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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 24 minutes ago. 39 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 Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 12:50am

Dear Joan.

 

     You are about to embark upon a journey that some of us have gone through, some have seen close family/friends go through, and some that have never been touched by.

     To say my thoughts are with you is true, but somehow seem inadequate to the journey you must now undertake.

     To say that you are loved by your friends here is an understatement. Most, if not all of us look forward to hearing from you. Your kindness, joy, caring compassionate voice speaks to us through your writings. Your humanity shines like a beacon on the shore. The veil of darkness withdraws ever more.

     You have a singular voice that speaks of reason tempered with compassion at the rest of us silly monkeys, hooting stridently at times while flinging our poo. You “get” us. We are a better community for having you in it.

     I’m generally not one for advice, but if you will permit me, I would like to give some.

     Listen to yourself. Your body will know how much you can do, when to push it physically, when to rest. Lean on your family and friends. They will be there for you just as you’d be there for them. When it’s time to cry, cry. Time to laugh, laugh. If you are feeling mad and angry, let it out. They will understand, as will the medical personnel. Just be. Stand courageously in the sun, head held high as you beat back this disease. On that note I have no doubt.

     We will be waiting to hear how things go, so post only if you feel like it. We understand.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  
―     Douglas Adams,     The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

 

                                                                 -Tony

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 18, 2013 at 11:41pm

This page is a treasure of beautiful, funny, sweet, playful, demanding, musical, and opinionated cats and a musical dog. I bookmarked this page. 

Thank you all for your warm sentiments and loving care. I am ready! a little nervous, but ready! 

So many women and men have suffered from this dread disease and we could make a big difference if we got together and worked for universal health care. 

My heart goes out to those who cannot afford health care coverage and get slammed with this monster. Especially if they don't get early diagnosis and treatment. 

A very dear friend stopped by my garden yesterday and we had a lovely visit ... she told me that 3 or 4 years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer, chose to not go through the protocols of the medical community, and used diet and homeopathy remedies. This week she discovered the cancer has spread all over her body. She starts chemo next week too.

I know many people put great faith in diet and homeopathy, and it would be fine if they tracked her. But they didn't and she put her trust in remedies that had no track record. There was a lot of anecdotal testimony, but no double blind studies. 

We really have to be smart when faced with such challenges. Please, dear friends, men and women, get your check-ups. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 18, 2013 at 11:17pm

For Joan... my thoughts are with you!

And Tony, cats like music too:

Comment by sk8eycat on May 18, 2013 at 9:13pm

For all you do and think and write for us (to make US think for ourselves):

{{{{{{{JOAN!}}}}}}}

Love from Hairy Jerry, Pumpkin, and F. Elaine

Just Another Crazy Old Cat Lady

Pumpkin and moi (about 18 months ago)

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Hairy Jerry at about the same time (before his tumor became obvious...he's still beautiful IMO)

Comment by Steph S. on May 18, 2013 at 4:52pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 18, 2013 at 4:52pm

Tony Loren and Ruth - those are great pics.

I hope everyone is doing Ok.

Comment by Steph S. on May 18, 2013 at 4:49pm

You are in my thoughts Joan - I will be thinking of you as you go for the chemo and surgery.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2013 at 12:55pm

Have a great weekend, all.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2013 at 8:16am

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 18, 2013 at 3:02am

             Cats like boxes, but dogs like music!

 

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