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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Sunday. 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

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 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

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Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 7:48pm

Oh yeah, I've always worn sunglasses while out, but now I've ordered the surround type to stop the sun from getting into the top & sides & 100% UVA/UVB protection. They will fit over my regular glasses.

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 7:10pm

I never donate to anything unless I'm damn sure of where it's going Felaine, but thanks for that name, will file that away.

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 7:06pm

I don't have MD yet Joan. This check up showed the spots that are the pre-cursors which means it is highly likely to develop whenever.

My grandmother had it before it was known what it was, mummy dear was diagnosed over a decade ago, & I had to have yearly check ups to watch for it, rather than every 2 years.

I was told a long time ago that I had cataracts developing but they were slow & I have no symptoms other than the usual age related deterioration. I started with reading glasses in my mid 40s, to bifocals, to trifocals, but these spots are the first sign of anything toward the MD.

There is the ''dry'' kind & the ''wet'' kind, & granny & mummy had/have the ''wet'' kind, which is the worst of the two. New treatments are occurring all the time, so who knows what the future holds for it?

So much for hoping it would skip a generation. Now my daughter has to watch for it as it seems to be the women in the equation.

Years ago, when I told the optometrist the history, I was told to eat lots of vegetables, & take Lutein.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 7:02pm

Patricia, always go to Charity Navigator before donating money to any org.  Of course in the US, churches don't have to file anything with the IRS detailing how much they take in, and what they spend it on....but all other non-profits DO.  That's where Navigator gets its info, and posts it online.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:51pm

Patricia, sorry to learn of your progressing macular degeneration. What are your presenting symptoms? Were you aware of it before you saw your ophthalmologist? So many eye conditions have no feeling associated with them and much damage can occur before one goes in for a checkup.  

Cataracts are one example of pain-free progression. There is usually sight loss before a person notices something might be changing. Glaucoma has the same painless progression, usually. 

Dame Judi Dench Among Millions With Macular Degeneration

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 6:07pm

It is so terribly grim, but I feel these types of pics should make the rounds far & wide. Then maybe some people will see their donations aren't changing anything much. I don't understand, & I wrote it on another group.......with all the billions that have been donated over the many decades, why aren't these countries just crawling with water purification plants if nothing else? Something stinks!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:01pm

Patricia, this horrible photo was taken by Kevin Carter, Photojournalist. He was an African photojournalist who was so devastated and depressed by the scenes he took revealing the 1994 famine in Sudan, he committed suicide at the age of 33. He received a Pulitzer Prise for his photos. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 5:41pm

I've been wearing tri-focals for a number of years now for age-related changes, but the cataracts have not affected anything yet.

The spots were there this check up as the pre-curser to MD, which also hasn't affected my sight....yet.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 4:07pm

Sorry about you peeps vision problems!  I can partially understand because I've had to wear glasses since the first grade, when I couldn't see the teacher's writing on the blackboard, from the front row.

After 52 years of wearing glasses, eventually, without them, I could only see clearly what was 4 inches from my eyes, and needed to carry 4 pair so I could see at various distances.

I finally got tired enough of them to have an operation.  I was going to get laser surgery, but the doctor talked me into getting my lenses replaced instead, not telling me that would likely cause big floaters in my eyes which now make reading a chore.

He also didn't tell me the artificial lenses would let in a lot more Ultraviolet radiation than my natural lenses, so I now have to wear annoying sunglasses outside, or get retina damage.

But, I'm still not as bad as you guys.  My left eye sees reasonably clearly at around 2 feet, and my right eye at distance, so between them both, I can see reasonably well from 1 foot to infinity.  I now only need glasses to read a book or the computer without straining too much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm

I was riding with my sister when she sort of froze-up.  She started sliding on a snowy road, heading toward the river, so what did she do?  Threw her hands-up in the air, and screamed, instead of trying to control the vehicle.  My bad memory doesn't tell me what happened after that, but I know we didn't end up in the river!

Since that day, I try my best never to ride with her.

 

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