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Lived in Northern Ireland until I was 26. Brought up Presbyterian, but parents were quite liberal and church-going intermittent. Church was OK; Sunday School was awful. After a short period of mental agony in my teens, decided the whole scene was not for me. Spent three years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then came to live permanently in Australia. Married to an Australian; two adult children.

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How many republican atheists/agnostics are members of this website?
Coffeo comments on Feb 17, 2018:
I have to say YES to both. I'm a republican, because I think the Queen has been Head of State for long enough. We need an Australian President. But also, I'm not affiliated with any political party. Oh wait, were you talking about US politics?
So I posted something earlier that I took down because my intentions were being misunderstood. I ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 17, 2018:
I don't use it as a dating site (wife wouldn't approve), but I don't even have the impression that it's the main purpose of the site — at least not since I joined. (I'm not meaning to imply any causal relationship there :# ).
Do you realize if you are an atheist, in the Christian world you are going to hell? As a matter how ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 17, 2018:
Not all Christians are like this. I went to a Methodist school, and we were taught about other religions. That chaplain said that they weren't really all that different from us and yes, of course they would go to heaven (or whatever their belief prescribed) if they had faith. It still left the atheists out in the cold (or fiery pit) though.
KIC 8462852...g:8 [youtube.com]
Coffeo comments on Feb 17, 2018:
This, and other recent posts in the same vein, are very interesting. I find myself irritated by the use of the phase "we can't explain". Just because something hasn't been explained _yet_, or is not yet fully understood, doesn't mean we _can't_ explain it. I would much prefer it if they used the phrase "we haven't yet explained".
With the way this world is going, we need EVERYONE
Coffeo comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Well, there are some we are NEVER going to get.
I see posts often enough here which criticize the chump for what is obvious hypocrisy concerning ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 16, 2018:
I'm seeing this in _Silly, Random & Fun_. Is that deliberate?
Anyone on this site being paid by Russia?
Coffeo comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Payments unaccountably delayed.
UFO Turns Up In British Museum!!!... [livescience.com]
Coffeo comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Just to be clear, the London Science Museum is _a_ British museum, but it is not The British Museum. Strange story!
I'd like throw down a new challenge
Coffeo comments on Feb 16, 2018:
There once was a man who said "God Is really a terrible fraud. He says what he'll do Is look after you, But he's not worth two peas in a pod."
Memories
Coffeo comments on Feb 16, 2018:
Too many! Here are some (I lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland): Sometime before my third birthday — walking with my mother beside the railway line hoping (and yet slightly frightened) that a train (steam back then) would come rushing by, really close. Holidays in a little cottage near the beach — water from the pump in the back garden; rockpools; making tranches and canals in the hard damp sand; the mournful foghorn sounding on foggy mornings; riding on a cushion fastened to the bar of my dad's bike; walking to the village for eggs, milk and other provisions; a crackly radio that ran off a very large battery; hurricane lamps and a Primus stove. Another holiday (age 7) also near the sea, but with walks across fields of bracken and sheep to a shoreline with rocky beaches and secluded coves (smugglers?!); also a sandy beach slightly farther away from where you could watch passenger ferries coming to and from Scotland. Age 8 — a trip to London! Overnight on the ferry to England then a long thrilling ride in a steam train to the capital with its underground railways ('the tube' ); parks where you could feed sparrows and pigeons; river cruises and a terrific fairground left over from the previous year's Festival of Britain. My childhood wasn't completely carefree but I had some great times!
It appears I'm the slacker of the group. My college is sparse & sporadic, so little formal ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 15, 2018:
I'm pretty much a lay person myself once again, having retired more than a decade ago, and not following the specialist literature. It's lay reading for me now. _New Scientist_ is very good, and the online _Quanta_ magazine. Some of the Ted talks, too.
Father/Son Ritual (for women & men to answer) I have observed a male-centered "ritual" (for want ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 15, 2018:
I might have had the hair ruffling thing _very_ occasionally, and only from one particular uncle. None of the other stuff. I could have done without the hair ruffling but it didn't bother me much. I was brought up in Northern Ireland.
