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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 yesterday. 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 Randall Smith on April 9, 2016 at 11:10am
Because it was very cold (25F), and my hips still ached, I decided not to even walk (let alone run) in the 5k event this morning. I was just going to support my daughter (who won her age division). But, the Ibu. kicked in, and I changed my mind, managing to walk (with a limp) the full 3 miles. Nobody over 50 was quicker (I'm 73). Heck, I wasn't even trying to "win". I wasn't even dressed for it. I'll probably pay, physically, but at least I won't feel guilty about eating a piece of pie later!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2016 at 9:37am

Ian, that's a funny Two Ronnies skit.  I remember watching their show in the 1970's on our local public television station.  In my experience, of all the English speaking groups, I find Australians the hardest to understand. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2016 at 7:21am

Joan says it all, Carl. Stay positive.

I've been thinking about a walker myself. In preparation for a 5k run this coming Saturday, I overdid the training. My hips are extremely sore, making it difficult to walk, let alone run. I've been popping pain relievers like candy. I keep thinking it'll go away, but it's been 10 days now. It appears I won't be running or walking for awhile. The 5k was to raise money for backbacks for school children, so I still feel good about contributing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2016 at 2:26am

Carl, you are an inspiration to me. Your resilience and positive attitude encourage me to remember to live in the present moment, finding the pleasures that come from simple things; a great family and friends, delicious food carefully prepared. Each breath and each day are a triumphal declaration of being alive, expressing joy and anger, gratitude and sorrow, hope and grief. 

I like Ian's "Personalized" walker. It stimulated the imagination. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 1:21am
Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 12:42am

Personalize!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2016 at 10:27pm

It's been 4-1/2 months since my transplant.  I may not have my physical mobility back but I have so much more energy and stamina than in the previous few years.  That makes a huge difference in my attitude.  I'm back in the kitchen doing more cooking, which I love to do, and taking care of many previously neglected activities around the house, both business and fun.  I use a cane for outside only.  Inside is all flat floor surfaces and plenty of items around me to touch for keeping balance.  I own a walker which I used for a short time after one of my hospital stays but it's not currently needed. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2016 at 12:40pm

Carl - I'm really sorry to hear of your latest setback. You've had so much crap thrown at you and you maintain an admirable equilibrium in the face of it all. You're an inspiration for all of us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2016 at 8:10pm

Carl, bad news, indeed! I just Googled it, and there is no known prevention or treatment. Given such discouraging news, be sure to develop a strategy to deal with your reality. Find all the things that you enjoy that you will be able to do and focus on your abilities.Your disabilities exist as a fact that is beyond your control. You have a choice about how you react, and that decision will mean misery or gratitude. 

You have every right and need to grieve. The individuals in this group are strong enough to listen. As we are not able to change your reality, we can share the process with you as you find your new normal. 

Carl, you know I have a particular fondness for you. Being the same age as my three children and your enthusiasms ring my bells. Do take good care of yourself. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2016 at 4:32pm

Thanks, everybody, for your comments.  My attitude is actually very good.  I don't have much control over what happens to me so all I can do is continue forward and enjoy life. 

If I recall correctly, I think it was Joan who mentioned some time back that as we grow older or when we have certain restrictions placed upon us, we need to adjust to the standards of our new "normal" and move on from there.  Words of wisdom, indeed.

All of you are so inspirational in your unique and various ways.     

 

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