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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Good morning...gotta run....starting work an hour early in order to take hubby to dentist for a new crown... (my daughter calls our dentist "crown man.").... emoticon

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LADNBA 8/9/2011 6:39AM

    Have a wonderful day and best of luck for an easy visit with "the crown man."

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Steven Hawking's theory of the start of the universe is depressing....

Monday, August 08, 2011

I am not convinced that the universe started without a god (God) ....

To contemplate no afterlife is terribly depresing and with so many signs of divine intervention in my life and other's it inconceivable to me that there is no divine plan.

I think, therefore I am.

I thank God for the blessings in my life.


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SEDONACAT 8/10/2011 4:55PM

    I am a believer in a God but I have also questioned many things in the BIble such as: Cain was thrown out of his home and went to another town? OK, so who had populated the town-his siblings? If so why were they not mentioned as Adam and Eve's children? Many inconsistencies. Scientists also cannot prove for a fact all of their theories, either. That's why they are theories. Both you just need to sift thru and take what makes sense to you. That doesn't mean that another person doing the same thing is wrong. Just has a different opinion. People will never be on the same page with science, politics, or religion.

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TORNADO40 8/9/2011 8:01AM

    First off it is not just Steven Hawking's that believes in the Big Bang theory of creation. It is universally accepted in the astronomy and scientific community. Second, there is plenty of measurable evidence that supports the Big Bang theory. Third, a scientific theory is something that has to have strong evidence to support it. It is not just a speculation or a whim. If there is no evidence to support a scientific idea then it fails the criteria to be a theory. Forth, believing in the Big Bang does not mean that you do not believe in God. There are plenty of astronomers that are strongly religious. In fact I teach astronomy and I tell my students that we had a universe that was created from nothing. So how do you get an entire universe from nothing? That is the mystery of the moment of creation. And if you want to fill in a God to make that happen there is nothing wrong with that. The two concepts can exist together.

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GIANT-STEPS 8/8/2011 3:19PM

  There is plenty of purpose in life without God. To live, to love, and to hopefully make the world a little better place than it would have been without you.
I used to be a believer; I was raised Presbyterian. When 12 I realized that not everyone was Christian I no longer took its veracity for granted so I decided that I needed to reason this out. After 2 weeks of vacillating from thinking Christianity was absurd to praying as hard as I could for God to forgive me reason finally won out over wishful thinking and I quit believing in God. There have been a few times when I felt drawn to religion. When I read about the Religious Society of Friends and how they were the first opponents of slavery and supporters of women's suffrage and equality, were for humane treatment of prisoners and opposed war I felt like I wanted to be a Quaker. Likewise after attending a Peace Day talk I learned about the Baha'i faith and was attracted by it's message of universal brotherhood. I thought to myself that it would be cool to be a Quaker or Baha'i but the whole idea of a literal God still didn't make sense to me. I thought about joining and thinking of God as a metaphor rather than a literal being but that seemed dishonest and even disrespectful to those who did believe. Then it occurred to me that as a non-believer I can synthesize my own worldview taking the best of all religious and cultural traditions. When I thought about it this way atheism was much more attractive. I can take all the good stuff with out all the myths, taboos, and superstitions.
How is life different not that I'm not a believer? Since I've been both a believer and a non-believer I have to report very little. I will admit that religion brought me comfort at times; I was probably a little happier as a believer. I used to think the universe was just and that any injustice in this life would be reversed in the next. Not believing in God means a universe that isn't fair and one that doesn't even care about the outcomes. Heroes and villains all share the same ultimate fate. Then again that raises the value of truth, beauty, and justice in the real world.
Anyway, I don't feel like I need anyone's pity. I have a good job, a great wife and daughter, and other than a hundred pounds of weight to loose am in good health.

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WYO_CASEY 8/8/2011 12:35PM

    I always think:
"There had to be something to push those particles together to make the big bang! And where did those particles come from in the first place?"

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GNUATTITUDE 8/8/2011 8:23AM

    There is so much evidence of a Loving Creator in nature alone, I think it takes more faith to be an atheist than a believer. Hawking may be considered a "genius" but he's overlooked so much evidence, it's hard to take him seriously on this point.

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MSLZZY 8/8/2011 6:59AM

    So true! HUGS!

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SARAHTAIT 8/8/2011 6:30AM

    I totally agree with you! without God there is no purpose for life....how awful that must feel. I pity the nonbelievers!

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Time for a positive blog...for a change...

Saturday, August 06, 2011

No complaining today ....

The weather is perfect for swimming in the outdoor pool at the gym this afternoon and am really looking forward to that.

Have hired a professional lawn service to mow the lawn next week and am anticipating a metamorphosis of the yard.

I lost another 0.6 of a lb at my WW weigh-in today!!! I have lost 14.6 lb since I joined Weight Watchers on April 23rd. I will get a star for another 5 lb increment of weight lost when I reach 15.0 lb lost. I have noticed when I keep track of my food intake I do so much better. I have been snacking on too many Larabars this week and need to cut them in half and only have a half of one for my morning snack. emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/7/2011 8:15AM

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Luckily I don't need custom compression hose....

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Even though my insurance company is paying for my hose now, when I retire (someday) I will be responsible for the entire cost as Medicare does not pay for them. The ready made ones are about $120 a pair versus $400 to $500 a pair for custom made.... so it is a big difference. I talked to a lady who wears compression hose (I work with her) and she said she needs about 2 pair per year. I guess when the time comes I will have to put compression hose in my "budget." So it is one more thing Medicare doesn't pay for in addition to glasses, hearing aids and dental work. Hope they don't take more away from us seniors in the future but one never knows what will happen as they try to balance the national budget. emoticon

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BETHV10 8/4/2011 11:55AM

    My husband wears compression socks and they run $70-90 dollars a pair. Once you know what works for you, maybe you can find them cheaper on the internet. Our insurance doesn't cover them now. Sometimes we can get a tax break if we show the prescription from our doctor. I do think they should be covered but I didn't realize that Medicare doesn't cover them either.
I still have that to look forward to... emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/4/2011 8:18AM

    It doesn't sound good.

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Busy, busy, busy...

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I have take a PTO day today in order to go to 2 doctor appts and possibly a lab draw. I will get measured today for my compression hose (knee highs) and am hoping I get them soon as these wraps are extremely uncomfortable in this hot humid weather we have had for the past month or so (hotter and more humid than usual). The wraps are also very time consuming to put on (don)...about 20-to 30 minutes and take about 15 minutes to take off, so I am looking forward to a more convenient method keeping my ankles and calves from swelling. All the work has been worth it as the swelling has improved and the therapist said the tissue isn't as hard as it was before I started. I certainly can tell it has helped so I am glad I had the therapy.

I also might be able to get into my primary care doctor's office for a thyroid blood check as this hasn't been done since December and was given an increase in medication at that time.

Guess I have my work cut out for me today...will hopefully get to the gym early before the after work busy time.

Hope everybody has a great day

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/3/2011 5:33AM

    I hope all went well. I just hate having to use PTO for medical stuff, but it has been the story of my life this summer!

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MSLZZY 8/3/2011 12:59AM

    Hope all went well-hugs!

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DIDMIS 8/2/2011 9:54AM

    Bless you. I hope and pray all things work out well for you. Hadn't heard from you in a while and saw your blog on my friend feed.
Keep your chin up. Better days are coming.

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