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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2014 at 10:35am

That absolutely hits the nail on the head. But of course that means WE'RE persecuting THEM because we'll no longer shut up and take their BS.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2014 at 9:50am

Yes!!!

I'll repeat that quote to make it googleable:

"I would love to live and let live, as they say, but religious people won't let us. It's a two-way street. Stop trying to control other people's access to birth control, abortions, marriage, proper science education, proper sex ed, etc. and we'd be happy to simply go on with our lives. I want you to understand that everything we do is a response to what you do. If you stopped trying to take away our freedoms and force us to be part of your belief system, we would gladly leave well enough alone. But you don't, so we can't."

--Dave Muscato, PR Director for American Atheists

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2014 at 9:28am

That's a good one, Mindy. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2014 at 4:38am

I hope the professionals manage to diagnose your mother's problem and find some way of easing it Brent. Good luck with the writing. It's very rewarding to be able to do something you have a passion for.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 11:59am

Brent, obviously xians believe they WILL "get out of it alive."  DUH!

Comment by Brent Feeney on October 24, 2014 at 11:45am

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Sk8eycat, that hadn't crossed my mind about a TIA. I know she has a lifeline-type device that she can call for help, but one of us - me, sisters, niece and nephew - is always here so if anything goes wrong, we can call 911 and go from there.

I'll mention to the older of my sisters (I'm the oldest, with my brother next and then the two sisters) this idea and see how she wants to run with it. She's the shot-caller when it comes to mom's care, but it may not be a bad idea.

And yes, it's part of the whole process, I know. As was once put by someone, we're all speeding towards death at the rate of 60 minutes every hour. Or, as the great social philosopher Bugs Bunny put it - "the thing about life is - you'll never get out of it alive."

Comment by sk8eycat on October 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Brent, did anyone suggest that your mother had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)?  I started having them when I was in my mid 50s, and had NO insurance, so went to a county hospital.  Nobody had a clue, but since it was/is a teaching hospital, they kept testing, scanning, etc.  It was all very frightening....I would lose control of my hands, legs, and/or mouth, sometimes just for part of a minute, sometimes longer.

They finally ran a carotid Doppler scan (because most TIAs are caused by intermittent blockage of the blood flow to the brain), and they found the cause.....in my case it was a grossly enlarged parathyroid that would press on the artery when I would turn my head a certain way....removed it, and no more TIAs.  So far.  (That was 20 years ago.)

They can be caused by almost anything...a clot or arterial sclerosis.....If your mother's insurance will cover it, make the doctors keep looking till they find the cause.  And/or get her on one of those services where she can just press a button and call for  help....IF such a thing exists where she lives.

Comment by Plinius on October 24, 2014 at 2:21am

Best wishes to you, Brent. I'm glad you're there with family that can work together and help your mother.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 23, 2014 at 11:01pm

Hi, Brent.  Glad you had a moment to sign on and say hello.  Sounds like you really have your hands full.  Sorry you've had some unsettling moments with your mother recently.  She's lucky to have you and your sister around.  I hope she continues to stabilize.

You sound very excited about your future prospects in writing.  I sure hope that all works out for you.  My best regards to you, Brent.  Thanks for the stopping in.  Feel free to do so more often if you're able.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2014 at 10:54pm

Brent, I know the changes taking place in your mother's behaviors and difficult to watch. The fact that you have good doctoral care, and had tests done is about all you can do. 

Because my cancer chemo and radiation were hard on my heart, I am having some symptoms not unlike your mother's. It is terribly frightening for my son. I am in no plain at all, but I have a change in behavior. Please don't let these changes upset you. They are part of the processes of aging. There is nothing you can do except be there for your mother and comfort her. If she becomes afraid, reassure her and maybe hold her if she likes that. She is doing the best she can. You are the caregiver now. You need to stay calm and do whatever it is that you need to do to assure her good medical care. Reassure her that she is not alone and that you are there for her. 

I am happy to learn of possible opportunities for you in the "news game". I hope all goes as you wish.

Thanks for keeping us posted.  

 

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