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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 54 minutes ago. 5 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 24, 2015 at 12:08am

I don't know if this will help, but there is a product that will thicken water    or any other liquid...it might soothe your throat a little.  Ask your doctor; I've forgotten what it's called.

I used to take care of an older woman who had myasthenia gravis, and had trouble swallowing water and juice, and this stuff helped keep her hydrated.

Mabel...in her heyday before she retired from show biz and became a coach:

Knowing her was an honor.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 23, 2015 at 11:40pm

Thank you, Sk8eycat.  Hugs back to you!

A funny thing happens to me every time I finish dialysis.  My voice gets rough and raspy for several hours.  Perhaps removing liquids from my body via dialysis dries out my throat.  A nurse told me that he's only heard of that happening to one other patient that he knows.  Oh well, that's just like me to be the odd minority.  Dialysis has removed an excess 30-pounds of bloated fluid weight from by body.  I'm now back to my normal size and weight.   

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 11:25pm

I understand completely,  One of my cousins was on dialysis for 4 years, and they had to drive from Winslow to Flagstaff....(My cousin Alice had a small boy to take care of, too.  I think my aunt did a lot of that work for her.)

PLUS my computer "doctor" goes in at 3:30 AM 3 days a week for his treatments, and goes straight home and pretty much sleeps till the next day. 

It's time consuming and exhausting, from what I've heard, but it DOES work!

Hugs {{{{{CARL}}}}}

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 23, 2015 at 10:37pm

Hey Everybody.  Greetings to all of you. 

I'm sorry for being so absent from here.  I can't believe how time-consuming not working can be.  Dialysis three times a week takes a lot of time.  The treatment, after being hooked up to the machine, is 3-1/2 hours alone.  It takes about 15 minutes to set up and then another 15 minutes to unhook afterward.  That's four hours total.  Then add 30 minutes to drive there and 30 minutes to drive home.  It's almost as long as working a part-time job! 

I have to say, I'm feeling REALLY great......and I haven't even had my kidney transplant yet.  I already feel like a new man.  I had a recent follow-up appointment with my cardiologist, the first seeing him since my heart surgery in March.  He is extremely pleased with my progress and my healing.  He wishes all his patients did so well, he said.  I couldn't be more pleased myself.  He explained to me that apparently initial tests didn't show just how sick I was.  I feel very lucky to have such a positive outcome.  Between kidney failure, a heart attack, a mild stroke, lungs filled with fluid, and a enlarged heart with a faulty valve, I could have "exited the building" just like Elvis at any time.      

I'm also doing daily exercising to strengthen my legs.  They are still quite weak due to my kidney disease.  That really won't change much until after my transplant, but I'm trying to keep myself from failing further.  I am still very unsteady on my feet and I have a problem with balance.  Around the house I'm OK, but when I go for walks outside I use a cane.  It helps me from falling. 

Chris and Randy, thank you for the messages for thinking about me.  As I read through all the posts here, it seems as if everyone is doing well.....except for Ruth.

Ruth, I'm sorry to hear about all the problems your husband is experiencing and how that affects you.  I'm thinking about you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 23, 2015 at 7:06pm

Ruth, I was going to write you a note to see how things are progressing and found your update. I am so sorry your husband has had such a hard time with his knee replacement, Clostridium difficile, and C-Pap. Your fatigue and "feeling stupid" don't help him or you. Simple things become more complicated, such as turning off the car. I did that, too. 

Of course, you do not have leisure time or excess energy. Don't worry about Hang with Friends, We will pitch in and solve problems until you are ready to resume your excellent leadership. 

Peaceful thoughts, filled with calm images

Ruth, I was going to write you a note to see how things are progressing and found your update. I am so sorry your husband has had such a hard time with his knee replacement, Clostridium difficile, and C-Pap. The fatigue and "feeling stupid" don't help him or you. Simple things become more complicated, such as turning off the car. I did that, too. 

Of course, you do not have leisure time or excess energy. Don't worry about Hang with Friends, We will pitch in and solve problems until you are ready to resume your excellent leadership. 

Peaceful thoughts, filled with calm images

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2015 at 5:23pm

Hi, everyone! Just a quick note to apologize for not participating for the past month. After my husband's knee replacement hospitalization he spent 4 weeks in rehab. I was driving up to visit him daily, usually getting home by dark. After 3 weeks he got Clostridium difficile, and then his leg swelled up too. He got home Wednesday, and it's been nonstop work, with visiting nurse, physical and occupational therapists, aborted unhelpful interviews with Seniors Helping Seniors, his C-Pap not working right, special c diff precautions, etc. He's managing to get around with a walker, but hasn't graduated to a cane yet.

He's managing 14 prescriptions, including warfarin every day at 5 and vancomycin every 6 hours round the clock.

The higher dose of amlodapine, blood pressure medication that I'm on, makes me very fatigued and very stupid. I frequently try to get out of my car and lock it, forgetting to turn off the engine first (you can't hear the hybrid motor). I'm lucky to read the news on the internet and maybe post about something every 4 days or so.

So it's not that I don't care about all of you, I don't have the leisure for friends right now. I will return when things calm down.

Thanks for your patience. If there's an issue, please leave me a message here and I'll see in 4 days or so. Thanks!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 11:07am

Did you teach at Chaffey High in Ontario?  My dad went there 100 years ago.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 23, 2015 at 7:32am

Holy smokes, Spud--you're up and out early! Good for you.

Felaine, I never saw the movie. I know many LA area schools have been featured in various movies. I taught in two junior highs and one high school in Pomona (incl Diamond Bar) from '66-'73. They hadn't changed when I visited them 10 years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2015 at 6:37am

Good morning.  5:37 AM, and I'm off to plant in the garden.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 2:31am

Randall, many things come to mind, especially when kids are home-schooled through 12th grade.  Dealing with crabby teachers, dealing with outstanding teachers, team sports, orchestra, chorus, class plays, dance performance, PTA nights..... Art and crafts equipment, print shop...and on an d on.

Auto shop....if you've ever seen "Corvette Summer" with Mark Hammil and Annie Potts, most of the school interiors were shot at my alma mater: Auto Shop, Burbank High School - 902 N. Third Street, Burbank, California, USA" and

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Since that film was made, the entire school was rebuilt.....I don't recognize the place AT ALL///except the bulldog mascot over the main door.  BFD.

 

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