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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:07am

 sk8eycat, Great news about your project to increase energy efficiency in your home. A nice happy cry clears out the old cobwebs as it gives you fresh ways to see the world. It is kind of a wet  emotional ophthorectumy: cuts the nerve between the eyeball and rectum so one doesn't have such a shitty outlook on life. 

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Hitch's book on Mother Teresa. She was brainwashed and couldn't put an end to mindbinding of religion. Perhaps her final days would have been easier for her if she had abandoned her yearning for a reciprocal Christ and turned to her own internal strengths. 

"Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.
— Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979"

Doubt, questioning, examining, exploring are part of what makes us human and leads us from the filth of dying people laying on cots dwithout adequate medical and hygiene care and could have move her to see the role religion plays in creating, maintaining and perpetuating such poverty. She was part of the problem. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 8:19am

Felaine, I'm glad to hear your good news.  I just bought a powerful LED light on sale, so I'm glad they gave you LED lights.  They have no mercury, don't break, are the most efficient, and can be turned off & on as much as you want without reducing their life.  Some can even be dimmed.  

That Hitchens' book sounds good.

Joan, sorry about your bad day, but glad to hear you have such good support.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2013 at 5:50am

Good things happen sometimes, Felaine. Enjoy them.

The best way to avoid wasting food? Feed it to me! I admit to having a "very healthy appetite", to put it politely. It's a good job I'm an exercise junkie too.

Joan, it sounds like you've got a great team there and I'm sure that helps. Even that old sceptic Hitchens said there was a link between morale and health. All the best to you and yours.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 3:44am

Joan, I wish you the the best (of all possible outcomes).

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 1:24am

Today was the toughest day for me as far as procedures go. I had an EKG of my heart, which is normally just as easy as watching a heart pump blood through the arteries, but I am getting pretty tender from all the procedures that have taken place. A hematoma developed and we drained as much blood from it as possible. However, I go in next week for a procedure to reopen the wound and clean out the dried blood. We had to delay chemo until all this was completed. Now, we are back on track of the Cancer Conquering train, all team members are on board and expect good results.  

Laura and my two granddaughters go with me as they are able; they are as excited by all the protocols, and equipment as I. Michelle is taking training for emergency medical care in her volunteer fire department role and Laurie just completed home health care training. With their training and my daughter's good, calm, sensible approach, we all seem to be thriving. 

Cary does a beautiful job of keeping track of all my drs appointments and medication. He also takes on the house and yard and cooking and washing up. I have it so easy, and all because of this fantastic family. My son and his family in Colorado send me their positive energy, so we are all teamed up in this together. 

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 12:44am

Good news, Sk8eycat! Wonderful to hear!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:56pm

PS: Melinda, I absolutely LOVE "Daisy Cat"!  Such a studious look on his face!
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To everyone, I am finally getting some help from the Beautiful Downtown Burbank DWP!  A Green Home inspector came yesterday AM to check the plumbing, electrical outlets, and the attic.  I was scared that he would take one look, and recommend that I lose my Lifeline eligibility.

NO WEIGH!

He replaced showe heads, and faucet thingies with much better ones, Gave us some LED 12.5 Watt light bulbs that are as bright as(or brighter than 60 W bulbs), set up an appointment for us to get decent insulation installed in the attic, and set up another appointment for us to get a brand new Energy Star fridge in exchange for the one I bought in 1984.

At NO CHARGE TO US AT ALL! 

Why do I cry when someone does something nice for me?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 15, 2013 at 11:41pm

Re: wasting tomatoes. 

How many of you have read The Missionary Position; Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens?  He describes an incident in Rome one summer when everybody seemed to be having bumper crops of tomatoes, and many donated the extras to one of her convents there. They couldn't even give them away (because nobody needed them), so the nuns prudently canned them to save for winter. 

MT pitched a fit and fell in it, saying that preserving food demonstrated a lack of faith in the ability of their imaginary friend to provide for them.

The woman was nucking futz...even the most fanatic fundamentalist would figure that preserving the overabundance, to be used during a time of shortage, and giving thanks, was the proper thing to do with a gift from what's-his-name.

If you haven't read the book, DO!  And then whenever someone uses the old bitch's name as an example of caring for the poor in your presence, give them a good slap upside the head. And tell THEM to read the book.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2013 at 11:34pm

You're right FA, it's so strange to see people waste good food so senselessly. Here food is wasted too, but people start to come to their senses. I see more Transition Town ideas coming up now, but perhaps that is because I read a little about it. A very nice project is a vegetable garden where volunteers grow food for people on benefit. I regret that I cannot take part in it, my bad back won't allow it.

And finally I'm getting into a holiday mood! Next week we're off to Naples for a few days!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 5:21pm

I just don't get it.......

Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Tomatina

Of course we waste much food here in the US as well.  We live in an era when food has never been so plentiful or readily available, yet still, millions of people around the globe are starving.  (Sorry to bring down the mood.)   

 

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