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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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maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 27. 14 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 11, 2014 at 1:37pm

I like that quote Ian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:32pm

Ian, actually I haven't started dialysis yet.  I don't know when it will start but right now I'm stable enough to hold off.  In fact, this past week I seem to be in a period of having an upswing of energy whereas before I was constantly tired and lethargic.  I just had some blood drawn yesterday and will know the results this coming Monday.  I've been told there will be periods of ebb and flow regarding my kidney function.   

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:24pm

Comment by Ian Mason on September 11, 2014 at 1:23pm

Carl, I'm getting sceptical about doctors. I think research has outstripped them to the extent that even the best (and they're not all good) can't keep up. Second opinions will have to be more commonplace in the future so a second doc. has a chance to spot what the first one didn't think of. 

How are you feeling just now and how far are you in the dialysis process? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2014 at 1:07pm

Joan, I tend to be a "glass half full" type of person.  I have a very positive outlook in life.  That being said, I am also a realist and fully know the seriousness of my condition and the importance of carefully following medical advice.  Having a positive attitude is important but also knowing that Pollyanna thinking and denial is harmful both physically and mentally.  All I can do is to realistically take one day at a time and to meet each challenge with logical thinking and actions.  To me, the biggest peace of mind comes from knowing what is real and acting accordingly.  I also know I have a wonderful network of family and friends to rely on.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 12:32pm

As a tree develops with many twists and turns, so does life. Find the balance in each part of life, and make it a thing of beauty. 

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

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


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.


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