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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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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. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2015 at 9:58pm

Oh dear, Sk8eycat/Felaine!

Thanks for the wonderful wildlife description of your bedroom in Laura's home, Joan.

I know what you mean about blood tests, Flying Atheist. I'm gald you're handling the statins OK. I had an idiot specialist prescribe prescription strength NSAIDs when I was on Lipitor, and got liver problems after 3 months. I was too trusting, and never had the energy to read all of the details about my new med.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 8, 2015 at 8:20pm

Hi, Kathy.  I hope you are doing well.  Thanks for thinking about me. 

I don't have high cholesterol but I was prescribed a statin after my heart surgery in March.  I take the lowest daily dose.  Both my heart and kidney conditions are genetic, and were not worsened by any pharmaceutical medications. 

I know the negative side-effects of statins have been in the news this year, but I haven't had any apparent problems.  And at this time my health is constantly and closely watched.  Between dialysis, blood thinner and heart monitoring, not one week goes by without at least one sample of my blood being tested. 

 

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