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Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Joan Denoo 4 hours ago. 3 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

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo 5 hours ago. 36 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 5 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

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Thursday. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

Granddaughters

Started by Donald R Barbera. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Nov 15. 6 Replies

I've got three grandsons and I love them to death, but my youngest son and his wife had a baby girl in January and I haven't  right since. Granddaughter has me wrapped up like my grandsons never did. What is it about granddaughters? Her name is…Continue

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Fall is already here--do you celebrate the holiday season?

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Nov 11. 37 Replies

I took a brief hiatus from here, and decided to come back. I've missed you guys, and hope you are all doing well. Hard to believe that fall is around the cornerThere's not much of a fall where I live. Having said that, I love Halloween. I don't…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2014 at 10:29am

Glad you can get more sleep now Patricia.  I'm going to look into those CDs as I only get 5 hrs a night. 

Comment by booklover on January 10, 2014 at 9:35am

For Ruth!!!!

Comment by booklover on January 10, 2014 at 9:34am

Patricia, I vaguely remember that, but I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday! lol.  2 of the meds I'm on have a side-effect of memory loss, and I don't know if that's why I forget a lot, or if it's just  me.  My daughter is on a med that causes it too, and she's hoping that's why she can't get through a college-level math course! lol.  I think it's just our family has no "math gene" though!!!

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2014 at 8:23pm
Carl, thanks for sharing. :) I also have/had anxiety and panic attacks and I'm on drugs for them. I don't know if my current symptoms are due to those, so Im happy to wear the monitor even if it's a pain! I'm glad your blood pressure meds have helped you! I've always had low blood pressure, but this Dr.'s visit, the bottom number was a little high. I really need to start exercising, but didn't want to start w/ out checking these symptoms out first!
Interesting about the cd's Patricia and Joan. I hadn't heard of them before.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 7:13pm

Patricia, getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep is indeed a vast improvement.  I'm glad to hear the cd's are working for you.  I understand your apprehension of using drugs to help you sleep.  Getting that additional sleep certainly must make you feel better throughout the day.  Hopefully over time you'll be able to extend your sleep to longer periods.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 9, 2014 at 6:57pm

Mindy, I've had to wear a heart monitor a couple of times in the past.  Throughout the years (starting in my early 20's) I've had periods of tachycardia (fast heart rate).  In later years I experienced anxiety and occasional panic attacks.  Through it all, and after having stress tests and EKG's, it was extremely reassuring to learn that I have a normal, strong heart.  And starting on high blood-pressure medication a few years ago has pretty much eliminated any problems I was having. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 6:29pm

Patricia, I have spent much of the past year in bed, asleep and I just wish I could wrap up a package to send you. Are you able to nap? Even short naps, perhaps. I know it is the deep sleep you really need and napping won't do it. However, if that helps then go for it. 

Are you able to stay home to take naps? I am so grateful that I am able to sleep during the day. And I have Cary who is an outstanding cook. Do you have such assistance. 

Jeez, I wish I could help you solve your sleep problems. Well, I can just say I care about you and hope all goes well for you. 

What Is Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia?

There are nine paragraphs of information here, if you haven't already found it. I looked to see treatments and I assume you have a good heart doctor.

I had irregular heart beats that were successfully treated with a pace maker. It doesn't seem to be the treatment for your condition.

Do you need help in finding more delta/theta wave sleep cd's? 

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2014 at 5:49pm
Joan, your words are not intrusive at all! I am grateful for your response. You are right!
Patricia, I'm glad you got a diagnosis. I'm sorry you have severe sleep-deprevation. That would be awful. I hope they can do something for it!
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 3:04pm

Mindy, I am sure you keep track of your heart rate and pay attention to how you feel! It is better to wear a heart monitor than not know when you are in trouble. until it is too late. 

One thing about cancer, paying attention to feelings occurring in my body becomes second nature. Little twitches here, feelings of ants crawling up inside my legs, all are red flags telling me I have to pay attention to what is happening and make adjustments if I need to. Diabetes is a good indicator, too, giving off all kinds of signals that could be easily missed.

I don't know why I am telling you this, you know all about these things with your son's condition. So, just ignore my intrusive words and do what you know to be best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

OK! We can write freely and without censorship. I'm blocking Yahoo ... well I don't follow their news streams anyway. So no big deal. 

Do you have any idea where the source of blockages occurs? 

 

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