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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 13 minutes ago. 31 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2013 at 1:56pm
Spud, I have several options prescribed for me; however they dull my brain to the point I can't remember what I need. I use Aleve as needed and that helps, even if I can take more of that if I want. I figure I have so many chemicals in my system, I cut back on what I can. I also have a lovely time watching documentaries and that keeps my mind off pain and itching.
A dull brain bothers me more than physical pain.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2013 at 1:56pm
Spud, I have several options prescribed for me; however they dull my brain to the point I can't remember what I need. I use Aleve as needed and that helps, even if I can take more of that if I want. I figure I have so many chemicals in my system, I cut back on what I can. I also have a lovely time watching documentaries and that keeps my mind off pain and itching.
A dull brain bothers me more than physical pain.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2013 at 1:50pm
Grinning Cat, finding the musical "periodic table of elements" is kind of fun to listen to, and even learning some of the list. Oh joy! I remember in high school chemistry trying to learn the elements table and what a chore that was. This should help. I know, there is no reason to learn this stuff, but it is kind of fun. Name the order of crystallization of minerals out of magma.
"Old pirates amble by quickly full meter."

olivine, pyroxene, amphiboles, biotite, quartz, feldspar, and mica.

My gosh, it has been 59 years since I learned this and still remember at 77. I guess I still have long-term memory.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 30, 2013 at 10:21am

Joan, I'm so glad it's over for you except for the pain slowly going away.  What do you take for the pain now?

Comment by Plinius on October 30, 2013 at 5:24am

Wonderful news, Joan! Enjoy your days of healing, you and Ruth!

My hairdo was caused by the storm; now back to my own messy style.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2013 at 12:59am
Ruth, just to let you know I am thinking about your gastric distress and your healing processes. My experience with such gastric problems is so rare for me and I can now understand how dreadful that can be. I really sympathize with those who have food intolerances or other causes of distress.
You, too, Mindy!
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 29, 2013 at 10:49pm

Some memory songs need to be updated, like this one from Tom Lehrer:

"There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium...."

https://archive.org/details/elements_0

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:19pm

Mindy, I love Taco Cat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:18pm

Carl, I know what you mean about those manufactured sounds. The thing I like about these is the way it helps kids get the idea about how different natural processes work, i.e. the nitrogen cycle, water cycle, etc. There is one for elements that is great for the school kids, and I get help with trying to get my mind around physics. There is something about music and rhythm that helps learning.

I understand the ancient "memory keepers" used songs to remember lineages. Alex Haley talked about going to Africa, the village where his ancestor was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the colonies. That memory keeper used a song to trace their ancestry up to the day Kunta Kinte was kidnapped, and Alex could pick it up from his grandmother's song of her ancestry back to Kunta Kinte's arrival. So, he had a very long history of his ancestry.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2013 at 10:04pm

Patricia, yes, the clinic gives me all I need of Aloe Vera, 4 time a day; Silver Sulfadiazine Cream, as needed; pure refined Emo Oil, at night; and Hydrocortisone Cream 1%, as needed. 

These all give me great relief, especially now that the blisters all popped and my first layer of skin began peeling off. The second layer of skin has several holes in it to reveal whatever is under that. This is what they called, "skin breakdown";  the radiologist checks it weekly, and P.A. check it daily. There is no infection, and I am able to keep the area clean. All the other entry points are fine, just sunburned; I think there were five different angles they had to shoot because of my heart, lungs, and pacemaker.

I use Cetaphil, a mild lotion, for cleansing.

If you have a suggestion, I will gladly look into it. I was alerted that this was to be expected because the last five daily treatments were focused on the tumor area itself, not the surrounding tissues. It was kind of like getting shot with a shot gun for five days a week for five weeks, and then shot five days a week for one week with a rifle. 

Everybody, get your cancer check up. Drs caught mine very early and I had no symptoms that I or they picked up. It was the mammogram that found those beastly devils. 

 

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