Letters: Recovering From Brain Injuries

Host Neal Conan reads from listener emails and web comments on previous show topics including recovering from traumatic brain injury, our fascination with the end of the world, and how to teach kids about money.

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NEAL CONAN, host:

It's Tuesday and time to read from your comments. Our discussion about recovering from traumatic brain injury got a lot of response.

Shalamar Downing(ph) sent this comment from Sebastopol, California: I'm recovering from a moderate TBI, and it has been an unbelievable journey. It's a transformative experience and different for everyone, so I don't want to generalize. This accident has aged me decades, but luckily I can still write. So at 56, hopefully, I still ways to go.

We spoke with Jerry Walls, a religion professor at Notre Dame University, about the rapture predicted for this past weekend.

Judith Streit, a biblical scholar, wrote to say: I am always mystified by such predictions. Although I'm a Christian, I cannot worship a god of vengeance. Although God is said to have destroyed the Earth in the in the flood story, at the conclusion, God regrets this choice and promises to never again do such a thing. This is deity that affirms the Earth, not one that seeks to bring it to a hostile end.

Finally, we asked you to tell us what you learned and who taught you about money. We received this note from Gina Neilsen(ph) in Layton, Utah: I have a unique experience when it comes to my parents and money. I grew up on a farm in Idaho, and my six siblings and I were expected to work. My father paid us and paid us well for the time we worked for him. In return, we were expected to buy our own clothes, pay for school activities and other extracurricular activities.

When we got sick of the farm, we were welcome to look for other employment, but we quickly realized no fast food joint could pay as well as my dad. Now with my own children, I am constantly trying to give them opportunities to work and earn their own money. Parents are debilitating their children when they don't teach them to work, to budget and show self-control.

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