SparkPeople Secular SparkPeople Team Messageboard This is a team for Atheists and Agnostics to gain motivation from each other and share their problems, questions, advice, and success stories. SparkPeople Secular SparkPeople Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:19:26 EST How I feel <em>30</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:21:00 EST Jokes! Jump in with your best jokes & worst puns! Jokes! Jump in with your best jokes &amp; worst puns! Sun, 3 Feb 2019 16:53:56 EST Stomach Flu = New You (Me, Whatever) So about six weeks ago I was well into a couple of years of very-high-functioning daily binge-drinking and having trouble losing weight because vodka has mad calories, yo. ("Mad [thing], yo" is an 80's reference, kids; I am about to turn 42 and therefore will soon know the answer to life, the universe, and everything.) Rivers of alcohol helped me get through a couple of extremely hard years, but then I didn't stop for six months after everything got good again. <BR> <BR> By very-high-functio... Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:53:48 EST BeachBody 3Week Yoga - Tai Ching Was thinking of ordering one of these products, BeachBody 3 Week Yoga or tai CHING, for cold days stuck in house, but heard they are mostly very short lessons between mostly Beach Body products commercials. Any first hand experience with either of these products? Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:27:03 EST Before and Now Summer 2016 -- over 265 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today Nov 2 - 207 pounds <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:27:04 EST My weekend and finding inspiration I wrote a new blog post about my weekend and finding inspiration. Take a gander or even a look. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:31:57 EST Back to work After being out sick yesterday and laying low, I am back to work today and still keeping a low profile. I have a cold but am too antsy to sit at home. Feeling a bit better. I will not do any strenuous exercises for the next couple of days. My head is still in a bit of a fog so taking things slow and deliberate. I did some more sketching yesterday. I can't call it artwork because it is not work for me. It is joyful and relaxing. Below are some of my sketches. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:42:06 EST Getting Fit It has been a goal of mine to get my heart rate up when I walk. Today I did that. I walked 45 minutes and got my heart rate up to a peak rate for 2 minutes ( high of 151). I did 20 minutes at cardio rate and 23 minutes at fat burn. I did this by running and jogging part of my walk. That got my rate up quite well. My reward is that it felt really good. I worked up a sweat and am glad I have my own office not shared with anyone else. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did my strength training and fi... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:39:37 EST CDC links cancer to obesity CDC links cancers to obesity <BR> <BR> "The link between obesity and cancer just got even more real. A recent report finds that over 40 percent of cancer cases are tied to obesity. <BR> <BR> The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 39 percent of adults in the world were overweight in 2014 alone. That’s over 600 million adults. This number is not only expected to rise, but also include more children and adolescents." <BR> <BR> Full article: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.l... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:50:14 EST Today - 9/27-17 For my walk I have: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See my new blog post at <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415642 </link> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:46:01 EST Fitbit Blaze I wrote a new blog post on using the Blaze: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412861 </link> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:10:37 EST Hi! My name is Tia and I've been on spark for about a week. I am finally getting around to introducing myself to the teams I joined. I'm 34 and looking to kick 170ish pounds out of my life. I have one teenage son who I am hoping to learn healthy eating habits with before he ends up in my shoes. I was never taught to take care of myself and am starting at square one in healthy eating and exercise. Right now I am slowly trotting my way towards actually running /jogging. I am currently getting up 3... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 17:32:32 EST The bombing So much rhetoric around the bombing. Heartbreaking that kids have died, and it's brought out all the religious claptrap. <BR> <BR> Reminds me of how I almost got strung up during one of my ethics courses back in uni (I did a combination of computer science and management, so ended up taking 3 ethics courses in total, I think this was the one the business majors were in). <BR> It was about the dehumanization people on both sides were guilty of during wars (also applicable to the rioting we e... Wed, 24 May 2017 15:39:35 EST New here I just joined this team. I am happy to find it. I am tired of all the religious references in almost all other groups. Life and the universe is mysterious and interesting enough without having to create a mythical being to make us feel better about how small a part we are in the multiverse. Thu, 4 May 2017 13:57:14 EST Hi! :) Hi everyone. My name is Renee. I have a weight loss goal of 50 pounds. I'm a mom. I'm a new vegan. I'm an atheist. I'm a Berniecrat. :) <BR> <BR> That's me in a nutshell. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:53:37 EST wow It is SO nice to see a forum like this on this site. <BR> <BR> I really appreciate seeing a forum like this where we don't have to be subjected to all the constant religious drivel from so many other users. <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:12:37 EST How to stay motivated I would like to get some viewpoints on how to stay motivated. All the feedback that I can get would be great Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:41:57 EST Burning question So here's one that's been on the back burner simmering away and I have finally found a group I can ask: what would you do if dinner guests in your home grabbed your hands to say grace before dinner? I was just stunned. Friends of my husband's had been guests in our home for a week and on their last night the wife decided to say grace. There was no precedent for this; the subject had not come up at any of the other meals we had together. And it's not like she asked "do you mind if we say ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:58:16 EST So glad I found this Forum! Hi!! I'm a Spark-returnee and I's so glad that this Forum was in the "featured" box today. I don't think I would have found it on my own. It's nice to know there's a place here for like-minded folks who want to get fit. I'm an atheist living in Southern Florida. I was born and raised in Baptist South Texas, though! I'm also a bit geeky and prefer my own company to most others so finding groups where I fit in isn't so easy. I think I'm going to like it here. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:00:45 EST Hello! Hi, I'm newly returned to SP. I love the trackers, and now I'm trying to figure out how to use the community. A little about me: 38, teacher, like hiking/camping, art, books, science... Mostly vegetarian diet. Want to lose about 45 lbs or so. Nice to meet you! :) Wed, 6 Jan 2016 07:18:17 EST What if religion... were the cause of so much destruction in the world? I recently became enlightened and have been thinking about what if religious folks were somehow enlightened themselves and realized that in the history of civilization that religion was the cause of so many negative events of our past. <BR> <BR> BTW, Hi, I'm new to the group. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> 'sup! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:20:27 EST First easter-time as an Athiest Just sharing some random thoughts and starting a discussion on the topic. <em>30</em> With Easter coming, I'm really not finding that it's a difficult thing to avoid celebrating. This feels kind of strange since I used to have window clings in all my windows with little bunnies and eggs , decorations throughout the living room and dining room, and preparing for Easter celebrations and brunches and finding Easter outfits to wear, Easter basket items, and this year, I'm feeling...well, ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:17:12 EST Hello to the numerous members of Secular A warm hello to everyone in the group. I'm involved with my local Atheist group in Nebraska and throught I'd check out a similar support group on Sparkpeople to build a community online. <BR> I'm generally a chipper individual who's a fan of puzzle books, attempting to make things grow outside, and I'm currently training to become an electrician (which will help me leave my desk job and get more active during the day!) Feel free to message me if you need a laugh, support, or just out of curio... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:31:45 EST proselytizing in spark (a rant) Hi all! <BR> <BR> I don't post often (I'm a lurker, generally) but something just happened in spark-land that has made me angry-- and I just need to rant it out to folks that understand. <BR> <BR> I started a new sppage, sparkology, for the purposes of a team I work with in sparks (weight loss challenge related). The goal of this spark identity is to supply a space for the group to read blogs, get goodies, etc. all related to the challenge. <BR> <BR> I started this page on January 9 (6 ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:02:54 EST Hi! I'm new here! :) I'm Pat, a homeschooling Mom of a handsome teenage son, adopted mommy to my very sweet elderly dog, and wife to my husband. :) <BR> <BR> I'm happy to have found this group. I am a former Christian (raised Catholic, hopped over to Methodist for a bit while searching for answers that still never came), became an agnostic for many years as I continued to search for answers, and as of April, an atheist. Becoming an atheist and finally being able to say that I do not believe there is a God f... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:30:56 EST In my neck of the woods So, this is happening in my neck of the woods..