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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2013 at 12:22am
Oh! I just read this page of comments from each of you, and I am overjoyed and overwhelmed with feelings of support and care. Yes, it is tough! I am up to it. And I have heard from so many who have been through it, I know the outcome will be restored health.
Tony, you have a way with words and images that inspire me and I am sure each one of us. Your gift of tender expression feels so ... comforting. Thank you dear friend.
Patricia, your "Canadians turning away from organized religion" reassures me. I feel especially strong about awakening others to the possibility that there is another way to live and this is a perfect example. I don't intend to tell others how to live or what to believe, I just want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to consider other options.
Steph, your cheering tulips remind me that I have this incredibly season to provide me comfort as I work at healing, and have you as a friend.
Lillie, I am happy to learn of Fiona, an elegant name for a fine cat. She is a lucky kitty to have such good care.
Loren, I know you are on my team, you always have been. I value your friendship and good sense and funny way of prodding me.
Mindy, I am really glad to learn you had a nice visit and sad about your daughter's depression. I know she has good medical care, and you are a good sounding board. Does she feel that she is not up to the task of adulthood? Living in such a chaotic world as we have right now can even put old, experienced people on edge. Perhaps she feels overwhelmed. Don't let her read my economic or political stuff. She needs more stability and I can't be good for her on those issues. The only thing I can think of is find things you know she can do and encourage her to do them. Another option might be to volunteer in an animal shelter. Sometimes caring for other living things might help. I like Ruth's idea of walking in nature. I think about you and your daughter and do hope she gets beyond depression to full living.
Ruth, what can I say that I haven't already said? Well, you are a great inspiration to me, clearly showing the way to express what it means to be a free thinker, and encouraging me/us to avoid poo virus. Your contributions on climate change educate us all so we can spread accurate information to others. Your funny bone delights me, always sending a message both happy and pointed.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 19, 2013 at 11:07pm

Joan, I agree with you that we have to be smart about our health. Thinking of you.

Patricia, thanks for the good news about organized religion in Canada.

Walking outdoors in nature is supposed to be helpful for depression, booklover.

Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hugs.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2013 at 2:14pm

Hey, Joan!  I'll be thinking good thoughts, but You're TOUGH!!!  That cancer doesn't stand a chance against you!

Comment by Lillie on May 19, 2013 at 2:09pm

I have a Siamese kitty just like the "cat food" kitty and she prefers my food, too.  However, she doesn't get it.  The vet gets on my ding dong if I don't feed her properly because she has allergies.  Her name is Fiona., an elegant cat with an elegant name.

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:27pm

Joan I am always thinking of you.

Sk8eycat - thanks for the pictures

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 1:03am

Just a little attempt at some levity, trying to lighten things a little. That's all.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Tony, "...the rest of us silly monkeys,"?

Please.

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. 

 

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