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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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2015 at 9:21am

I was kind of startled that a Catholic hospital would employ a female chaplain among all the priests I've seen cruising the halls there.  (It's an enormous collection of buildings, with Disney Studios on one side, and the old NBC on the other.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:11am

I enjoy hearing your hospital story again Felaine.  I think you mentioned a thing or two that I haven't heard before.  I like how Dr. Falkenstein responded to the t-shirt over the scarecrow, and what you said to the chaplain.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:07am

Sane people.  Good one Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:05am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:01am

Glad to hear that you're in action again, Carl. Keep it up.

I think there might be more "closet" atheists round and about in the health service than we think  although a lot of the people I work with in elderly care seem to be New Agers of various types. That might be because the profession is not a highly-educated one plus a portion of wishful thinking. "Is this all there is to life, rotting away at the end? There must be something else." You probably know what I mean.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2015 at 11:07pm

I am SO happy to see you again, Carl!  Been thinking about you a lot, especially when an anonymous aircraft flies over the house (we are near a glide path that is rarely used anymore).  Anyroad, I'm glad the dialysis is helping; just hang in there.  PLEASE.

Joan: I think I mentioned (about 10 times) that I wore my "IMAGINE NO RELIGION" T-shirt when I checked into St. Joseph Med Ctr for my laminectomy & fusion in '09.  The admitting clerks actually liked it. 

After the surgery I was not allowed out of bed AT ALL for 3 days, and I kept complaining (with a smile) about the "scarecrow" on the wall, but there is no way those things can be removed.  So when they finally decided it was okay for me to use a walker, etc., the first thing I did was drape my shirt over the silly thing.  When Dr. Falkenstein (my surgeon) saw it he nearly fell down laughing.  Said he's done most of his training in Catholic hospitals, and it was a real pain in the tush for him to see that "dead man on a stick" everywhere he looked.

The chaplain barged in when an LVN was giving me a bed bath; she said she'd be back, and I said, "Don't bother."  She didn't. I wasn't in good enough shape for any theological discussions. 

I dozed a lot, didn't even read much.  I was getting half-doses of non-opiate painkiller every half hour for 5 days.  Worked perfectly.  I am violently allergic to morphine and barbiturates (which nobody uses much anymore, thank whoever!)

So that's MY organ recital for tonight.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2015 at 5:14pm

Ian, I told the admitting nurse that I am an atheist, and she didn't bat an eyelash. I seemed the hospital chaplain arrived in my room very shortly after my admittance. I was vomiting all over everyone at the time and he promptly left. I was happy to see him after I had the tube down my throat, although my nose and throat hurt when I talked. I wanted to try out my Boghossian technique on him. Frankly, I enjoyed the challenge he presented.

A woman volunteer came daily, and I found her far more tedious.

the staff members who were interested in what I had to say offered me a great distraction from my bodily woes.

Boghossian

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 5:01pm
Good one, Bertold. Just the way I like 'em. The cornier the better!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 4:57pm
I forgot to mention that my kidney transplant has been delayed six months. The cardiologist wants me to fully recover before undergoing another major surgery. I guess that's for the best. It will give me additional time to build up my strength. My kidney disease has greatly weakened me. Now that I'm on dialysis and have a new heart valve, I'm finally healthy enough and have the energy to exercise.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 28, 2015 at 4:00pm
Bravo!
 

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