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Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by Plinius 39 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

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degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

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Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

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Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 16, 2014 at 12:04pm
Hello, friends. Just checking in and adding to all the medical news here. I have a bit of bad news. I had a very mild stroke on Sunday. I'm feeling well and having lots of tests done. The good news is the stroke was very small and no crippling damage. I also do not appear to have any coronary disease. Medications should be able to control this from happening again. Cheers and happy thoughts to all of you.
Comment by sk8eycat on December 16, 2014 at 8:48am

Oh. Brav-O, Chris!  I love that song, too.

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2014 at 5:57am

Thanks for posting Kraftwerk! It's been a long time since I heard Autobahn, I enjoyed it very much!

I hope your husband can live with a different medicine regime, Patricia! It's often such a delicate balance!

I'm doing the last lessons of 2014, two this morning. They expected me to do something xmaslike, but instead I gave them a text on our neolithic ancestors' winter solstice, followed by The Beatles' Here comes the Sun. They loved it, even the xtians! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 16, 2014 at 12:40am

Patricia: I was a guinea pig in a BP study starting 20 years ago.  It was a form of double-blind study, the only difference was that they were testing 3 different med, and nobody got placebos.  We just didn't know which drugs we were given until it was over.  Happened I was on Ateolol and chlorthalidone, and it worked for me. I'm still taking both of them, and my BP has been low to normal for 20 years now.  Before I started the tests it was dangerously high, and I am terrified of having a stroke and surviving it....my dad and his mother both had horrendous strokes....and I don't want to be that helpless, or a vegetable for months before I die.

My "new" MD suggested that I cut the pills in half, and take a half every 12 hours.  That regimen seems to be working better than ever, my pulse is slower, and my BP is usually 110 (or less) over 60.  Haven't checked my glucose lately....I have a meter, but I havte this new one...the strips are in a circular insert...like contraceptives used to be...but the damn things are expensive! 

DON'T EVER GET A BAYER METER!!!  Not even if it's "free."  They aren't selling meters, they are selling the strips....like Kodak and Polaroid were in the business of selling film, not cameras..

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 15, 2014 at 10:15pm

Too bad on your Bowel problem and arm scrape, Randall. As an IBS sufferer, I "live" on oral rehydration some days.

Sorry about your husband's heart, Patricia. I juggle numerous health challenges, but my blood pressure got better a couple of months after I started taking MitoQ. In rodent studies, it helped the vascular epithelium become elastic again, normalizinging high blood pressure. This version of coenzyme Q-10 designed to penetrate mitochondria well seems to have helped me in the same way. It's from New Zeland. Apparently healthy mitochondria improve the vascular epithelium elasticity.

BTW, we've signed up to participate in a local HumanLight celebration. Don't forget, it's coming soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 15, 2014 at 9:12pm

Patricia, I hope that helps your husband without too many side effects.

Joan, a mistake in my last post. the ferry sails to Sjælands Odde, not Kalundborg. That was another route from a long time ago. Since the bridge opened in 1997 a lot of ferries have stopped. I don't know the capital very well. When I'm there it tends to be for a definite purpose and I don't stay that long.

I've had problems sleeping lately. I fall asleep feeling tired and then wake up early, between 3-4 a.m. from what feels like a long narrative dream that leaves me more tired than when I went to bed. The only solution seems to be to get up and move about, have some tea to clear my head and then relax on the sofa where I finally nod off again with a book. Strange.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2014 at 7:24pm

Patricia - sorry to hear your husband got a less than encouraging report. Hopefully the suggested juggling of dosages will help.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 15, 2014 at 3:54pm

Randall: I think whatever you had is "something that's going around."  A local friend had the same thing last week, and we both live in the San Fernando Valley of SoCal.  With air travel so prevalent, a virus or bacterial illness can spread almost as fast as light.

One of the (many) reasons I quit driving and shop online exclusively.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2014 at 3:47pm

Mindy, we have a Meijer's close by. I'd rate it somewhere between a Target and Walmart, maybe a B- grade.

Joan, I'm inspired to make some use of the "churches and children" site as a counter to my grandchildren's grandmother (my fanatical ex). I've been wondering how, and this might be the ammo I can use!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2014 at 3:41pm

Whew, I'm back, after a couple of "irritable bowel" days. Vomiting, bloating, cramps--the yucks. From where? My granddaughter, it appears. As luck would have it, I had a scheduled doctor's appointment this morning (Mon). I had an Xray of the abdomen for signs of blockage. Again, whew, nothing. I'm slowing feeling better. A huge upper arm scrape from a throw rug tumble (Fri) was cleaned and bandaged, too.  I'm going to stop telling people to "have a nice weekend", e.g. That's too close to praying, isn't it? What good does it do?

 

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