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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 9 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2016 at 12:23pm

Chris, how is your partner doing after his surgery? Was his hospital experience acceptable, even though not a pleasant thing to do? How is his recovery? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2016 at 12:19pm

Chris, sounds as though you are thinking things through, as usual, and coming up with a solution that works for you. I like your style! Please keep us up to date on your choices and experiences. So many changes take place around us, we need to know how health care handles the changes. I realize you are in The Netherlands and different than U.S., however, information hurts no one.

Comment by Plinius on July 15, 2016 at 11:28am

Thanks Kathy! I haven't followed or had a routine operation in a long time, so I wasn't used to the new style.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 15, 2016 at 9:43am
Chris, almost every procedure is done as you described. Even if you need additional time in hospitals insurance will rarely approve it.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2016 at 7:05am

I realize this group isn't for politics, but what the heck. 

Rachel Maddow had a good segment about Gov. Pence, recalling Indiana's other VP, the infamous Dan Quayle. Both come off as total imbeciles. It speaks volumes about Hoosiers voting these clowns into office to represent them. I'm so embarassed to say I'm from Indiana. Remember the reaction Pence (and Indiana) got a couple years back with their "you don't have to serve gays" law? Boy did they take flack and conswquently had to "fix it". I hope the media reminds America about this, and voters take heed.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2016 at 3:46am

Thanks Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2016 at 12:59am

You're absolutely right, Donald.  Hospital stays have gotten much shorter because it's actually healthier to leave than laying around in a hospital bed.  Plus, surgeries and other medical procedures are much less invasive than they used to be, cutting down on recuperation and healing time.  The same day as my kidney transplant they had me out of bed and sitting in a chair.  Walking and sitting up are crucial to the healing process for that type of surgery.

Chris, all my best to your partner for a speedy recovery.

Randy, so Trump was in Indiana.  The winds were strong from the south that day.  I thought I was just smelling the fertilizer from the fields.  :)

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 2:10pm

Sound good, Donald! I need knee replacements too, but I keep postponing it, because it takes so long to get back to normal and I want to continue my work... If I can find a hospital that can do the operation so efficiently, I could plan it in the summer holidays...

Comment by Donald L. Engel on July 13, 2016 at 12:55pm

A couple of years ago, my wife had her knee replaced.  She walked that afternoon, and went home the next day after showing she could walk 20 meters.  They're finding out that the sooner you can get back to normal activity, the faster the healing process.  She had her other knee replaced in 2005, and it took a few months for her to get back to normal.  This time it was just a week or two.

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 12:38pm

How long are you hospitalized for a groin rupture operation in your country?  It was usually three or four days here in the Netherlands, but heavy cuts in medical care etc. have brought some changes.

Partner went this morning. There were more people in the waitingroom for similar operations - every ten minutes one of them was placed on the 'assembly line': form, blood pressure, medicine, pajama and within an hour in the OK. A few hours later their homes were called, when the patients awoke they were checked and given a meal - "Yes, you can go home." That was exactly SIX hours after admittance. I really admire the efficiency, but I'm also a bit startled...

 

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