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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

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

This is a test Continue

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

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

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

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 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

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

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

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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 sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 11:36pm

Carl, I just wanna give you the biggest, warmest HUG ever!

My computer tech/friend has been on dialysis for 5 years because he doesn't want to go through all that transplant and the aftermath  stuff.....but it's rough on him.  And I worry....not just because he's a good tech....he's a neat person.  And so are you.

There are several fund-raising web sites....most of them charge a percentage of the money raised.  Do a Google search.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 10, 2014 at 10:38pm

Agh! Carl, kidney surgery sounds way too complicated. I wish you luck.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 9:20pm

Carl, So glad to read your post and understand the stressors that you face. A lot to absorb, as C.S.A.W.S. noted. 

First of all, a money raiser for you here on A/N, if that is allowed.  I have no idea how to start one. Is anyone familiar with this aspect? I can follow directions and work with anyone who can take the lead. Are there any rules or guidelines for doing such a thing?

Will your sisters be donors?  

Yes, you are strong, both physically and mentally and can take on whatever challenge that confronts you. Your medical team, family team, and A/N team stand with you as you progress through this 

Knowing you are busy, I will be patient in receiving news about your progress. Well, no, that isn't true. But never mind, I will look forward to whatever time you have to share with us. 

Do take care, dear friend, 


Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2014 at 8:29pm

Hi, gang.  It's been a busy, stressful and overwhelming few days.  I had a six-hour long orientation on Friday about everything related to kidney transplant surgery.  I listened to a long medical talk with all the details, had two physical examinations by two doctors, had at least a dozen vials of blood drawn, and met with both a dietician and a social worker.  Whew! 

Basically I'm ready both physically and mentally to go ahead with the surgery but with one exception.  I need to show that I have at least three or four months financial reserve available after the surgery that will not only pay my usual housing and living expenses but also to make sure my expensive insurance premium is kept up to date.  After the surgery I will be on about fifteen different medications and will require 24-hour care for the first two weeks alone.  The success of the transplant requires a lot of medical aftercare, and that cannot happen without insurance to pay for it.  

Today I had two doctors appointments.  I need to have two other surgeries before I can go ahead with the kidney transplant.  One is minor and will take place next week.  The second needs to be scheduled as soon as possible so I can heal.  In the meantime I need to raise money for my upcoming financial expenses. 

A stressful time for me?  Yeah, it sure is.  But I'm doing well.  My long-time regular doctor complimented me today on how calmly I'm talking all this.  He said I'm stronger than he thought!  lol 

Thanks again to all of you for your kind thoughts and expressions.  It really means a lot to me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 6:07pm

Mindy, how many days has it been since you brought Charlie Girl into your home?  It can take a while...two weeks or more....for the older cats to adjust to a kitten that they did not give birth to. 

We have had the Black Blimp (5 years old) for a year now, and she and Pumpkin (almost 16) still are not cozy.  They aren't hissing and fighting, but they don't curl up together, either.  BUT I have also had young cats adopt us, and within a few weeks an older cat will be mothering it....the older cat is often a neutered male.

You just can't predict what will happen.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2014 at 1:42pm

Glad to year that you're enjoying yourself, Brent.

Hope the test goes well, Joan. A new pacemaker sounds routine. I too am pessimistic r.e. banks, large companies etc. Their entire reason for being is to accumulate money so it's extremely improbable that they're going to be "nice".

One I found on FB

Comment by Brent Feeney on November 10, 2014 at 1:24pm

Hey gang, hope all is well.

Been busy doing some writing for an on-line news site in my home area lately. Last Saturday I did TWO Illinois high school football playoff games - including voice-over for videos - and it was fun, but boy,was I wiped out after it was all over (including filing the stories and what not).

Was wondering if anyone would like to see the stuff I've done so far with them? Let me know either way and I'll post links here if interested.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2014 at 1:02pm

I'm also interested in how Charlie Girl is doing with the others.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2014 at 1:01pm

"Dead in a ditch" is funny if you're not the one worrying.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 12:34pm

Mindy, Charlie Girl is so pretty. How is she doing with the others at this point? 


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