Melissa Mays
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Preparation for an Ineluctable "God Talk"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Mays Sep 2, 2012. 16 Replies

This Friday, I'll venture off into the mountains with my mother-in-law, 2 sister-in-laws, and a grandmother-in-law for a fun filled weekend cottage getaway. I love them all very much and genuinely…Continue

Veda (My 4 Yr Old) Loves the Hell Out of God Questions Lately

Started Jul 15, 2012 0 Replies

Earlier, she went a little too quiet for a little too long. All parents know this is somewhat suspect.. so... I set out to find my mischievous child. She was sitting, wide-eyed, in the hallway and…Continue

People of Faith Who, Although Genuinely Acting Out of Loving Kindness, Still Perpetuate the Ills of God's Influence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hygeia Halfmoon Jun 25, 2012. 10 Replies

Reading the paper this morning, I came across a morsel of local news that embodies one of the lesser contemplated ills of a god-driven society. In a nutsell, a commercial satellite dish van and a…Continue

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I was born and raised in the bible thumping, holy rolling south and am now raising my daughter here too. I've never cared for the flavor of the christian koolaid. I'm drawn to Buddhism and have found that the intellectual aspects of atheism coalesce rather well with the teachings; one isn't required to sacrifice knowledge for blind faith. "Teach your child two things - teach him to be honest and to question." -Ajahn Brahm
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I feel a sense of commonality.. and maybe even a smidgen of vindication.. to be among others who share my dismay over the sheer idiocy of the pious majority.
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Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
..never quite managed to 'get my jesus on' when I was a kid.. just didn't make sense.. and I had no use for such things.
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Please, No Asshole Replies.. I Just... Need Help Here

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 11:48pm 12 Comments

..ok, so its suddenly dawned on me that my 5 yr old daughter, veda, has sidled into a rather unnervingly consistant routine of attending sunday evening services with her gram cracker (my mother in law) every sunday, followed by mexican for dinner and sonic drive-thru dessert. I let her go for 2 good reasons and 1 fairly bad one. If you're a tired mama, you'll understand the latter and if not, I'll ask you to just overlook it entirely and move right along to the good reasons. 1] Veda and I…


Praying for a Mourning Mama Is Like Pissing in the Wind

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:50pm 3 Comments

My twin sister lost her baby; Friday night: she suffered a late term miscarriage.  I received the gut wrenching, 'something is wrong, I'm hurting" call at about 3:30 a.m. and so I met her at the hospital, where they were expecting her (as I'd called ahead). She was admitted, hooked up to a monitor, and (big sigh of relief) there was a heartbeat. We enjoyed approximately 20 minutes of blissful peace of mind before, lo and behold, her water broke. Ultimately, there IS no recourse after this.…


God Killed My Mother-in-Law (Figuratively, but Still...)

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:30am 0 Comments

My mother-in-law has, once again, hopped on the religious roller coaster and has been re-rebaptised. When my husband was very small, she and his father answered god's calling and flew to Haiti to serve as missionaries for several months. My husband can recall forgetting what his parents looked like. Fast forward a couple of years: he can then recall their drunken, happy faces, white lines on dinner plates, and home-made honey bear bongs. Fast forward a few years after THAT: she's armed with…


Loose Reverie: I Will Never Be a Believer

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

My earliest memory of church is not a terrible one, necessarily, as there was no physical or sexual abuse, no momentous 'aha!' moment.. no bells and whistles.. nothing worthy of a book writing.. but rather a simple question, on my part, whilst gluing a little paper 'Noah' to a small lunch bag, and the unsavory answer I was given. "Why were there no dinosaurs on the ark?", I'd asked.…


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At 8:27pm on September 10, 2013, Glen L said…

Pictures great.  Love the one about the penis and co pilot.

Glen from Knoxville, TN


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