My story is, for the most part, "based" on a true story. After all, I am merely a figment of my own ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 15, 2018:
Yes, I imagine you are.
Difference between Dogs and Cats.
Coffeo comments on Feb 14, 2018:
True! We are owned by two cats.
Are you afraid of heights?
Coffeo comments on Feb 14, 2018:
I'm happy to look out of aircraft, or over cliffs if there's a sturdy railing or balustrade. Otherwise _yes_ I am.
Hello all, glad to find some scientists in the community. I am a retired Aerospace Engineering ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 14, 2018:
I think many scientists love music. I don't know how many make a career out of it, but the astrophysicist Brian May of Queen comes to mind.
Fallacy of False Equivalence
Coffeo comments on Feb 12, 2018:
Is this Joe G. ?
Whoa! Slow Down... [youtube.com]
Coffeo comments on Feb 12, 2018:
This is very entertaining, if not exactly of pressing importance! But she implied that Mercury is tidally locked with one side always facing the sun. It has been known since the 1960s that its tidal lock is in a 3:2 spin orbit resonance. It doesn't always have one side facing the sun.
How interesting is this website?
Coffeo comments on Feb 11, 2018:
I've found a lot of interesting stuff here. Do _you_ find it interesting @Beautie0000 ?
Question for former believers
Coffeo comments on Feb 11, 2018:
I was probably atheist or at the very least agnostic before I even realized that there were other non-believers. Discovering that was a relief, for sure! My mother always hoped I would "come back" some day. My father expressed no views about religion, although he went to church sometimes and enjoyed singing the bass part in hymns even though he wasn't in the choir. It wasn't until _much_ later that I began to think he might be a closet non-believer. He couldn't sing in the choir because he wouldn't take communion. Why would he not? He expressed no opinion when I stopped supporting the church. It didn't matter to him? I didn't want to ask; religion was something he never discussed. Anyway, after few months of trying hard to believe, I gave up, and yes, that was a relief.
What’s your “guilty pleasure” song?
Coffeo comments on Feb 9, 2018:
_Déranger Les Pierres_ (for example) by Carla Bruni. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7PX3E_-rwk=PL5nl_yZZGb9nqd73iuwAQk7h3Vj5j3Gex=26 Possibly not the most accomplished female singer. but golly, so sexy! (Which is why I think it fits here.)
Hello everyone. Darwin Day is close. What do you think about evolution?
Coffeo comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Good idea. Let's do it.
Gymnast Who Exposed Larry Nassar Says Church Isn’t Safe for Assault Victims February 4, 2018 by ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Is it even possible for a repeat offender to "truly repent" on every occasion?
The World's Newest Major Religion: No Religion
Coffeo comments on Feb 8, 2018:
I like this meowry.
If you met god after you died, what would you tell him?
Coffeo comments on Feb 8, 2018:
You don't really play fair, do you?
blocking a god believer? I came into this community for free enjoyable exchanges with reasonable ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 8, 2018:
Someone would have to be very persistently annoying for me to block them. It hasn't happened yet. I'm normally quite capable of simply ignoring posts that I dislike.
Rev barbour
Coffeo comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Here in Australia there is a wonderful Anglican priest called Rod Bower. https://www.facebook.com/anggos/ He always speaks out for fairness and is sometimes quite a thorn in our current very conservative government's side. I wish all Christians were like him.
'Not the Nine O'clock News' was a mostly satirical sketch show that aired in the UK in the early ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Some things don't change much.
I have a question for both believers and unbelievers. If God Himself appeared to you and told you ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 7, 2018:
Is this apparition saying "I do not exist" or "God does not exist"?
Has anyone else seen and understands the double slit experiment?
Coffeo comments on Feb 7, 2018:
There is a lot of difficult and surprising stuff in quantum theory. The double slit experiment is a good introduction to it.
I'll never forget watching three Apollo rockets launching from across the schoolyard when I was kid ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I was so fortunate to be able to witness the launch of Apollo 16. You could never ever capture that awesome sound from watching TV.
