Sunday, May 1, 2011

Introduce yourself!

I did this last year and it was fun. This time I'd like to set it up as a perma-type link in the sidebar. If you introduced yourself last year, you're more than welcome to do so again here.

Share any or all of the following or anything else you'd like:

  • Name or pseudonym
  • Where you're from and what you do
  • How you found this blog
  • How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions
  • Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof
  • Links to your own blog or website
  • Favorite book(s)
  • Whatever else you can think of

Have fun! Can't wait to read your comments!

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47 comments:

  1. Nick Erickson
    Florida - Professional Mariner (Captain)
    Wardgossip.blogspot via RfM
    Been reading for a bout three months now.
    BIC ExMo and now - just living and enjoying life
    Don't use my blogspot right now.
    Anything Chuck Palahniuk writes and so many more I can't count. I'm a literary book whore.

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  2. 1. Elizabeth
    2. Indiana - graduating from college this month, hoping to eventually work in public policy
    3. I can't remember how I found this blog; probably linked off another one
    4. I've been reading for several weeks; I enjoy your honesty and rational thinking
    5. I was raised Christian in a Reformed/Calvinist family; these days I call myself a Christian but don't identify with any particular denomination
    6. I blog at http://motherdaughterdiaries.com
    7. My favorite book is Gaudy Night, a novel by Dorothy L. Sayers

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  3. I thinki participated last year...anyways...."L" I just wanted to say congratulations on your success. I see WotE mentioned allover the interbuttz and I see that you have 163 followers (that's way more than JC's original 12). When I first came here years ago the atheist blogosphere had a tremendous amount of active blogs; these days not as many. I'm glad to see that you are still doing this and that you were not 'fly by night.' So awesome, please keep it up.

    Heart,

    Kriss

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  4. Well, I live in the Midwest in the US, and I work as a photo lab tech in a pharmacy. I am a Catholic, Ignostic, Pagan, Humanist, who is fascinated by religion, especially Mormonism. I was baptized, received First Communion and First Reconciliation, Confirmed, and married in my hometown Catholic parish, but through my college education I became a hardcore feminist and hardcore pro-LGBT rights activist, so my hardcore Catholicism went out the window. Thankfully. Or my marriage to husband would have been exceedingly difficult, what with me trying to convert him all the damn time.

    You're already aware I blog at www.lifeasareader.blogspot.com

    I have a degree in English Literature, and my favorite books are mostly Gothic novels, but I also devour anything written by Louise Erdrich. Smutty Harry Potter fanfiction is a guilty pleasure of mine, but I also like my non-fiction - currently savoring Clarissa Pinkola Estes' Women Who Run With the Wolves. My wish list on Amazon is so long now ... haha I read a lot of books on the FLDS, Mormonism, Celtic myth, Paganism, etc. My minors in college were Irish Studies and Religious Studies.

    So, since I clearly am not putting my degree to "good use" in my career, I do it at home by reading good books and keeping up my writing skills on my blog. I'd be deeply depressed by now if it weren't for that outlet of creative energy.

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  5. I'm Fordi / Bryan. I'm from Philadelphia, PA, and I'm a web developer. Found the blog from one of the various atheist blogrolls. Been reading for nearly a year. I was raised Catholic and deconverted slowly over my adolescence and 20's. http://codemonkeybryan.com ; QED by Richard Feynman (nice, light read)

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  6. - Bret Alan
    - North Carolina, unemployed writer
    - Probably searched under "atheism" in blogger profiles
    - About 3 months; I like the different perspective you have, as I don't see many spirital atheist bloggers
    - Fully recovered Catholic
    - meh, you can find it by clicking my comment name
    - Anything over 1000 years old
    - I think we should reschedule our interview

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  7. huzzah! other former catholics in the blogosphere!

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  8. Name or pseudonym: Bud (That's my real name) Uzoras

    Where you're from and what you do: Originally from Chicago; now in Springfield, IL, currently work at a bank.

    How you found this blog: Via the Redheaded Skeptic

    How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions: Been reading for well over a year. Keep doing what you're doing, as often as you can!

    Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof: Ex-Christian

    Links to your own blog or website: Dead-Logic.com

    Favorite book(s): The Brothers Karamozov; The Catcher in the Rye; Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Whatever else you can think of: I'm a big fan of spinach-filled lasagna.

