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Happy to be part of your secular space.

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I grew up surrounded by religion, so it doesn't really bother me to have it here on SP, but I sure do like it better in secular spaces. Thanks for being here, team!

I'm an atheist/humanist and ex-fundamentalist (raised Catholic / went Baptist, then Adventist).

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Hi All!

I too am glad you're here.

I was raised by an atheist father and a Christian mother. We moved a lot when I was a kid. Mom, my brother and I attended church if there was one not too far away that was either non-denominational or one Mom grew up with such as Methodist or Church of Christ. If there wasn't one handy, we didn't go. Mom's faith in God, however, was and is important to her. I attended Sunday School maybe half my childhood until teen years, enjoyed earning rewards for memorizing verses, and was told by the church people I'd been "saved." When older, I questioned things. Those well-schooled in their faiths had no answers for me other than "because that's what the Bible says" or "that's the way it's always been done." That doesn't work for me.

I read some years ago a study by a biologist who claimed we're hard-wired for religion. Maybe. Brain scans show that even thinking the word "God" changes the appearance of the scan. In my search for something that makes sense I read books about the world's major religions hoping to find a good fit. I spent some years studying and practicing in the pagan, Wiccan veins and still feel a fondness for them probably because of the nature aspect and inclusion of the feminine. I've attended various churches with friends of Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Lutheran, Calvary Baptist denominations. I liked the joy expressed by the Baptist Church choir, and the way the AOG members embrace their practice (I admire their belief in spiritual healing too, but it saddened me to see them sobbing as they begged forgiveness for being human). I occasionally attended a Unity Church in the city we used to live in. I didn't mind that one. They welcomed guests of differing faiths and practice (e.g., pagans, Sufis), demonstrated tolerance, and don't believe in original sin. The atmosphere was relaxed and common-sensical. We held hands and sang songs like Let There Be Peace on Earth. I could do that. It was a nice community to belong to.

Still, nothing in any church I attended explained to me how people's lives play out regardless of how they live, why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad. My sister-in-law says she thinks of God as loving parents who do their best to guide and always love their children but really have no power over them. That's not what I learned in church. What I learned is that God is Love, that God is vengeance, that God picks and chooses whom he helps and when at his whim, that God is contradictions and can't be relied on. The only thing that ever made sense to me is that if we are created in "His" image, that explains his behavior so similar to our own.

I believe that things are the way they are, that we can influence our fates to some degree, but the rest is the luck of the draw. I believe that science will someday explain what I call the Mysterious Forces of the Universe. Maybe that's what some mean by God. I love our earth, I love our universe. When I worship anything it is them. If they are God, then I'm a believer.

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OMG I am so happy a team like this exists!!! Hi guys :)

Em :)

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Don't let the Jeebus freaks on SP get you down. You can lose weight and improve your health without divine intervention.

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Hello Lisagraves! My only advice right now is to keep t it no matter what setbacks you have.

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Hello fellow liberal heathen hippies!!!! So glad I found you! New member here just started today... any advice???

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1/10/15 11:29 P

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We try to stay sane here too.
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Hey there, I've been going around the "trying to lose weight and stay sane" carousel for most of my life and also consistently rolling my eyes and swearing at the state of the way many things go on in our country and the rest of the world, so, hi!

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Happy you joined us.

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Hello Teammates!

Glad to have found this team. Hopefully we can get it to be more active.

I am one of the only people I know who was raised atheist (but culturally jewish...food, stuff like that) it goes back a couple generations when my non-Jewish grandmother married my Jewish grandfather and all &%#! broke loose!

I grew up in NYC. That along with the way I was raised did not really prepare me for people who cannot abide by my lack of religion.

I am a 52 year old PhD student and I have had a professor say " oh you just don't go to church but you believe in God right?" uhhh no. Then I hear "but you are spiritual right?" Not really sure what that one is supposed to mean.

Anyway I am on Sparkpeople trying to get in shape and feel healthier. My go to exercise and one of the loves of my life is also bicycling like GIRLIE_BIKE. I have a few bikes too but no mountain bike. Since it is cold outside (I live in Buffalo, NY) my bike is now on the trainer. I have started to "run" on the treadmill recently even though I have always said I wouldn't become a runner. Just seems like running burns more calories quicker and I want to get it over with quickly when I have to exercise inside!

Hope to get to know you and maybe we can help each other out!

