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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris yesterday. 9 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

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

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

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

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

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 5, 2016 at 1:19am

Daniel, I am sorry you face this quandary. Charlie, your companion for so very long continues to give you comfort, even as you want what is best for him. You have gone through many changes these past three years. Thankfully, you are able to spend time with him that you could not before you retired. Each moment becomes a treasure. Loving him tenderly gives him the greatest gift of all.  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 5, 2016 at 12:20am

Sharp comedy, Chris. Very precise.

Daniel, my brother and his wife have been through the same experience this year when their dog had the same problems. Taking the decision hurt them but they couldn't bear seeing a loved pet suffering so much either.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 4, 2016 at 11:04pm

I think you know its time, Daniel.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on September 4, 2016 at 10:54pm

Daniel, it sounds to me like it's way past time to put the dogs down.  14 and 15 makes them really old dogs.  And it sounds like they both have arthritis, and maybe just a little dementia?  Or even Alzheimer's?  If they are in that much pain, and you make them walk 4 or 6 blocks they are probably looking forward to euthanasia.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 4, 2016 at 10:28pm

Hello Friends,

Old Daniel has a dilemma on his hands.  It relates to his dog, and to his dog's dog.

Charlie is my dog.  He's 15 years old.  Charlie is nearly blind, falls down frequently.  He can walk 4 blocks, slowly, some days 6 bocks but it's very slow.  He still appreciates a treat.  He can climb a flight of stairs, but sometimes falls on the stairs, and it takes time and looks painful.  HIs gait looks painful.  A med helps a little with that.  He no longer hears much, and has gone from instantly running to my side when called, to wandering around looking lost.

Baugou was a rescue, who we got to keep Charlie company.  He's never been interactive or bright, but he did his job as Charlie's dog.  Baigou is 14.  Baigou has always been lazy, but now I have to pull him up to get him outside.  He can also walk 4 blocks if urged, and we do daily.

Both are incontinent now, after a lifetime of no accidents.

Charlie

Baigou.  He always looks dead, but is arousable with some effort and patience.

I want to do the right thing by my dogs.  I don't want to make them suffer needlessly.  I don't want to put them down just because it makes me suffer to see them old and slow..  I don't anthropomorphise, I think.  I will find it very hard to bear being without Charlie, but it's going to happen unless I have a fatal stroke or something soon.  He's my best friend by far, and feels like the only friend I have, here by my side.

I think a lot of people are age-phobic, and I wonder if they euthanize their pets for being old, thinking that old=suffering=bad.   Some suffering is OK - I suffer too - but I'm struggling with how to decide when to have them euthanized.  i don't want to keep them going selfishly because it hurts me to let them go.   I don't think I will just wake up and they've died.  That would be less hard, but it's not how this is looking.

Ning is in China for 2 weeks.  He's not attached like I am.  It will be up to me.

This is subjective, but I score Charlie at about 16 on this test.

 I think prpbably when Ning comes back I  need to tell him it's time to call it time. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2016 at 9:00am

Some of the things I like about my new computer are:

1.  The word processor is much easier to access.

2.  The old computer weighed 20 pounds, but my new one weighs only 2.8 pounds.  The TV/monitor weighs only 7 pounds, making a total of 9.8 pounds, less than half the weight of the old one.

3.  The old computer used about 50 watts of power, but the new one uses about 5 watts.  The TV/monitor uses 18 watts, bringing the total to 23 watts.  Less than half of my old computer.

I'm sure there will be other things I like better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2016 at 8:37am

Joan, I don't have a touchscreen on my Mac Mini.  They made it for people like me that don't have much money.  For $449, there is no screen, keyboard, or mouse.  My old iMac is too old to be used as a screen, so I'm using a cheap TV/monitor that I bought for another purpose that didn't work-out.  I'm using the same kind of wireless mouse and keyboard that I used on my old iMac.  I have two sets because I kept one in the car when I accessed the net at the library.  The keyboards have no pad.

Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2016 at 3:20am
Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2016 at 3:19am

Beautiful heirloom, Ian! A pity Kipling didn't write about character building for women. Beautiful embroidery! By Grandma? 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 4, 2016 at 3:08am

A family heirloom: From my Grandad to my Dad to me.

 

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