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  9. Name or pseudonym : Leah (a little confusing when posting on this blog, I know)
    Where you're from and what you do: Yale senior, major in political science
    How you found this blog: gosh, I don't even remember anymore. It's been too long.
    Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof: atheist dating a nice Catholic boy. I blog about our disagreements and my explorations at the link below.
    Links to your own blog or website:Unequally Yoked
    Favorite book(s): Flatland, So You Want to Be a Wizard, Mere Christianity, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, Shakespeare,
    Whatever else you can think of: I love making elaborate Halloween costumes. I'm waiting to cut my hair til I pick next year's costume and decide how long I'll need it to be then.

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  10. Name or pseudonym:
    Emelie

    Where you're from and what you do:
    I'm from Sweden and I study landscape architecture.

    How you found this blog:
    I don't remember, but I have a short-cut to it on my mozilla-thingy

    How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions:
    For a year I think.. I like to read your long posts about your thoughts on atheism and religiosity.

    Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof:
    I used to ask god for favors when I was young, besides from that I have no significant spiritual history.. I get so amazed when seeing other peoples beliefs and I really badly would like to understand.. feels like I am missing out on something.. but mostly I just get scared of people when they claim truth and holiness in some book/person and discard the reality I have grown up to know.

    Links to your own blog or website:
    In swedish, you can always try google translate though,
    http://www.foxinabox.se

    Favorite book(s):
    A swedish novel by Frans G. Bengtsson called "Röde Orm". An adventure story telling about the life of a man in the 900 century when he becomes a viking traveling around the globe.

    Whatever else you can think of:
    Usama bin Laden died/was killed (my facebook feed informed me) and I guess I couldn't care less.. But it's a wierd world we live in and I feel a sting of sadness when thinking about it all.

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  11. Hello! I'm Diana (I think this Disqus thing has me logged into my Twitter account, Menshevixen).

    I'm a librarian in Florida, hoping to move to the Cleveland area of Ohio soon.

    I think I probably clicked over here from Feminist Mormon Housewives, or Donna Banta's blog...one of the famous ones. :D I suppose I've been reading for the better part of a year, but I don't recall doing this sort of posting last year, so I must've arrived after that. I like your retrospective posts about your religious/spiritual history--and I love the ones about the path you're on now. It is good to read about the strange middle ground between fervor and apathy.

    I was raised Mormon (though not born-in) and was active until about five years ago. I now flail happily about in the murky waters of agnostic paganism.

    My personal blog is here: http://nomdebiro.blogspot.com (also linked on my Twitter account)

    My all-time favorite book is The Once and Future King, by T.H. White (big Arthur nut). Assorted other favorites include The Plague of Doves (Louise Erdrich), American Gods (Neil Gaiman), and various young adult fantasy titles.

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  12. Hi Leah! I can't remember if I did this last year or not, but it seems like fun!

    Name or pseudonym - My name is Katrina, I also go by Kat in real life, and katsbrain online. I've also been known to answer to "Hey You!" but that was when I was working in the corporate world...

    Where you're from and what you do- I was born and raised in South Florida, and still live within six blocks of the house I was brought home to from the hospital. I work part-time in a kosher candy store in an area of Miami known affectionately as "little Israel." The Orthodox Jews that make up 99 percent of our clientele are facinated by me when they find out I'm an outsider, mostly because they know so few non-jews in their insulated community. I am also a homemaker, artist, writer/blogger, bookworm, movie buff, human-rights activist and all-around loudmouth and chatterbox.


    How you found this blog- I think I found it in the blogroll of The Redheaded Skeptic, though I see it pop up in a lot of skeptic/atheist blogrolls.


    How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions- I've been reading your blog for about a year now, and I love reading about your journey towards finding a spirituality that doesn't require you to sacrifice your intellect or your own moral compass. I have taken that same journey myself, and trust me, it's well worth the effort.


    Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof- I was born into a religiously and culturally diverse family, and I consider myself very lucky for it. My mother is Pagan and had me baptized in a Unitarian Universalist Church. She urged me to learn all I could and decide for myself. My grandparents on that side were Greek Orthodox and Irish Catholic. They were also pretty encouraging, but did try to gently nudge me toward some sort of Christianity. I am pretty sure my father was an atheist, or at least didn't really speak about or try to please any god he may have believed in. His side of the family is a mix of hardcore Southern Baptist, Lutheran, and Methodist. I believe that is part of the reason why they never really accepted me and my mother, and treated us pretty much like we were invisible, or at best, uninvited guests that they forcefully smile at while trying to be hospitable. Now that my father has passed away, they want nothing to do with me. From the age of 12 or so, I have been facinated with the variety of religious practices in the world, and tried very hard to figure out which was "right." I am at a point now where I can see that none of them are right, but all of them do have some truth. Now that I look at religion in a literary way, rather than a literal one, I can have both spiritual comfort and intellectual and moral integrity.


