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  1. I'm enjoying it! I've been LMAO!!
  2. Yeah, I saw that stupid segment as well and it was so damn ignorant. And then it made me irritated when they were saying the part about the morals. Yep, the dinasours are only 6000 years old and we all just roamed the earth in peace with each other for a while. Its very frustrating to me that people buy into this. Too bad they made such a beautiful museum with crap for information in it...
  3. I guess their theory is the more obnoxious it is, the more likely you are to remember it. Great theory, huh? I have a tv with volume control and then I have another small one without. Whenever the stupid taco bell commercial comes on (and it's the only one that does it), it is SOOO freaking loud that I cringe and frantically reach for the remote whenever it comes on.
  4. You know what really gets me mad? When Xtians say we can't possibly have any morals because we have no god. I shrug off a lot of things they say, but that one really strikes a nerve with me. It's so ridiculous. As if we are just some droids walking around...
  5. Oh my god, this is funny if it wasn't for the fact that she lives next to you! Talk about a nightmare neighbor! She may have never been a danger to herself/anyone before, but these kind of folks are unpredictable.. Years ago when I was married and pregnant, we got a knock on our door in the middle of the night from our local crazy neighbor down the street who was drunk out of her mind. When my husband answered the door, she asked him to help her find her purse as it seemed she had lost it somewhere! He told HER to get lost. She never bothered us again like that, but she was constantly causing noise and chaos at her house all the time which we could hear from our house. Eventually, one night she decided to hold the people in her house hostage. (don't remember her crazy reasoning, but I remember all the police cars lining the street. Of course this was in the middle of the night.) Now, we knew she was nuts, but no one expected her to do something that extreme. These kinda folks are a wild card, you know? I'd say based on the kinds of stuff she is ranting about, she needs to be supervised somewhere where her and everyone else's safety can be assured. Having mental problems and managing it with meds is one thing, but she sounds a couple sandwiches too short for a picnic. Besides, you should be able to live at your home without all that drama. That's ridiculous. Keep us updated!
  6. I'm happy for you Mick! Good going!!
  7. Hey that's awesome!!! Thank you!!
  8. I was more or less wondering if there was a text containing the philosophies of Buddhism, not necessarily about Buddhism. I hope I don't sound confusing.
  9. Yes!! I hate this one! It's so damn annoying. The next commercial they put out that SAID it was annoying was even MORE annoying!! And this is funny. I am a migraine sufferer so a friend of mine "suprised" me and bought me a tube of that junk. I tried it and NO IT DOES NOT WORK! You may as well just rub chapstick on your forehead....it would be the same result!
  10. Jun, it was asked several posts ago if you can recommend any books on this subject. If you answered, I apologize, but I did not see it. Since you mentioned there are four types of buddhism, I am curious as to the correct texts. Thanks!
  11. Well it sounds like a tough situation...but I have to agree with some of the responses. I would say since it involves your job, I would just avoid the subject and they can assume whatever they want. Sometimes the tension and argument would not be worth it especially if it involves employment. There's always a time and place to talk about your beliefs, I would try to keep it out of work the best you can.
  12. Jun, this is how I feel about it too. (Evolution, nice way to sum it up!) I respect Buddhism because of the reasons above and enjoy the philosophies very much. They really make you think and examine yourself. Interesting discussion Jun!
  13. Thanks! Yes, I think there are many people who just don't realize that their thoughts affect their emotions and outlook. Granted, it's impossible to always feel positive, heck, I wish I could all the time! But when I am feeling down, I at least am aware of what I need to do to change it, even if it takes awhile. I think anything is possible in our lives. If we truly want to achieve something, we can make it happen as long as we are not reaching too high where it is unreasonable. We decide our fate and have control over what happens to us even if at times we don't think we do. When I let go of xtianity, it felt good for me to realize that I was in charge of my life and I didn't have to depend on "prayer" and if God felt like answering it or not, it was all up to ME.
