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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 Compelledunbeliever 2 hours ago. 37 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 Ian Mason on July 9, 2015 at 2:11pm

Off travelling again tomorrow, a long weekend in England visiting the family. Back again late Tuesday.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2015 at 2:08pm

Returned today from Copenhagen. Spent a few hours with my daughter and son-in-law and then an evening at Tivoli enjoying Tony Bennett and Gaga. They were consumate professionals with real style and had a really good band behind them, so the show was a true delight.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzl8zYz8JDs

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2015 at 2:03pm

Felaine, I hope all goes well for you. My Father had terrible leg pains until he had a balloon down the artery on one side and a bypass on the other. He brightened up a lot afterwards. I'll be thinking of you.

Carl, it sounds like you might sympathise with St. Sebastian.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2015 at 8:57am

It appears you're keeping your sense of humor, Felaine, despite your situation. Thinking of you.

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2015 at 3:58am

Holey Pin Cushion.

Succes,Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2015 at 3:14am

Thank you all for your good wishes and concern. 

I think this is a result of Pfizer changing their so-called patient assistance program 18 months ago...they discontinued providing Glucotrol XL and other meds to low/no-income patients.  I never could afford a month's worth at the pharmacy's standard rates, and generis isn't that much cheaper.. 

Medicareless Part D is nothing but corporate welfare, and as you've noticed, I get pissed off at gov't scams easily.  Plus the doctor who took over my case when Dr. (Bad Jokes) Haber retired doesn't seem to give a damn, or her office help is brain damaged.

One of the first things I'm going to ask for is a social worker....

PS: St. Joe's is an excellent hospital, with really caring nurses and LVNs.  They just insist on hanging those gruesome scarecrows on the walls.... and a large mosaic (donated by Delores Hope) of St. Sebastian shot full of arrows.  Oh, joy.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2015 at 2:53am

I panicked this afternoon and did NOT call an ambulance.....yet.  There have been so many brush fires and leftover fireworks accidents that I didn't want to interfere with a real emergency.  BUT I have to do something ASAP...my dad went through something like this 30 years ago, was in St. Joe's for weeks having vein grafts and stuff.

I have been paying for ambulance service for 15 or 20 years, and have not needed it till now....so I won't have to shell out big bux.  I'll try to get some sleep, and then call the EMTs when morning drive time is over.

Frankly, I'm terrified.

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2015 at 2:20am

(((((Felaine!)))))

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2015 at 1:26am

Felaine, your condition worsened so fast, I knew you were having problems but had no idea it is as bad as it is. What a horrid experience you have. Please, bring us up to date as soon as you are able. I fear the worst as I hope for the best outcome. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2015 at 1:16am

Felaine, I am surprised at your reaction to the "down time" of Atheist Nexus. Of course, one can think one is being kicked off the site. It is one explanation. I interpreted it to mean that I had made some mistake with my computer and I had to correct myself. Others could think the site was closed for maintenance. I suppose there are other reasons people could come up with, but I can't think of them just now. 

I am really sorry you were under the impression you were kicked off those few hours of down time. The feeling of rejection is a lonely one. No knowing what happened made it even worse, I suspect. 

In any event, you and I and the rest of the A/N family continue on the site and can wallow in the joy of belonging to a support system such as this. 

 

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