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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 43 minutes ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 26, 2016 at 7:46am

Gad, I guess I'm the young'un here at 65!  I'm doing pretty well at the moment, not a lot of medical complaints.  I would LIKE to get more active when the weather gets better (especially considering what I spent on a bike three years ago!), and I do little things to at least attempt to keep myself in shape.

I find I'm becoming more conscious of what's going on with myself and my body and I want to take actions to counter any degradation in my current status.  It'll be interesting to see how successful I am as time passes!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 26, 2016 at 7:21am

Actually, Carl (and Bertold), I like the decor! Perhaps it's because it's so different from my antique white walls and old furniture.

Sorry about your maladies, Ruth. I guess I'm pretty lucky at 2 months shy of age 73. My worst health issue is osteo-arthritis, mostly in the thumb joints. Fingernail fungus is disappearing with generic Lamosil. 

Of course, Joan is ever the eternal and inspirational optimist!

Comment by Plinius on January 26, 2016 at 7:15am

All these free extras hurt, Ruth, but we cannot refuse them! Take more time for yourself, to care and heal. I hope you feel better soon!

I should try to be more careful myself too - yesterday I took Dido to the vet and today my feet, knees and even my hips hurt like hell. That should teach me how much I can do!

Dido was always a heavy cat, about 6 1/2 kilos, but a month ago he lost weight very fast, for no reason I could see. Today he is just over 4 kilos, but the vet found nothing so far. More results of the examination in a few days....

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2016 at 1:04am

OMG Carl - the real estate offering reminds me of the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. It's another disturbingly 70s blast from the past.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2016 at 11:35pm

Carl, you say the nicest things and give such beautiful inspiration. I like your style! The photo fits my image of Ruth; a cozy room with a fire and hot tea. 

I hope, Ruth, that you get totally well, soon. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2016 at 11:01pm

Ruth.  One thing after another!!  Sorry these many issues keep piling up on you.  Very unfair.  Seems you can't get a break to fully recover without something else popping up.  I'm thinking about you and I hope you can be satisfactorily treated.

Relax and get better soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2016 at 10:59pm

Ruth, it is not at all easy to get older. Each year something new springs up and it takes concentration and determination to be a participant observer to each new episode. 

Your toe infection is an example of what I mean. Who would have thought you would lose a toenail, get a fungal skin infection, in addition to the heart and G.I. track problems, and I think some other maladies you have endured since turning 71 added to old ailments? One would think the old problems would get solved before new ones crop up. No way!  They accumulate!

Exponentially!

Pause a moment, take inventory, Say, "So, this is what 71 (or 72, 73, 74) feels like?" Then look for those one or two things for which you are grateful and claim them as your focus. 

I figure we have a choice, we can feel mad, sad, afraid, ashamed, guilty, jealous, exploited, anxious, depressed, manipulated, pessimistic, or optimistic. 

Of these choices, I like the last one the best. 

It doesn't matter to anyone else or the people of the Earth; it surely does matter to me. Therefore, I choose to be optimistic 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 25, 2016 at 9:38pm

That condo is busy and dark, <chuckle>. Novel real estate.

Joan, I won't know about alternative medications till my appointment on Feb 2nd. The cardiologist is away till then.

I'm glad your weather has reverted to March-like. Could be worse.

A few days ago I lightly bumped my right big toe against a chair leg, while it was still sore from podiatrist attention two days before. It got infected and today the nail had to be removed. She said it would regrow in 6 months. Hurts.

Ever since I turned 71 it's simultaneous multiple health challenges. Meanwhile I've been fighting a fungal skin infection for 3 months. Finally improving after the dermatologist reversed the GP's misdiagnosis of a bacterial infection. Still, things could be worse. Many AN members have weathered far worse.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2016 at 7:53pm

This has nothing to do with anything, but the link below is to an article about a condo for sale here in Chicago.  The place is so outlandishly jaw-dropping that I just had to share it. 

(The selling price is very cheap, but the costs to redecorate will certainly pile up if you don't like the current theme.)

Curbed Chicago: 70s Time Capsule

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2016 at 7:43pm

Ruth, this is dreadful news about your reaction to Rx. Do you have alternative drugs that you can use? Your photo of the cross-eyed cat makes me laugh even as I feel for your condition. 

Thanks for this lovely birthday wish. It perfectly reflects how I feel about reaching this august age. 

This week offers us a cold, wet, windy week, just like a typical March day. 

 

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