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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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly 9 hours ago. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2016 at 1:36pm

Sorry to hear hear about Inclusion Body Myositis, Flying Atheist. I's never heard of it before. Stem cell treatments are advancing. Hopefully the FDA will approve that new medicine before things get too serious.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2016 at 1:31pm

Hey, Bertold, thanks for the link. I didn't know there were an estimated 5,000 gods and goddesses worshiped by humanity. And good quote. I also appreciated this.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2016 at 8:23am

Well, crap, Carl.  I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  I just hope that there are researchers out there who are all over that disorder.  Please know you have my support, and (as evinced here) that of many others!

Comment by Pat on March 31, 2016 at 8:09am

Damn Carl! I hate to hear that. Hang in there. As you said, there are new drugs and research for treatment. Keep up with the light resistance exercise. But most importantly, keep up a positive attitude. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2016 at 7:20am

Oh jeez, Carl. What awful news. But it's good that you're telling us. One positive thing is that it shouldn't be as bad as something like "Lou Gehrig's Disease". I'm currently struggling with hip pain when walking. Could be arthritis, or from jogging as I'm trying to get in shape to run a 5k April 9th. I'm hoping I've simply overdone it. Perhaps it's because I'm not a spring chicken anymore!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2016 at 12:04am

I didn't know that one, Ian, thanks! It's beautiful!

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2016 at 11:59pm

One problem on top of the other, Carl! I'm very sorry for you.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:06pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:04pm

Nothing wild in the Danish weather either. One night with strong wind and rain and that's it.

I'm very sorry to hear that, Carl. You've been through enough already. I'm sure that we all hope, along with you, that the research will proceed fast enough to be of benefit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2016 at 7:47pm

I've mentioned that I've been having a problem with weak legs and buckling knees.  I've seen a neurologist and was advised to have a muscle biopsy.  I recently had that procedure and a muscle sample was sent to a pathologist for testing.  I now have the results and unfortunately I don't have good news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis.  This is a condition where the immune system attacks the muscles and breaks them down over time. 

As of now there is no cure and no clear understanding why it happens.  It appears to be a genetic disorder but is not hereditary.  It's a disease that progresses very slowly and does not shorten normal life span.  Right now the biggest risk to me is breaking bones or getting injured from the increased chances of falling.  In addition to the weak legs and arms, balance problems are present, which I also experience.  At some point later on, a wheelchair may be necessary.  For some persons late into the progression, the disease can affect throat muscles causing trouble eating, swallowing and breathing. 

The only thing recommended right now is light resistance weight training to maintain strength.  However, a rigorous workout is not recommended as that would only speed up the muscle degeneration.

Apparently there are some promising stem cell research trials being done right now.  In addition, a new drug has been recently developed that has been presented to the FDA to be approved for testing.  For now there is no treatment available but perhaps some good news is on the horizon.  I can only hope.

So that's my latest news. 


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