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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:26pm

Use the reality of what is to find a new balance in living. 

Equanimity

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:20pm

Carl, the body is such an amazing structure. It will send out messages that we can ignore, only to realize that they were signals our body sends us that something is not working quite correctly. It is amazing to me, that we have much encouragement to not pay attention. We do need to attend to these symptoms and take action, even if the experts tell us there is nothing wrong. I am advocating paying attention to these things, doing things, such a keeping a diary of unusual events, noting pattern changes in one's body, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  That is not being a hypochondriac, that is being prudent.

This change in your life can be a destroyer of happy living; it can also be an opportunity explore your mental power over adversity. I am not suggesting a Pollyanna approach to this terrible news. I do mean to explore all the opportunities for growth and development.

It helped me to take a participant observer stance, observing the changes in my body, noting them, and realizing these are all a part of the process, in my case of cancer, in your case, of liver failure. 

Share the good and bad with us; we are up to the challenge of walking this walk with you. Just as we can't do anything to make you well, we can do everything to be with you through the bad and good times.  

My thoughts are with you dear friend. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 9:17am

An atheist bat.  Who would have thunk it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 9:14am

Interesting Carl.  Hope you get that new kidney soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 9:02am

Believe it or not, I've fallen quite a few times in the past two years.  My knees have been quite weak and I've fallen getting off buses or tripping and not being able to stop myself from falling.  I had been worried about this and had an MRI done on one of my knees.  The results showed all was well.  The physical therapist was also skeptical of my claims that my problem was in both knees. 

Long story, short, I just discovered that my weak knee problem is real and is related to the issues I'm having with my kidneys.  Apparently the kidneys are responsible for regulating an enzyme which is causing weakness in my leg and hip muscles.  Once I get a kidney transplant, my doctor says this problem will correct itself.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 7:38am

Felaine, falling:  what a bummer, but hopefully that's where you land most of the time.

I think the new (serious) "I've fallen, and I can't get up." advertisements are weird because over the years, so many jokes have been made at the expense of that phrase.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 7:33am

Patricia, glad your husband got no bad news, but sorry to hear he can't taste much.  Too bad he can't taste much of what he grows.  

He must get most of his love of gardening from watching things grow that he had a hand in, plus seeing others enjoy the fruits of his labor.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 11, 2014 at 7:25am
There was something on TV the other night about learning how to avoid a fall by a quicker reaction. I guess one can be trained through experience to react "gracefully"!
Comment by Ian Mason on September 10, 2014 at 10:40pm

Good to hear, Patricia. Your hubby must be tough.

Nice that you can "rise again" Felaine when the floor jumps up at you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2014 at 9:41pm

Felaine, your years of ice skating, and the muscles you built up over the years must be of great benefit to you now as your physical activity is vulnerable to falls! Your experiences have more value than watching old film strips, you have endurance with power of control. Who ever thought that your early training would stand you in good stead to these later years?! 

 

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