Wanted to swing by and say Hi again; see how life is treating you. You doing okay? Hope all's well in Anaheim; I used to live right on the border of Anaheim Hills and Yorba LInda. Glad I don't anymore; the construction on Imperial Hwy would have been insane to put up with.
O.K. I'll come out. I live in Laguna Beach (28 years) and have been out to my community half of that time. I attend monthly meetings of OC Atheists (IHOP on MacArthur Blvd. opposite John Wayne airport), Atheists United, O.C. (Newport Beach Golf Club) and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (Irvine Water District Office). I've been fortunate to have had over 100 letters to the editor to local L.B. newspapers published (www.atheistsletters.com).
Naughty Niko (aka Niko Theris).
hmm let's see, scrapbooking, home decor, etc.. Right now I'm in the process of making, or should I say attempting to make a mother's bracelet. I see that you are in a roller derby league, that's way cool! Is it pretty brutal? Do ya knock girls down when they get in the way? lol..
Thanks, Cupcake! I agree, there's a huge void in atheist children's literature, especially for the really young. There's always Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, which is excellent. But that's really all I know of. Anyway, so glad to have met you here and excited to get to know you! :)
Born and raised here in Iowa, grew up mostly in Des Moines. Took the long way through school. After high school just worked for awhile then started at ISU for a couple of years. Finally, this year, after a few more years off, I went back and finished up.
How about you? Are you originally from California or did you move there from some place else?
It's not bad here in Iowa. I just finished school and am looking to get out for awhile. Thanks for the greetings, I'm new to the A/N network and am happy to meet some great people already... I was perusing the photos and came across your pics of the roller derby girls. I do some crazy stuff on bikes but you'll never catch me doing what you do, that looks brutal....
Thanks for the comment. I think that, once the time comes, her and I will be able to negotiate a reasonable education for our daughter. She's not hardcore Catholic, but just a fan of private education. So, we'll see. We've clashed a few times on religion before, but it's a topic that simply doesn't find its way to the surface for our relationship's sake.
"Coming to atheism" is something that doesn't happen overnight, you're right. I spent my entire childhood in an Episcopal church, which is about as liberal as it gets as far as traditional Christian churches go, so it honestly wasn't that bad. My father has always been a closet atheist, but a vocal supporter of evolution. I grew up with great influence from him, but forced into "the faith" by the church. I ended up meeting a girl in college and began attending her family's Baptist church. I think I always knew, from the time I could think critically, that god was a myth and the bullshit that has surrounded and perpetuated that single concept had gotten so maliciously complicated over the years was sinister and nothing of which I need to be a part.
Attending the Baptist church is what solidified for me that, not even for social graces or a loved one was I willing to put myself through it anymore. I stopped going and stayed quiet about the whole thing. Not until about 2 years ago did I really start to become outspoken and involved in freethinking and secular groups. Life is better now. Supremely better.
I know how you feel about your family. Although my parents are Episcopalian, they're liberal and easy to get along with. Even if religion comes up, we listen to each other and part amicably. No ill will. However, I have aunts, uncles, cousins and even my sister who attend hardcore, Baptist churches. Some are loosely conservative (my sister, luckily), but others are vehemently anti-gay,anti-choice and masters of proselytizing.