Wow that was a long post! Sorry I can get wordy.

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Feel free to reach out to us for support. Unlike the "higher power" of the 12 step programs, we are real and we can relate to your struggles.
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Hello Everyone!
I joined SparkPeople in November, but am now trying to make it a more active part of my daily life.
I have issues with compulsive overeating and emotional eating, but can't hang with the peeps over in the Overeaters Anonymous group because the twelve steps seem to be a lot about god. As someone who has never been religious, I have a really hard time giving a god I don't believe in control over my life.
I'm hoping I can find the support that I need here.
Let's all make some great progress in 2015.

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I'm new to SP this week, and was glad to find this team. I'm not sure I fit the LAH label exactly, but I guess that depends on how you define the terms. I lean liberal politically. I'm agnostic about the supernatural, and ambivalent about religion. I worked in a health food co-op while in college, and I'm a big fan of nature and the Grateful Dead.

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Hi *waves*

I'm not technically new. I originally joined about 4 years ago and then life went crazy and I lost track of Sparkpeople. Well, I've returned and I'm looking to lose 75 pounds (my ticker says kilograms but it is irritatingly incorrect).

I was brought up Catholic-Pentecostal-Buddhist-New Age-Catholic. All involuntary. My mother has been on a spiritual, cosmic search forever and I was dragged along. The Buddhist thing was a surprise because I wasn't told until 6 months into it. The Pentecostal was the scariest because the church was populated by some feverishly and happily ignorant people. New Age was ok because I like minerals and I was fed hummus for the first time at a New Age gathering. Catholic x2 was the longest religious affiliation but it never stuck with me.

My theory of life is: be a good person, don't hang out with lousy people, believe in yourself but educate yourself as well, hug cats and dogs, and never be the worst or most negative person in the room.

My athletic poison of choice is the bicycle. I have two. One is a commuter bike to get around town. The other is a mountain bike for tearing up the trails! Except I don't tear up trails because I'm actually a chicken and long descents, uneven terrain, and the chance of racing into trees terrifies me. Instead, the mtn bike has been modified as a swift and light street bike. Ok, I switched out the knobby tires for slicker. Still, changes.

I'm glad to meet all of you.

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Welcome. Glad you found us.

Ann

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Hi! I've been on Spark for several years, but just recently found this team.

I'm not a hippie (well, maybe a bit earthy) but I am extremely liberal and I like the idea of a Jesus-free space. I am very bothered by the general assumption on Spark that we all must be Christians. I am especially annoyed by the months and months of Christmas-related threads.

I am a rational, educated person who understands science. I don't need a mythology to be a decent, moral person.

In real life, I tend to have a good tolerance for people who are religious for cultural reasons. I have lived in Latin America and the Middle East and I have lots of friends who are cultural Catholics and Muslims.

Sadly, I have VERY negative experiences with Mormons and Evangelicals of all stripes.

My grandfather used to say that hospitals are for people with sick bodies and churches are for people with sick minds. He might have been on to something with that.

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Glad you joined us Emmy.
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Always happy to hang out with my fellow heathens!

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Hooray! Finally some action here! Not a moment too soon! I was about to leave the team due to inaction.

Oh my, so a Christian left because a Muslim was allowed in?? I'd say as long as they don't proselytize, both (and others) have a space in your group.

And I'm interested in Binge Eating Disorders. I need to see a definition to see if I qualify for a "binge eating disorder".

Yes, I'm glad to have a Jesus-free space. Sometimes there's a religion-pushing issue to discuss. At other times it's just good to be with US and not have Jesus-y stuph intruding.

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Hello fellow heathens. I joined Spark some time ago, but have found the in your face religiosity of some members a little hard to take. I even had a Christian member of my Coping With Binge Eating Disorders (BED) team leave because a Muslim woman joined. I am not completely anti-religion, but I am very anti-religious intolerance and proselytizing. I could go on.... I guess I am a hippie at heart and just wish everyone would get along and that we could have a Jesus free zone...and I found it!

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Hello, Niffery! And may I say I'm glad to see you! There's almost no conversation here, and I was wondering if I should unsub, and now here you are.

I saw the word "hippies", and the reality is that only old people are hippies any more. I'm about to turn 73 and do go back to the Old Days when hippies were a reality and not merely a retro style that costs some $$ to buy in a trendy store.

