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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 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

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 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

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 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

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 Joan Denoo on December 6, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, don't you have access to free cancer screening either? Have you checked with your local cancer society to learn what screenings are available? 

At Cancer Care Northwest, not all cancer patients can pay for their treatments. There is a fund from which people can draw if they have a positive diagnosis and need care. I am now working to raise funds for that project.  

A study in the Netherlands found: 

"The researchers found that new cases of early-stage breast cancer among 70- to 75-year-olds rose sharply after national screening was introduced, from 248.7 to 362.9 per 100,000 women."

Risks of Breast Cancer Screening in Women 70-Plus

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 10:21pm

What's a cancer check up?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 10:04pm

Kevin Carter fell prey to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and depression. Human suffering caused by human action continues. In order to gain victory over depression, we need to work at keeping our spirits up. We are not helpless victims. We can take action to predict and control, to some degree, what happens to us. 

One way is to do what Patricia, Carl, Felaine, Mindy, Daniel and the rest of us are doing, preventive checkups. By the way, have you had your cancer check up this year? 

Between 1500 and 1800 A.D. the average lifespan was 30 to 40 years. Today's life expectancy is 75 + years. This was not because we prayed harder, it was because we understand hygiene and because of medical advances through research. We are lucky to be alive, as Richard Dawkins claims, and we are fortunate to live in a country that respects modern science. For those who don't respect it, well, too bad for them. Education would help them too. 

Even as it is easy to become discouraged, it is hard to stay positive and pro-active. Waking up to a new day with gratitude, taking on each challenge with determination, loving, caring and with compassion for life and living, we make each day count. Life is precious. We have all that it takes to meet our challenges with poise. We exist as social animals, needing and giving a sense of community to and with each other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 9:35pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 9:22pm

Patricia and Joan, I agree.  As gruesome and excruciatingly horrible some images are to look at, it's utterly important for the betterment of humanity to know about and to see the grossly inhumane and unjust conditions of our fellow peoples.  For one to say that such images are too disgusting to view is to be part of the problem.  We should not be immune to their suffering.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:28pm

Patricia, I am glad you keep tract of the progress of your eyes. Like cancer, other diseases can come from out of nowhere and catch us off guard.


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:26pm

Patricia, I agree that the photos revealing reality must be posted, often and as many as it takes to wake people up. I hesitated about showing some of the other photos Kevin took, but here goes: 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 7:02pm

Patricia, always go to Charity Navigator before donating money to any org.  Of course in the US, churches don't have to file anything with the IRS detailing how much they take in, and what they spend it on....but all other non-profits DO.  That's where Navigator gets its info, and posts it online.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:51pm

Patricia, sorry to learn of your progressing macular degeneration. What are your presenting symptoms? Were you aware of it before you saw your ophthalmologist? So many eye conditions have no feeling associated with them and much damage can occur before one goes in for a checkup.  

Cataracts are one example of pain-free progression. There is usually sight loss before a person notices something might be changing. Glaucoma has the same painless progression, usually. 

Dame Judi Dench Among Millions With Macular Degeneration

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:01pm

Patricia, this horrible photo was taken by Kevin Carter, Photojournalist. He was an African photojournalist who was so devastated and depressed by the scenes he took revealing the 1994 famine in Sudan, he committed suicide at the age of 33. He received a Pulitzer Prise for his photos. 


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