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Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara 4 hours ago. 4 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

Tags: Descartes

The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

Tags: south, GOP, Republican, Betty Bowers

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 9, 2013 at 8:45pm

Patricia, I absolutely LOVE the photo of the girl with the German shepherds!  Memories of a time when I was augmenting my skimpy (for females only) salary by pet-sitting. One couple had three of the largest sheperds I've ever dealt with and a king-size bed that would accommodate everyone.  I loved those dogs as if they were my own, and it was no problem at all getting used to sleeping with them (even though one had grand mal epilepsy). 

I also dog-sat with a sweetly silly Weimaraner who insisted on sharing the guest bedroom with me, even though it only had a twin bed. (And I was a lot larger then than I am now.)

I miss all that. Sometimes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 7:52pm
I, with my daughter, Laura, and granddaughter, Laurie, had a very informative hour with the radiologist and he explained the procedures, their rationales and the research that bright them to this point in treatment. We all asked questions, he gave very straightforward answers, and I feel confident that I am on the track I want to be with their protocols. I start in radiation by having measurements taken on Sept 5, after my last chemo. Then I start six weeks of five times a week of radiation.
If I understand, from all the people I have talked with, there may be some fatigue ... I am used to that and have a nice routine of sleep and reading that suits me well.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 9, 2013 at 6:50pm

I'm trying to get used to Firefocks  instead of Internut Exploder, and I'm terribly confused right now.  My security program, which shall remain nameless, became obsolete a few weeks ago WITHOUT ANY WARNING!!!  And I had more Trojan Horses on my network (not on my hard drive) than the stables at Santa Anita.  Everything is cleaned out now, including my bank account, and I'm going to make a cup of tea and crash.

BEST OF EVERYTHING TO YOU ALL!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 9, 2013 at 6:41pm

Joan, I have been out of it again...tech problems that have taken DAYS to clear up.  Obviously I don't yet know what everyone has been talking about, but I was wondering if you also enjoy Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song."  The one that starts with the line, "Life got ya down, Mrs. Brown." (or something like that)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq0lI-rSFJ8

It helps me a lot.

Comment by Patricia on August 9, 2013 at 1:36pm

What music do you like Joan? My collection is rather large.

Comment by Patricia on August 9, 2013 at 1:31pm

Comment by Patricia on August 9, 2013 at 1:31pm

I did wonder about your starting radiation before finishing the chemo, Joan. I'd never heard of both being done at the same time. Glad you got things straightened out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 12:07pm

@Loren, master of music for the emotions, I could surely use a great pick-me-up bit of music. Got any great ones? 

Of course I like, Eric Idle - "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" - STEREO HQ, "life is a piece of shit when you look at it, ... just remember the last laugh is on you!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:57am

Mindy, Patricia, Carl, and Chris, I feel your care and compassion and really do appreciate your reassurances and funny contributions. Laughter provides great medicine, especially as mind and body and emotions get all tangled up with chemicals. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 11:54am

Well, the first scheduling snafu. I was not on the chemo schedule this week and called to see if there had been a mistake. I went for my appointment with the radiologist and I had made a mistake. The appointment is for 1:00 PM not 9:00 AM. So I talked to the scheduler directly and in person, and it turns our that I have two more BIG MEAN chemo treatments and four more little ones. When I am finished with chemo I will start radiation. Today's appointment is with the radiologist to plan the treatments and set up appointments for the actual radiation.

I am feeling more comfortable about unknown future events; anxiety does not help, and I just have to muster my anxiety management skills and get on with life. 

 

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