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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 31 minutes ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 7:28pm

Hello.  I haven't been around for a while because I was fussing over Hairy Jerry, and when I wasn't fussing, I was in my room re-reading my favorite books to take my mind off everything.

SO...it finally got to the point that Jerry couldn't even swallow water, and we took him to the vet today....and you know the rest. It was actually very peaceful for him, but my eyes are still wet from time to time.

I'm blaming myself as usual...for hanging on to him as long as I did. I always do this.  I'll get over it, and be back sometime soon

 

Bye-bye, Jerry. You were the most affectionate cat I've had in ages. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:39pm

Melinda, that is exactly why we have to fight against health insurance linked to jobs, and for universal health coverage. It is a tough fight, and one well worth the effort. Our nation cannot be strong as long as the system doesn't work for all its citizens.

It seems to me, the major issue besides health care for all, is education for all, even life-long learning. Investments in education always pay back to the system more than it takes out.

Take a simple example, when I lived in Alaska, the native kids didn't know about hygiene. With just a few very short, quick instructions, we were able to teach them how to blow their noses into tissues, toss them into a fire, and how to wash their hands. The colds and flu went down, school attendance improved, and the general health of the kids improved. Prevention is so easy, doesn't require a degree in science, is easy to learn and everyone benefits.

Does your husband have good stress management techniques? In reality, one can't cure stupid, and when management is not as smart as they think they are, the workers pay a price. So, workers can learn procedures that reduce stress, even as they take on management. Part of the strategy is building coalitions, which is exactly what unions do.

With you and your kids having health problems, and living in a culture such as ours, we need strong leadership to take on systemic problems. You can't do it alone, but you can and do take necessary action when it is called for. This is no time for prayer ... it is time for praxis, thought + action.

Praxis is usually considered a liberation theology word meaning to express how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be lived in the world.
In secular terms, it means the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced. embodied, or realised.

Thought without action is a daydream. Action without thought is a chaotic nightmare.

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 4:54am

:-D Thanks Ian! Is Denmark still in a heatwave?

Comment by Ian Mason on August 3, 2013 at 4:40am

Would this work, I wonder?

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 1:57am

Sleep well Joan! I'm just starting Saturday, it's 9 o'clock and it looks cooler than yesterday - such a relief!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:52am
It is fast approaching midnight. So I shall say "goodnight Chris". You must be ...?
Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 1:24am

Congrats, Joan, to have come all this way with a great attitude! I hope the rest of your program is a breeze!

And I see a duck, but the rabbit comes up now and then.

I'm glad my pc started again: it shuts down after 10 minutes at 30° - and my brain works at half power in these temperatures. How do people and PCs in hot places endure it? It must be very hard to get any work done.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 11:08pm

Here is my thought for the day for each of us. My favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson says it better than anyone: 

The Power of a Cosmic Perspective, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Big T...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 10:44pm
Melinda, I hope our husband's management heard what he had to say! Speaking out in the face of "stupid decisions" makes good sense to me, even if it is risky!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 3:08pm

Patricia, these topics do take over one's life, what one eats, when, having to locate the nearest rest room at an instant's notice, things that taste like metal ...  Your input gives me reality checks with your determination to not give in to the beast.

Ruth, You describe the ageing process as I see it. Now, given that reality, how do we get our minds off the aches and pains? 

Chris, we got your rain dance results today, a beautiful "Maiden's Rain" as the ancient Spokane Indian tribe named it. 
"Spokanes (Spokans) maintain that their name originated when
a native beat on a hollow tree inside of which a serpent made a noise that sounded like "Spukcane." One day, they say, as their chief pondered the noise, vibrations radiated from his head, which gave the word the vague meaning "power from the brain." 

 

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