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Ro-bear last won the day on May 17 2014

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  • Birthday 06/12/1959

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    None I know of

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  1. It's a good thing I did not marry a believer. I would not have attended church with her. I go to church for weddings, funerals, and the odd christening. Also, I would have actively undermined any attempt by my wife or in-laws to indoctrinate my children.
  2. Fox knows its readers need an enemy to chew on. Caleb Parke is the one currently assigned to get Fox readers fired up on God's behalf. That assignment used to belong to the inimitable Todd Starnes.
  3. My "you" was intended as a generic you; I was not giving you the business. Sorry it came off that way.
  4. We took down the mantel stuff because we had a big rainstorm and the roof leaks there. The tree stays up until we take the family Christmas photo, which usually happens by mid-January. Then we have to box up the ornaments. Then I take the tree to my friend's yard where it will be eaten by goats. Traditions are a burden, but if it makes my family happy I can do it.
  5. 2019 was almost as risky. The 19 could be turned into 1997 for example. I'm not worried. If this is all you have to worry about...
  6. I'm looking forward to death, but I think it will be so wonderful I will save it for the last.
  7. Fortunately, my current cat is not a psycho climber cat. But she does enjoy drinking the tree water, as does my old beagle.
  8. I know the word "Christmas" is not secular. Neither is the word "holiday" if you're a stickler. Nonetheless, that is what I call my solstice revelry, because my parents called it that and my changes to their observation of it have been minimal. All I did was remove Jesus. You'd be surprised how much Christmas is left when you leave out the annoying baby and wise men and talking animals. Food, lights, music, tree, candy, holly. mistletoe, Santa elves, reindeer, presents, parties...one could go on and on. We really keep Christmas at my house. We go to a tree farm to get a tree and decorate it on Thanksgiving weekend. We have rituals. And a person entering my home might not even notice the absence of a manger scene or the way we handle the music: all sacred carols are instrumentals; secular Christmas songs can be either instrumental or vocal. My wife and I go to see "A Christmas Carol" at the university every year. I take my daughters, nieces, and nephews to "Nutcracker on Ice" every year. You can accuse me of being an atheist, but you can't call me a Scrooge. Anyway, if you have read this far, you have an interest in the subject. I'd be interested to know how you do Christmas or whatever you call it. P.S.: Umm, hello by the way. I used to come here a lot years ago.
  9. I'm doing well, mostly. It's been an eventful year. The highlights are prostate surgery, retirement, and a trip to Africa. You can see my Africa photos on Facebook with a side of Ro-bear humor. No photos for those other things. I follow you on Facebook. I want to be like you when I grow up.
  10. I just tell people I'm an atheist. I don't care if some consider the term pejorative. I'm too old to worry about what other people think. People need to know we are here,
  11. Losing something one used to share with loved ones is tough. Also, I feel constrained about expressing my worldview because of where I live, the kind of folks I work with, etc. It makes me an outsider in some respects, and sometimes I like to feel as if I belong.
  12. Most of my friends are Christians. Religion almost never comes up. Are you sure you are not sabotaging your relationships with Christians? No offense intended.
  13. Thanks to all for condolences. I went back to work today because it seemed easier than staying home. It still hasn't hit me. It wasn't a big surprise. Dad has been going downhill for weeks. Diagnosed with Alzheimers in Oct., moved to memory unit in Nov, fell and broke hip in Jan, then just got weaker and weaker... Dad died real hard. The last week he didn't speak a single intelligible word, never seemed fully awake, wouldn't make eye contact, never left the bed, which had to have rails to keep him in.. When he was animated, he had the look of a frightened animal. He writhed and moaned a lot. He made one nurse throw her back out when he rolled out before we got the rail bed. He bit another when she moved him to prevent bed sores. Bit her right on the tit; she showed me the impression. Hospice provided palliative care, but shit it wasn't enough. No one would let an animal go through that, but a person has to. If I ever get that diagnosis, I hope I go straight home, set my affairs in order, and blow my head off. Sorry for the downer, but I can't talk about this in person right now, so I do it here. Service Saturday. Younger daughter will go straight to prom after, then off to college next fall. *sigh* I'm just not that comfortable with changes of this magnitude.
  14. My dad died this morning. All I felt was relief, but I left school anyway. I figured helping Mom with the arrangements would be better than risking an emotional breakdown at school. Anyway, got through all that and still nothing. I think it will happen sometime, though. I just hope I'm alone when it does. I wish it were the weekend.
  15. I figure that gay people find out they are gay instead of choosing it. Like straight people do, and, I presume, bisexual people.
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