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Colleen's Discussions

Holidays with the "In-Laws"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ellijayjoe Nov 14, 2012. 15 Replies

Hi all,I know christmas 2012 is a ways off, but I'm already thinking about some issues that might arise and how to deal with it.Background Info: My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years, and…Continue

Avoiding the Label

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colleen Feb 4, 2012. 4 Replies

I've run into this disagreement with my boyfriend several times throughout the four years that we've been together. So here goes:For all intents and purposes, he is an atheist.  To me, all this means…Continue

Addiction

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Jan 4, 2012. 18 Replies

I searched to see if this was posted previously, but I didn't quite find what I was looking for - so here I go:My youngest brother is a drug addict.  Coping not only with his behavior, but some of…Continue

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Colleen commented on Monica McGee (Monicks)'s blog post 'Is Free Thinking A Mental Illness?'
"Okay...Erock said it well...ODD is not just for those who "go against the grain."  The DSM has very specific criteria and technical definitions, looking for patterns of behavior over time.  You can't just read it and go…"
Aug 2
Colleen replied to Ari's discussion 'Is Anything Worth Saying Anymore?'
"In a moment, one voice can be ignored, but with time one voice can create a ripple.  We live in a world of immediate gratification.  We think that if we want something to happen, it should be within a matter of seconds.  Social change…"
Aug 2
Colleen replied to Unseen's discussion 'A little story of how helping people hurts them. Especially if you are a white girl.'
"Agreed. I believe the article is saying that sometimes helping is really just stroking your own ego and hindering the growth of those you claim to help, BUT that doesn't mean that all forms of helping are bad. I'm with Belle on your whole…"
Aug 2
Colleen replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Supreme Court: religious corporations may restrict women's reproductive health care'
Jul 4
Colleen replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Supreme Court: religious corporations may restrict women's reproductive health care'
"I've sadly come to expect that old, conservative men in politics will make decisions that discriminate against women. And in fact, they often do this in the name of protecting our right to religious freedom. What scares me the most though is…"
Jul 2
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Wedding

" Get a room already !, Congrats to both of you...."
May 7
Colleen posted photos
May 7
Colleen posted a status
""Two imperfect people got married and it was that promise that made the marriage." Everyone loved our universal, secular ceremony! Cheers!"
Apr 27
Colleen liked Sankev's photo
Apr 6
Colleen liked Marc Poulin's discussion Your epitath
Apr 3
Colleen replied to EMil Wentzel's discussion 'How do you grieve?'
"I'm basically a big blubbering mess at funerals, even if I didn't know the deceased.  The loss of a loved one is a big deal, and the empathy can overcome me at times.  To understand this and how I grieve, you probably have to…"
Apr 3
Colleen posted a status
"Love it when I read an article only to find their one reputable source actually says the exact opposite. They make this too easy :)"
Apr 3
Colleen replied to Nicolas Gauvin's discussion 'Foreign languages'
"I studied French in high school and at university (total of 6 years of coursework).  I also spent a year abroad in France.  I do not feel that I really spoke it well until I went to France and had to use it and understand it every day, but…"
Mar 29
Colleen replied to K Parnell's discussion 'My Double-Identity, Being of Color and An Atheist'
"First, I'm so sorry to hear that you mother is gone.  It sounds like she was a wonderful support and model of love in your life. But I feel once I cross this fence, I will become fearless in speaking about anything. I can finally be…"
Mar 21
Colleen replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Hey world: Is belief in God essential to morality?'
"Hmmm, I wonder if GDP isn't quite the right measure for this question.  While the US may have the highest GDP, we also have an embarrassingly high rate of poverty when compared with other wealthy…"
Mar 21
Colleen replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'In Loving Memory of our friend, Suzanne Olsen-Hyde'
"Sorry to hear of the news.  My condolences to Greg, friends, and family.  Looks like she will be missed far and wide."
Mar 21

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
I'm an atheist, and my family and friends have known this about me since 2004. I actively assert that atheism is not a religion (even though you can often pick it as a religion in drop down menus), but rather a general term to describe people who lack a belief in a magical god or higher power. I do my best to lead by example to show those around me that an atheist is not a evil person that should be feared or put down.
Age
31-35
Relationship Status
Married
Why are you here?
Hoping to find more atheists who don't find anger, pointing fingers, and calling names to be valid forms of communication with theists.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
I wouldn't call it my religion, more the religion of my family. I no longer follow this religion for a variety of reasons. I struggled with several contradictions early on. I was taught that Catholics were right and everyone else was wrong, and I simply couldn't see this or live this in my relationships with my friends. I also remember getting very angry in the face of open and accepted discrimination (I first understood this on the issues of women's rights and the treatment of children). In college, my eyes were opened and my fears allayed. Once I realized that a lack of belief in god didn't automatically make me a bad person, the transition was easy. Ultimately, I now find that life and love are beautiful. I think that we're all more alike than we realize, and I refuse to find more ways to divide myself from others.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
No

Unrelated, but I love cooking and dining and I just started a blog if you care to check it out: http://csquaredculinaryadventures.wordpress.com

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My Dad

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:07pm 0 Comments

Today I ran a half marathon.  When I crossed the finish line, I saw my dad running to me.  His arms were wide open and he had the biggest smile on his face.  These are the memories of my dad that I love.  I've run races before and in less time, but he couldn't be there.  I think, for him, having the time to see his kids meeting goals in life is precious and thrilling.  He, of course, calls these moments, "gifts from god," but I don't care what he calls it, so long as he is there and…

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What is Atheism Anyway?

Posted on March 31, 2012 at 10:27am 1 Comment

There's a lot of words and ideas that people associate with atheism, and most of us have encountered these opinions at one time or another (directly or indirectly). A while back, I encountered a post on facebook by a priest (well a guy who I dated briefly in high school and is now a priest) that purported to know what atheism is. His post was no doubt a response to some of the more vocal members of the atheist community and it was riddled with anecdotes and fallacies.

He claimed that…

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At 9:44pm on February 2, 2014, Adam said…

Colleen Im soo sorry! I didnt even see you messaged me. I have soo busy, I work 17 hours a day, about 80 hours a week, that I have no time. I have been in some hard core training. How have you been? Did the wedding already happen? Tell me all about it

At 8:59pm on November 1, 2013, Adam said…

No problem, Im doing well, hope you are too.

At 10:02pm on November 20, 2012, Adam said…

Hey no problem. Hope you had fun wine tasting.

At 5:14pm on October 18, 2012, Hathal Alqassab said…

Thanks for accepting my add.

At 5:13pm on February 13, 2012, ichbindaswortistich said…

Any advances with respect to your partner, his atheism, and the in-laws yet?

At 11:28am on December 23, 2011, Edward Regis Condon said…

Hi Colleen-  I just read your coming out story and it's a very brave story.  congratulations on getting to where you are on your own.  not an easy thing to do :-)

anyway, I can relate to what you said about finding people without anger..it's definitely one of my goals too.

Keep writing....it's really good stuff!

-Ed

At 10:13am on December 17, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Colleen!

 
 
 

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