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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 3 hours ago. 35 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by k.h. ky on December 10, 2015 at 3:20pm
Daniel, hope all is well. I just heard on the weather channel that a tornado had touched down in Battleground Wa.
Joan hope you are fine too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:28pm

Carl, My primary care doctormedical oncologist, surgical oncologist are all women, and from Russia, India, and Iran.

It is exciting for me to learn from these women how they balance family, training, profession, and personal time management. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:17pm

Carl, glad you could hear "Sammy". The video shows him from many different venues as he sings. His posture and gestures add so much to his rendition. 

I looked for a different video; I found "That Old Black Magic" in later versions.however, he was not as physically active as his younger days. I guess even Sammy slows down as he ages. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 11:46am

Carl, your report of your sister's quick recovery from surgery is good news, indeed. Fatigue may be a new normal for both of you. For person's as young as both of you, I imagine that will create a problem because you are still in the "Productive" stage of life. Daniel faced that problem, too. Luckily, his retirement starts soon, and he can enjoy a more leisurely pace. Slowing down is difficult;  my fervent hope is that you, your sister, and Daniel become quickly at ease with the new normal. You still have a few years to go until the usual retirement age; I am a little old lady and have no reason to resist the urge for a nap.  

I had a devil of a time finding a way to send Sammy's video. It is so "Hot!". Many of Ruth's excellent photos and videos do not come through to me; sometimes I can find them, other time  I cannot. Bummer! I"ll see if I can get "Sammy" into a readable state for everyone. 

I am glad your health care delivery system is close to you, and you have excellent attention from your entire team. Your "Attitude of Gratitude" will help your healing. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2015 at 11:00am
Got to hear Sammy! The audio works on my phone but not on my laptop. Whatever. That's a clip from the I Dream of Jeannie show! How funny. That's Doctor Bellows and Roger in the audience. I've always liked that song. Judy Garland has a great rendition as well. Sammy was one of those all around great entertainers. Sang, danced, acted. I've always enjoyed watching him.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 10, 2015 at 7:42am

Sammy came through loud and clear: "That Old Black Magic"--surprised he'd choose that song (being black and all).

Nothing special going on. Babysat my grandkids the other day. Exhausting! Took a long walk down the road yest., and noticed a woods was being logged. I asked the logger about the availability of the tops for me to cut and take home. No problem, but do I want to do it? I have enough wood for at least two seasons. I guess it can wait. Cutting firewood is a disease of sorts. It's hard to explain.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2015 at 9:14pm

Kathy, I'm elated to hear you vision is back to 20/20.   That's fantastic!  I'm really happy for you.

My sister is doing quite well.  Like me, she gets tired very easily but is healing from the surgery nicely. 

Is anybody else not hearing the audio for Joan's "Sammy" link, or is it just me?

Joan, I remember you previously saying that the staff at your cancer center became like friends, after seeing them so often.  Yes, it's becoming the same situation with me at the kidney center.  I see them very often and I have an assigned nurse to my case who calls me regularly.  I have gotten the best of care from one of the leading transplant centers in the country.  I'm so lucky to live in their back yard.  The clinic is part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  When you drive through the parking garage, you see license plates from all over the country.  I'm also proud to say that my transplant surgeon and quite a few of the doctors who have treated me have been women!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2015 at 5:15am
Comment by k.h. ky on December 8, 2015 at 6:28pm
Yes Ruth and my vision is 20/20. You were correct when you said it is easy and worth it. Kidney transplants, or any transplant, are a much different story. But they can give a person life. It's amazing what modern medicine can do.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2015 at 2:27pm

Thanks for your health update, Flying Atheist. <sigh> It can be hard to come back when the medicine makes you feel bad. At least you can expect things to ease over time. Meanwhile, be careful to avoid contagious people.

Ian, it will be over soon. Too bad you can't just join the ranks of the retired after your three month vacation.

Thanks for the good news, k.h. ky. I assume your vision is good now. My husband just got his second adjustable artificial lens and has to do 12 weeks of eye exercises. Did you get the traditional kind, as I did?

 

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