Do you have any bumper stickers on your car? If so, what do they say? I have 3: Eve was framed ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 7, 2018:
I used to have one that said ESCHEW OBFUSCATION.
What are your thoughts on the multi-verse theory?
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
Multiverse can't easily be ruled out, but my gut feeling tells me it's not the right answer, even though it does solve certain problems. It's going to be tricky to verify one way or the other.
Have you ever thought about or written your own eulogy as a motivational exercise?
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
I did so as part of a human relations exercise when I was in my early 30s and still unmarried. Now I'm 74 and it makes very strange reading. I've never shown it to anyone, either then or since.
Just curious about political affiliation.
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
No affiliation, but the older I get, the farther left I go.
Ok, so this is based on a movie plot, not an original idea (for those who care the movie is ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
Gee, that's a good question! I'll have to wait and see...
Exocomets... [livescience.com]
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
I am always impressed by the extraordinary precision with which astronomical measurements can be made these days.
How many of you prefer the beach at night over the beach during the day? Personally I prefer the ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
Any time when there aren't too many people around. Even in the rain, if I'm wearing appropriate clothing.
People that don't believe in God... why do some of them believe in ghosts or supernatural?
Coffeo comments on Feb 6, 2018:
While I don't believe in any of the above, I don't see why believing in the supernatural would necessarily imply a belief in God.
Many years ago a wonderful health practitioner I frequented said something that I didn't understand ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Did he elaborate? Suggest anything that could be done about it?
Evolution is not just a theory, sad to say even on this site where I thought we all understood ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
It is a theory. It is a very good theory.
What is your favorite Star Wars movie?
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
Haven't watched any.
Is free will real or just an illusion?
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
This is a really difficult question that I've thought about many times, without reaching a conclusion. I think free will exists, but can't quite see how.
Am I the only person who cares nothing for football?
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I've been to one American football game and one Australian Rules football game. Both in the 1970s, and each time with someone who knew what was going on and could explain stuff. Since then — nothing. I can only remember the name of one footballer, and that's because his dad has the same name and they both played so the name has been around for a long time (Gary Ablett, for Aussie rules fans). Don't know any others. I knew the Patriots were playing in the Superbowl because a long time ago I lived in Massachusetts. Didn't know who they were playing, though.
How Many Citizens Do You Have On Block?
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I hope I never have to block anyone. Never have on FB either.
Atheist. Various posts here have got my mind bubbling, which usually ends up with really dumb ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I think I'm likely to remain an atheist until I die. But you never know...
What was your favorite toy growing up?
Coffeo comments on Feb 5, 2018:
I had a terrific Meccano set: built lots of cranes and bridges and so on. But It wasn't a toy, really, and I never liked anyone referring to it as such. I think it is a great pity such things aren't available now.
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles!
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I agree! (What have they done?)
Washington DC is known as the chocolate city, Portland Oregon is known as the Rose City, what about ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Most liveable city in the world for the 7th year running, according to _The Economist_.
What are your thoughts about women changing their last name after marriage? I am not fan of change ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I was married in 1978 and my wife changed her name more or less as a matter of course. My son was married last year, and I was pleased and mildly surprised that his wife changed her name. I don't know if she thought about it much; her two older sisters had changed theirs, too. I also suspect that she liked her new name better. :-)
Being Completely Honest, Is There A Bible Or Cross Anywhere In Your Home Right Now?
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I think there might be a New Testament in modern English around somewhere. And actually we have, now I think of it, quite a stunning piece of religious artwork, depicting Christ on the cross flanked by two thieves. This is a masterpiece of marquetry, but it is tucked away in a wardrobe (it used to hang in my wife's parents' home). I admire the craftsmanship but detest the symbolism. I don't think my wife really wants to look at it, either.
Should I go Vegan?
