"It sounds like you are doing all that you can. They are too invested in their own beliefs to love their son no matter what.. it is their loss. I grew up in a cultish backwoods baptist household that was abusive verbally and physically as…"
"Well, if nothing happens, great! Maybe I sound like a baptist preacher ranting about the rapture lol. Choosing to live my life this way is not only about a doomsday attitude, it is also a personal choice of how I want to live. I am…"
"Very good point Dee. I agree completely that at this point a large scale social movement is a dream. I mostly have a doomsday mindset at this point, and am on a self centered or family centered quest to prepare my own family for whatever…"
"Joan, and my name is Marlana lol..please don't get me wrong..I may come across as having very angry forward opinions about things, I think because I feel like I am finally in a place that i can say things exactly how I think them, and not…"
"Joan, somehow I completely missed your response here..sorry. What I was saying was that I now feel very fortunate to have parents who grew up during two pretty important times in the twentieth century. My mom would tell me stories of…"
"I completely agree that a large scale social movement is what is needed for change to happen. That was what I was saying originally, but maybe I got a little confusing talking about induviduals changing. It just scares me that so much is…"
"Wanderer, I agree with you completely. My point is, how do you suppose that this change at the top is going to happen? Is there anyone running for office that you think has the power, or can resist the sway of the powerful players to…"
"Joan, I agree completely. It has been a domino effect, with each level making it worse. We started it all though with our need to have what we want when we want it, no matter what the cost. Any capitalist will exploit that attitude. I really…"
"Its all good and well to throw the blame on government and the corporate giants..they definitely deserve it. But what about the masses? We are drugged into a mindset of wanting and needing every new flashy car, house, and iwhatever that…"
"Yeah, my parents were a little off from that. I'm thinking ... 32 and 30? Sounds right, anyway.
I guess my mother's big problem is that she's decided she's old and useless. She's determined that she can…"
"Heh, I just flip open the mental thesaurus, and my brain spits out whatever seems like an interesting phrasing, at the time. About 20% of the time, it's even something interesting.
Wow, 82. Late baby, huh? I think my mother…"
"Wow, yeah, that's pretty far out there. I have a client about 5 miles from Waxhaw. Nice, long run, when her computer last crashed and burned. We've got several clients scattered throughout the Charlotte area, but tech…"
"Aww, jeeze. Heh. Why the heck did you go back? Which part of the Carolinas were you in, anyway?
South Carolina is a bit of a backwater, compared to the North. We've got at least 200 or 300 people, active at various…"
Yeah, my parents were a little off from that. I'm thinking ... 32 and 30? Sounds right, anyway.
I guess my mother's big problem is that she's decided she's old and useless. She's determined that she can only learn things this one way ... which is the exact wrong way to go about learning anything technological, like computers. Then she wants me to come over and do it for her, since I refuse to try teaching her any more. -_-
Sounds like one way to handle the internet problem, at least. In urban areas, you can get sketchy internet by just borrowing a neighbor's wireless. Particularly if you're in an apartment complex, you can almost always find one moron who doesn't use wireless encryption. I have a few friends who get their internet access that way.
Heh, I just flip open the mental thesaurus, and my brain spits out whatever seems like an interesting phrasing, at the time. About 20% of the time, it's even something interesting.
Wow, 82. Late baby, huh? I think my mother is 66. In my case, it was the other way around. My father died when he was 51 or so, and I've just got my mother left. Figures, since my father was the one I always got along with well and had everything in common with.
My mother's memory is total crap, but it was never much to begin with. I guess her mind is more-or-less fully-functional. She was just never any use at anything technical, and ever since my father died, she's been unable to handle some of the most basic household tasks, even down to replacing the water filter on her fridge.
So, I guess you could say she's working with a higher percentage of capacity than your father, but starting from a lower baseline? Works out to about the same end-result, probably.
I can imagine the difficulties, going from a suburb of Charlotte to nowhere, WV. Yay for internets, huh?
Wow, yeah, that's pretty far out there. I have a client about 5 miles from Waxhaw. Nice, long run, when her computer last crashed and burned. We've got several clients scattered throughout the Charlotte area, but tech support is all based out of the Triangle.
I can relate to the fresh start part. It's been a rocky couple of years, economy-wise. Or did your fresh start involve a bit of a relationship status reboot as well? I can see either interpretation.
I did the taking-care-of-an-aging-parent thing, myself, after my mother had her two knee-replacement surgeries. One of my siblings can pick up the slack, next time. :-D I've had about all I can cope with, for the next decade or so.
Aww, jeeze. Heh. Why the heck did you go back? Which part of the Carolinas were you in, anyway?
South Carolina is a bit of a backwater, compared to the North. We've got at least 200 or 300 people, active at various events, between all of the various groups in the Triangle area. There are at least four atheist meetup.com groups, if you include the skeptics group. There's a lot of crossover of membership of course,
Then, we've got the Triangle Freethought Society, which is our political arm. That group is associated with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Secular Coalition of America through them.
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