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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 1 hour ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 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 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

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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 Bertold Brautigan on June 26, 2016 at 11:41am

Ruth, there are different kinds of facemasks for the cpap. I've found that the little "pillow" that only goes over your nose rather than covering your nose and mouth is much more comfortable. I had my machine replaced recently, and the straps that hold the mask in place are much more comfortable and easier to keep in place than the older one was.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 11:31am

Randy, I am very sorry to learn of the storm damage. Your family works so hard, and they obviously enjoy their lifestyle.  

Storms leave me feeling helpless; don't allow hopelessness to turn into depression. 

Two things often trigger depression, helplessness and not being in control. Farming imposes both factors on farmers. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 26, 2016 at 10:07am

Thanks for the encouragement. I've already had my uvula removed and turbinates cut back to improve breathing at night. Don't think there's third surgery that would help, Carl. I have about ten issues apart from the apnea. Steeply sloped bed for reflux, usually sleep in a fetal position  due to pinched nerve, chronic sinus condition, use an occlusal guard for teeth grinding, get up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours due to bladder problem, and on and on. My mask has to be held over the nose with one hand while the other hand pulls the straps around my head. Yours sounds much easier to get into, Donald.

I appreciate your support.

The CPAP nags me to not get up as often. Reminders every day that I have to acknowledge. <eye roll>

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 26, 2016 at 1:46am

Ruth, it took me about a week to get used to my CPAP machine.  Now I feel lousy if I'm not wearing it in bed.  I learned to put my head on the pillow, and then use the pillow to hold the face mask while I moved my head within the mask to get the most direct air flow to my nose.  It just takes the slightest movement of my head to adjust it right.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 10:38pm

Ruth, my ex had to start using a CPAP and he struggled with how uncomfortable it was.  I'm not sure what your issue is, but my ex finally ended up having a small nasal surgery which corrected his problem.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 25, 2016 at 10:30pm

All that sun & that number of people would be very difficult to cope with at the best of times.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 25, 2016 at 10:28pm

Sorry to hear about the awful storm and its damage to your kids property, Randall.

Thanks for your physical therapy update, Flying Atheist. The parade was not in your cards.

I haven't been here as much as I'd like. Struggling for over a month to get used to sleeping with a CPAP. <sigh><bags under eyes> I read that most people only take a week or two.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 10:04pm

Hello to all.  I hope you're having a good weekend.  Not much new here.  Just doing my twice-weekly physical therapy and going to intermittent doctor appointments.  The physical therapy is definitely helping to give me strength and more confidence in walking and moving about.

Chicago's gay pride parade is tomorrow, Sunday, and I really felt a strong need to attend because of the horrific massacre in Orlando.  But I realize I can't physically stand for hours and hours, especially in the hot sun.  It would also be extremely difficult to navigate through such a large crowd because of the high risk of falling.  One million or more people are expected to be there.  It's a huge parade that is at least three hours long.  Perhaps I should just be sitting on top of a float in the parade!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 9:04pm

Randy, sorry to hear about all the weather problems you and your family are going through.  The flooding of farmland and the loss of buildings and so many trees is devastating. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 24, 2016 at 3:07pm

Awful, awful news for you Randall, & terrible for the trees.

We always had the high winds in the autumn, but now its year round, at any time.

 

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