I used to be liberal, but times have changed, and liberals sometimes overdo it nowadays and turn into conservatives. These words no longer mean anything to me. I'm still what I used to be, but words no longer mean what they did in the Old Days.

Atheist? So much to say! So much to talk about. I hope we can get a real discussion happening here!

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Hello everyone, I'm another newbie!
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Looking forward to getting to know a whole bunch of you!
And I'm gonna throw in a big, "YAY!" --I found my peeps! ---although, I wouldn't really consider myself a hippy, but hey, two out of three ain't bad!

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My goodness, Yes, Jlinnea! I was wondering if this was a Christian site or something, what with all the god and jesus talk. But then believers are still in the majority, although the unbelieving minority is growing, so I hear.

So you're outside of Chicago! My dad grew up in Oak Park. I have a memory of seeing diplomas, one from the University of Chicago and another from the University of Illinois. I don't remember where he got his PhD, but he became a full math professor at Penn State.

What small business do you and your boyfriend have?
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So happy to find a place where I can discuss working out without someone bringing up God or Jesus.

I live outside of Chicago and I run a small business with my boyfriend.

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Hello! I'm here and wondering the same thing. Where are all the interesting liberal atheist hippies?

Unfortunately I don't have much to recommend right now. I'm a burned-out and tired caregiver and spend most of my Spark time on the Caregivers' Support team.

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Hello. Is anybody out there? I am new to this team but not to SP. I have been "inactive" for a while and just getting back into SP. Anybody have any recommendations for teams, news, interesting changes???

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Ugh! Wow! To be a science teacher where genuine science is not appreciated or understood...do you have to fight, or deal with, battles over evolution?

Now I'm going to congratulate you on those 6 pounds. YOU LOST SIX POUNDS!!

Hey, don't starve yourself or damage your body by trying to lose too much too fast. Three pounds a week is not all that healthy. If you lose one or two, you've done well and that will be great!

As for me, I'm glad that I'm losing. I wish it were fast, but it's not and fast isn't healthy. I'll be glad to see any loss at all...
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Hi team! This is somewhere near the millionth time I have used spark to loose some weight. I am feeling particularly motivated this year because I am taking a grand vacation this summer and want to actually be in pictures with my kids. We currently live in Idaho, not exactly a stronghold for atheist and liberal ideas in general. It is unfortunate because I am a high school science teacher and I am always wary about making friends because I don't want word to get around I am an atheist. When we move (we are a military family) I don't want my super Christian co-workers giving me anything less than extraordinary recommendations because of my lack of religious belief. It just stinks I have to think about stuff like that.

So far, I have lost 6 pounds since January 2nd (I think). I am going to try and do much better this month though and my goal is to loose 2-3 pounds a week. instead of about 1. We will see...

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I won't pray for you! Honest! I feel irritated when someone says they'll pray for me. What makes them think that god will do what they tell him to do? What do they think would happen to me if they didn't pray for me? I suspect that people who say that have never really thought things through.

Glad to meet you. I'm 72 and living in the center of Pennsylvania.

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Hello, everyone. I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. I'm a 60-year-old Canadian woman, happy to find people who won't offer to pray for me.


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Some time ago I'd read an article in some magazine or on some website about the UU, and how there's a kind of a split between the pro-atheists and the anti-atheists.

I'm out of the loop, though. I'd gone to the Unitarian Fellowship when I was a teenager and before they merged with the Universalists. It was not by choice - my parents made my sister and me go with them. I was bewildered, why are we going to church when we aren't believers? I gather it was because my parents liked the intellectual discussions that happened rather than a sermon. But once I became an adult I left.

I used to think Pennsylvania was liberal, but that's because I grew up in State College and went to Penn State where my dad was a math professor. And then I spent 16 years near Ithaca NY before moving back. I somehow forgot or didn't notice that a college town would be more liberal than the surrounding area.

When I moved back home I found I couldn't afford State College any more, and I especially couldn't afford to buy a house in my old neighborhood. So now I'm ten miles to the north in Bellefonte, which is a beautiful little town, but to me it's Bibleburg, Christianvania. I suddenly feel in the closet, which I never was before.

So I'm glad to find anything I can. We do have a MeetUp group (Nittany Freethought) which meets twice monthly. And tomorrow is one of the meetings!