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
First, I am not vegan and not, at my age, likely to change: I'm too set in my ways. But there are some good reasons for going vegan, and ultimately humans will _have to_ reduce their dependence on meat-eating. But if you're going vegan, you must be very careful to maintain a good balance. There is an excellent article about this in a recent issue of _New Scientist_ (January 27), but I'm not sure if it's available online to non-subscribers. And if you are going vegan, don't try to force it on your carnivorous pets, especially cats.
Isn't this how we have all felt at one time or another?
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Hasn't happened to me. Must have been lucky, I suppose.
I'm a big fan of Jimmy Carr (a U.K. comedian and T.V. host). But I think of all his stand-ups and ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
I hadn't heard of Sean Lock but his style of HUMOUR had me absolutely in stitches. Very very English and utterly hilarious. Will find more.. Thank you!
Skeptic.com
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Yes, a very good website. I should visit more often.
Religiousity in Music
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
There's is a lot of (mainly classical) sacred music that I enjoy listening to. The Fauré Requiem and others, lots of a capella choral music especially in the Anglican (think King's College) tradition. They don't inspire any religious feeling in me; it's just great music.
For the writers. How much religion has found its way into your work?
Coffeo comments on Feb 4, 2018:
Some of the minor characters in my barely-published novel are religious. The main ones aren't.
If you ever attended church, did you ever pay tithe?
Coffeo comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Certainly not. 10% is a ridiculous amount. In the church that I attended with my parents, you simply placed a numbered envelope (or cash, if you were not on their books) in the plate. But the quarterly magazine listed donors at the back, except for those requesting anonymity. My parents chose anonymity for themselves and me. We lived in the first street of the parish, and were the first house with occupants that attended that church, so we were given the numbers 1, 2 and 3 so that no one would know who we were. Except nearly anybody who knew where we lived, of course.
National Secular Lobby - Australia -Other thoughts
Coffeo comments on Feb 3, 2018:
I doubt it would have been 100% back then. The problem is too many religious folk find ways to wriggle around it, or even ignore it altogether.
I have seen Washington DC, Walked on its streets, sure it's an enormous city but Portland OR is now ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 3, 2018:
Maybe the aircraft have different descent speeds? Just a thought...
If you are into physics and had the chance to learn about the double slit experiment. And as you ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 3, 2018:
I've often wondered about the observer. What if the result of the experiment is observed by a dog, or a baby? Does the wave function "collapse" then? I think Relational Quantum Mechanics (RQM) may provide some answers here. The observer is _part of the system_. A different observer is part of a _different system_. It seems to solve a lot of problems. What I have to do now is to try to understand it. :#
How many places have you lived?
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
26 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland 3 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts 45 years in Melbourne, Australia That's it, folks!
A very nice car Too many backseat drivers Is the main drawback
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
Parking issues?
Satellite News... [youtube.com]
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
She talks fast but she doesn't beat about the bush. Quite a good presentation!
Do you remember your dreams?
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
When I was much younger (teens) I sometimes remembered dreams in a huge amount of detail, and sometimes wrote them out along with sketches, diagrams and maps. I still have many of these early notes. Sadly, these days I remember very little of my dreams, although kissing Elizabeth Taylor twice remains fairly vivid.
It's good to have an ignore feature, so that if you don't want to read somebody's posts, you can ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
'Rational faith' seems to me like an oxymoron.
Is it okay to be an agnostic on a site called agnostic.com?
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
I'm agnostic, so I don't know.
What countries have you visited, or would like to visit?
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
_Lived in:_ UK, USA, Australia. _Visited:_ Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland (far north, one night only), Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, New Caledonia. _Would really like to visit:_ Spain.
Are You Brave Enough To Share A Photo From Your Childhood?
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
This is quite hard because I have hundreds to choose from. Anyway, here's me with my parents in 1952 (I was eight).
Have always wondered....
Coffeo comments on Feb 2, 2018:
And so the child would be part of someone else's experiment, and so on. As Stephen Hawking calls it "turtles all the way down".
What movie can you watch over and over?
