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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2014 at 8:16am

Hard to believe: I met the first butterfly of the year on February 19th! Crocuses are in full bloom and the magnolia buds can burst any moment. One thing is sure about the weather - you never know what will happen. Have a good spring everybody!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2014 at 5:20am

Get well soon, Felaine. I know it hurts like a *****!

Glad to hear that your son's problem is treatable, Mindy.

That's a very pleasant melody, Loren. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, I hope you are feeling better soon and that Pumpkin sustains you as you regain your vigor. 

Here is another photo of Venus, the

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2014 at 12:17am

Felaine, what Carl said! Sending some hugs your way.... and it's great that Pumpkin is there for you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 12:03am

Felaine, I hope you feel better soon.  Regarding Pumpkin, sometimes the best things come in small packages. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 9:59pm

Joan, I started having gout episodes more than 20 years ago, but the last one was about 10 years ago...I kind of forgot about the dangers.  I cut out shrimp (LOVE them!) most fish, beef (except an occasional cheezburger...), chicken livers (sigh)...16 Bean Soup...and other things. 

BUT 3 weeks ago I was very sick and couldn't eat much of anything for about 5 days.  I needed something nutritious, but simple...found a can of beef broth in the cupboard, and heated up about a cup...went down nicely.  And a few days after that my feet started puffing up.  Like little boxing gloves.

I was disgusted with myself...I know better. 

Saw my doctor today, and she gave me a voucher for a FREE sample of 7 Colcrys tablets. (Supposed to dissolve the uric acid crystals so they can be flushed out of the bloodstream)) BUT there was no place to park near the pharmacy (the City was digging up the street out front), so there was a lot of telephoning, faxing,  and I ended up scanning the voucher and e-mailed that to the pharmacy.  They said no deliveries till tomorrow morning.  I'm taking aspirin, drinking lots of water, and waiting. for morning

It doesn't help that I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet...I either feel nothing at all, or extreme pain.  No in between.

And I'm bitching again.  Sorry.  I just don't tolerate pain very well. Cuddling up with my Pumpkin cat helps...he purrs like a motorboat.  Very soothing.  I just wish he was the size of a cougar so I could get my arms around him....actually he's undersized...15 years old, and looks like n adolescent cat.  Acts like one, too. I fell in love with him when he was a baby at the Cat Hotel.  Now he's MINE, all mine!  ;> )

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2014 at 9:07pm

Felaine, happy to learn of your sustained weight loss; good for you! 

No knowing anything about gout, I looked it up and found:

What Is Gout? What Causes Gout?

I'm sure you looked it up already, but just in case, there is a lot of information here. Have you fund anything that gives you relief? 

Would happily send you rain, but the prevailing winds won't cooperate. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 5:56pm

Please send snow, rain, wind, anything but drought to California! 

Now for the GOOD news...I've lost another 8 lbs...down to 145 for the first time since I can't remember when.  That's a total of  40 lbs I've lost in the last 2+ years without backsliding.

Now, if I could only get rid of this effing gout attack!!!!  My back surgery 4 years ago didn't hurt this much.  OWTCH!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, glad to learn the MRI gave god news. I do hope the cause is found. At least a differential diagnosis is a beginning. 

You must have received our snow clouds. We had a beautiful snow dump one day - gone the next. Ground is almost clear now. We expect more snow tonight. And wind. 

Comment by Steph S. on February 18, 2014 at 11:45am

Napoleon - those are very cool images - thanks


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