    Links to your own blog or website- I haven't written much lately, but I hope to get back to my blog soon http://kats-brain.blogspot.com/

    Favorite book(s) - SO MANY! I am an unabashed Harry Potter fan (I actually found more spiritual comfort and perspective from that series than I did in any religious text, though I know not everyone would. I just really, really identified with a lot of the themes.) I also love anything by Eve Ensler, Jodi Piccoult, Kurt Vonnegut, and Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (he's an amazing resource for spiritual wisdom based in nature rather than dogma and faith-based assumptions). A favorite that remains from childhood is Lois Lowry's "The Giver." Other random titles on my shelf include "The Souls of Animals," "Atheism: The Case Against God," "Sophie's World," "How To Be A Hepburn In A Hilton World," "Sex For One," "The Help," "Slammerkin," "White Oleander," "She's Come Undone" and lots of stuff on nature, philosophy, and other random stuff.

    Whatever else you can think of - Anything you wanna know, feel free to ask!

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  13. Name or pseudonym - Currently going by "Young Mom"

    Where you're from and what you do- From the Midwest USA, but currently living in the Canadian Prairies. I'm currently the stay at home parent for my 3 littles, and about to have our fourth.

    How you found this blog- You commented on my blog, and I checked you out.

    How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions- Been reading a couple of months now, and I love your honesty about religious questions. Keep up the great work!

    Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof- Grew up crazy Fundamentalist Protestant Quiverfull Patriarchal, Married a conservative Pastor, both of us have grown out of the insanity together, He's pretty mainline (protestant) right now with an interest in other expressions of christianity, I'm a questioning-doubting-agnostic-mainline christian with an interest in the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopalian traditions.

    Links to your own blog or website- My blog is "Permission to Live" URL www.ayoungmomsmusings.blogspot.com

    Favorite book(s)- I read constantly, there really are too many to count. Right now I'm loving books on Gentle Parenting, Feminism/ Womens Studies, Gender Studies, Religion...

    Whatever else you can think of - I've always wanted to dye my hair bright red (that or shave my head) and get my nose peirced. Not sure how my husband's congregation would react though.

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  14. Name or pseudonym: Tai Bee

    Where you're from and what you do: I was raised in Baltimore, MD but my parents regret that now and wish they could have raised us down south in the Bible belt with our less worldly extended family. I currently reside in NY - I moved here to distance myself from family which has helped me to learn about myself outside of religion and to cope with all the christian residue. :)

    How you found this blog: very randomly, I don't exactly remember! I do know the blog name was what caught my sinful eye ... ;)

    How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions: Oh, I've been reading for at least 6 months or so. I am most interested in the fact that you were a former Mormon. I was not (I was actually raised in a Presbyterian church but under strong southern baptist influences from within the family) but have always been interested in what my church and family considered to be 'cults'. My interest used to be in the form of wishing I could help those sects that 'had it wrong' (I was never the judgmental type of Christian, I genuinely felt for all types of people). My interest now is in how similar we all are really are (how the damage is very much the same, and how easily we can relate).

    No suggestions come to mind, just keep doing what you do! <3

    Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof: I gave some of it to you already in my answers to questions 1 and 3. I can add that I was taken out of public school to be home-schooled in the 9th grade. Our city church was too liberal for my parents and they regret raising us there, especially since I ended up turning away from the light. They blame the church (for being too worldly *ex. being fine with public schools and never strongly encouraging the super-modest dressing of women) and our early years in public school. My parents were conservative enough ... it still baffles me that they think more would have helped when I had trouble dealing as it was.

