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Everything posted by AlmiraGulch

  1. You didn't ask me, but since I feel the same way as Laura I'll say..... I don't know. I've yet to see it. But then, I'm not looking for it. My life is perfectly awesome and full without having to attribute it to a deity. I once believed in God. I no longer do, and don't feel like I need to. It's incredibly liberating.
  2. I'm also a skeptic, so I guess I would say I'm agnostic, but strongly leaning toward atheism. If I had any -ist label at all, I'd probably say anti-theist. I am personally opposed to organized religion much more than I am to an actual god. I like beerist. I'm going to claim that from now on, too.
  3. I have three. I got the first when I was 25 or 26. It does have meaning, but got it sort of on a whim. I still love it. The other two also have meaning. I got the last one about 1.5 years ago and it's my favorite. I have one more I'd like to get, but it's a large rib cage piece and I don't know if I could tolerate the pain anymore.
  4. My soon-to-be 10 year old daughter is getting: Rainbow loom with organizer and bands Sterling silver necklace with her initial on a disc pendant Fuzzy socks New head phones New slippers New outfit from Justice (this is a big deal, because I rarely buy stuff from that place) Perfume and lotion minis from Sephora Chocolate Other stocking stuff I can't recall The one that just turned 11 is much more eclectic and is getting some weird stuff that no other 11 year old girl would probably like!
  5. Well, because she likes it, and she wants it, and it's her body, not his.
  6. I love it. I also don't think you're going to have to touch it up as much as people are saying, particularly if there is no color. And even if there what? It's tiny, so touching up won't be expensive and would take less than 5 minutes. My opinion is that tattoos are very personal. If you like it, it isn't all that important what others say. I have two on my on my toe, and another on the top of my foot. I love them both. I love glancing down and seeing them there. And the toe tattoo I've had for about 7 years and just had it touched up for the first time last year. My two cents.....if you want it, go for it.
  7. This is really interesting to me. I honestly have never, ever experienced any of this, with the exception being the elected officials unless you're in Atlanta proper. Maybe it's because I don't go to church, my friends aren't overly religious, most of the people I know are professional and many are transplants....I don't know. I can certainly understand what you're saying, but it has never been my experience. I live in Cobb County, which is pretty conservative overall, but I don't feel like it's oppressive in any way.
  8. I don't agree with this, but maybe I just don't understand what you mean. I'm an atheist living in the Atlanta 'burbs (and have for 18 years) and don't have any "issues" outside of the "Where do you go to church?" question that people in the South are so prone to throwing out there. Maybe where I live doesn't count as the "far 'burbs" to you, though, since I'm only about 15 minutes from Atlanta? Either way, I'm really curious to know what you mean by that. For real. No snark. Have you had "incidents"?
  9. I'm in Georgia, although I'm in the northeast suburbs of Atlanta and PTC is south. My sister lives in the next city over from Peachtree City. Yes, it's a lovely community. In fact, I find most of Georgia to be very nice. I enjoy living here. Homeschooling here is really pretty easy. You really just have to report attendance, save your curricula in case there's a review, and administer some standardized testing every three years. You don't have to send the results anywhere.
  10. I get that, but of course their experiences are still biased based on what they know. For example, if I had one of those experiences and it would somehow transform me in the way you cited, it would not be unlikely that my story would include something of the "pearly gates", or an angel, or that a close, dearly departed relative would have been there, because those are the stories I grew up with. I doubt that I'd be suddenly converted to Hinduism. I also don't discount their experiences, but I also believe that naturally ascribe what we "know" to new experiences, but there's nothing wrong with that. I think that these types of NDEs are great, frankly. Most people fear or are uneasy by death because no one really knows what happens. To be able to take the fear out of the process for when it ultimately does happen is beautiful, I think.
  11. I think I don't know! I know many people who truly believe they've had contact, and I've personally had some experiences I cannot explain. My husband is convinced there are spirits in our house, and that we were "visited" by someone he knows while on our honeymoon. I've witnessed the same things he has and don't have an explanation but I tend to believe it's just something else of this world, something scientifically explainable, that just hasn't been explained YET. And I don't think it has anything to do with any deity. Also, I think people often hear what they want to hear and see what they want to see, and that many so-called "mediums" take advantage of that, which to me is just disgusting.
  12. Like many have said previously, there is no one, common belief system among atheists. That said, many that I know, myself included, would say that this, along with the White Light many relating near-death experiences refer to, would be part of the brain's natural processes that occur while healing itself or shutting down. I'd also say that some (myself included) don't necessarily completely discount all "supernatural" occurrences, but I don't really consider them to be "supernatural". Rather, I think in many cases things that we see are functions of physics and energy, as we know it works, and not fully understanding the extent of it yet. For example, I posted earlier that while I don't believe in reincarnation, per se, I do think it's possible that the energy that makes us who we are can stick around after our bodies die and make appearances in different ways. I don't think there is divine direction, or that it's my Uncle Chester trying to make contact; rather, I think that since energy doesn't die, it's not out of the question that a body of energy could remain for some period of time after one dies, and that the explanation is scientific (albeit one I can't fully explain) and not supernatural at all. I'm sure others will chime in, too.
  13. Funny you should mention this. "O Holy Night" is my favorite Christmas song. It was when I was a practicing Catholic and continues to be now in my atheist life. I think it's a beautiful song. I love the emotion that the words and lyrics express. It really doesn't matter that I don't "believe" it. I don't "believe" everything I sing. The song still moves me. I recently attended the Catholic funeral of my uncle. I sang every hymn, knelt when I was supposed to, said most of the prayers, because I know what to do and that's just....what you do. I was there to comfort my aunt and I wasn't going to stand almost in silent protest by not doing what I clearly know how to do simply because I don't believe any of it anymore. It wasn't about me and my beliefs, or lack thereof. I did not take communion out of respect for the Catholics there. Some know that I no longer believe what they do, and more importantly that I certainly haven't been to confession, which you're supposed to do before you accept communion. I couldn't have cared less, but I didn't want to be offensive.
