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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 1 hour ago. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by booklover on September 20, 2012 at 8:17am

Wow Patricia, that is a lot to deal with.  I'm sure we have some of the same symptoms.  I have/had a hiatial hernia (I called it an esophogeal hernia earlier because I couldn't think of the word, lol0, and reflux.  My Nissen Fundoplication surgery was supposed to take care of that, but it didn't totally.  I am on Nexium for the acid.   I take a high dose of Nortriptylene  for all my other symptoms.  It's not even meant for my symptoms, but my Gastro said it works on lots of his patients with symptoms like mine, and hey whatever works!!  Sorry we both have to deal with stuff like this, but so many people have so many different things to deal with, and like you said, you do what you gotta do!!!  Life can suck sometimes! At least we know that no 'god' planned this for us! LOL

Comment by booklover on September 19, 2012 at 9:54pm

Cool, I wondered what was up with all the pirate stuff today!  lol

Lillie, I don't think it's an auto-immune thing.  No one has ever mentioned that before.  My son, 18, does have an auto-immune disease: Type 1 diabetes.  Lots of people think it's like Type 2 which it definitely is not!  Totally different.  I always feel the need to educate about it.  Lots of people seem to think like Type 2, if he exercised and ate better, it would go away.  Nooooooo, we are always explaining his body killed the cells that produce insulin, so he is on an insulin-pump until they find a cure.  My 'thing' whatever it is, is very nothing while I'm on my meds, and with my son living with Type 1, I am not going to complain too much!  I would give anything if I could take his Type 1 diabetes for him.  What IS really scary, is that so many auto-immune diseases are becoming more prevalent.  What is going on in our world that makes this so?!!!

Don't want to end the night on a bad note, so sleep well my friends! :)

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2012 at 9:43pm

Booklover that is a great lolcat! I think you are awesome too!

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2012 at 9:41pm

Oh yeah! Pirate Day!

Land Ho mateys!

Thanks Tony! How cool!

Comment by Lillie on September 19, 2012 at 9:38pm

Booklover, is it an auto-immune problem?

Comment by booklover on September 19, 2012 at 2:09pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2012 at 1:37pm

Aye Spud. Pull up a chest and down yer daily ration, whilst we praise his noodly appendage, else ye be made to walk the plank, and ye scurvy, flea bitten corpse left as morsels for the landlubbin' dogs. Arrrrrrrgh!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 19, 2012 at 11:53am

Ay cap'in.  I be with ye in celebration of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster holy...er, holiday.   Aaaaarrrrgg!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2012 at 11:18am

Arrrrrrrrrrr! Avast, ye ill-bred spawn of a seahag and a kipper! Today is talk like a pirate day, ye landlubbers! So grab a grog, a hearty wench, and hoist one, or a keel haulin' be in store, ye slimy seadog!

Comment by booklover on September 19, 2012 at 7:32am

Joan, my neuropathy isn't linked to diabetes, and it's not really a solid diagnosis, that's just what my doctor thinks it is.  I had the Nissen surgery almost 5 years ago.  I have had horrible acid-reflux, and an esophageal hernia (the surgery took care of that) for years.  I've always had stomach problems.  These things are all really old news for me.  I live just fine on my meds, it's just my body is getting too used to them, so they had to up the dosage.  Thanks for looking-up all that info!  It's not new to me, but I think it's awesome that you like to learn about things all the time!  That's a great way to be!  Thanks for all the support!  I'd say I feel really good about 85% of the time, and that's okay with me!  There are some things I can't do (like drink alcohol, except a very occasional beer if I have had a 'good' stomach day), but it's no big deal.  I wish I had a definite diagnosis with it being A and the cure is B, but it is a combination of things.  Others have worse, and I don't complain toooo much, lol.

You guys are awesome! ~ Melinda

 

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