause of anything and everything,and fixing it.  Another surgeon that I met at a formal banquet a few years later told me that the one who did the parathyroid surgery was "an artist."  The scars from both operations are almost invisible, and always have been.

PS: I just read your good news!  YAYYYY!  CONGRAD-JULASHUNZ!!!  Ai iz sew happee 4 U!  HUGS to the nth degree!

(jumping up and down and singing!)

Have a VERY Sunny Solstice!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2013 at 11:35pm

Sk8eycat, did you just talk trash to me?!  LOL

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2013 at 11:25pm

sk8eycat Did you ever figure out what cause "trigger finger"? I have never heard of it before and am really curious as to its cause, treatment and prevention. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 18, 2013 at 11:11pm

Ruth, I used to have "trigger finger" in my right middle finger...I don't remember how or why it went away; it just did.  Now I have sort of the opposite...if I curl one finger down toward the palm, they all go along with it.  No pain, just very frustrating 'cause I can't give anyone the famous Mono-digital Salute...one of my favorite gestures...there are so many people in this world who deserve it.

That's why I picked the "Phbtttt Cat" for my whaddaya-callit...Icon?

Comment by sk8eycat on December 18, 2013 at 11:02pm

Mindy and Carl, I had to giggle at your wishes for a "good Wednesday"  In my neighborhood Wednesday is Trash Pickup Day, and the truck arrives on the intersection behind our house some time before 7 AM, and idles until the exact time.  THEN he revs everything up and gets to work...has to vroom-vroom for every different motion the automated arm makes: reach down for the bin *vroom*...clamp onto the bin *vroom*...lift the bin *vroom*...upend and empty the bin *vroom-vroom*...and do everything in reverse order till the bin is back on the ground.  Then it's *vroom-vroom-vroom* as he drives up the hill to the next house. 

The truck(s) make 3 trips, one for green material (plant cuttings), another for recyclable stuff, and the last one for useless trash.

I suppose it's more efficient than the way they used to do it with one guy hanging on the back of the truck...the poor guy who had to physically pick up the (metal) cans, and throw the contents in the back of the truck.  But it sure is noisy, and the noise lasts till about 1 PM.  I'm retired (wish I could find some light work...I'm bored and need money!), and one of my pleasures is sleeping in with Pumpkin curled up beside me.

But not on Wednesdays.

Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2013 at 7:11pm

Thanks I am doing good Flying Atheist. Traveling must be nice FA and seeing all those places first hand. Sorry to hear about your finger Ruth. So glad you got it taken care of. So are you able to use that finger like before Ruth?

Hope everyone is doing well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2013 at 6:47am

Good morning, everyone.  I hope you have a good Wednesday. 

 

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