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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American'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 1:50pm
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. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2013 at 9:25pm

Joan, I'm usually not a big fan of those auto-tune melody songs, but I really like the one you just posted a lot.  It's quite catchy.  I'm glad to hear you're getting a reprieve from treatment and now having the opportunity for your body to relax and regain some state of normalcy.  All my best to you! 

Mindy, I love the taco cat.  Oh, yeah.....and you're dog's snout.  Cute picture. 

 

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