Coffeo comments on Feb 1, 2018:
_Slaughterhouse-Five_, a 1972 movie based on Kurt Vonnegut's book of the same name. Vonnegut said of the movie: "I love George Roy Hill and Universal Pictures, who made a flawless translation of my novel Slaughterhouse-Five to the silver screen ... I drool and cackle every time I watch that film, because it is so harmonious with what I felt when I wrote the book."
Who's your Hollywood Icon or pin up?
Coffeo comments on Feb 1, 2018:
I'm sure I'd have one if I could remember the names of any.
Have you ever found yourself embarrassed after asking a question that didn’t quite come out the ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 1, 2018:
This is the Blue Lake in Mount Gambier, which has this vivid colour during the summer months. An attractive woman in our group asked what made it so blue. I replied that it was because of an orgasm in the water.
I know there is some debate about the existence of climate change, however, here in little NZ the ...
Coffeo comments on Feb 1, 2018:
The evidence for climate change is massive. The case for anthropgenic climate change is perhaps harder to make convincingly, but the evidence for it is building all the time. I have suspected both for decades.
Favorite early SF/Fantasy Book
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I remember reading a book by a Welsh author about a sort of doomsday toxic vapor-thing that turned everything to dust and there was only one material that would keep it out. Thing is, I don't remember the title or author. I'd like to find it again; I'd probably regard it now as complete rubbish, though.
Have you ever burned a bible?
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Not allowed to burn rubbish in our suburb.
What’s a petty reason you won’t date a man/woman?
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Would annoy my wife.
Hubble Spotted Something Massive Coming Out Of Uranus | Sci-Tech Universe
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Is there a ring of debris around Uranus?
How can people think that the earth is flat?
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
It's weird, isn't it? Why don't they get on the phone to someone in a different time zone and watch the sunset together? Why don't they go on a round-the-world trip (some of them could definitely afford it)? Why didn't they watch the lunar eclipse we just had? Why don't they show us the edge?
Super Blue Blood Moon (Great band name!! Or EMO song!)... [space.com]
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I got out of bed at midnight to see it soon after it entered totality (11.51 pm here). I was glad I saw it, but also glad I didn't have to go beyond my front porch. It wasn't all _that_ spectacular.
Do you take your cookies apart?
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Yes, with my teeth. Makes them easier to swallow.
Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
I like Quanta Magazine. This is an interesting article: thanks for sharing!
Did science help you realize there is no god?
Coffeo comments on Jan 31, 2018:
Yes, Fred Hoyle's _The Nature of the Universe_, which I read in the 1950s, was a strong influence.
Scientist announces a laser so powerful it can tear empty space
Coffeo comments on Jan 30, 2018:
The first thing to note is that this is a very _powerful_ laser, but not a high-energy one. There are a lot more lasers around that could do much more damage than this one. The pulse is so short that you could fit more of these pulses into a minute than there have been minutes since the Big Bang (assuming there was such a thing). So it's hard for me to see a military use for this (but I don't mind betting somebody will). It will certainly open up some new physics, if it works. The article speaks of creating particles out of 'thin air'. This is an unfortunate expression since it suggests that air is involved. These particles would be formed in a hard vacuum, which is a whole lot 'thinner' than air. [I am a retired physicist with a good deal of experience with lasers, albeit of a much more mundane sort than this.]
Jerusalem expert slams Pence for treating his city like an 'end-of-days Biblical theme park'
Coffeo comments on Jan 30, 2018:
God help us all (figure of speech, of course :-) ) if he ever steps into Trump's shoes.
Had a conversation today with someone who asked if the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter was ...
Coffeo comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Given that the serpent got a pretty bad rap in Eden, is it not surprising that a pair got included in the Ark? (Well, they're around today...)
Do you openly tell your co-workers you're non-religious?
Coffeo comments on Jan 29, 2018:
Well, I'm retired, so I don't have co-workers any more. But when I did, we didn't talk about religion. I had one co-worker who was in the Salvation Army, but he never talked about that, either. As for the others, I have no idea.
How long have you been nonreligious (if agnostic, atheist, secular, etc.)?
Coffeo comments on Jan 29, 2018:
A fairly gradual process for me, but fist serious doubts around 12 years of age.
