We're not so bad here in Canada for the bybull-thumping, & even though I live in a small city with plenty of churches, we don't really see a lot of attendance. Most seem to keep to themselves, although we do get the morons & jws door-knocking, but only in fair weather. They get a bum's rush at my door!!!
This is my son after a cold spell & a 12' snow fall in the winter of '78.....we lived 3 hrs further north then, but we've never had it like this again.
We used to have temperatures in the -30*C to -40*C for 6-8 weeks every winter. Now if we get -30*C, it's for no more than a few days. This has caused problems with the pine beetle killing off our forestry as they have a natural anti-freeze which will kick in if we don't get the sudden temp drop to beat them to it. Global warming is no hoax as we see the change every damn year, & the ones who insist it is, are ignoring the obvious.
Yes, we got several inches of snow a week or so ago here in the middle of BC Canada. It's not that cold yet for here, but it's stayed just cold enough so it hasn't melted away. This is a bit early this year as it hasn't been snowing much until mid December. 30 years ago or so, snow by Halloween, or shortly after, was a given but global warming has changed things a lot. We've even had years where we didn't get snow until after the new year, although that's not common.
Yes Katherine, people here were protesting against having one of their silly South African pastors coming here to spread their crap. It's almost the same Pentecostal Christian idiocy I encountered in the early 80s with speaking in tongues, except with a little extra hype and voodoo like stuff added. It will blow over, as our population is better educated here, the South Africans are like US Bible belt citizens, poorly educated and irrational, it would take hold there, quicker than here in Australia.
You sound like a "tend"er hearted woman (yes, a pun). Sorry about your mother's death. I lost mine in '01 to cancer. Dad still alive at 95. Do your grandchildren live close by? Check out Silverthorn-farm.com for my daughter's vegetable farm operation. I post quite a bit on "Godless in the Garden".
Have you seen the ad on this site for "Christian Singles"? How dare they!!!!
Katherine (right? I forgot): Well, Owensboro is almost in Indiana. Never been there, but close--Evansville. I'm about 4 hours north, near Lafayette (Rossville). People around here are mildly religious. At least they're tolerant. I've never been spat upon or egged, despite my "I'm secular" poster in my road facing window. What else do you do besides tend your yard?
Thank you for your welcome:) oh i already like it here, how couldn't i, it's a home to my mind. Croatia is very religious country, so much that in Balkan area, croatian equals christian, you wouldn't believe how far does this go, and the funny thing is that by constitution we are in fact secular country.
So when you say that you are the only atheist you now, i find myself in a similar situation:)
Two weeks is a long time (for me) to be away from home. I could keep up with the news via TV--BBC and CNN. Plus, just about everybody had internet access on their smart phones. Actually, I wanted to "play dead" and not hear ANY news!