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Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

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Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

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losing faith (TheraminTrees)

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TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 6:52pm

When I was in Hyde Park in London I saw people painting for public sale, others stood on boxes and lectured the crowd on one subject or another, there were very many groups of Arab men dressed in white dresses that went to the ground and following them in compact order were Arab women in burquas and small children. I did not see one Arab man with one or more child.

In contrast there were many men and women walking together with their children. I talked to several of them, curious about who were the family gatherings. Many of them were Scandinavians.

In Oslo, Norway I visited Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park, with many sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Many of his pieces were of men and boys. 

The attitude Scandinavian men hold toward women and children is very different than the Arab countries. 

Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park

Men as fathers, fathering, and fatherhood across and within culture...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 6:50pm

Typos, typos, typos!  Drat!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 6:49pm

Joan, I've been taking Neeurontin/gabapentin for about 13 years for diabetic neuropathy in my hands and feet...it works, and the only side affects I've had when I run out before my next FREE shipment reaches my doctor's office is electric schock-type pains in my feet and legs.  And numbness (more than usual) in my fingertips.

However, as of Feb 1st, Pfizer is no longer issuing Neurontin as part of their Connection to Care program, and I may have to switch to Lyrica; they are still issuing that one to low income patients.  Have to investigate it.

As I understand it, Neurontin was developed for nerve pain...particularly shingles (been there in the 1960s before there was any treatment...done that.  It's awful!  And I had a fairly mild case.) A friend who has Crohn's AND fibromyalgia was on Lyrica for several years; I need to get in touch with her, and ask questions.  I wish I could call her, but she is SO ill that I never know when is a "good" time.

E-kail, e-mail, e-mail....

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 5:23pm

Ian, I am so terribly sorry you experienced this irresponsible behavior and suffered physical and emotional pain because of it.

Thankfully, you had the ability to see past the insults and recognize the problem for what it was. Does she have training in depression/anxiety conditions? Is she prepared to deal with manipulation? 

Oh, how easy it is to blame staff when you should have been supported. Your country has union representation far better than we have been able to maintain in this country. 

My dream is to have unions in all places of employment all around the Earth. We cannot manipulate and exploit people who are poor and willing to work for slave wages in order to produce profits for the one %. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 4:56pm

Spud, those bunnies have certainly trained that human very well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 4:54pm

Felaine, Just to let you know I am thinking about you and hope all is well. 

My chemo MD prescribed Nerontin three weeks ago and upped the dosage yesterday. I assume you have read what the internet offers. 
Neurontin

This a stock photo, however it kind of represents what we are seeing here now. Things just beginning to come through the ground and snow in the hills. I still have little snow patches in my garden. 

In 2014, spring begins with the vernal equinox on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. EDT.

First Day of Spring 2014: Vernal Equinox

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 4:35pm

Ian...I'm LOL-ing because I fixed basted eggs (on toast) for the first time in months this morning.  Only I used white-shelled eggs.  (did YOU take that photo?)

I think I'm going to have some ham, a red Garnet sweet potato, and Brussels sprouts for dinner.  Or maybe just the Garnet by itself...it's large enough for two people.  But I feel like I should have something to balance the sweetness.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 2:58pm

Here's one for all the Vegans

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 12:04pm

Wow Ian!  I'm Sorry you have such a boss.  I've had unpleasant bosses, but none that said anything like that to me.  That would stress me out for as long as I held the job!

That's funny about the squirrel running up your girlfriend.  I was in Scotland for 2 years and never saw many squirrels.  Was only in London one day and never visited a park, so I guess I missed them.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 11:47am

If you've ever seen the squirrels in London's parks those rabbits are not a suprise. I girlfriend I took over pulled out her camera and a squirrel ran up her trying to get at the camera to eat it.

Haven't had the computer on the past couple of days as I've been tired. Here's why:

Monday morning, as I was putting my coat on to go home from work, the boss turned up and said that she wanted a little chat. In her office she told me that I was the biggest problem she had, that I was the equivalent of having en extra resident in the care-unit and a difficult one at that and that something had to change. We arranged a further meeting for Thursday, later changed by her to Friday morning. This time I went "armed" with my union rep. The boss then DENIED saying the things she'd said the first time, made a u-turn, back-pedalled and was an incarnation of common sense. She even listened to what I had to say and approved. In the intervening days I took out my frustration at the gym with training sessions of 2-4 hours including long bursts on a stair machine. When the adrenaline finally ran out I was dog-tired but couldn't sleep because of the pains in my legs. Things have calmed down now and I'm starting to feel normal again, just hungry all the time.

The cause of all this was some long-term friction between me and one of the residents, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and has all his life used his problem to manipulate those around him. He does things like use an emergency call button at night to tell the duty worked to pick his clothes up off the floor, open the curtains, close the curtains, straighten his duvet......and I refuse to play the game. 

As a long-term depression sufferer myself I know very well the perverse pleasure there can be in wallowing in the condition and making others dance to the morbid tune. I also know that the only way to self-respect and dignity is in the struggle to live despite an illness.

That's been my week :-D

A good weekend to you all.

 

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