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Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 19, 2012. 3 Replies

Who Gives a Bleep?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 29, 2012. 35 Replies

Backslide into Church?

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tom sarbeck commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Don, I got my metaphorical passive-aggressive clock cleaned in hard ball politics. I now laugh as I say the politicians took my head off, dumped a lot of crap out of it, and returned it to me so I could have some therapy done. I grew up in a family…"
Apr 23
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Tom--I have no idea about a drug for passive-aggressive behavior, but they do have therapy for it. They also have support groups. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I thank you."
Apr 23
tom sarbeck commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Don, I'm glad I had, and took, the time to read your story. I'm glad too that you found what you needed. Best wishes for success in the Religious Critiques program. Your story has me wondering if there's a med for passive-aggressive…"
Apr 22
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Daniel--I think you are right especially when it comes to diseases of the mind. Surety in that field evades even the most talented. I'm not doubting my doc, but I know that medicine falls into an art also. That is why it is practiced and there…"
Apr 19
Daniel W commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"I've been trying to think of something useful to add here, but usefulness evades me.  Bipolar or not, I respect you tremendously, Don.  Sometimes I wonder if we have too many labels and medicalize too many things.  If a condition…"
Apr 18
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Way After the Fact
"It is a conundrum. How a man asks his father for help when he is the father and the man that impregnated his mother as the Holy Ghost. I think there was a Greek play with a guy called Oedipus with similar thoughts. Interpretation of scripture goes…"
Apr 18
Michael Penn commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Way After the Fact
"What suffering? It was like a planned big weekend and he wasn't dead even when he was dead. What do I mean? Well, it's said that he preached to the souls in hell while he was dead and returned with the righteous dead and the keys of hell…"
Apr 18
Freethinker31 commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"I like your attitude  Donald, you inspire me....You are strong and I know you will succeed in whatever you do....:-)"
Apr 18
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Way After the Fact
"Absolutely, it would make Jesus' death on the cross and his horrible suffering for the redemption mankind worthless as if he could not erase the most basic sin there was/is, then all of his suffering was little more than a piece of morality…"
Apr 18
Michael Penn commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Way After the Fact
"It is true, Donald, that they all do a horrible job of explaining "original sin." Without it there would be no need to be redeemed like a collectable stamp, or to be "saved" from and for anything. With no "original sin"…"
Apr 18
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Way After the Fact

But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian theology seriously astray…See More
Apr 18
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"I don't really know either, but I decided that I was not going to let it or any other thing change me. Possibly, this is who I am, have been and will be, but I don't really give a shit because as far as I'm concerned nothing has…"
Apr 18
Trisha Sander commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Thanks for sharing this with us, Don.  I believe a big part of the problem is that people in general still don't know a lot about Bipolarism or, as you mentioned, what we do know is negative.  *hugs*  Hang in there; we're…"
Apr 16
Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Never thought about it as a forum. I'm going to check to see if there are any groups in the Dallas area that meet on a regular basis. Thanks for suggesting it. I've done public speaking before, but as a former musician, I know I have too…"
Apr 16
Michael Penn commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"Don, I feel that you could do debates like Religious Critiques and also do public speaking that would lead to positive bipolar discussion and management. Many people feel that being bipolar is a stigma, but that could be lack of education and proper…"
Apr 15
Patricia commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken
"From what I've heard, people who have bi-polar issues, are extremely talented!"
Apr 15

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Way After the Fact

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 7:30am 4 Comments

But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian…

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Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 7:00am 19 Comments

I am bipolar. I tried every way I could to put together a snappy lead sentence that would provide a little suspense, curiosity and provoke an old-fashioned interest in dirty laundry, but none of it seemed appropriate for a disease that can for many, be so crippling as to ruin or end lives.

Bipolar is now an official part of my medical record that is interesting if not colorful. My life took a significant turn with a heart attack while I was…

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Homosexuality and the Bible: Give Me a Break!

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 12:00am 6 Comments

With the recent controversy over laws in Indiana and Arkansas that allow Christian discrimination against homosexuals, I am compelled to point out the hypocrisy of those implementing such laws, as being incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial.



Constant debate regarding homosexuality is tiring,…

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The “A” Word

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 2:55pm 11 Comments

I have long ago grown weary of euphemisms used to blur, mislead or hide actuality. For instance, once I am dead, I died. I did not “pass on;” “go to a better place” or “transition.” I died. Although, I have a personal euphemism that I like, some people would not like hearing that I “croaked.” My thoughts about using…

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At 11:22am on March 24, 2015, Joan Denoo said…

Thanks, Donald, for the link to the music. I like the way you phrased the music appreciation via education. I always seek out your posts. 

At 6:12pm on March 22, 2015, Richard Goscicki said…

Thanks, Donald.  Needless to say, I'm the guy with the Brooklyn accent.  Rev Jones is the cowboy and the pompous bombastic asshole is the imam.

Rich

At 11:18am on January 21, 2014, Luara said…

Hi Don,

You said you would be interested in seeing what I come up with in reading about delayed food allergies.  I just posted a blog post on the likely mechanism of my kind of delayed food allergies.  With tons of references!

At 1:00pm on December 4, 2013, Luara said…

Don,

Maybe you would be interested in my review of the Manual for Creating Atheists.

At 1:25pm on December 1, 2013, Luara said…

You might be interested in my review of Carl Hart's book High Price.Laura

At 8:58am on November 28, 2013, Daniel W said…
Don have a happy Thanksgiving!
At 11:11pm on January 7, 2013, Daniel W said…

Here is my review of King Leopold's Ghost.  If you are interested.  I thought of your book reviews when I wrote this.

At 2:46pm on August 22, 2012, Harlem Humanists said…

Thanks for reaching out to us. It'd be great if you could visit us some time that you're in NYC. 

At 1:36pm on July 26, 2012, Tammy S said…

Thanks for the add Donald, I really enjoy your postings!

At 11:43am on July 26, 2012, Steph S. said…

Thanks for the email Donald -  I always enjoy your writing.

Hope you have a great day!

 
 
 

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