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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 11 hours ago. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat on Friday. 11 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

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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

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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

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2014 at 7:56am

Three cheers for Carl!! You're a strong person and will handle whatever they throw your way. As for the cost (and stress/worry), I can't imagine "they" would say "no go". There has to be some negotiations you can afford. If not, count me in for some financial help. Good luck. Keep us informed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 6:33am

What an ordeal.  Hoping the best for you Carl, and I can spare a few dollars to help.

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2014 at 6:10am

Good to hear from you Carl, but you have a lot to go through!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2014 at 12:02am

Glad to hear from you, Carl. You have a lot on your plate but you are up to it, I'm sure. We'll be the best support we can be.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2014 at 11:36pm

Carl, I just wanna give you the biggest, warmest HUG ever!

My computer tech/friend has been on dialysis for 5 years because he doesn't want to go through all that transplant and the aftermath  stuff.....but it's rough on him.  And I worry....not just because he's a good tech....he's a neat person.  And so are you.

There are several fund-raising web sites....most of them charge a percentage of the money raised.  Do a Google search.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 10, 2014 at 10:38pm

Agh! Carl, kidney surgery sounds way too complicated. I wish you luck.

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Comment by booklover on November 10, 2014 at 9:34pm
So glad to hear from you, Carl! We've all been thinking about you! Sorry about the stress part!
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2014 at 9:20pm

Carl, So glad to read your post and understand the stressors that you face. A lot to absorb, as C.S.A.W.S. noted. 

First of all, a money raiser for you here on A/N, if that is allowed.  I have no idea how to start one. Is anyone familiar with this aspect? I can follow directions and work with anyone who can take the lead. Are there any rules or guidelines for doing such a thing?

Will your sisters be donors?  

Yes, you are strong, both physically and mentally and can take on whatever challenge that confronts you. Your medical team, family team, and A/N team stand with you as you progress through this 

Knowing you are busy, I will be patient in receiving news about your progress. Well, no, that isn't true. But never mind, I will look forward to whatever time you have to share with us. 

Do take care, dear friend, 

 

Comment by C.L.A.W.S. on November 10, 2014 at 8:45pm

Wow, that's a lot to absorb!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2014 at 8:29pm

Hi, gang.  It's been a busy, stressful and overwhelming few days.  I had a six-hour long orientation on Friday about everything related to kidney transplant surgery.  I listened to a long medical talk with all the details, had two physical examinations by two doctors, had at least a dozen vials of blood drawn, and met with both a dietician and a social worker.  Whew! 

Basically I'm ready both physically and mentally to go ahead with the surgery but with one exception.  I need to show that I have at least three or four months financial reserve available after the surgery that will not only pay my usual housing and living expenses but also to make sure my expensive insurance premium is kept up to date.  After the surgery I will be on about fifteen different medications and will require 24-hour care for the first two weeks alone.  The success of the transplant requires a lot of medical aftercare, and that cannot happen without insurance to pay for it.  

Today I had two doctors appointments.  I need to have two other surgeries before I can go ahead with the kidney transplant.  One is minor and will take place next week.  The second needs to be scheduled as soon as possible so I can heal.  In the meantime I need to raise money for my upcoming financial expenses. 

A stressful time for me?  Yeah, it sure is.  But I'm doing well.  My long-time regular doctor complimented me today on how calmly I'm talking all this.  He said I'm stronger than he thought!  lol 

Thanks again to all of you for your kind thoughts and expressions.  It really means a lot to me. 

 

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