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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 4:58pm

Oh! My Gosh! The surgery went so well I failed to write about it. Not one instance of pain, no aches, just a big bandage that I can take off but I am doing some chores and don't want to break the wound open. 

Covered, except for a tiny hole through which the surgeon did his magic, he did his "slit, slash, blood, and gore"  task.  Before he closed me up, he had the nurse take my "tent" off so I could see the incision. No blood, just a tiny little hole where he showed me the muscles, tendons, and whatever else was under the incision. Then, the nurse covered me again, he sewed me up and bandaged me with what looks like a very impressive wound, and I came home. No pain even now! The surgery itself only took 15 minutes. It was all the prep work that took up most of the day. 
I am getting some circulation into my fingers; my fingernails turned pink. I have trouble typing because of the bulk on my hand but no discomfort. 

I'll have my right hand done Sept 12.

Laura told me carpel tunnel syndrome surgery is the latest fad; it may be a fad, but it feels so good to begin to have the feeling return in my fingers again. 

Thanks for asking, Qiana and Carl.

Carl, I love the concept of being a matriarch. The best part of it is I have a longer memory than most people, and I can remember wash tubs, boiling water on the stove, wringing out hot sudsy laundry and hanging wet fabric on a clothesline. I also remember the task of going to the forest to cut wood, bringing it home and while the men cut it into pieces to fit the stove the women prepared a huge meal. That was very festive to me, but I would not go back to that unless I just had to. 

I am most grateful for having lived this long so that I can have access to all kinds of information; I can do the kind of research that is fun, not the old routine of sitting in a library with stacks of books around me trying to follow a thread.  

I also love economics, and it is easy to follow lines of thought and learn new ways to collect and analyze data. 

Gardening is still the love of my life even as there are things I no longer can do. 

Carl, feeling happy and content is just about the best thing I can feel; your happiness and contentment pleases me greatly. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2016 at 3:46pm

Congrats Randy.  I'm not going to mention how far I can run.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 3:40pm

Every once in a great while a tornado forms over eastern Washington and when it did, it was a major news item. 

On JULY 23, 2014, huge thunderstorms hit Riverside, WA, on Hiway 2, destroyed 20 trailers in a trailer park and left behind large swaths of downed trees. We see the effect today as we drive on Hiway 2. I can't even imagine what the central states experience when such terrible winds blow each year. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 27, 2016 at 3:06pm

Whooee--I made it! On a whim, I signed up for a 5k run a month ago. I don't know what made me do it. I haven't seriously run in 3 years. I guess I just wanted to prove I still could do it. I'm a little crazy that way. Well, in the month of training (so-called), I never could run the full 3 miles without stopping. But I did today! I had a time goal, too, which I met. Won my age group (65+)! However, I was the only entrant, tee hee. I guess old people just don't run anymore. There weren't even any walkers in my age group. All in all, it was pretty exhilerating. And no heart attack!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2016 at 3:01pm

I found an interesting piece on weather science that intrigues me. 

Atlantic 'weather bomb' opens new window on Earth's interior

"Earthquakes aren’t the only things seismologists listen for. Over the past decade, they have honed their talent for detecting the seismic waves generated by severe storms, including the echoes of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Ocean swells from these storms rattle around, creating waves that drum the ocean floor and move into the mantle. They can even be picked up by seismometers on the other side of the world. Until now, this circuitous weather tracking system has mostly been limited to high-speed P waves, which pass through rock with straight compressive force; S waves, with their distinctive perpendicular sashay, have remained elusive. In a new study published this week in Science, however, researchers tracked a 2014 North Atlantic "weather bomb"—a cold-weather cyclone seen here pummeling the United Kingdom—with a pattern of P and S waves, picked up by an array of 202 borehole seismometers in Chugoku district in Japan. The technique, if repeated for other storms, could give geologists a new tool for studying Earth's deep structures."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:47am

I would be worried too Randy.  A direct hit with one of those big boys would totally destroy your house and probably a large part of the farm.  A horribly bad day to say the least.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2016 at 8:43am

Carl (and others), yes, our locale (N central Indiana) had dozens of tornadoes yesterday, primarily in the Kokomo area (50 miles N of Indy). The nearest to me was about 15 miles. So fortunately, the farm was spared with only about an inch of rain and no winds. The tornadoes were not only unexpected (and not predicted), but huge--like a mile wide! 

I worry every time that one day I'll get hit. Up to now, tornadoes have by-passed me, one as close as a half mile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:05am

I said test instead of text.  Is that just one of my random brain-farts, or because I've been reading  about you guys' teaching problems?  "I do not have the answer at this time."

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2016 at 8:01am

Ruth, yes, I often enlarge the test with control-plus, but sometimes the next page I go to is way too large.  Sometimes, the next page will have to be enlarged, and the next, and...

Plus, there are some things that will not enlarge.  Small information boxes, and the icons on the tool bar will not enlarge.

I've found one or two things that I like better, but overall....well, enough complaining for now.

Nightmares still?  How long have you been retired?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2016 at 10:53pm

Idaho Spud, you said, "everything is much smaller." You can't just enlarge the text with control-plus? Yeah, I have similar learning curve problems every time there's a change.

Randall, I get "my physical (and mental) well-being improved dramatically when I retired from teaching middle school." Same for me when I retired from teaching high school, excepting that I continue to have nightmares about teaching from time to time.

 

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