    Having been home schooled, my education suffered. College was also held over my head (I was not allowed the funds unless I came home back under Christian rules and influences). I wanted to become emancipated in order to receive gov funds without being attached to my parents income so that I could do it on my own, but at the time, I didn't know how to go about it or who to turn for guidance. Finally and thankfully, I am in a better with good (happy heathen, bwahaha) friends by my side and the last two years have been dedicated to making up for the lack (emphasis on math and science) so that I can be ready for college in a year or so. :)

    Links to your own blog or website: http://www.mysoulhole.blogspot.com, http://www.xtaibee.blogspot.com

    Favorite book(s): 1984, Brave New World, Lolita, Fahrenheit 451, Catcher in the Rye, Why Evolution is True, Who's Been Sleeping in your Head?, Arousal: the Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies ... etc :) On my list: http://www.michaelshermer.com/weird-things/ and Silence of the Lambs

    Whatever else you can think of: I think a past of strong anti-sex ideals (anti-world, really) has helped me to appreciate more the freedom to explore in current life. I take full advantage (ahem, well when I'm not in guilt-mode, that is!) and even though I wouldn't say religious abuse is ever a good thing, I can look back and view it as a vital part of my own personal journey. I wonder how ex Christians look at it similarly? I think we should embrace the fact that we have such an interesting perspective: we lived in 'the bubble' and can now view it objectively from the outside.

    PS. This is a great (and yes, fun!) idea!!

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  15. *gasp* Gaudy Night! I love Dorothy Sayers. I'm not sure I'd pick that one up again any time soon though; the speech from the villain at the end was so powerful it left me literally shaken. I finished it over lunch at work and had to spend the rest of the afternoon constantly reminding myself "It was a book, they're fictional characters, they're not real," so that I wouldn't totally freak out!

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  16. * Name or pseudonym: Lauren. I posted one comment here previously as dragonscat, since that was my livejournal, but it seems that option has gone away and I'm sort of moving away from that handle, so I decided to post this under the newer one.

    * Where you're from and what you do: Northeastern US. I'm a research chemist/lab manager for a small company.

    * How you found this blog: blogroll on Blag Hag.

    * How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions: a couple of weeks now, but I love it. I found it at just the right correspondence in our respective journeys, it seems like.

    * Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof: raised Methodist with heavy flavorings of Evangelicalism (complete with Post-Millenial Dispensationalism, which is a phrase I know thanks to slacktivist!) from some youth leaders. Went through an angry phase (chronicled somewhat on that old lj), then a spiritual but questioning phase, then a reluctant agnostic/atheist phase that I'm sick of, and I'm now back to dipping my toes into paganism.

    Oh, and I'm also on my church council. My church staffed by almost all women, with a pastor who preached her enthusiasm for her Galapagos visit on the anniversary of Darwin's birthday, and where Women of the ELCA Sunday's children sermon consisted of a lesson on why it's important to work for gay rights now. I love my church. The whole Pagnostic thing makes being on Council feel a bit awkward though, trying to figure out what to do with that.

    * Links to your own blog or website: Nothing active right now.

    * Favorite book(s): Mysteries, Pratchett, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and lots of fantasy novels, particularly ones heavily flavoured with any sort of mythology but especially Celtic or Norse.

    * Whatever else you can think of: It's 11:00 and I need to go to bed. Baby Viking will be waking lots earlier than I want to, probably.

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  17. Short and concise... I'm edivimo, I'm from Costa Rica, rice crop researcher (but I don't feel like one...).
    I found this blog through BlagHag, I had read you for a few months, no suggestions.
    I never was a practicant catholic, I read greek mithology in my childhood, and after reading the first books of the bible and they were so similar.
    The God's Delusion kick me off the fence.
    My blog is so abandoned that is no use to link it.
    Favorite books... sci-fi? That's always a tough question, I never categorize my favorite books, or movies.

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  18. Español fue mi primera especialización en la universidad. Hace años, podía hablar con fluidez, pero ya casi nunca lo uso y he olvidado mucho. :-(

    ¡Gracia por leer!

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  19. Sounds like an awesome church to be a part of!

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  20. It is an interesting perspective. I once told a friend that my upbringing was very insular. He put a more positive spin on it and called it "exotic." :-)

    Good luck with college and everything else!

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  21. 'cause you know Jesus really cares what color your hair is. ;-)

    Love your blog. I'm glad we've found each other. :-)

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  22. I remember you commenting on another post with that "literal to literary" phrase to describe your spiritual journey. Thought that was great.

    Thanks for reading, Kat!

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  23. I'm partial to The Mists of Avalon myself. :-)

    I do a lot of flailing myself in this middle ground I'm trying to occupy.

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  24. I didn't much care about bin Laden's death either, until I saw so many other people downright joyful about it. That made me sad.

