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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 6 hours ago. 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 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

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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 Jessica Berman on May 23, 2013 at 5:44am
I'm sorry I haven't posted at all; my mother was treated for ovarian cancer this past year, but I follow the discussions. Joan I'm glad treatment is going well. The ChemoBrain is a strange thing. The whole process was a whirlwind for me, and having that support makes a huge difference. You need pampering at this time, and don't feel like you have to "be positive and happy!" You'll have good and bad days and that's OK.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 23, 2013 at 2:04am

11:00 PM had my first bout of nausea; Rx took care of it. I feel wonderful. Absolutely no pain, I can't finish a sentence or remember words so Cary, Laura and Laurie did their best to understand what I am trying to convey. I usually get enough of a sentence out into the sound waves to give them a hint of where I was headed. We look like  room of game players playing "Finish Mom's sentence!"

The most lovely people in the Chem Room. So many different stories, each compelling and amazing rich in varieties. 

Thanks, dear ones. My nausea is now totally gone. 

sk8eycat, thank you so very much for sharing your experiences with your mother and her successful although difficult time beating her cancer. Her team of doctor and activist-pharmacist, did their job. So thankfully and successfully so. Your Dad's vein grafts added so much to the challenge factors at an important period of your life. You came through all that trauma with a keen sense of humor, In some ways you remind me of Archie in "Archie and Mehitable".  

''every cloud 
has its silver 
lining but it is 
sometimes a little 
difficult to get it to 
the mint''

Don Marquis (1878-1937), U.S. humorist, journalist. "Certain maxims of archy," archy and mehitabel (1927).

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:09am

The medical profession seems to have improved in some areas at least. Personally I think some of that is due to the higher level of education of society as a whole. We know too much to put up with bad treatment now. I saw a documentary last year where an elderly psychiatric consultant and a psychologist dicussed depression and the consultant bemoaned modern "horizontal" society as having declined from the old-fashioned "vertical" where everyone knew their place. In the good old days people didn't think so much and therefore didn't get depressed. If they did they got better when a doctor told them too because a doctor had the power of authority. What a shit!

Ruth: the pic is a jam sponge. 2 layers of sponge cake with jam sandwiched between.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:00am

Comment by sk8eycat on May 22, 2013 at 10:57pm

So much to catch up on!  I still don't care much for the skinny "Comments" section; did the webmaster decide we all need to go on a diet, or what?

Joan, I wish my Mom hadd had a "team" when she was going through chemo and everything   She was at home with my sister and me, still recovering from having a tumor removed from her femur (and 45 radiation treatments, too).  Dad was in the hospital having vein grafts in his legs.  It was one hell of a summer! 

Our pharmacist pitched a fit when he realized that her oncologist had not prescribed an anti-nausea drug to be taken before she took the chemo capsules each morning. (He called the doctor and did some yelling, and Mom got an Rx for Compazine. It helped.  Some.)

This was in 1984; I think therapy has improved greatly since then!

The good news was that by the end of that dreadful year, Mother was completely cancer-free, and was able to have a bone graft done to rebuild her leg...because bone is much stronger than the metal rods they use to hold things together.  (Her cancer started in her lungs and spread throughout her body, and we didn't know Jack till that leg bone broke.)

The cancer never came back.  She lived to be 87; that's long enough IMO, but I still miss her.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 8:04pm

Mindy, I was speaking with a coworker of mine about 30 mins ago who lives in Rockford.  She said no rain there last night but a couple of flights to O'Hare were diverted to the Rockford airport.  It was fairly nasty here.   

Comment by booklover on May 22, 2013 at 7:47pm

Thanks for reporting that Ruth, I like it better this way! I can't believe a nurse used the word "telescope" in describing what the doctor was going to use to look at your bladder!!!!!!! Wow!  Vocabulary review time! lol.

Steph, I missed the cats with the hats on until Ruth mentioned it!  I went back and looked.  How funny! :)

Carl, we didn't get it too bad here weather-wise. Hope you fared -well with your storm Angela!

Have a good evening everyone!  It's cooled-off here again.  We go from furnace, to windows open, to air-conditioning, and back again.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 6:51pm

Angela, we had our torrential rain and thunderstorm last night here in northern Illinois.  Lots of heavy rain and gusty winds.  Pretty intense.  My lights flickered a few times.  I thought I was going to lose power but luckily that didn't happen.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 22, 2013 at 6:39pm

I reported the order-of-comments problem to Brother Richard right away, and he fixed it.

Glad to hear you’re giving up smoking Ian. Your Mum’s health problem is especially scary to me. I had a similar problem within a few months of graduating from college, when I was living alone without having made any friends yet in Philly. I nearly died, but at the time I was young and healthy so hospitalization worked. At her age, I shudder to imagine. What’s a jam sponge?

I’m elated that your surgery went well, Joan. Your description of coming home to fragrant storm-scrubbed air was so vivid. You should be a writer. I’m happy to be a tiny droplet in your cloud of supporters. I’d never thought of the old-fashioned nun uniforms as burquas, but point taken. Thanks for the photo of the chemo room. It really helps me to feel as if I’m with you in spirit.

Love the cats in the tree with bird-poop hats and the peace negotiators Steph. Ohh! Environmental Science. Great!

Will you share before and after pictures of your exterior renovations, Pat? Love the rhododendron butterfly picture. Is it my imagination or do all of the pictures display much smaller in this new format?

Thanks for the Blitzer video, Tony. I liked the way she flipped her head and sort of laughed when she said she was an atheist.

Today I visited the urologist. The nurse told me that the doctor was going to use a telescope to look at my bladder. I replied, "That isn't even possible. What telescope would fit into my urethra? How about using a cystoscope instead." I was laughing for five minutes, picturing her trying to fit various telescopes in there, and stopped after Hubble and Aricebo.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2013 at 6:05pm

Joan, I'm glad to hear your good news, and hope you don't vomit too much.  

That's all I have time for now, as I'm working in the garden most of each day now.

 

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