Hello all! As I'm sure you've guessed by now, I'm new here. I stumbled across this place a few days ago and just felt like I had to join. Most everyone I know (with the exception of my husband) is fairly religious. My parents are Southern Baptist, my father has been a Deacon with the church for over a decade now. I used to attend church with them, when I was a child, but when I entered my teens I pulled away because I didn't want to live a lie.
I just couldn't buy into it. Logically, it didn't make any sense. I never considered the Bible to be anything more than a collection of fairy tales... Now I sometimes read the stories to my own children, right in between Goodnight Moon and The Cat in the Hat.
I've spent a lot of time studying religion. Not formally, but still fairly in depth. I've read every religious text from every religion no matter how obscure or outdated... I needed truth. I needed answers to my questions and the only place I ever found any was in science. For a very long time I considered myself agnostic. Who was I to say for certain that God was an impossible entity? I wrestled with this for years, until I finally came to terms with what I really am and really believe.
This has helped me a lot. Now I tend to live more in the moment. Life is short, there's no heaven or hell, just this, right now. It goes by too quickly to mourn it, I choose to celebrate it.
I'm a stay at home mom at the moment, but before that I was a Graphic Artist and aspiring novelist. I write all of the time, every day, without fail. Most of the things I've written thus far are science fiction or fantasy, I'm really just a geek when you get down to it.
To sum me up. I'm an atheist, duh. I'm sort of a hippie, I'm completely liberal, I love british tv shows, coffee, politics, movies, hiking, pop culture, music... I'm fairly easy-going, really. This place seems to be much the same. Everyone has been very nice so far and I love that. Most forums or discussion boards these days are so vile and hostile. I have no time for that in my life, so I'm thrilled to see how cool everyone here is.
I look forward to getting to know everyone better and oh my word, did I really just type that much? My curse is verbosity. :P