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At 6:14pm on June 24, 2011, Earther said…
Hi good look'n.
At 10:52pm on May 31, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Michelle! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.

At 1:22pm on May 13, 2009, Ben said…
Wow, I have been meaning to reply for months now! I moved to Salt Lake City a little over a month ago and finally have a job. It's too bad though, because I thought I'd have a chance to meet you and your husband some time while I was in Washington. Good luck on your building project!
At 5:05pm on February 17, 2009, Ben said…
How has Winlock been treating you guys these days? I hope you've been immune to the recent economic woes...
At 12:01am on December 29, 2008, Drew said…
This is pretty amazing. Thanks for getting me here!
At 7:31pm on December 17, 2008, Michelle said…
Hi there. Saw the blog, sorry things are not so hot these days. Hooray for 2009! I went ahead and started the ex-mo group, it's at
At 3:41am on December 9, 2008, Rick said…
Howdy. I myself tried religion when I was in the 3ed grade. It wasn't for me. First, you had to actually get up early on Sunday. This wasn't even a school day! Then put on your suit and TIE! Then I had to go to Sunday School. That was just not right.
Then to the church service. The guy giving the talk said be good or go to hell. Okay, got it. But how many times did he have to repeat the darn thing?
Well, then when that got old (as it did every time I went) I couldn't look out the windows. They had it blocked with this colored glass. Some had pictures and others just chunks of the colored glass stuck in there.
Then, to top it all off, they actually passed these metal plates around and you had to put money in the thing.
Nope, sorry. After a couple of months, my mother asked if I still wanted to go. I said, "No." only concern is those who have to go back every week to be reminded to be good..... Makes me think I just kinda gotta watch those people...
At 6:04pm on December 6, 2008, Michelle said…
Wow, I thought that was a great article! It speaks to many of the feelings I've had. I wonder how many other women are out there, pushing away feelings of inadequacy in order to be accepted at church. Too many, for sure.
At 4:53pm on December 5, 2008, Reality Activist said…
Welcome to A/N.
At 3:58pm on December 2, 2008, Michelle said…
That would be great! I haven't done a whole lot on here... I can't imagine it's too difficult to start a group, though? I think it's a great idea, and would love to be part of that.
At 10:17pm on December 1, 2008, Ben said…
I'm actually living in Elma right now, which is close enough. I grew up in Adna and went to Chehalis schools though. Winlock is a nice enough place as I recall - I remember something about a big egg...We played soccer there from time to time. You're not originally from around here are you?
At 8:00am on December 1, 2008, DaVinci said…
Congrats, and welcome to the Nexus!
At 11:24pm on November 30, 2008, Nate said…
Cool story, Michelle. Congrats on your "awakening".
At 5:05pm on November 30, 2008, Snakeophelia said…
Congratulations on your bravery and openness. Good luck with everything!
At 2:13pm on November 30, 2008, Michelle said…
Ah, I removed my name right away, but I understand your concern. I don't think my mom even realizes that I'm officially out of the book, meaning I'm not technically sealed to them anymore. I'll keep that on the down-low.

I had to laugh at your "over the hill" at 25 comment. I'll be 27 soon, and am not even married, yet! Of course, I'm hopeless, anyway, lol. My SO and I have been living together for about 15 months, now, and my mom justifies it in her mind by convincing herself that it's *like* we're married, anyway.

Thankfully, I left long before I met this guy, so the family really loves him. They don't view him as pulling me away from the church, since I was already far gone.

I'm enjoying learning more about you through your blog. Looks like life is good!
At 1:32pm on November 30, 2008, RogAgainst said…
Unfortunately i live in seattle, where they tend to not care as much, i guess except for the discovery institute people. haha.
Don't lose hope though, i grew up in a small town in alabama, and THAT was hell. :-)
At 10:40am on November 30, 2008, Daniel W said…
Hi Michelle,

Thanks for the invite.

It takes courage to look life in the face and realize that you have insights that the people around you don't express. I hope that you feel a sense of pride for making up your own mind and starting on your own path to understanding. There are probably other people around you who have doubts, but don't admit it even to themselves. They can't since that is the only life that they know.
At 8:44am on November 30, 2008, Michelle said…
Hooray! I love meeting ex-mormons! No one else in the world quite gets us :-) My parents are pretty cool about things (in fact, I think my dad might sometimes wish he could be me). It's my sister that's the real sticker. She's one of those holier-than-thou, returned missionary, never leaving Provo kind of people.

Do you have kids? My SO and I are thinking about starting the family in a couple of years... and I'm wondering how tricky it might be to navigate that in regard to grandparents, cousins, holidays, etc.

Thanks for the friend request!
At 10:36pm on November 29, 2008, Perry said…
Hi Michelle,
Living in Canada (a more secular place), I never feel alone or out of place even when I am surrounded by believers. Athiests and agnostics seem to be more accepted here even in rural areas populated by theists. Hope they dont alienate you for your non belief. Good luck - Perry

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