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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

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A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

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His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 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

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by James on September 6, 2016 at 10:52am

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

Daniel - so sorry that you're at this stage with your beloved companion. We lost a dog last fall, and we felt very fortunate that she checked out at home in bed. Even though it's an inevitable part of the whole deal, it's always one of the worst things in the world to go through. After a while the memories start to bring a smile again.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 5, 2016 at 12:42pm
On a brighter note my gson and his husband came and spent the evening and night Fri. They fly between az and ky because of their work. So we don't get to see his husband much. He's a lovely young man and they seem well suited to each other. My gson asked if they could spend the night here because it would have made his family uncomfortable had they spent the night with any of them. But they were meeting up with friends in this area the following morning for a day trip.By staying here they knocked an hour drive off in the am. We had a wonderful time.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 5, 2016 at 12:23pm
Daniel, that breaks my heart. My twelve year old Boston went into seizures three years ago after a lifetime of perfect health. I rushed him to the vet but he had already gone blind and had a stroke by the time we got there. The seizures couldn't be controlled. I had to wait until the vet came in from a call, several hours later,to have him put to sleep. I wish I had had the opportunity to have him put down humanly. That said it's a decision only you can make and I feel for you. You have my sympathy and I'll be thinking of you.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 5, 2016 at 11:31am

Daniel, A friend of mine asked me to come to her home when they had a home euthanasia vet come. It was a hard time for her, even as she knew she had no better option. I'm glad you will have Ning with you at that time. The thought of Charlie being in a place he enjoyed feels comforting. Sending hugs with sad tears.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 5, 2016 at 11:16am

Thanks for the comments.  When Ning returns from  China and bring it up.  Baigou is pretty clueless and does not appear to be suffering, so he will do his job a little longer, I think, keeping me company until he doesnt or cant.  I have a place picked out for Charlie in the woodsy area at the edge of my property, he likes to snoop around there.  There are home euthanasia services now, I want to check into those.  I would rather mix a sedative with dog food and give that, but there is nothing I know of over the counter that would do a good job. 

Thanks again for all your comments.  There is no where else I can go with this.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2016 at 10:00am
I'm so sorry, Daniel. "Been there, done that". Never easy. I actually accidently ran over my old cat backing up.
It was just a year ago (Sept 12) I had to tell the doctors to pull the plug on my dying father. It had to be done. (I went into shock.)
Good luck on making a decision.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2016 at 5:36am

Shedding many tears for you and your friend.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2016 at 5:35am

Daniel, I feel for your quandary, and the soon to be loss of your best friend.

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2016 at 4:04am

I know you'll do the best for your friends, Daniel! You sound as if you need no convincing that it's time to put them to sleep, but it's very hard to take the decision when your friends are in a slow decline. My experience with all my cats and what I've seen with other pet owners is that the last trip to the vet is almost always very late, because the owner can't decide. That doesn't make it easier for you.  


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