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Just found this thread again, glad there are more new people. While I am active in my UU church not all UU churches are equally welcoming to atheists. My particular congregation has a number of vocal atheists in leadership positions. The part I love is the conversations. We can discuss anything respectfully. It kind of throws my kids for a loop when we visit family and the reactions are very abrupt if they voice anything that isn't Christ is Lord and guides my life in all ways.

I'm up in liberal Maryland though so I'm lucky.

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Hello and welcome Laura and Sparrow. I'm an Aussie and its much easier being an agnostic in AU Hugs to all

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Hello, Sparrow! Good to meet you here in Cyberia. So you're in Texas but not by choice.

My Sweetie lived in Texas, among many other places - he was a ramblin' man - and says that Texas is both extremes. You'll find some of the most conservative seriously religious people there, and some of the most liberal far out people there. I do believe American Atheists is out of Austin.

I'm in central Pennsylvania, and it seems that the bible belt is shifting somewhat. We were talking about this at our last atheist get-together and noting that there's more atheist activity in southern states than here in PA. The buckle on the bible belt seems to be shifting in the direction of Pennsylvania, as near as some of us can see.

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Well hot damn, is this the perfect group for me or what. Hello, I'm Kristina. I'm a 29 year old woman, wife, mother, former doula, budding childbirth educator, liberal, atheist, hippie. I currently call Texas home (not by choice) and have some pretty awesome beings in my life (my husband, our two little boys, and our dog). I have a lotttt of weight to lose and am back on SP because the only thing that works for me is tracking, and I need to do it. Please friend me on here, it would be nice to have close support and to get to know some of you beautiful people. Peace.

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Whoop-de-doo! I'm glad to find this team! (I'm also glad to find the Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists and Freethinkers Team.) It seems that just about everyone is a pious Christian (or a pious Muslim who is in a small minority and gets hassled) here.

I'm Laura, and I was born into a family of atheists, agnostics and freethinking humanists. I did not see the light and deconvert. I was born this way.

I did attend the Unitarian church when I was a teenager. I didn't want to, but my parents had discovered the Unitarians (in those days it was not yet the UU; that came later) and made my sister and me come along with them. I think it was my freethinking Dad who liked the intellectual atmosphere and the interesting talks instead of a sermon. My mother who was a radical atheist came along because she was a dutiful wife. My parents gave me no choice. We went. All of us.

Now there's an atheist friend who continually invites me. I say No, because I have no interest in going to church.

But I do know that a church can give some real benefits and some needed socialization and fellowship. I am also aware that there are atheists who are working on establishing an atheist church for the purpose of creating this social center where atheists can meet and greet and have that commonality and community that social animals such as ourselves need.

In any event I"m glad to find this team. So many people are heavy-duty Christians, I wondered if I was in the wrong place.
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HELLO MARY AND WELCOME AMY. Like you I was injured and incapasicated and the weight just piled on. I HAVE BEEN UP AND DOWN, loosing and gaining more back but I am more focused recently.

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Hi. I'm Amy. I'm agnostic but I assume that this team has people who think a bit more as I do. It seems that every spark page I check out is someone who is very adamantly Christian. Where's the variety?

Anyway, I am on a quest to become healthier. I was on spark before but didn't really participate in the social/team aspect of things. This time around I decided to give it a shot.

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Hello,

Nearly a year and a half ago I was running 5Ks and enjoying a normal life. I had surgery; I was near recovery when I injured myself in the same area, have been recovering ever since and it is not yet over. I am 40-45 lbs heavier after having to lounge around for over a year. I have various aches and pains on top of it which are being addressed by doctors and physical therapist, and preclude me from doing much. I have recently gotten the ok to swim so long as I take certain precautions.

My problem, I went from super active to nailed to a bed, fell apart about 5 months into the darn thing and started to eat.

Now that I can move again a bit, I'm here to get a grip.

That's the gist of it. Looking forward to my old self if my body permits.

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TSB, I gather a lot of Unitarians are atheists who think that their kids need /something/ - that's why many of my friends with kids attend UU churches. If nothing else, what the kids need is just to be able to say they go to church on Sundays like everyone else they go to school with, because sticking out as "different" at school can have a long-lasting negative impact. That's just the way school kids are. So you're doing your kids a service by helping them fit in - without compromising your own values. I'd say that's a win.

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Hello from me in Aussie to all the new members. Due to continuous TECH problems I'm not here much but I still enjoy the group.I think Spark must be passed around at Church as they seem to be over represented. However they are kind and supportive and that's the goal here.

