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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 10, 2015 at 7:21am

Ruth, I don't think Carl has a book out. Carol does.

Ian, I'm jealous! I'm sure Tony and LG were great. I visited Copenhagen and Tivoli in July, 1967. Wonderful place. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 10, 2015 at 1:34am

In the 1980s, when both my parents were i need of emergency care, it was an entirely different group of paramedics....Vietnam vets, mostly...they were SO helpful and kind.  The 4 that tromped in today were borderline rude and chewed me out for wasting their time. Said "Take a taxi."  When I said I couldn't afford one, they said, "Don't you have any friends?" (Everyone I could depend on works during the day, or has moved out of California, or is worse off than I am physically.) 

They just went on and on, interrupting me when I tried to explain my situation (No car, neighbors have moved away, etc.).  Maybe I'll ask the veterinarians who just bought the house across the street.  This USED to be a real neighborhood, but it's now two blocks of strangers who don't talk to each other.  Or even speak the same language.

Oh, and the Armenian Avocado thieves are cruising our patio again, even though what's left on the tree are rotting. I hope they get sick..

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2015 at 9:51pm

You have to be dying for EMTs to take you to hospital now? I'm disgusted along with you, Felaine. Thanks for keeping us apprised. I've been on tenterhooks.

Sounds like an interesting book, Carl. Maybe you should advertise it here a month or so.

Ian, I'm happy that you're enjoying travel and visits. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 9, 2015 at 8:08pm

Felaine, dear, if you sense your health is declining and is worrisome, by all means get to the emergency room by whatever way possible.  I don't wish to diminish the role of EMT's, but at hospital you'll actually be seen by a doctor and there are a lot more options available for running a myriad of tests to confirm or rule out different conditions.  I've spent a lot of time in the past year between five different hospitals and three emergency rooms.  The doctors were all very proactive concerning my health.  It's the reason why I'm able to be here today with my avatar smiling at you.

I also agree with Joan.  It's time to prioritize your own requirements over others.  You're worth it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2015 at 3:38pm

I called the EMTs, they came tromping in the house, took my BP and blood glucose, said I wasn't dying, and they couldn't take me to the ER.  So I'm still here, at home, disgusted and shaky.

I think I'll go back to bed.   .

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2015 at 2:47pm

Felaine, you put others' needs ahead of your own. Is it possible you are worth more than you think you are? Do you have any idea how much you mean to me and us on Athiest Nexus? If you need help, you call for help. There may be life-threatening emergency calls and let's hope the emergency people can transport you quickly and do all the other calls as well.

I am happy to learn that the nursing staff at the hospital treats you well, even if the physician's staff do not. 

Your messages are like Perils of Pauline, waiting anxiously for the next communication to learn that you have good care and feel satisfied with the people offering you services. Please keep us up to date until and unless you cannot. If I don't hear from you, my worry meter goes through the roof. 

Worry is a useless activity. Can't seem to help it. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2015 at 2:11pm

Off travelling again tomorrow, a long weekend in England visiting the family. Back again late Tuesday.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2015 at 2:08pm

Returned today from Copenhagen. Spent a few hours with my daughter and son-in-law and then an evening at Tivoli enjoying Tony Bennett and Gaga. They were consumate professionals with real style and had a really good band behind them, so the show was a true delight.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzl8zYz8JDs

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2015 at 2:03pm

Felaine, I hope all goes well for you. My Father had terrible leg pains until he had a balloon down the artery on one side and a bypass on the other. He brightened up a lot afterwards. I'll be thinking of you.

Carl, it sounds like you might sympathise with St. Sebastian.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2015 at 8:57am

It appears you're keeping your sense of humor, Felaine, despite your situation. Thinking of you.

 

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