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Surreal, I haz it

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

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Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

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Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by booklover on January 10, 2014 at 11:30am
How could I forget that Carl?! It's in the mail! ;)
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 11:20am

Mindy, I guess you forgot about that 50 bucks you owe me. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 10:29am

Glad you can get more sleep now Patricia.  I'm going to look into those CDs as I only get 5 hrs a night. 

Comment by booklover on January 10, 2014 at 9:35am

For Ruth!!!!

Comment by booklover on January 10, 2014 at 9:34am

Patricia, I vaguely remember that, but I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday! lol.  2 of the meds I'm on have a side-effect of memory loss, and I don't know if that's why I forget a lot, or if it's just  me.  My daughter is on a med that causes it too, and she's hoping that's why she can't get through a college-level math course! lol.  I think it's just our family has no "math gene" though!!!

Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 9:16pm

The sleep cd's were discussed quite a lot a couple of months ago & I even mentioned about the ones for depression that were on ebay.

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2014 at 8:23pm
Carl, thanks for sharing. :) I also have/had anxiety and panic attacks and I'm on drugs for them. I don't know if my current symptoms are due to those, so Im happy to wear the monitor even if it's a pain! I'm glad your blood pressure meds have helped you! I've always had low blood pressure, but this Dr.'s visit, the bottom number was a little high. I really need to start exercising, but didn't want to start w/ out checking these symptoms out first!
Interesting about the cd's Patricia and Joan. I hadn't heard of them before.
Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 7:29pm

Yes thanks, FA, my days are much better, & so is my energy level. It's much less effort to force myself to do my normal daily things.

According to everything I've read about these cd's, I should hopefully be able to work up to the 7 to 9 hours the dr. wants me to get.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 7:13pm

Patricia, getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep is indeed a vast improvement.  I'm glad to hear the cd's are working for you.  I understand your apprehension of using drugs to help you sleep.  Getting that additional sleep certainly must make you feel better throughout the day.  Hopefully over time you'll be able to extend your sleep to longer periods.

Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2014 at 7:00pm

Thanks Joan, but have plenty of cd's already with more in my 'to purchase' list for variety, but of course can't buy them all at the same time.

Napping does not happen & I am home all the time other than going shopping for a couple of hours a couple of times a week. Opportunity is there, but it doesn't make me sleep & day time sleeping was never an issue before.

My optimal time for sleep used to be from about 4 or 5 a.m. until 10:30-11 a.m. but no more. I have always been a night person & made to feel very guilty about deliberately not going to bed at 'normal' times, but over the years got past it & slept at my own timetable.

After developing the fibromyalgia, & having cancer treatments, with 5 years of meds, sleep has been almost impossible so formal diagnosis of sleep deprivation was no surprise.

The cd's are working very well as I am sleeping for about 4 or 5 hours most times, & although it is broken sleep, I can go back to sleep, which wasn't happening before. Compared to the hour or two I've been living with for years, it's a big improvement!

My heart thing has even settled down a lot as well, so as long as I can sleep some with the cd's playing, so be it.

Yes, I've read the PAT information & printed some of it as well.  

 

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