  14. Yes, I think that's how it all started, for sure. It's all illustrated very well in the movie Zeitgeist that I referenced earlier. I don't believe that all religious beliefs will ever be replaced by science. People need and crave religion for a variety of reasons, the least of which is, anymore, to explain natural things. They want to be a part of something "bigger". They want to be part of a community. It gives people hope. It assigns reward and consequence in a very grand sense. So, no, I don't think religion will ever give way to science entirely. ETA: I want to think that theist beliefs came about because of this, but that organized religion has always been (and in many cases remains) a means to control the populace, in both deed and money.
  15. I think they're made. I was raised with religion, and at one time in my life strongly believed in a "higher power", even if I always questioned it and have never been particularly religious, even when going to mass every week. Years of study and discernment have led me to the place I am now. I think that it never even occurs to some people to question what they've been taught, but if they gave it some reflection they may find that they could no longer blindly believe, either. I just don't think it's that it's really important to most people. They say the prayers, sit, stand, kneel, face the right way in the afternoon, give up meat on Fridays, master the rituals, read the holy texts, attend the churches and mosques and temples and ashrams....because that's what they've always done. That's part of what bothers me most about organized religion. In many cases, there isn't any thought or intention behind it, really. It's just what you do, because that's what you've always done and what's expected. Clearly, the above doesn't apply to everyone. It's just my general observation.
  16. By the way, has anyone watched Zeitgeist? 1/3 of it is about religion and how most of the baseline beliefs of most of the major religions are based on the same things (a lot of astronomy and other life cycles), and how none of it is original. Not even the story of the virgin birth of the son who is supposed to be the savior, dies, rises again and saves the universe. All of it pre-dates Christ, for sure, and there are countless examples (I have not verified all of it, but did research a lot to see if it was true. It was.). I highly recommend it. You can see it for free on YouTube. It's interesting. (Disclaimer: I remember another part was about 9/11 is an inside job, and I have no patience for that. It was still an hour or so of entertainment for me.)
  17. Thanks for posting this. I agree with much of what she has to say, but I'm just not that angry about it. Does that make me not a true atheist? :lol:
  18. My daughter wants to do this to me! I told her I think it would be awesome, but really, I don't care what they do with me. I'll be dead. I do prefer to be cremated and my ashes scattered in the sea, and for there to be much partying and merriment in celebration after the fact. But really, whatever they want will be fine.
  19. Except in the South, where I swear the first question people ask you when you meet them is "where do you go to church?" I'm not making this up. That's why it comes up so often in my life. The only stranger thing I've seen in my life is in St. Louis (where I'm from) where the first question people ask you is "What high school did you go to?" I'm not making that up either. But I digress.
  20. Because some atheists are militant people, just like some Christians are militant people. I do know some atheists like that and I can tell you that they're like that about EVERYTHING. Religion, GMOs, Republicans, George Bush....everything. It isn't limited to their lack of religion.
  21. I honestly have no idea. It could be just nothingness, like I think it was before I was born. On the other hand, something could have been going on before I was born and I just don't know because I didn't have a brain. I don't really believe in a collective-consciousness, but I do think there's some sort of possibility of....I don't know....I'll call it reincarnation, although I don't mean that I think I was Amelia Earhart in a former life. I'm talking purely about energy. We all know that energy doesn't die. It can bounce around and go out to space and come back a million times, but it doesn't die. When our bodies die, where does the energy go? I don't know. I've had so many experiences with the supernatural or paranormal or whatever you want to call it that it's hard for me to completely disregard the possibility that maybe our energy stays somewhat intact, at least for a period of time. Sort of like an imprint, I guess. And expanding on that idea, I don't think it's impossible that our energy could potentially end up in another human. But....maybe not. It's just an idea. What I don't believe is that there is any heaven or hell, or that I'll somehow be reunited in a "better place" with my loved ones, or spend eternity burning somewhere if I'm an asshat.
  22. Your vet is right.....tough love. Some dogs take longer than others, but most do eventually get used to it. I've actually found that it takes longer when they can see me. They need to learn to self-soothe, like all babies. Easier said than done when you're trying to rest, but it's true. Some other things that help are to exercise that puppy A LOT during the day. An exhausted puppy sleeps more at night. Also, if I've had luck putting a sweatshirt or something that I've actually worn in the crate with the puppy. I think my scent was soothing.
  23. Thanks for the message! I thought about it and decided that I don't think $200 per kid is too much if they really want to spend that, but they don't need these particular gifts at all, considering what I already bought them. The end. These people don't get to decide. I completely understand your what your're saying!

  24. I did see week by week for several patients and that's what made me decide against it. First is the major redness, which seemed to last for a week or so (don't recall exactly). Then the peeling, and that was for a couple of weeks. It's not flaking...these people look like burn victims. The pics I saw of day 22/23 they were looking pretty normal, but I don't know if they were wearing makeup or not. Still...that's nearly a month! Your aesthetician may have something different to say or show you, but the pictures I saw were pretty harsh. That said, the results were AMAZING. If I have that much time where I didn't have to be in front of a client I may go ahead and get it done. On a similar note, I was in today for another procedure and this aesthetician (a different one from the other day) recommended a couple of mini peels instead of one deep peel. My skin isn't THAT bad, and she said that could meet my needs just fine with only a week or so of "ugliness" that isn't even as bad as with the deep peel. Let me know what you decide! I wish I knew someone who actually had it done.
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