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Back after too long an absence, gained about a pound a month. Joined a Snapfitness gym 3 days ago and really like using the machines. They keep me from messing up my arthritic hips.Spark spoiled me for their website and community. Spark is much easier to get around and doesn't send me down the rabbit hole of supplements to buy.

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Hello all,

I'm new to Spark people and finally thought to search for atheist teams. (Trust me if wishing would make the weight disappear I'd already be in my skinny jeans)

Glad to find this group. I'm an atheist that goes to church (Unitarian Universalist) That isn't as odd as it sounds I have a family that borders on nutter (a couple that believe in the literal truth of the bible) and need a community for my girls to learn about religion without being judged or told this is the truth.

My doctor pointed me at Sparkpeople. My current weight exceeds what I weighed the day I gave birth to my youngest. I've been battling and losing the battle for a 10 years now trying to fit fitness and healthy habits into a crazy schedule. Still working on adding exercise into the schedule on a regular basis.

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Hi y'all! This team wasn't here last time I was active on Spark, several years ago - good to see it amidst the tsunami of christian sentiment. I'm a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. And when my husband died very suddenly in 2010, it did not make me start praying, and I didn't let one single person pray for him, mention Jesus, or say "he's in a better place now" at the memorial service. Took some doing, as many of my family are Catholics and a couple of my sisters are evangelical/fundamentalist wingnuts. A lot of loud classical music helped sidetrack anyone who thought of trying to pray for him. Anyway, since I'm dating again now, I'm trying to take care of myself, fit into my good clothes, and keep my mood reasonably cheerful. I still miss Steve, I'd still give an arm and a leg to have him back, but that's not one of the options and I'm not going to meet him again in heaven, so I am working on developing a new long-term relationship. New boyfriend likes me as I am, but we both have chronic health problems and need to encourage each other to take our meds, follow our diets, get enough sleep, and see our doctors regularly!

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Looking forward to getting to know you better, Trev.

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Hi Everyone,

I am Trev, currently residing in Devon, South West United Kingdom and have been a member of the UK's National Secular Society for a number of years.

I am personally an agnostic and like the N.S.S. oppose the power that religion has in our schools, our councils and many other somewhat influential places within our British society.

As a freelance artist I like to mix and communicate with everybody no matter what their backgrounds or cultures but I find in many cases, lots of religions I encounter seem to support some kind of segregation. I believe that segregation creates ignorance which often results in forms of xenophobia and jingoism which ultimately creates and a lack of trust in many of our fellow beings.

As far as my weight loss is going I am now 80 pounds down with a hundred or so pounds to go and find motivation and stimulation from being around like minded people with similar goals.

If you wish to get to know me a little more please take some time out to go over my spark page and my blogs to see what I am all about as I no doubt will be reading about many of you this way in the days to come in an effort to get to know you all a little better.

Cheers to you all,

Trev

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So I can have tomorrow what others can't.

You will ultimately become the people you associate with and eventually become the books that you read.

Never in human history has a statue ever been erected in homage to a critic.
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Hi I'm new to this team. I live near Burlington Vermont and my kids call me an old hippie, I am also a member or the Missisquoi abenaki band. I think we might be the original hippies.

I have already lost about 90 pounds and have about 50 to go. I am doing Carb Cycling as a tactic.

I don't believe in any gods with a name. But I like Buddhist and native American philosophy. In my language you can't own anything with a spirit ( lake, sky, land, trees, dogs, people) you don't have a husband or wife just " the one who walks beside you"

In our mythologies when we die we head up the shining way (milky way) and there is a big gap w a tree over it, holding the tree is every dog you have taken care of, they decide if you get to the other side to go on to the Happy Hunting Ground. Dogs have spirits, that's not my dog. it's "the dog that is with me" nuh said

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I like reincarnation too the ultimate re-cycling. We live on through our friends and family

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LYNNETHEGREAT- Love your spark name. It feels good to substitute my name. I get so many good ideas on spark.

I must admit, I am prejudiced (?) condescending (?) . . . I can't help being sure that people with fundamentalist belief are on the low end of IQ scale. Actually, I pretty much believe that about any religious people. Forgive me God, for I have sinned.

Sometimes I really miss God. Who do I say "Thank you Jesus" to, when I experience a "miracle"?

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