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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 7 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2014 at 12:01am

Ian, your working conditions sound very unfavorable. I can see why you would want to find a new position. If there were good management, so much would be better. I wish you could get the position, if that is what you want.

My neuropathy is from diabetes, exacerbated by cancer treatment. My chemo doctor has been keeping track of its development as it slowly moves up my legs and fingers.

There is no pain in my feet. That is the problem, it affects the nerve endings and the brain doesn't get a sensation transmission. There is no feeling. I could step on a nail and not feel it. Or put my hands or feet in boiling water and have no pain sensation.

When the dr. started me on this new medication she told me there would be a strange feeling that she couldn't describe. The pharmacist said the same thing. I took the first pill and could describe the feeling exactly: it was like every synaptic connection shot off sparks all over my body. They were not painful at all, but I sure didn't get any sleep the first night.

I started out by taking on pill a day for three days, then two for three days and then three for the rest of the Rx. After that, the dr. re-evaluated me and started me on upping the dosage by one a day for three day, two a day for three days and three a day for the rest of that Rx. We keep doing that until we can get feeling back into my feet.

My finger tips were hurting when I typed before I started the Rx, and that pain is completely gone.  

All the Rx's continue to keep me in a fatigue state but with spring coming on, I feel excited about doing something productive. I now have all my seed starting supplies, including seeds, ready to plant inside. I am ready!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 10:20pm

Not my photo, Felaine. It's something a niece posted on FB.

Joan, it's not unusual in elderly care for the worker to get the kicks. The people who have been complaining about me are the family of that particular resident and the boss won't/can't say that "the problem with your husband/father is that he's a huge pain in the arse". It's so much easier to drop the shit further down the hierarchy onto those at the bottom. I think the family might have problems themselves, perhaps guilt about having him put in a care unit and/or some anger that his illness has plagued their lives for 40 years so they also want a scapegoat.

To be honest, I'm tired of this line of work. I was over 13 years at one very good place but when that closed I was moved around and around until I ended where I am now, a place with a bad reputation,well justified as it turned out, even though the present boss is the 4th in the 2 years I've been there. In a way I was hoping that I would get the same offer as the last person to get sacked: leave now without speaking to colleagues and get paid for the next 5 months. I'm looking for other jobs but they're not out there. Ah well, something will turn up. Or not. It won't stop me from enjoying the greater part of my life.

Joan, is it "post-theraputic neuralgia" you're suffering from? It sounds really unpleasant. I hope the pain-management works.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 7:02pm

Speaking of Bunnies...Bunny Luv is having a CUPCAKE PARTY fundraiser next month...the ads are making me drool.

March 15th, Van Nuys, CA

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 6:52pm

When I was in Hyde Park in London I saw people painting for public sale, others stood on boxes and lectured the crowd on one subject or another, there were very many groups of Arab men dressed in white dresses that went to the ground and following them in compact order were Arab women in burquas and small children. I did not see one Arab man with one or more child.

In contrast there were many men and women walking together with their children. I talked to several of them, curious about who were the family gatherings. Many of them were Scandinavians.

In Oslo, Norway I visited Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park, with many sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Many of his pieces were of men and boys. 

The attitude Scandinavian men hold toward women and children is very different than the Arab countries. 

Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park

Men as fathers, fathering, and fatherhood across and within culture...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 6:50pm

Typos, typos, typos!  Drat!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 6:49pm

Joan, I've been taking Neeurontin/gabapentin for about 13 years for diabetic neuropathy in my hands and feet...it works, and the only side affects I've had when I run out before my next FREE shipment reaches my doctor's office is electric schock-type pains in my feet and legs.  And numbness (more than usual) in my fingertips.

However, as of Feb 1st, Pfizer is no longer issuing Neurontin as part of their Connection to Care program, and I may have to switch to Lyrica; they are still issuing that one to low income patients.  Have to investigate it.

As I understand it, Neurontin was developed for nerve pain...particularly shingles (been there in the 1960s before there was any treatment...done that.  It's awful!  And I had a fairly mild case.) A friend who has Crohn's AND fibromyalgia was on Lyrica for several years; I need to get in touch with her, and ask questions.  I wish I could call her, but she is SO ill that I never know when is a "good" time.

E-kail, e-mail, e-mail....

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 5:23pm

Ian, I am so terribly sorry you experienced this irresponsible behavior and suffered physical and emotional pain because of it.

Thankfully, you had the ability to see past the insults and recognize the problem for what it was. Does she have training in depression/anxiety conditions? Is she prepared to deal with manipulation? 

Oh, how easy it is to blame staff when you should have been supported. Your country has union representation far better than we have been able to maintain in this country. 

My dream is to have unions in all places of employment all around the Earth. We cannot manipulate and exploit people who are poor and willing to work for slave wages in order to produce profits for the one %. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 4:56pm

Spud, those bunnies have certainly trained that human very well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 4:54pm

Felaine, Just to let you know I am thinking about you and hope all is well. 

My chemo MD prescribed Nerontin three weeks ago and upped the dosage yesterday. I assume you have read what the internet offers. 
Neurontin

This a stock photo, however it kind of represents what we are seeing here now. Things just beginning to come through the ground and snow in the hills. I still have little snow patches in my garden. 

In 2014, spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. EDT.

First Day of Spring 2014: Vernal Equinox

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 4:35pm

Ian...I'm LOL-ing because I fixed basted eggs (on toast) for the first time in months this morning.  Only I used white-shelled eggs.  (did YOU take that photo?)

I think I'm going to have some ham, a red Garnet sweet potato, and Brussels sprouts for dinner.  Or maybe just the Garnet by itself...it's large enough for two people.  But I feel like I should have something to balance the sweetness.

 

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