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  25. Leah, you might like: http://www.atheistcatholic.com/

    And good luck with you costume!

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  26. That we should. You will have email.

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  27. Elliott is a great surname! Especially with two 'l's and two 't's.

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  28. Blogging is a major creative outlet for me as well, necessary for my mental health!

    I didn't know you had minored in Irish Studies. You have to read Anam Cara! You will love it!

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  29. Thanks, Kriss! I've had dry spells with the blog, but I always come back to it.

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  30. I like the concept of co-writing a blog with your mother. And Gaudy Night sounds like a great read.

    Good luck with life after college!

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  31. The original idea was for my mom and me to write together. Then it morphed into my religious thoughts. I'm still hoping to get her voice in there soon.

    Thanks for your well-wishes!

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  32. That speech is definitely powerful, although I tend to ignore the mystery aspect a bit and focus more on the sidelines in the story. I grew up in a family where academia was next to Godliness (my grandfather was a pastor and went to Harvard, and he basically withheld love from anyone who didn't measure to his personal standards), so this book has been very helpful to me over the years in parsing out the pros and cons of an academic life as well the role academia plays in society. I've also turned over and over to Sayers' themes of gender, vocation, and societal roles. There is so much in that novel, I get something new from it every time.

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  33. Learning another language requires a lot of practice. My english verbal skills are quite lacking, and my writing skills are better...

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  34. Yes! I can still read and write Spanish quite well, but speaking is another matter.

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  35. Since you kindly responded to my request for submissions today, I thought I could reciprocate and thus have my first comment here be nice and neutral.

    Name or pseudonym: Katherine (sharanam)Where you're from and what you do: I'm from rural Connecticut, though I've been a nomad and often city-dweller for the past 20 years. I worked in IT and operations and quit two years ago to dedicate myself to the contemplative life, confident that my intended vocation would emerge from that investigation.How you found this blog: You commenting on a post of mine, linked by way of On Being.How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions: I've been reading for a couple of months. I admire your ability to straddle the seeming divide between atheism and religiousness with such aplomb. You tackle such heated issues from post to post and manage to pack a punch, ever so respectfully. A real gift you have.Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof: Raised in a secular Christian household, but also grandchild of a fairly radical process/relational theologian and divinity school professor. I went to Episcopal boarding school and summer camp so I went to church a lot even though my parents are hardly believers. I never felt the need to rebel or reject because it was a pretty progressive religious upbringing. But at a fairly young age I became interested in meditation and Buddhism and after studying it in college and dabbling for a decade or so, I eventually got a really grounded practice. At this point meditation is a way of life. I am deeply religious but also largely secular, so this space is very nurturing for me.Links to your own blog or website: http://sharanam.wordpress.com and http://sharanam.tumblr.comFavorite book(s): I don't have favorites so much. Whatever else you can think of: Gratitude!

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  36. Thanks, Katherine!

    "At this point meditation is a way of life."That's what I'm striving for! I think like many I originally thought that meditation was about how long you could sit quietly with your eyes closed. I'm learning that it's more about paying attention and really being in your life moment to moment.

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  37. Rebecca MarchandMay 23, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    Name or pseudonym: RebeccaWhere you're from and what you do: Musicologist in BostonHow you found this blog: OnBeing Blog (Speaking of Faith)How long you've been reading, what you like, any suggestions: The Elegance of the Hedgehog is my favorite book in the last two years. Fiction, anyway. :)Your religious/spiritual history, or lack thereof: raised Lutheran (by a mother who was and is probably more of a Druid by her own admission; my father was/is Atheist); agnostic in my teens until college when in 1998 I was  confirmed in United Church of Christ (UCC). I like being part of a spiritual community that seems to rest on faith, not doctrine. I don't go to church regularly (after being a paid church musician for a decade, I've become rather selfish about my Sundays). I do explore a whole variety of churches (particularly fun in Boston, where you have something like Emmanuel Church that does a cycle of Bach cantatas every Sunday), but mostly depend upon my own faith journey (a lot of reading).Links to your own blog or website: http://miscellaneousmayhem.blogspot.com (it doesn't get updated during the school year too much.Favorite book(s): Too many to list, but see aboveWhatever else you can think of: Really adore your blog...so glad I took some time this morning to read a bunch of posts. I hope to follow it regularly.
     

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  38. Rebecca MarchandMay 23, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Sorry for the screwy formatting!