What kind of laugh do you have?
Coffeo comments on Jan 29, 2018:
At least, I think I chortle. My wife might describe it differenly :-) I have to be very careful about laughing out loud too much, because it makes me cough uncontrollably. (And yes, I have seen doctors and a respiratory physician and I've had scans and tubes stuck down my throat and they found nothing amiss.)
Have you ever dreamed you were reading something?
Coffeo comments on Jan 28, 2018:
No, but I often dream that I'm studying _maps_.
How many of your friends know you are atheist or agnostic?
Coffeo comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I can't answer this poll because my answer isn't there. My answer would be 'hardly any', but it's got nothing to do with my closet door. It's because the subject of religion doesn't usually come up in conversations. We don't pry into others' beliefs.
What color (colour) are you?
Coffeo comments on Jan 28, 2018:
The blue in this photo (north coast of Tasmania).
Tell me something random about you...
Coffeo comments on Jan 28, 2018:
I wrote a novel that almost got accepted by a local publisher. Then another publisher advised me to split it into two, which I did, against my better judgement. But then they still didn't want it, so I published it using the web publisher Lulu. I actually sold two e-book copies and one paperback to person or persons unknown, and got the (not exactly massive) royalties.
Good morning everyone! So a friend of mine responded to a pastors video about a black man asking if...
Coffeo comments on Jan 28, 2018:
Now that the meaning of "smh" has been revealed, just whose head was the woman shaking?
So this is real? Finally a group of my people?
Coffeo comments on Jan 27, 2018:
I had to Google Tom Brady. When I lived in Boston the Patriots' quarterback was Jim Plunkett. That's going back a bit!
Intelligent Design. ( not the religious concept). Try and imagine a world without religion. ...
Coffeo comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Sounds good, but getting rid of religion would not get rid of self-interest, competition and greed.
To those who were raised in a religious household, what made you abandon your family's beliefs?
Coffeo comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Between the ages of 3 and 12 I lived in a household that consisted only of me, my parents, and my father's aunt (I have no siblings). My parents were church-goers, but (luckily for me) far from fanatical: they went once or twice a month (taking me with them, of course). Only my great-aunt was insufferably religious, but not in an evangelical way, more in a strict Presbyterian sort of way — no games, whistling or excessive noise allowed on Sundays, for instance. I think it was she who started me thinking this whole religion thing wasn't all that great. Then there was Sunday school, which I utterly disliked. It was on Sunday afternoon, so if it was one of those Sundays that I'd been to church in the morning, I'd lost pretty much the whole day. And it involved learning by heart some bible verses and bits of the shorter catechism, which made even less sense than the bible. My great-aunt died when I was 12. I think by that time I was well on the way to being an atheist, and when I found out that Sunday school, unlike day school, wasn't actually compulsory, I simply stopped going. Church itself I didn't mind so much, and I can even remember one sunny, frosty Christmas morning that I practically dragged my parents there. But I was already on what my mother would have seen as the slippery slope away from faith. After a number of months of futile attempts at prayer, following the guide at the back of my hymn-book, and after reading Fred Hoyle's _The Nature of the Universe_, I decided that Christianity was not for me. My mother was very unhappy about it, and always hoped I would 'return to the fold'. My father never expressed an opinion at any stage, as far as I can recall.
This picture is just for fun. I hope you enjoy it. :)
Coffeo comments on Jan 27, 2018:
Very impressive (now that we know what the hell it is).
Inside Flat Earth International Conference, where everyone believes Earth isn't round
Coffeo comments on Jan 26, 2018:
The visitor from New Zealand crossed many time zones. How does he/she explain that?
If you graduated college, did you feel lost and nervous, unsure of what your future would hold and ...
Coffeo comments on Jan 25, 2018:
Yes, I worried a lot, although it's a long time ago now. My first and second jobs were more or less handed to me, but they were both strictly temporary. My third job was a _much_ bigger hassle, because I did not want yet another temporary position. I found what I was after, but it meant moving to Australia. That made me anxious, but I've had no regrets.
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