Greetings and Salutations,My name is Don, an artist and writer residing in the Bible Belt (within a small town just north of Atlanta). I'm a new member and wanted to take a moment to introduce…Continue
I very much appreciate your warm thoughts. We will go gayly forward together (joking with you) *smiling.Yes, my youngest nephew will likely be okay in the long run. He's a smart cookie, so your advice to essentially lead by…"
Thank you so much for saying that. *Sending a BIG HUG and much love to you and your grandson : ) Everyone has been so thoughtful, warm, and friendly.Your post made me think of something that happened about a week ago: My…"
"Don, I’m totally new here myself and still getting my bearings. But since I’ve got a week or so on you I can welcome you to the board.
When I read stories like yours I feel what I guess is a variant of survivors guilt.…"
Thank you so much for the very warm and well-written response. Oh gosh... my sis! This evening my mother and I had dinner with her. Out of nowhere, my sis started talking about politics and became confrontational in…"
I, too, am new to this site. Welcome! First, I'm so glad to learn that you're writing a novel. It's quite obvious, from reading your account, that yours will be a significant contribution to the literature. I grew up in the…"
"Don, your story brings tears to my eyes, even as I realize you are now fully grown and able to create your own life-style. Having been so cruelly treated, I suspect you have compassion that others may not have for those who have been beat down as…"
Thank you so much for your warm and thoughtful response. I imagine that you and I could sit down together and swap many, many tales. Obviously you know this, but it took an incredible amount of bravery and courage for you to get in…"
I look forward to conversing with you as well. Thanks for the thoughtful reply and the welcome. A little island of sanity is what I need!
In regard to your brother and sister-in-law's evangelical missionary work, I fear that…"
Thanks for the reassurances. Yes, hopefully my sis will mellow out over time. While I don't see that happening in the immediate future, maybe she'll ease up as time goes by. Hopefully! Perhaps I should…"
"Booklover, Pat, and K. Hughes, thank you for the warm welcome also.
Booklover, speaking of Santa... oh gosh, there was a funny, but liberating moment a couple of years ago: It was nearing Christmas. My mom and I had gone out to eat at…"
"Don, welcome to Atheist Nexus and this community of non-believers. You have come to the group that can hear your angst and many of us have similar experiences and understand.
I grew up in a violent home, married a violent man and had three children…"
Thank you, Don. Living in Georgia I know you can relate! Just tonight my dad asked if I would go to church with the family in the morning. I said, "That's a good one...but no thanks!" He just said that I will be the one that has to answer to god (in a nice way, though). I guess they fear that I'm going to hell. I realize that most people need this belief to give their life meaning. Ironically my life has much more meaning as an atheist - I don't have to hate anymore. I know that we're all in the same boat and we need to take care of each other...NOW! The only love, morality and meaning in life we will ever have is that which we make.Thanks again :)