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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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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.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

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)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

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 Grinning Cat on February 19, 2014 at 12:17am

Felaine, what Carl said! Sending some hugs your way.... and it's great that Pumpkin is there for you!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 12:03am

Felaine, I hope you feel better soon.  Regarding Pumpkin, sometimes the best things come in small packages. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 9:59pm

Joan, I started having gout episodes more than 20 years ago, but the last one was about 10 years ago...I kind of forgot about the dangers.  I cut out shrimp (LOVE them!) most fish, beef (except an occasional cheezburger...), chicken livers (sigh)...16 Bean Soup...and other things. 

BUT 3 weeks ago I was very sick and couldn't eat much of anything for about 5 days.  I needed something nutritious, but simple...found a can of beef broth in the cupboard, and heated up about a cup...went down nicely.  And a few days after that my feet started puffing up.  Like little boxing gloves.

I was disgusted with myself...I know better. 

Saw my doctor today, and she gave me a voucher for a FREE sample of 7 Colcrys tablets. (Supposed to dissolve the uric acid crystals so they can be flushed out of the bloodstream)) BUT there was no place to park near the pharmacy (the City was digging up the street out front), so there was a lot of telephoning, faxing,  and I ended up scanning the voucher and e-mailed that to the pharmacy.  They said no deliveries till tomorrow morning.  I'm taking aspirin, drinking lots of water, and waiting. for morning

It doesn't help that I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet...I either feel nothing at all, or extreme pain.  No in between.

And I'm bitching again.  Sorry.  I just don't tolerate pain very well. Cuddling up with my Pumpkin cat helps...he purrs like a motorboat.  Very soothing.  I just wish he was the size of a cougar so I could get my arms around him....actually he's undersized...15 years old, and looks like n adolescent cat.  Acts like one, too. I fell in love with him when he was a baby at the Cat Hotel.  Now he's MINE, all mine!  ;> )

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2014 at 9:07pm

Felaine, happy to learn of your sustained weight loss; good for you! 

No knowing anything about gout, I looked it up and found:

What Is Gout? What Causes Gout?

I'm sure you looked it up already, but just in case, there is a lot of information here. Have you fund anything that gives you relief? 

Would happily send you rain, but the prevailing winds won't cooperate. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2014 at 5:56pm

Please send snow, rain, wind, anything but drought to California! 

Now for the GOOD news...I've lost another 8 lbs...down to 145 for the first time since I can't remember when.  That's a total of  40 lbs I've lost in the last 2+ years without backsliding.

Now, if I could only get rid of this effing gout attack!!!!  My back surgery 4 years ago didn't hurt this much.  OWTCH!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2014 at 12:57pm

Mindy, glad to learn the MRI gave god news. I do hope the cause is found. At least a differential diagnosis is a beginning. 

You must have received our snow clouds. We had a beautiful snow dump one day - gone the next. Ground is almost clear now. We expect more snow tonight. And wind. 

Comment by Steph S. on February 18, 2014 at 11:45am

Napoleon - those are very cool images - thanks

Comment by Steph S. on February 18, 2014 at 11:44am

Thank you Joan for the season changes celebration calendar

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2014 at 11:22am

Something I stumbled onto on YouTube and thought was worth sharing:

Comment by booklover on February 18, 2014 at 9:04am

So the Dr. said my son's MRI looked good, and they are doing some blood work to rule out an infection, and I think arthritis.  He says if it's none of that they hope a cortisone shot in the knee would hopefully take care of it.  I guess that's good, but I'm the type of person who likes definite answers!!!  You can't always have those in life though!

Lots of snow here yesterday.  It's all sunny and bright today though. :)

 

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