  14. Well then it's good that you re-read them as it probably changed your feelings on it a little bit. Do you think you will talk with her now?
  15. To me, there is no secret to "the secret." I mean, it's a nice thought...but the truth is you don't need to spend money to tell you how to achieve happiness. It's all in your own basic attitude and thought pattern. If you're happy, you draw happy to you. If you're miserable, you'll attract miserable... To me, it's common sense.
  16. Hi! I admire you for speaking up and recognizing a problem and trying to correct it. That's half the battle! It's not always easy to be honest with yourself, that's for sure. I was married to an alcoholic for 15 years. He went in and out of programs and meetings. Sometimes he would "white knuckle" it. But after a period of abstinence (in which he was so proud of himself) he would go out on a bender from hell. The longer he stayed sober in between, the worse it would be when he did pick up. Then when the bender was over, he would be remorseful, ashamed and seek help. This got to be quite a pattern throughout the years and it always saddened me that he could never be honest enough with himself to face his problems. In the meantime throughout those years, I had educated myself to death on alcoholism so I could understand it. My suggestion to you is that you read as much as you can about it. I don't believe the beer itself is the problem...the problem is within and with some work and honesty, you can get better. Life can be great again and you can put this behind you. It can be done. There are going to be really tough days, but like some sober people say...your worst day sober is still better than your best day drunk. At first drinking can be that escape you are looking for, but eventually this "best friend" will turn on you. It will cause you more problems than you had without it until it is causing more havoc in your life than what you were originally trying to escape from. Big hugs, my friend. I'm so glad you spoke up and are trying to get some help.
  17. George Carlin does a comedy act on this very issue in one of his shows. (can't remember which one) He talks about bordering states (each having different degrees of criminals, etc) and seperating them with a fence. And then, once every so often, letting the fence open for so many seconds, enabling them to pass through each other's areas.... It's hysterical!
  18. This thread is freakin hilarious!! I'm sitting here losing it!
  19. (hugs) You're so right. When you are right inside the situation, you are often blinded to your treament or get so used to it that it is normal for you. I'm so glad you're reading different kinds of self-help books. They really make you think and often bring attention to small things you may have not noticed. It can be pretty emotional to realize some of this stuff. It can send you into grief cycles for a while, but that is normal. You know, whenever there is a dysfunctional family system into place, everyone plays a role. When you change your role and no longer accept certain things (as you are doing) then the other "players" in their roles can tend to get angry. They want you to go back to who you were before so the dysfunction can continue. I see that happening with you and your families reaction. But I"m happy to see you are standing your ground. It takes courage to do this and eventually, when they realize you can no longer be manipulated things will change. I don't believe they are aware of all of this...it just sorta happens in the background. I've had some abuse in my background too and it was quite a revelation to me when I got help and realized certain things about it. I see you as a lady of great strength with a great heart. I'm so glad things are turning around for you.
  20. Happy B-Day!! Hope you have a great one!
  21. Hmmm...for me, the term unbeliever does not bother me either. I am what I am and I accept that. Only in religious terms however. As Ruby pointed out, of course we have many other beliefs in our lives when it comes to other subjects.
  22. Well there is supposed to be separation between school and religion. I wouldn't imagine you wanting to hang out with them in a private setting outside school so technically the subject should not come up too much. If it does....you could just say you are not comfortable talking about it and limit your exposure to them to only functions you have to attend together for the job. If it were me, I wouldn't make any false statement to get along with others...but you could always gently sway the subject to something else when in their company. Ask about thier children, etc. etc...any other areas where you may have some common ground. People love to talk about themselves. Just hang in there!! You're not alone!
  23. How unreasonable for her to ask you that!! I mean, no matter what you believe and how they may feel about it, you had EVERY RIGHT to attend your mother's funeral no matter what!!! Based on the fact that it was for YOUR MOTHER! In my opinion, no one should ever owe an explanation as to why they are at their own parent's funeral! I'm sorry dear Ruby for what you have gone through. I applaud you for your strength, grace and dignity in the matter.
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