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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 12 hours 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 Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:09am

The medical profession seems to have improved in some areas at least. Personally I think some of that is due to the higher level of education of society as a whole. We know too much to put up with bad treatment now. I saw a documentary last year where an elderly psychiatric consultant and a psychologist dicussed depression and the consultant bemoaned modern "horizontal" society as having declined from the old-fashioned "vertical" where everyone knew their place. In the good old days people didn't think so much and therefore didn't get depressed. If they did they got better when a doctor told them too because a doctor had the power of authority. What a shit!

Ruth: the pic is a jam sponge. 2 layers of sponge cake with jam sandwiched between.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:00am

Comment by sk8eycat on May 22, 2013 at 10:57pm

So much to catch up on!  I still don't care much for the skinny "Comments" section; did the webmaster decide we all need to go on a diet, or what?

Joan, I wish my Mom hadd had a "team" when she was going through chemo and everything   She was at home with my sister and me, still recovering from having a tumor removed from her femur (and 45 radiation treatments, too).  Dad was in the hospital having vein grafts in his legs.  It was one hell of a summer! 

Our pharmacist pitched a fit when he realized that her oncologist had not prescribed an anti-nausea drug to be taken before she took the chemo capsules each morning. (He called the doctor and did some yelling, and Mom got an Rx for Compazine. It helped.  Some.)

This was in 1984; I think therapy has improved greatly since then!

The good news was that by the end of that dreadful year, Mother was completely cancer-free, and was able to have a bone graft done to rebuild her leg...because bone is much stronger than the metal rods they use to hold things together.  (Her cancer started in her lungs and spread throughout her body, and we didn't know Jack till that leg bone broke.)

The cancer never came back.  She lived to be 87; that's long enough IMO, but I still miss her.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 8:04pm

Mindy, I was speaking with a coworker of mine about 30 mins ago who lives in Rockford.  She said no rain there last night but a couple of flights to O'Hare were diverted to the Rockford airport.  It was fairly nasty here.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 6:51pm

Angela, we had our torrential rain and thunderstorm last night here in northern Illinois.  Lots of heavy rain and gusty winds.  Pretty intense.  My lights flickered a few times.  I thought I was going to lose power but luckily that didn't happen.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 22, 2013 at 6:39pm

I reported the order-of-comments problem to Brother Richard right away, and he fixed it.

Glad to hear you’re giving up smoking Ian. Your Mum’s health problem is especially scary to me. I had a similar problem within a few months of graduating from college, when I was living alone without having made any friends yet in Philly. I nearly died, but at the time I was young and healthy so hospitalization worked. At her age, I shudder to imagine. What’s a jam sponge?

I’m elated that your surgery went well, Joan. Your description of coming home to fragrant storm-scrubbed air was so vivid. You should be a writer. I’m happy to be a tiny droplet in your cloud of supporters. I’d never thought of the old-fashioned nun uniforms as burquas, but point taken. Thanks for the photo of the chemo room. It really helps me to feel as if I’m with you in spirit.

Love the cats in the tree with bird-poop hats and the peace negotiators Steph. Ohh! Environmental Science. Great!

Will you share before and after pictures of your exterior renovations, Pat? Love the rhododendron butterfly picture. Is it my imagination or do all of the pictures display much smaller in this new format?

Thanks for the Blitzer video, Tony. I liked the way she flipped her head and sort of laughed when she said she was an atheist.

Today I visited the urologist. The nurse told me that the doctor was going to use a telescope to look at my bladder. I replied, "That isn't even possible. What telescope would fit into my urethra? How about using a cystoscope instead." I was laughing for five minutes, picturing her trying to fit various telescopes in there, and stopped after Hubble and Aricebo.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2013 at 6:05pm

Joan, I'm glad to hear your good news, and hope you don't vomit too much.  

That's all I have time for now, as I'm working in the garden most of each day now.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 22, 2013 at 5:40pm

Just saying hi as well; glad to hear that things are going well, Joan, and that you're helping the woman who badly needs a support system!

Comment by Angela on May 22, 2013 at 3:43pm
Just saying Hi ! We just had a torrential rainstorm here in NE Alabama. Lightning, thunder and rain Oh my!
Comment by Steph S. on May 22, 2013 at 3:05pm
Those are beautiful flowers Patricia. Early detection is best - I agree.
Flying Atheist - I'm taking an Environmental Science class this summer. It's something I'm very interested in.
 

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