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  39. Oh, Rebecca, so glad you stopped by! A career in musicology is where I'm hoping to end up. I'll be following your blog, too. We should definitely stay in touch!

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  40. Hello.  My name is Heather and I'm currently work in the field of technical writing.  But my career goal is to become a high school biology teacher -- something I've been sidetracked from by life.  But I'll get there eventually.  I found your blog just this morning by looking at old Brodie awards.  I've read several of your posts and think you are a wonderful writer.  I was born into the church, had a complicated relationship with it through my twenties, and became officially disaffected in October of 2010 (Boyd Packer's talk put me over the edge). 

    I just finished watching the videos of the talk you gave.  The last video includes an LDS man butting in and it cuts off before the conversation is complete.  I must admit I'm dying to know what happened after that.

    Anyway,  I'm enjoying your blog and have added you to my RSS feed.  Cheers!

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  41. Thanks so much, Heather! Glad to have you reading. 

    The Mormon man who attended my talk for "damage control" basically dismissed everything I said, because, you know, if you don't agree with the Mormons it's just because of a misunderstanding, and outsiders could never possibly understand how the Spirit and personal revelation work. 

    I did end up yelling at him when he tried to claim that excommunication is a loving act and not a punishment:  http://whoreofalltheearth.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-yelled-at-bishop-today.html  I felt a little foolish and apologized to the organizer of the seminar, who told me, "Oh, I don't think you have anything to apologize for."

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  42. Sandra ChristianHereticJuly 3, 2011 at 6:39 PM

     


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    Name or pseudonym:  Sandra the (formerly Christian) Heretic, and
    variation on that phrase as demanded by whatever forum I’m joining.


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    Where you're from and what you do:  Phoenix, Arizona but I’ve lived all over the
    US.  I spend my days either schlepping my
    kids around to activities or resting on my bed from a chronic hysterical
    illness.  I blog for my sanity.


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    How you found this blog:  I looked at my blog’s stats page and
    discovered that a large percentage of my readers are referred from this
    site.  So I thought I should check it
    out.


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    How long you've been reading, what you
    like, any suggestions:  I’ve only been
    reading here an hour or so but I like the thoughtful introspection with which
    you approach your subject.  No diatribes
    or vicious screes—at least not that I’ve seen.


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    Your religious/spiritual history, or
    lack thereof:  I was born the third
    generation of fundamentalist Evangelicals, the first child of a preacher.  I left Christianity entirely in my late
    twenties after the death of my mother. 
    After the onset of my hysterical illness in my early-forties, I began to
    look again at Christianity in an attempt to integrate my past with my present
    and unlock the spiritual and psychological chains that bound me into physical
    ill health.  My blog, Chronicles of a
    (Formerly Christian) Heretic, is the ongoing result of this attempt.


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    Links to your own blog or website:  http://chroniclesofachristianheretic.blogspot.com/


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    Favorite book(s): There are so many
    noteworthy books on my shelves that I can’t begin to name them.  No single book or author stands out as an
    enduring favorite. My blog’s sidebar keeps a display of my current reading and
    past favorites.


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    Whatever else you can think of:  I used to sing until I left the church.  My last performance was the Sunday after my
    mother’s funeral.  I also used to journal
    incessantly and write a lot.  Something
    more than my mother was buried that day. 
    Blogging has been a very difficult practice for me to maintain and music
    is completely beyond me.  I long for the
    day when I have found my voice.

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  43. thank...about infomation...GOD BLESS for yours

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  44. Designation: Jason (Obvious?)
    Habitation: Connecticut, U.S.A.
    Occupation: Post-grad, independent scholar, adoring father.
    Derivation: A post on Blag Hag.
    Duration: I'm wet behind the ears. But enjoying what I see so far.
    Inculcation: Raised progressive Christian, attended seminary, realized my folly in a nick of time.
    Destination: http://a-bright-blog.blogspot.com/

    Cat lover, turophile, Doctor Who fan, bibliophile, asupernaturalist, hiker, photographer, pianist, general agitator.

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  45. Idea for new blog name, with just a slightly change in the "W" word; change to WENCH.

      Shapespear quote ""Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear."

    One of the definitions is a female server, so your tag line could be serving up generous helpings of 
    Religion, skepticism, and carving out a spiritual life post-Mormonism

    Far less polarizing, and could be a good way to continue the conversation.  Just a thought.

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Religion, skepticism, and carving out a spiritual life post-Mormonism