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-wants-to-worship-flying-spaghetti-mo<BR>nster/article_a5c2063d-f23b-5fc6-a91c-<BR>90cba2e9b9a5.html </link> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:05:57 EST Hi from Madison, WI Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found this team. Looking forward to seeing what goes on here! <BR> <BR> Anne Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:31:14 EST Hello! I am Heather. I'm an atheist and a skeptic. I am a homeschooling single mother of an awesome girl who will be 6 in August. I love to run. I also really enjoy hiking, reading, and learning new things. I'm trying to lose 50 lb. Yes, not really much more about me to introduce... Glad to be here. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:43:47 EST hello Hi, my name is Jill and I don't want to discuss my age. I was on SP years ago and have come back for short periods but this time I want to stick to my weight loss goals. So I am recommitting myself to keeping up with SP. I always enjoyed the team boards before, it kept me motivated to sign in to SP and then track my food and exercise. I am looking forward to getting to know people on this board. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:37:33 EST Please feel free to have a listen to my music Hi all fellow humanists and secularists, <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am the only composer in sparkpeople but I have yet to see anybody else load up any of their work into a blog. I only found out just over a week ago that I could do this so I have chosen to add some of my work here in my blogs. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to have a listen and as classical and violin music connoisseurs I would deeply appreciate your views and opinions on my work. <BR> <BR> I have a number of other pieces I... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:00:23 EST looking for like-minded people Hey, my name's Heather and I'm 33 (though, I prefer to say I'm 30 and holding!) Anyway, I'm just here looking for like-minded people to offer and receive motivation! Feel free to friend me; the more encouragement, the more success! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:35:43 EST NEW conspiracy "theories" The Amazon drone hoop-la is just a way to get us used to drones in our airspace and it is only a (short) matter of time before the cops, fbi, cia, or whatever alphabet soup government organization that wants to supervise the populace, or attack the populace has the air buzzing with the nasty drones! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:54:35 EST Oprah In Denial? Oprah tells Atheist Marathon Swimmer Diana Nyad she doesn't believe she's an Atheist since she can feel awe. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t/2013/10/14/oprah-winfreys-awkward-co<BR>nversation-with-marathon-swimmer-diana<BR>-nyad-an-atheist-whos-in-awe/ </link> <BR> <BR> Blowback here from Oprah fans in the comments section: <BR> <link><BR>Soul-to-Soul-with-Diana-Nyad-Im-an-Ath<BR>eist-Whos-In-Awe-Video </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:11:27 EST Achievements! This new thread is a place for well-deserved bragging - whether it's running an extra .5 miles, losing 5lb or creating a new healthy 5 minute recipe! <BR> <BR> I wanted to say that I've managed to accomplish 30 days of being binge-free. Going to bed earlier than usual (to prevent late night cravings) and avoiding desserts (which are definitely my trigger food) were two things that helped me with this goal. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have good news to report? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:30:35 EST SP Quiz - Offensive Religious Question I took one of the SP Quizzes last night on stress. I think it's supposed to tell you how vulnerable you are to stress. So it's asking about what social supports you have (friends, family etc.) and then whammo! - it says "I get strength from my religious beliefs". The answers are from one to five, with one being "never" and five being "always". <BR> <BR> So how do I answer this as a card-carrying athiest? I click on "never" because I do not have any religious beliefs from which to get s... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 13:50:00 EST Coffee I'm curious how other people on this team feel about coffee. I used to drink a lot of soda (primarily Mountain Dew) but over the past year I have cut that down to only drinking it occasionally as a treat. Instead of soda, I've been drinking coffee with a bit of milk. I bought a Keurig, which makes pretty decent coffee. I also have a refillable k-cup so I can put my own grounds in. I hear a lot of conflicting information about coffee. Sometimes its great for you, other times its literally kill... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:48:46 EST Book recommendations I thought it would be interesting to start a thread about books. Fiction and nonfiction welcome, preferably with a secular emphasis! If there's enough interest, perhaps the team can choose a book to read and discuss every few months. <BR> <BR> I'm currently rereading the His Dark Materials series, which I first read when I was 15. Although this series is intended for young adults, it remains one of my favorite series by an openly non-believing author. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:37:43 EST Atheist are more intelligent <BR><BR>/religious-people-less-intelligent-ath<BR>eists_n_3750096.html Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:01:14 EST Tonight, on I didn't know I was a Satanist... For all the bad rep that Satanism gets, take a look at the eleven Satanic rules of the earth: <BR> <BR> The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth Wrote: <BR> 1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked. <BR> 2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them. <BR> 3. When in another’s home, show them respect or else do not go there. <BR> 4. If a guest in your home annoys you, treat them cruelly and without mercy. <BR> 5. Do not make sexual advances unles... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:13:26 EST Hey! hi! my name is becky and i am a tree hugging liberal who has been recycling since the 1970's :) i am not a follower of any organized religion but i do appreciate the basic tenants of Zen Buddhist ideology. i am, however, a firm believer that we should all go out and do at least 1 really ridiculous thing each day :). it is great to find a group of like minded individuals :) Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:10:43 EST Hi, quick question Is this group specifically for Atheists, or can us agnostics have an active role too? Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:38:01 EST What Percentage of Prisoners are Atheists? <link><BR>t/2013/07/16/what-percentage-of-prison<BR>ers-are-atheists-its-a-lot-smaller-tha<BR>n-we-ever-imagined/ </link> <BR> Loved this comment: <BR> "Notice that there are NOT any Pastafarians on that list. Once you've been touched by His Noodley-Goodness, you never break the law. R'Amen." Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:37:52 EST Marriage Defined by the Bible Don't know why the original link won't work :-( <BR> <BR> <BR> One more try: <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 02:30:56 EST Heaven for atheists? Pope Sparks Debate It seems we're still going to hell. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aven-for-atheists-pope-sparks-debate/ </link> <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> &#8459;ottie &#8459;eathens &#8459;ell <BR> Come Celebrate With Us! <BR> <BR> &#10037;When: All Eternity <BR> &#10037;Where: Hell <BR> &#10037;Bring Your Red Hots <BR> <BR> * Don't forget that Hilarious Sarcastic Humor! Tue, 28 May 2013 22:54:28 EST Progress? First, I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!! <BR> <BR> Second, I'd like to see how everyone is doing with their weight loss goals. So, please feel free to post about your progress, struggles, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 26 May 2013 12:31:13 EST Blitzer Asks Atheist Tornado Survivor If... CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Asks Atheist Tornado Survivor If She ‘Thanked The Lord’ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-asks-atheist-tornado-survivor-if-she<BR>-thanked-the-lord/ </link> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:44:23 EST Hello! My name is Rachel, I'm returning to SparkPoeple after a few years of chaos... Hoping to stay motivated this time!! I'm so glad to see some freethinking groups on here & I just wanted to say hi! <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 20:28:28 EST Conciousness After Death <link><BR>onscio usness-after-death/all/ </link> <BR> <BR> My daughter just posted the above link on my facebook page. <BR> <BR> I had an OBE/NDE when I was young; at that time these things were never heard of (early 70's) I thought god did it, some divine intervention of sorts? <BR> <BR> Years later, after I became a nontheist, I couldn't understand how the NDE/OBE happened. It’s basically remained a mystery to me these last few years. I theorized it... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:50:49 EST Ahhh...I found my people. Hi everyone, <BR> I used Spark briefly years ago, but didn't stick to it. I'm back with a new ID and will hopefully stick to it this time. It will be nice to have a place to chat without being told to pray or that "with god all things are possible"...bleh. Alrighty then...I'm off to create my SparkPage and may even start a blog. Yay me! Yay to all of us! <em>213</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:26:52 EST Headline /article text topic Headline on Yahoo: <BR> Volcanoes on Jupiter's Moon Io Are All Wrong, NASA Says <BR> <BR> actual text: <BR> "...Our understanding of tidal heat production and its relationship to surface volcanism is incomplete." Sun, 7 Apr 2013 14:11:42 EST Just saying hi <em>41</em> Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Laurel, and I'm an atheist. *waves. It's nice to see fellow non-religious people on spark. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:01:29 EST Hello :) Well I'll say hello. I'm Helene, 46, Los Angeles, and I've been using SparkPeople for a whole week (although I signed up a long time ago and then procrastinated like it was my job). I live in Los Angeles, have a husband and two kids, and I joined this team because I simply couldn't stomach the "inspiration" everywhere else. :) Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:36:14 EST I'm so excited to find this team! Someone wrote on my blog - I went to their page and saw they were a member of this team! <BR> <BR> I felt so alone here. I've been amazed at the overt religious tone of many blogs, threads, and signatures. I don't mind anyone expressing themselves, but, gosh darn, does it have to be every other sentence? That is the first and last editorial from me on this subject. <BR> <BR> I'm in my late 50's with kidney disease and fast approaching diabetes. Been hit or miss on my program for the l... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:54:21 EST The Existence of Nothing debate aka the Isaac Asimov Memorial debate, moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> tonight...RIGHT NOW!!! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:00:20 EST Scientific American A Scientific American interview by Kevin Dutton, author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, with Actor Michael C. Hal the star of the series "Dexter"...2 parter... <BR> <BR> link to part 1 <BR> <link><BR>18bc95a344affe427916dc2 </link> <BR> <BR> link to part 2 <BR> <link><BR>a7c9284bb185fa80e00f239 </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:27:53 EST TMOS The Mike O'meara show is five guys who used to have great jobs in radio, that do a daily show from Mike's living room now. It is not secular. It is entertainment...but I couldn't think of a better place to post this link. The first 7 minutes of yesterday's podcast described the selection process for a new pope. Trust me, you have NO idea. .... <BR> <BR> hmmmmm......the site is down. I will have to get back to you with the link. <BR> <BR> OK I found a link through an offsite aggregator...i... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:54:00 EST NECSS? The Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism is coming up. <BR> <BR> The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS – pronounced “nexus”) is an educational conference held annually in New York City. As its name suggests, NECSS explores the intersection of science, skepticism, the media, and society for the purpose of promoting a more rational world. <BR> <BR> A complete list of prior NECSS speakers is available: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:42:12 EST Have it in for gmo foods? Organic promoter?? "People got in their head, well, if it's man-made somehow it's potentially dangerous, but if it's natural, it isn't. That doesn't really fit with anything we know about toxicology. When we understand how animals are resistant to chemicals, the mechanisms are all independent of whether it's natural or synthetic. And in fact, when you look at natural chemicals, half of those tested came out positive [for toxicity in humans]." --Bruce Ames <BR> <BR> ========= <BR> more <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:31:24 EST Happy New Year!! Wishing each of you a very fun, fantastic and safe New Years Eve.....and a splendid 2013! <BR> <em>408</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:21:30 EST Holidays and the non-believer So, the shopping guide post below got me do all of you other non-believers celebrate the holidays?? Is your family religious? Do they have religious aspects to their celebrations and if so, how do you deal with those? <BR> <BR> While I'm the only open non-believer, I'm lucky in that the large majority of my family is pretty non-religious. So we generally just have a secular family celebration and get together to enjoy being with family, etc. We don't have any religious as... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:28:29 EST Hello and Welcome!! Just a quick note to say hello and welcome to all of the new members who have joined while I was MIA. I'm going to make a serious effort to check in here daily or at least several times a week and keep things going. <BR> <BR> As always, thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc. are always welcome! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:22:36 EST Shopping Guide for Nonreligious Parents <link> </link> <BR> <em>26</em> I lover her blog too :-) Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:19:40 EST Hello! Hello everyone! First of all, hope I'm doing this right. I'm not usually much of the posting type! I'm here because I've tried Weight Watchers and was somewhat successful. I lost 15lbs and I've even kept it off for about six months. I'm hoping to get some motivation, support and accountability here. I'm a closet atheist who's cracked the door open and is peeking out! I'm excited at the prospect of talking with other like minded people, its not something that happens very often in my world. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:18:41 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Nikki and I'm currently a grad student living in Las Vegas. At first I was a little concerned, because I found a lot of Christian groups and other religious groups. I eventually found the secular groups, and I'm glad I did. I feel like its important to have support and to get motivation from other nonbelievers and skeptics like myself. I can only tolerate so many prayer threads and posts from people who have bible verses as their signature. It makes me feel isolated. I'm glad this ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:38:51 EST Hey, I'm Rae! Hey guys, I'm Rae. Looking forward to getting to know you! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:45:11 EST Are you still superstitious? Do you knock on wood or refuse to step on the crack? <BR> <BR> I gave up superstitious behavior, even though I had long been free of superstitious thoughts ... I didn't realize how ingrained some of these behaviors are (were). I no longer say "god bless you" after a sneeze. This did cause consternation in the household until I was educated that gesundheit was just German for "health." Apparently, as long as I say something, I am off the hook. LoL <BR> <BR> Examine your behaviors...and "just... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:34:15 EST how about csi con Man...all these good conferences and me with no vacation left...I need to retire so I can go to all these. <BR> CSI con is in Nashville @ the end of this month... <BR> Joe Nickell <BR> PZ Myers <BR> Dr. Steven Novella <BR> Elyse Anders <BR> Heina Dadabhoy <BR> Massimo Polidoro <BR> Debbie Goddard <BR> ...and others will be lined up to rev up the skeptical community <BR> <BR> more info <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:51:13 EST Is anyone going to the Bay area science festival <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If I was out that way, I would consider going to the regenesis talk by George Church: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>is-synthetic-biology/ </link> <BR> <BR> ...or the science of distilling <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ence-of-distilling/ </link> <BR> <BR> ...but there is a week plus of events and you do not need to go to ALL of them...LoL Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:31:59 EST New girl on the block HI everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Tia and I am new to the group. I am working towards having a healthier body and to feel good about myself. I am preparing to turn 30 and have a wonderful son and boyfriend. Besides that I am your typical individual, nothing to exciting to talk about. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:33:33 EST What's Religion Got to Do with It? My wife had to go to the Emergency Room 2 nights ago in pain and learned has gallstones and is having her gallbladder out tomorrow. She needed to find a surgeon quickly because we have a vacation coming up. She found a highly recommended doctor who could fit her in quickly and everyone at the doctor's office has been efficient, accomodating, and extraordinarily nice. The one red flag is they are uber religious. Their office is decorated with religious items and Bible passages are everywhe... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:16:44 EST I had surgery today In pre-admit they wanted to know if they should put any religion down and I said "none". <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has made me realise how lucky I am to live in a place where the nurse didn't even bat an eyelid. I don't think I'd survive very long in the bible belt... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:12:12 EST Venting - Just a little I know this group has been kind of quiet for a while, but I've been frustrated lately and might need some help. <BR> <BR> On August 13th, I lost my adoptive dad to a sudden, unexpected heart attack. He was only 68 years old, with no previous heart condition. For a long time, he was my world. He and my adoptive mom divorced when I was very young and I lived with him about 2/3 of my childhood. My adoptive mom would badmouth him every chance he got, and he never said a bad word about her ever.... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:14:07 EST PZ Myers I thought about posting this in the "Quotes" thread, but (1) it is far too long, and (2) it is high time PZ had his own topic on here. LoL <BR> <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> Identifying the consequences of my atheism is a difficult thing for me, because I’ve really been an atheist all my life. Yes, there was a period in my childhood when I went to church every week, but I can’t say that I ever really believed, and my slow awakening as I grew up involved an increasing awareness th... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:34:53 EST Responce to Paleo <link><BR>07/dont-look-paleolithic-diet-tips-loo<BR>k-apes </link> <BR> <BR> I found this on Popular Science... <BR> <BR> My insect quotient has been pretty low. How's yours? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 05:18:31 EST Thing that make me go hmmmmmmmmm m......... A 5th moon has been discovered orbiting Pluto. <BR> Pretty good, for a body that isn't even a planet any more... <BR> <BR> link to a photo and more info <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:45:56 EST skepchic On the geologic podcast front - I was figuring people here might also like <link> </link> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:27:01 EST The Geologic Podcast Geologic Podcast is a weekly show produced by George Hrab, a performer, musician, drummer by training but a talented multi-instrumentalist. The show name is a play on George's name and intent, and there is no geology in the show. <BR> Geo is VERY irreverent. His show is NSFW (not safe for work) as he throws the f-bomb and other language around regularly. Not safe for children prolly as well...or sensitive types...YMMV...mine usually does. <BR> I will post links to the current episodes as they... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:46:29 EST Is anyone going to TAM2012? For the benefit of the 2 or three people who do not already know, TAM stands for "The Amazing Meeting," and is promoted annually by the JREF (James [the amazing] Randi Educational Foundation). While I might otherwise look askance at anyone whose middle name is "the amazing" I have come to respect Randi and what he does, and what he represents. <BR> James Randi is a performer/magician that morphed into the driver of what has become the skeptical movement, not just in America, but world wide. ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:19:26 EST Quote of the day We must conduct research and then accept the results. <BR> If they don`t stand up to experimentation, Buddha`s own <BR> words must be rejected. <BR> --Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, 1988 Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:58:41 EST Atheism and Kids My nephew is 6-years-old and I avoid all discussions of religion around him. To be honest, it irritates me when I hear my mom talk to him about "Jesus' sacrifice" and the like. The indoctrination begins early. I've no problem with it if he's 10, 11 or 12-years-old and he's curious about Christianity. His mother is not really the majority of people, I guess. She's a "It's the holidays, have you ever heard about Jesus?" type of Christian. <BR> <BR> I so badly wish that I could... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:12:57 EST Skeptics podcasts The current Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is VERY interesting. <BR> <link><BR>/skepticast2012-06-02.mp3 </link> <BR> <BR> Leaving the hasidic world <BR> That such behavior exists in the world these days, never mind in America, is disturbing. <BR> <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> Segment: This Day in Skepticism <BR> June 2, 1692 Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 08:50:48 EST Newbie Here! Hi everyone! Looking forward to getting healthy and making some friends in the process! Sat, 26 May 2012 14:11:18 EST <PING> Hello? <BR> <BR> Anybody out there? Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:10:10 EST Religion's Function in Modern Society Yesterday this e-article was posted on Psychology Today. Reality check: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>an-beast/201202/is-religion-just-downer </link> <BR> <BR> PS crossposting in LAH, too. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:50:28 EST Jon Stewart last night... ...was awesome! Religious persecution is a term thrown around in a manner that is all too cavalier. Thank you Jon for reminding us that there are people in the world being persecuted for their beliefs and that employers required to provide reproductive health care for their female employees are not among them. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:56:58 EST Dawkins I received a trio of Richard Dawkins DVDs in the mail today. Two of the three are what helped me understand evolution, reason, and how religion can be dangerous. I am very much looking forward to revisiting these programs (it's been 7 years) and sharing them with many others! <BR> There are The Enemies of Reason, The Root of All Evil, and The Genius of Charles Darwin. <BR> Anyone here seen these? What are you favorite pro secular documentaries? Thu, 9 Feb 2012 18:24:04 EST Reason Rally Is anyone here going to the Reason Rally next month?? I signed up to ride on the Reason Rally Bus. This is an important event for all secularists to stand up and be counted. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 22:21:08 EST New old Jew Hey everyone! I am so glad I found this team! I was beginning to think everyone here was a Christian. Anyway, I grew up in an orthodox Jewish home. I guess I'm still Jewish ethnically and culturally but my religious beliefs are now more in the realm of agnostic. I don't believe anyone really knows how the universe runs or why we are here. But I do know that while I'm here I want to be HEALTHY and feel GOOD! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:30:48 EST WDT - 01/16 - Brains! Braaaiiinnnsss ...(insert zombie joke here) <BR> <BR> Anyway... recent article from Scientific American about the differences between Atheists vs. Religious brains: <BR> <link><BR>fm?id=is-there-a-difference-between-th<BR>e-brain </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:43:17 EST WDT - 01/09 - Free For All Sorry again... busy schedule, haven't had much time to use Spark. <BR> <BR> Leaving this week open to any topic. <BR> <BR> Also, If anyone has suggestions for more discussion, please let me know. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:40:10 EST Stuck in the Bible belt Hi! Living in Oklahoma, my hubby's from here. Not sure how it happened... <BR> He had to be from Religious looney country lol <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 15:40:13 EST WDT - 01/03 - Secular Activisim Have you actively tried to promote your secular/humanist/atheist views? Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:48:21 EST Hello I can haz newbie status pleeze :D Hiya, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP and I'm really glad I found a secular spark team:D I'm from Johazzardburg aka Johannesburg South Africa. Really excited to get my health and life back on track. <BR> <BR> LuLu. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:20:21 EST WDT - 12/26 - Most Outragous Thing You've Heard What is the most outrageous thing you've been told or directly heard about religion or your beliefs (or lack thereof)? Looking for first hand accounts... things said directly to you, or that you've witnessed. <BR> <BR> Bonus points for your response! <BR> <BR> (Again, sorry for the delay in posting new topic) Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:40:34 EST WDT - 12/19 - Avoiding Religious Companies Discussion topic for 12/19/2011: <BR> Are there any businesses, companies, organizations, etc. that you specifically avoid or no longer patronize due to their religious affiliations? <BR> <BR> Personally, I stopped going to Chick-Fil-A because of their religious and anti-gay activism. I also won't donate to Salvation Army for the same reasons (I give what I can to secular organizations). Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:30:18 EST WDT - 12/12 - Coming out Have you told your family and friends about your (lack of) beliefs? If so, how did they react? <BR> <BR> Is there anyone you haven't told for a specific reason? <BR> <BR> (sorry for the delay in getting this week's topic posted) Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:14:34 EST WDT - 12/05 - Holiday Displays This week's discussion topic: Holiday Displays <BR> <BR> There have been several articles about Holiday Displays on public properties and the inclusion or exclusion of secular messages. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on this? <BR> <BR> Bonus topic... Do you decorate for the holidays? If so, how? Mon, 5 Dec 2011 14:56:39 EST WDT - 11/28 - Religion and Politics What are your thoughts on the seemingly ever more prevalent political endorsement of religion? <BR> <BR> I could site numerous recent cringe inducing clips from the recent republican debates (see especially the recent Thanksgiving Family Forum). <BR> <BR> Also the recent outcry that Obama didn't mention god in his Thanksgiving address. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:19:59 EST WDT - 11/21 - What are you thankful for? Weekly Discussion Topic for 11/21: <BR> <BR> It's Thanksgiving week (in the U.S., I know our neighbors to the north celebrated last month, and other countries probably look at us like we have 3 heads)... what do you have to be thankful for? <BR> <BR> Theoretically this should be a secular holiday, but it always seems to get turned into another reason to pray... feel free to discuss your thoughts and feelings about that as well. Do you visit family (or host), and does your secular-ness(?) ca... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 09:22:38 EST Weekly Discussion Topic - 11/14 This week's topic: Are you in a mixed belief relationship or family? (You and your partner (or family) have different views on religious beliefs). <BR> <BR> If so, how has it affected your relationship? Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:26:07 EST Weekly Discussion Topic - 11/07 Hello, <BR> As a new feature, each week I am going to start a new discussion topic. I will "sticky" it to the top of the discussion forum for one week. <BR> <BR> I will try to pick something relatively recent in the news if possible, but sometimes I may just go with a more general topic. <BR> <BR> This week's topic: <BR> What are your thoughts regarding the American Cancer Society's apparent refusal and subsequent cover-up of accepting a substantial donation form an atheist group? <lin... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:53:41 EST Hello From A New Leader Hello Everyone, <BR> Since it appears that the previous leaders haven't been able to check in in a while, I volunteered to help out. I was made a co-leader this morning. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? This team has always seemed pretty laid back. I don't really want to shake things up, but I would definitely like to see a little more activity. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:15:32 EST TEAM LEADERS It would be a pity to let this team go under. What's happening, 'Oh, Glorious Leaders'? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>40</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 22:00:37 EST Someone Totally Missed the Mark I got a SparkMail today from someone whose name is essentially "Jesuslover." I have no idea where this person came from, but they shared with me some medical trouble they are having. (So they must know I'm going through the ringer too, I guess?) They ended their message saying that they'll pray for me if I pray for them. <BR> <BR> What?! First of all, I am in not one, not two, but THREE teams, PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED on my profile that should suggest this is a no-go: Separation of Church a... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:57:05 EST How do you deal with 'doorstep evangelists'? I'm just curious how you deal with religious people (Jehova's witnesses or other christian groups) that knock on your door and try to win you over to their team. <BR> <BR> I usually just ignore them and don't even answer the door. Once, a long time ago, I answered the door and when I found out what they were trying to preach, I just politely told them they were wasting their time and mine, and they would probably have better success elsewhere. <BR> <BR> I do get annoyed when I find religi... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:05:10 EST Great Books for Secular Freethinkers Post any books (or publications or articles) you've read and would recommend to our group members. Sun, 29 May 2011 08:36:48 EST Hi from Texas! Hi y'all! ( I actually never use this word in person). I'm Ted. Just stumbled upon this group and was curious. I am NOT losing weight for Jesus, but for myself Wed, 25 May 2011 08:59:42 EST The Rapture The rapture has been predicted again ---for May 21st, 2011. What will you do that day? Wed, 18 May 2011 08:40:08 EST Happy to find this team! Hi everyone! I'm Amanda, and I've been on Spark since the end of February. I've so far lost almost 40 lbs (almost 15 since joining Spark). I'm involved in a couple groups but many of them are overwhelmingly Christian so it's nice to find a group that is not! I'm personally an agnostic. I've been through a long spiritual journey, starting out with the Catholicism of my childhood, the athiesm of my early 20s, and even the Mormonism of my middle to late 20s. Eventually, I realized that I don't b... Thu, 12 May 2011 16:36:08 EST Ready to lose this weight! Hi, I am 37 and ready to lose this weight. By forty I want to be down to my goal, between 120 and 130 lbs. I am starting this journey by using a weight loss product called roca labs gastric bypass formula. It is a formula that fills your stomach and only leaves 20% for food intake. I found some really positive youtube videos showing people that are having good results. I have struggled with my weight since I was around 13. My lowest adult weight has been 150 and my highest 286. I am as of tod... Fri, 6 May 2011 07:59:01 EST New Challenge and/or Goals for May? I would like to have a new challenge or goal for our team for May. Anyone have any great ideas for a good challenge to get our team moving? <BR> <BR> Any info on challenges that you may have done in other groups that were good and that would like to do again would be great. Thanks! Fri, 22 Apr 2011 09:35:25 EST Current political happenings... Any comments or discussion on the current political climate and happenings? Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:29:38 EST Your path to the Secular Nation After writing my dissertation about my road to the "secular light" in response to another post, I decided that it would be fun and interesting to have a place for all of our members to share their stories about how they arrived at the conclusion that they were secular/atheist/agnostic/humanist, etc. <BR> <BR> So, whether it was clear from the beginning or your a former christian or just took the road less traveled, please share your story with us and let us know how you arrived here! <BR> <... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:09:49 EST Bible as a Tool for Atheist Conversion? I have not always been atheist. Throughout childhood and into my 20's and most of my 30's, I considered myself Christian. Entering parenthood, I began questioning silly church rules because I didn't want my kids to feel confined by a religion. My husband told me I needed to read the Bible. So I did. And all the baloney in that book made me the atheist I am today. <BR> <BR> For the former Christians here, I was wondering, did reading the Bible help convert you to atheism? It sure sealed the d... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 19:51:34 EST The young heathen Hello all. <BR> I'm delighted to see a group for people who don't use bible quotes to mask daily life. :) I'm young overweight and under toned recent college grad who's a heathen. Whew, that felt good ot get that off my chest! :P <BR> I live in the Great Plains, so everyone just assumes everyone is Christian here. I'm not loud with my non-belief. Only a few actually know, but I'm not ready to deal with the Christian parade that would want to "save" me. I've only reached this conclusion a few... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:33:54 EST What is a skeptic to eat? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> There doesn't appear to be a Spark skeptic group, but I'm hoping this team will fit just as well. My "Google" skills are pretty good, but I've been a little frustrated with my lack of ability to find scientific studies supporting/disproving certain food related topics. <BR> <BR> I came across a raw milk discussion thru another team I'm in. While I have no intention of drinking raw milk I am still curious about wether their claims are scientifically based (probably n... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:07:35 EST Daily Check-In Hey team, <BR> <BR> One of my other groups uses a Daily Check In so people can just say hi, talk about concerns or triumphs, and more. It's all the stuff you want to share but doesn't really fit in a "thread" or category. Please give it a try if you like! Looking forward to hearing from all of you. <BR> <BR> ~ renae <BR> <BR> PS -- Think of it as our own "Team Feed" Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:11:45 EST Is science important or just another sub-culture? I'll leave that for us all to ponder. <BR> I found this very persuasive and moving. <BR> Joanne <link><BR>rath-steal-this-chapter/ </link> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 07:42:25 EST Hello... Hi, I'm Joanne. I've been on sp for over 2 years. Progressively, I'm using more and more of the site. I've even started bloggin - which I've never done before. <BR> I'm managing to be very consistant and check in daily. <BR> All the very best to all of you in 2011. <BR> Jo Mon, 10 Jan 2011 06:44:28 EST My introduction - So nice to "meet" you! Hi guys and gals! I'm so happy to have found SP but to have a secular SP is beyond terrific!!! <BR> <BR> I'm Christine, a newcomer to Raleigh NC. I have to lose weight (of course or I wouldn't be here) but I'm so much more than that. <BR> <BR> We are an atheist family that doesn't hide our belief in scientific principals or pretend to bow our heads and pray just because others are. We are proud of our intellectual faculties and refuse to be lead around like sheep by someone spouting of... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:49:59 EST Not in the Mood for Your Religious Proslytizing I've got no particular issue with religion. I don't think I'm better than religious people or even much more rational. Sometimes I think religion is kind of fascinating and inspiring. But lately I'm getting tired of people and their heavy-handed moralizing, even when they mean well. My problem is not when people look to God for guidance, it's when they presume to speak with the authority of God. <BR> <BR> I'm just in a crabby mood about it lately, I guess. The other day I made this exte... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 09:36:39 EST Good quotes. "Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat." <BR> John Morley (1838-1923) <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 18:40:58 EST Splitting hairs or, Analysis Paralysis <BR> <BR> Hi! I'm agnostic, and always thought this was distinct from atheist. Technically, it's a type of atheist, still I'm glad this team blurb names them both - I'm happy to get the Darwin fish on my Sparkpage, so there is no misunderstanding to browsers. <BR> <BR> I'm that nitpicky about other things, too. I still feel I'm normal weight - even though weight snuck on very slowly over the years. There were several years when I didn't gain, still was about 15 lb... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 11:14:26 EST Hey Checking in from the Dirty Dirty. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 20:00:07 EST Muslim Prayer Center near ground zero? What are your feelings regarding the Muslim prayer center that is being built near ground zero? How do you feel about this becoming a religious issue? Do you think there would be any of this controversy if this was any other group or religion? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:37:50 EST Wow so glad I found this team! I got a huge smile on my face when I saw that there were 3 teams that are athiests/agnostics. I didn't join the other 2 for the fact that they were really small and I thought I'd get more out of this one. Plus, the posts on here are recent. <BR> <BR> I see all the "pray for me" stuff and "God will help me lose weight" and blah blah blah. I grew up Catholic, went to all Catholic schools and something in me snapped out of it when I was in the 5th grade. I'm 29 now and haven't looked back. The... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:46:51 EST August Challenge? Does anyone have any good ideas for an August challenge for our team?? Mon, 2 Aug 2010 15:02:05 EST Secular Issues in the News, etc. I wanted to create a place where we can discuss current events and other news items that impact us as members of a secular mindset/lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Local matters, national news, legal issues or anything that might have an impact can be discussed here! <BR> <BR> Thanks and enjoy the discussion. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:06:56 EST Newbie! Just wanted to introduce myself real quick. I have been using Spark People for awhile, but I just discovered this board and it seemed right up my alley! <BR> <BR> Anyways, my name is Jackie, I'm 25 and the proud mother of an almost 2 year old. I was at my highest weight on my daughter's delivery day of 220 lbs but I am already down to 156. My first goal for now is to get to 150 by my upcoming vacation to Mexico at the end of August, so I think I'm on track to make that goal! Keep your ... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:42:56 EST Member of AHA? Is anyone else here a member of AHA (American Humanist Association)? Are there any other secular humanists here? Just wondering.... Thanks! :) Thu, 15 Jul 2010 10:17:20 EST An introduction Hello. I found this group and thought I would join. Let me introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I’m over 50 with about 75 lbs (more) to lose. I retired from the Air Force about 9 years ago and gained 60 pounds. I was so tired of dieting to make my weigh-ins that I just couldn’t face another mayonnaise-less tuna sandwich. For the last nine years I’ve pretty much eaten whatever I felt like, whenever I felt like and however much I felt like. For most of that time I kept exercising (minimally). ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 10:35:39 EST Hello All Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a 34 year old male, married, two kids, and oh so happy to find a place where it's not assumed I'm a Christian. I get frustrated in daily life with the amount of assumptions people make as to who I am and what I believe. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to more discussions. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 00:10:52 EST Daily Chat Feeling a bit out of it today. Dr. increased my Lexapro and feeling pretty spacey. Barely Sparked. Hope all is well with you all. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Sat, 24 Apr 2010 19:59:13 EST Christopher Moore's book, Lamb I just read Lamb for the second time. It'd been a while, maybe 5 years? <BR> <BR> I absolutely love this book. It's funny to me that I do though. Maybe it's different for atheists... But as an agnostic I had no problem with the story. Rarely does a book make me laugh out loud. But Lamb had me in tears at a couple of points. <BR> <BR> What I find *really* interesting is my friend from college who was as Christian as they come also loved this book. We were best friends despite radically dif... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:34:53 EST I'm new to the team. Hey, I've been on SP for a bit, but I've just recently started looking at teams. I'm glad I found this one! Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:29:47 EST Global Atheist Con In Melbourne Hey fellow secularists, <BR> I realise this is a bit after the fact, but I just spent the weekend at the Global Atheist Convention: The Rise of Atheism in Melbourne, Australia. <BR> It was a really inspiring weekend with great speakers and an amazing turnout. By the end of the weekend there were 2,500 people in attendance, many of them women and the majority were young people. <BR> It was great being around so many other nonbelievers. It gave me the same sense of belonging I used to feel back... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:57:21 EST Thank god I found you!! I just looked at the first page of daily blogs. Eliminate 5 which have reference to god or jesus in the title. Drop 10 with the good old "pray for me" message. Kick out a bunch of whiners for one church or another and there were 3 that I didn't just back right out of. ARRRGH!!! <BR> <BR> *Take a deep breath Gretchen!!* This body is mine. The only 'beings' that made it happen are my Mom and Dad. Although there are many family health issues, I am the one who made me fat, and I am the one who w... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 12:27:02 EST Secular Coalition for America On February 26th, the Secular Coalition for America, along with a unified delegation of members of the secular movement from across the country, sat down with White House representatives for an official policy briefing-the first of its kind for American nontheists. <BR> <BR> You can read the official statements that were presented to the Obama administration here: <link><BR>s2010 </link> <BR> I found the first story to be particularly moving/depressing. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 23:25:24 EST THANK YOU THANK YOU!! You have no idea how happy I am to find other rational thinkers here! After being inundated by christian spark messages,etc, we were even coerced into christian prayer at one gathering. I am so glad to find other rational freethinkers!!! <em>58</em> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 09:12:44 EST Christian Counselor My 7 year old daughter has ADHD with some oppositional aspects and we have been having problems knowing how to best help her. <BR> <BR> We decided to go to a counselor to see if that could give us some more resources. My wife found a counselor who was convenient and on our insurance. Trying to impress upon my daughter the importance of obeying authority figures she brought her dogs and demonstrated how well they were trained and she told my daughter that she should be more obedient like he... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:20:41 EST I'm a noob :) Hi my fellow atheists/agnostics, <BR> <BR> I just joined this team today and thought I would introduce myself. I was very surprised to see that there would be a group for atheists to join yay :D <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, I like video games and Bob Saget. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 14:48:05 EST Hello. New to the group. I am new to Spark People. I started working out with a trainer last Tuesday and I started my new diet plan today. I am going to lose 40 lbs by May. I workout with my trainer 3 days a week and I will be adding my own cardio in between those days. I used to be thin as a rail, and I never had to worry about my weight or exercise. IMy body changed after the birth of my 2nd child. <BR> <BR> I have a 10 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. My husband and I are raising our kids without any supernatu... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 18:05:01 EST Any Low Carbers Here? My low carb team has doubled DOUBLED, (about 1000 members now) in size since I took it over about month ago, I've found a wonderful *liked minded* gal Morticia to help out there... <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in becoming team leaders with us? Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:10:01 EST blood sugar drops Any suggestions as to how to track or count calories if you have blood glucose drops and you must consume food? I try to account for this in daily caloric intake, but sometimes there aren't enough calories left to accommodate the blood sugar drops sufficiently. It's frustrating to track all day and stay in my goal and then go over after having a drop. Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:21:45 EST Aetheist Billboard! <link><BR>eist_billboard_campaign_comes_to_ohio </link> Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:02:39 EST I Entered a Contest This is an extremely embarrassing video, but it was mandatory to enter into a contest for free dental care. <BR> <BR> Would you please vote for me? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hawn-n-bremerton-wa-dentist-fall09 </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:54:22 EST Chicago girl here! Hi everyone! <BR> So glad to be here. Open AND like-minded people. <BR> I have lost 53lbs since November 1st 2008 and I will lose 30-50 more! <BR> Hope to help the team and enjoy the journey. <BR> Mimi Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:40:41 EST I love this guy!!! Don't know if your a fan of youtube people BUT...Check out this video here..... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> He is HOT, smart...and Atheist. <BR> <BR> Does it get better than that :) Wed, 21 Oct 2009 22:11:21 EST Weight-Loss Rules to Rethink Interesting article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-rules-to-rethink.html </link> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:44:20 EST ID? Why are some religious fundos so keen on "Intelligent Design" - If it IS true then it certainly shows up God in a bad light. <BR> <BR> Here's how the intellignet designer's twisted mind works - "I will design creatures that have lots of babies, but then (*evil laugh*) most of them get killed!" <BR> <BR> Not the sort of being I would want to pray too.... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:06:43 EST What to buy an atheist for Christmas..... Atheists Guide to Christmas: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mas-Ariane-Sherine/dp/0007322615/ref=s<BR>r_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254989771&sr=1-1 </link> <BR> <BR> All proceeds go to charity. Thu, 8 Oct 2009 04:19:19 EST Atheists are smarter! Interesting article: <BR> <BR><BR>belief/2009/oct/05/atheist-religion-ed<BR>ucation-demographics-class <BR> <BR> Atheists are generally smarter (but beware that atheism does not become a religion!) Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:35:46 EST New to the team Hi; i've been active on Spark since February '07; right now i'm working on getting rid of my last 6 lbs which seem to be THE TOUGHEST to get rid of lol. I'm happy to see a secular/athiest group on here. I'll definintely be around to post more Mon, 14 Sep 2009 19:58:20 EST The Pelotonia - My Blog This past weekend I finished an amazing event called The Pelotonia, a charity cycle ride of 180 miles from Columbus, OH to Athens, OH to raise money for cancer research. This was an incredible event and it tested me on many, many levels. <BR> <BR> I want to share with you all my experience because I believe this is so important. So please, if you haven't already (and I'm posting this to all of my teams) if you have the time, read my story. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 07:03:10 EST Hallelujah! Hi, I'm Christy, I'm 26, happily married, about to start grad school for my Master of Clinical Social Work and I guess am a fellow infidel. I technically consider myself a Buddhist, but I'm not a very dogmatic one. I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one on SparkPeople who believed positivity and goodwill and overcoming life's obstacles are not inextricably linked to a belief in God. <BR> <BR> I'm not anti-religious, in fact I have a kind of reverence for all religions and someti... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 14:46:51 EST Post Office I was waiting in line at the post office yesterday, to mail off a cool new puzzle to my 9 year old brain injured grandson who is freakishly good at putting them together (no picture necessary - savant kind of thing). <BR> <BR> A male p.o. employee had a on one of those tag/key holder ribbon type necklaces on, that read "real men love Jesus". <BR> Well the woman he was attending to was just gaga over his necklace, she loudly went on and on and on about how brave he was for putting his faith o... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:08:46 EST HELLO! Where are our Team Members??? Hey Ya'll! Just wanted to say hello and find out how everyone is doing. We have mostly blogs on this team which is great but not a whole lot of message board activity. Come on Team, lets get this team more active and encourage each other! <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 07:12:22 EST What are these people thinking?? I'm obviously not saved cause I saw this movie and it was a great movie with a great message of not putting off your dreams! What are these people thinking? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-pixars-up-scares-conservative.html </link> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:38:32 EST There is No God (And You Know It) "Somewhere in the world a man has abducted a little girl. Soon he will rape, torture, and kill her. If an atrocity of this kind not occurring at precisely this moment, it will happen in a few hours, or days at most. Such is the confidence we can draw from the statistical laws that govern the lives of six billion human beings. The same statistics also suggest that this girl’s parents believe -- at this very moment -- that an all-powerful and all-loving God is watching over them and their famil... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 17:42:14 EST Hi everyone! I'm new. I've got at least 70 lbs to lose, but this time I'm trying to be slow and steady, and keep it off rather than yo-yo-ing as I did when I was on Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> I actually got as high as 237 a couple years ago, but I lost net weight while I was pregnant (I call her my lap-band baby), and I've made a bit of progress since she was born. So now I'm at 219 and ready to really commit and see some changes in my body! Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:13:53 EST Do You Know a Drug Addict or Alcoholic? I just discovered this group by chance: <BR> <BR> Secular Organizations for Sobriety <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm sending the link to a family member who is functional.. but not *ALL* the time... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 15:08:29 EST Mr. Deity Mr. Deity seems to be an equal opportunity skeptic, with a little reality thrown in for good measure. His videos are refreshing. He's held in high esteem by secular and non-secular alike. Who else could bridge such a gap? Kind of cool: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:08:35 EST review of the bible at "This book should never be left where it could fall into the hands of children. Recurrent themes of bloody violence, murder, racism, incest and rape are dealt with extremely irresponsibly. Horrific events are presented as justified by circumstances and as solutions to petty wrongs. <BR> <BR> Worse than the depictions in the book are actual historic examples of such depictions being used to justify the worst kind of degradation and humiliation that humans have ever been forced to endure. Thes... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:08:01 EST Pee Your Pants Funny LMAO FUNNY! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 11 Jun 2009 17:41:25 EST The Hand Scanner of the Beast This is not a prank; this letter is real. It’s interesting to imagine the complaints that they received which led them to develop a form letter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>11/13/the-hand-scanner-of-the-beast/ </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 23:03:15 EST Announcement Just announced that Sparks now has an IM feature available for have to be mutual friends to utilize this's the link with all of the info... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=21<BR>39530 </link> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:56:13 EST Hello all! I'm Rose. I was raised Lutheran by a rabid Christian grandmother. I married a Jew, and she said "I'm so glad you're in love, honey. It's too bad he'll go straight to hell and so will your children." Before this point, I was fine with Christianity so long as I didn't bother it and it didn't bother me. But once my own grandmother used her "Faith" to spew hateful nonsense about my husband, it was the beginning of the end of whatever remained of my own faith. <BR> <BR> I still desire to be ... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:04:23 EST horrible or humorous? I thought I'd share a dream I had because it entails two things relevant to this team: atheism and size. <BR> <BR> An evil army of dolphins were trying to convert me to Christianity through intimidation (they were going to kill me because I was a "sodomite"--their words, not mine!) and pop music (they were singing some sort of pop song that wasn't entirely unpleasant, yet utterly disturbing). <BR> <BR> I couldn't escape because I wasn't fully dressed and the humiliation of being chased int... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 02:57:21 EST Atheism and Yoga Hello all, <BR> <BR> So here is the deal: <BR> <BR> I really like yoga for the physical aspects like strengthening and stretching muscles, and I also appreciate the usefulness of quieting the mind and relaxing the body as a stress reliever... <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I have found that most of the yoga classes I have attended have involved some aspects of spirituality like "thinking of your higher power" or "sending your spirt's energy out into the world" or otherwise implying that yoga is ... Sun, 24 May 2009 20:22:37 EST It's great to see this Team... Brand new to SP and a person that is still trying to figure it all out. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend! Sat, 23 May 2009 21:30:28 EST Happy Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there! <em>146</em> Sun, 10 May 2009 08:18:36 EST Hi hi! Ok, so I've been on Spark for a couple of weeks and finally found a spark team for me! <BR> <BR> I'm an atheist, can't help it. 'Nough said (for now) :-) <BR> <BR> I had a really bad couple of months recently and completely stressed myself out. I've always eaten healthy and tried to be at least somewhat active, but it's been off and on for several years. Since November, I lost complete sight of taking care of myself and now I want to get back to where I was - healthy. <BR> <BR> -Carissa Wed, 18 Mar 2009 15:49:28 EST Stem Cell Research Revision - Ugh! <BR> <BR> I just heard some woman calling in to Headline News saying that Federal money going to fund stem cell research is akin to atheists' money going to fund the church. She doesn't want HER money going to sacrifice human lives in ANY sort of research. <BR> <BR> I can't even begin to find the starting place on this flawed logic! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 12:29:07 EST Hey All! Hey everyone! I'm Crystal. I can't tell you how relieving it is to see a group like this! Sun, 22 Feb 2009 22:47:57 EST It's just wrong... My hubby is in the Army National Guard. He is in some east coast state for his MOS school. <BR> He graduates tomorrow. <BR> Today he was told by the class instructors that if he did not pray he could not attend the graduation ceremony. <BR> he is not even allowed in the building while the ceremony is taking place. <BR> <BR> Both hubby and I recognize that there is religous discrimination in the military, all branches, but this is the first time that it has been so obvious. Even our buddist... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:41:01 EST Final Points for the Day 95 <BR> I always try to get at least 75 <BR> <em>434</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 19:01:11 EST I'll pray for you all Did that get your attention or what? Hehehehe. <BR> <BR> It's nice to "meet" others that have similar beliefs, or lack thereof, as I. :) On here and other support groups, religion is especially prevalent. I guess it makes sense! <BR> <BR> I hope to get a chance to talk to some of you. :) Sun, 28 Dec 2008 20:31:53 EST Hello Everyone! Hello all, my name is Bernard, and I have been a spiritual agnostic for about 6 years now. This began when as a young undergraduate I delved into research on the topic of discrimination against women in society. Now as a full fledged researcher I have developed a passion for empirical data in support for the main outcome. I do not believe that any one religion is better than the next, and that any human being is greater than the next because of their so called spiritual standing derived from ... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:51:47 EST Ralph Nader- DUH!!! Ok, Here's the biggest reason of why I would never vote for Nader. He's an IDIOT! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 5 Nov 2008 11:17:11 EST Ron Howard This is too funny! <BR> <BR> Tami <BR> <BR> <link><BR>50d </link> Sun, 26 Oct 2008 14:45:54 EST Reg. Voters dropped from 6 states Check out this article from the New York Times. If this effects your state you might want to check your voter's registration before election day. Don't forget to take you photo ID too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cs/09voting.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=voter%2<BR>0registration&st=cse&oref=slogin </link> Thu, 9 Oct 2008 17:50:06 EST Mencken's Creed - must read this! ;-) I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind--that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. <BR> <BR> I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious. . . <BR> <BR> I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better ... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 10:45:58 EST Presidential Debate Hope you are all watching the debate. I haven't laughed this much in quite a while. I love how they always have to split the screen so the candidates look like they are the same height! I also haven't learned so much about war history since I was a sophomore in high school. We are certainly getting down to the wire aren't we. No matter who you wish to be president make sure you are all registered to vote. I believe the cut off is Oct. 4th. <BR> <BR> Mary Fri, 26 Sep 2008 22:29:47 EST Cutting back on Spark for a while Hey y'all, real life, including my health, is using up a bunch of my time, so I need to cut back on stuff I'm doing on the web, including Spark. I'm not leaving Spark altogether, but I'm leaving most of the teams I'm on. If some of you remember some of the comments I've posted in this forum and want to get in touch w/ me, ask for a recipe, etc., please drop me a SparkMail, which I will be reading even though I won't be reading team posts. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Kelly Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:39:47 EST Presidential Politics I have been attempting to keep up with the presidential race this time around. maybe I have grown enough to take some kind of interest. <BR> <BR> In the beginning I was leaning toward Obama. Then I thought McCain might be safer. Now I am back to Obama. Palin scares me as much as Hilary did. Super religious people like her should not be making decisions for anyone. Atleast Biden 'lost' his faith for a bit after his first wife and daughter died in a car accident. Maybe we need an under ... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:11:53 EST Hi there! Hi, I'm Darci from Indiana. Well, sort of. My dad was in the Air Force, so I'm kind of from everywhere. Very few people know that I'm an atheist (I'm worried it could hurt my career.) and even my husband is a Christian, so it's nice to be able to come online to groups like this and chat with others like me. I only know one other atheist in real life, so I sort of feel like an outcast most of the time -- or like a liar for letting everyone assume that I'm Christian! Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:23:57 EST Remove "IGWT" from Money! <BR> <BR> Vote on MSN to see if we should remove IGWT from currancy. <BR> Vote fast before they remove it! Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:24:50 EST Social Philosophy Hey there, thought I'd share some stuff I've found particularly fascinating. This is a list of books that each have an interesting take on some aspect of human behavior. They are not self-help books or anything like that. I call them social philosophy because they tend to examine things we are all familiar with, but rarely understand why it works that way. <BR> <BR> All of them are available as audiobooks as well. It’s amazing how many books I can get through on my way to and from work! ... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 22:47:31 EST News of the Weird Metal Monks! <BR> <BR> Brother Cesare Bonizzi, 62, of a Capuchin Friars monastery near Milan, Italy, is the lead singer in a heavy-metal band that recently released its second album, "Misteri" ("Mysteries"), following a successful performance at Italy's "Gods of Metal" festival (headlined by Iron Maiden and, ironically, Judas Priest). On stage, the white-flowing-bearded Brother Cesare booms out gritty but non-proselytizing lyrics while wearing his traditional brown robe. He told BBC News in ... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:29:04 EST Why did this get so bad? For introduction: I have a friend of mine who has a son. Her husband died a couple of years back, so she's pretty much raising that kid by herself. Not an easy job. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I do some baby-sitting for her son. He is about 10 years old. And sometimes he is asking me a whole lot of questions. <BR> <BR> Tonight he was over at my place again. He sure is a bundle of joy. But some of his questions are... well... difficult. <BR> <BR> Tonight I was playing with the kid and his LEGOs. Al... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:20:00 EST Good Things you have Noticed!! Hello, <BR> I started a similar topic on my other teams. People seem to like it. <BR> Post good stuff you have noticed about yourself since you started SP. <BR> Examples are <BR> -muscles <BR> -energy <BR> -posture <BR> -you can sit with legs crossed <BR> etc <BR> <BR> Any small or large thing that just made you go <BR> 'OH HEY YAH!!' Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:25:59 EST BlackFalcon reporting in. I don't really know how to describe myself. What am I? <BR> <BR> Am I Christian? Although the idea of the bible is compelling, I don't like the way christians think about themselves as superior to everybody else. This is my conception about christianity, you are free to argue with me about it or not. <BR> <BR> Am I Agnostic? Can you prove that I am? I don't know. Apparently agnostic means that I am open to the concept of religion, but not entirely convinced by it. That could possibly descr... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:28:25 EST Mostly here so it's on my profile I'm trying to add all the teams to my profile that will chase bible thumping baby machines away. Anyone who finds me on the local search is pretty much in this category due to the overabundance of military bases around Puget Sound. God and babies had nothing to do with me being fat. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hi, I'm 26 from Mount Vernon, Washington. I've been on SP for a month and a half and I'm still excited about it, which is saying something the way my attention span is. I graduated from coll... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 14:01:30 EST At last!!! I have finally found a team that will not be sprinkled with prayers and badly-spelled quotes from scripture. <BR> <BR> I am Mikki, 35, mother of two, happily married, and a seventh grade comm. arts teacher. I'm enjoying becoming more physically active. I used to be very athletic, but with kids and grad school, I've become very lazy. Now that I've finished my master's degree and it's summer, there are no more excuses. So here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to good discussions here. <BR... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:16:06 EST Quackery in nutrition and medicine. So I've noticed there seems to be a particular overabundance of quackery when it comes to nutrition in particular. Which is why I've made it a habit to always check something with before buying into it. It seems like the same bug that causes people to buy into ridiculous things like "faith healing" is also wreaking havoc in the nutrition world. Sigh! <BR> <BR> Carl Sagan, where are you when we need you? Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:22:06 EST Newbie Here I am Jenny, a mom to 3 kids. I have 8 and 6 year old boys, and a 9 month old girl. I am hoping to lose at least 30 lbs by next year. Tue, 27 May 2008 11:07:38 EST First day here Hello, Its my first day on this site and I'm so glad to find other freethinkers like myself. <em>224</em> Mon, 5 May 2008 10:09:12 EST Stop Christian Nation Resolution HR 888 I've participated in a Secular Coalition for America Action Alert by asking my U.S. House Representative to vote NO on H. Res. 888. This resolution seeks to revise history by declaring the U.S. a "Christian Nation." You can read more about H. Res. 888 and take action yourself at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:57:47 EST Stop Christian Nation Resolution HR 888 I've participated in a Secular Coalition for America Action Alert by asking my U.S. House Representative to vote NO on H. Res. 888. This resolution seeks to revise history by declaring the U.S. a "Christian Nation." You can read more about H. Res. 888 and take action yourself at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:37:32 EST What are you doing to be healthy?! I am starting the couch to 5K program. I litterally started to day. <BR> <BR> What have you been doing to get healthy??! Sat, 19 Jan 2008 21:11:57 EST Do you feel that God is everywhere sometimes???? I appologise ahead of time for my post....... <BR> <BR> Sometimes it seems that god, jesus, angels and other icons are closing in on me. <BR> <BR> I open an e-mail and it's something about someone blessing me, or an angel is watching, or I need to pray. I watch TV and someone is thanking god for what they have accomplished. I really could go on and on.... <BR> <BR> Here is the question to ponder and talk about.....How can you politely remove that stuff from your life?? I live the way... Fri, 11 Jan 2008 23:34:54 EST How NOT to Apologize From: Heartless Bitch. I came across this, printed it out and mailed it to a certain someone. Love this: <BR> <BR> "1.) Apologize in email. Hey, why should you actually have to FACE the person you harmed and DEAL with the real consequences of your actions - like the fact that they might still be hurt and upset? It's so much easier to do it from a distance - that way you can go around telling everyone how you made all this EFFORT to rectify things. If questioned on this, you can fall back on ... Sun, 6 Jan 2008 13:23:18 EST Dating Are there any secular dating sites? I found one at, but I'm not sure how good it is. They do ask TONS of questions in the profile section. Thu, 4 Oct 2007 09:50:03 EST Today's news from the world of religion<BR>tml Fri, 21 Sep 2007 22:29:24 EST What organizations do we all belong to? So, what secular organizations do people on the team belong to? <BR> I'm a member of Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans for Religious Liberty, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. At various times in the past, I've been a member of the American Humanist Assoc. and a couple of local orgs. <BR> <BR> Of those, FFRF is the most fun - great annual conventions, a good monthly newsletter that's almost a whole newspaper, and lots of CDs of atheist songs. <BR> <BR> Kelly... Thu, 16 Aug 2007 23:26:51 EST Paranormal all round Team, are we all disbelievers of the paranormal too, or just gods? <BR> <BR> Eg, there's a signature on spark from a "psychic" sparker that's something like "EVP Rules!" --roll eyes-- EVP? Electronic Voice Phenomena? People will believe anything! LOL <BR> <BR> What's your thoughts on general paranormal stuff, too? Wed, 15 Aug 2007 15:36:59 EST Failure demotivating? How do you all think the religious types feel when they hit a wall? <BR> <BR> I think that if I had the magic sky pixie "on my side" or was depending on the magic sky pixie to help me through this, and it didn't happen for me, I'd be far more gutted than if I didn't. <BR> <BR> I wonder what happens inside a person's head when they think that God wants them to do something, is helping them do it, and they can't do it? Wouldn't they entertain ideas of "God wants me to be this way" or "This ... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 00:34:02 EST Hi y'all! I'm also in "Separation of Church and Weight" and "Liberal Atheist Hippies" teams, but the more the merrier, as I see it! The groups that Sparkpeople automatically put me in, 50+ Females and 10-25 Pounds to Lose, are a bit too crowded with inspirational stories and blessings and crediting god for things that actually took hard work by humans. <BR> <BR> Kelly <BR> <em>172</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2007 20:50:32 EST Hi...fresh! Hi,my name is Chasz and I am 26, newly married, a workaholic,and a liberated lebertarian/objectivist. (I knda teeter in the middle of each of their views so, perhaps I'm simply a radical. I am a behavior specialist in the public school system, which is ironc b/c I can't mangage all of my own behaviors, ha ha... And I am also an artist of sorts with a love for music, paint, fantastic foods, dance, and nature. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with weight issues for a few years now afer ballon... Sat, 14 Jul 2007 11:55:50 EST Motivation I'm in a few different groups, and it seems like religion is a major source of motivation for a lot of people. This is great, for them, but I was wondering what motivates all of our members? Mon, 23 Apr 2007 17:49:34 EST For all newcomers- -Introduce yourself! My name is Caroline. I'm only 19, but I've always struggled with my weight. I only have a few vanity pounds to lose right now, but I'm hoping to continue to use this website after I reach my goal weight, so that I can learn to maintain it. <BR> <BR> I have been an atheist for about 5 years, as soon as I was out of range of influence from my grandparents and other relatives. I was raised Lutheran by my mother, even though she never really bought it, either. By the time I was 8, my family had... Wed, 21 Mar 2007 18:00:21 EST