"Thanks for the skillet website Pat. My cast iron skillet is probably an 9 inch. My non-stick is 12 inch, and it's my favorite. I'm alone, but still like to cook large portions so I don't have to cook so often.…"
"Thanks Joan. I'll start looking in second-hand stores and try to find my medium sized cast iron one in the meantime. And thanks for the care instructions.
I have a huge non-stick skillet I loved until I stupidly got it too…"
"Sk8eycat, your approach to doorbell-ringers is sounding more appealing, what with my limited time and patience at age 73.
After escaping religion, in responding to the first and second doorbell-ringers that confronted me, I argued with them,…"
"While eating breakfast, I felt the need to clarify some of my statements.
In presenting me with an opposite point of view, I actually prefer a calm, kind, patient person, that can present facts based on logic, reason, and most of all,…"
"Pat, I too like the sound of an infrared turkey fryer.
I have a cast iron skillet that hasn't been used in many years, lying buried somewhere under a lot of stuff. I'd like to find it and start using it again. Since…"
"It's probably true that a calm, kind, very patient atheist can reach quite a few fence sitters, and even a few strong believers.
It's probably also true that some people need to be jolted awake by strong, confident, evidence based comments…"
"Joan, I very much dislike arrogance, haughtiness, conceit, and egotism. You are not any of those things. You are confident because you have studied way more than most people, and are ready to reconsider a position if good evidence is…"
"Dawkins was the first atheist I listened to when I first realized there was no mormon god. He taught me about evolution, something I fought against without knowing anything about it when I was a brainwashed mormon.
I listened to other atheists…"
"My favorite thing about leaving religion is I now have nearly zero stress and guilt about not being perfect.
A part of that is no more stress trying to do things I'm not good at, but the church demanded I do anyway, like teaching a class, or…"
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.
I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.
As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.
I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).
That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.
That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.
That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.
My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.
I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.
I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.
Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.
I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.
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Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!
I have the lowest package available (DISH) with no ESPN, etc. Suits me fine. In fact, I'm considering dumping all TV programming. I only have it on to keep me company. That and Big Bang Theory--my fave!