Location: Texarkana, TX
About Me: I was saved at 16 in the Nazarene Church, but changed my mind about 1 month later. I am best described as a Spiritual Humanist. I survived the 60's. Married @ 16 (That's what saved me). Divorced at 44. Remarried to a Christian @ 46. I have 3 wonderful, responsible, well adjusted children, 2 fine stepsons, & 5 grandsons. I am "blessed" with a respectable, good paying corporate job, but I never forgot the band. Guitar, music (Celtic, Rock, Classical, & Big Band), hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing, cycling, fitness, brewing, reading, and anything outdoors take my free time. Life is too short for golf. I am building a wilderness cabin in the Ouachita Mtns. I think I am fated to always question & look for answers to the unanswerable and forever crave interaction with thoughtful people who are also seeking.
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My Relationship Status: Married
My Occupation: Railroad-related Regional Operations Mgr
My Faith: Agnostic
My Interest: Afterlife , Interfaith issues , Charity , Origin of life debates , History , Movies , Music , Books , Education , Gardening , Art , Environment , Holistic living , Health , Fitness , Cooking , Family
More Interests: I love to cook , especially unusual , spicy , and/or exotic foods. After years of making music , I have discovered dancing , and that if you can jitterbug & waltz you can dance to every song at any Cajun Festival. I love traveling , whether at home or abroad , especially in Ireland. I also have to admit that ever since I was 16 , I have planted trees and raised vegetable gardens anywhere I have ever lived.
My Favorite Spiritual Activities: Being continually (yet respectfully) amazed at what people believe and why they think the way they do. Sitting alone on a quiet ridgetop to watch the sun rise & fall are as close as I will ever come to understanding eternity in this life.
Who I'm Praying For: I'm more a Humanistic kind of person. I don't pray , but the thankfulness I feel for the wonderful (and sometimes terrible) world in which we live comes very close sometimes.
Who Inspires Me: People who work hard to make this world a better place in which to live. Whether religious or secular , the ones who take responsible and moral action without regard to revealed religious dogma do it for me.
Tell Us More About Your Faith: 1. The expanse of the Universe and the depth of time are now and will always be beyond our ken. While our efforts to understand the physical nature of the world around us are noble and must be continued , it can never be fully understood in this life. 2. All of mankind’s attempts to explain the physical nature of the Universe through revealed religion are rudimentary attempts at understanding the un-understandable. They are based in the universal human need for relief from the toil , pain , & suffering of living , the fear of dying , and the need for otherworldly intervention and rescue from the effects of the inexorable laws of the universe upon the human condition. 3. To the degree a higher being or creator does exist , he/she/it does not intervene in the physical world in which we live. The laws of physics and nature explain the physical conditions and outcomes of events upon this earth. While religious affiliation and prayer may make us feel less helpless , they do not now and have never changed the outcome of events. 4. The improvement or deterioration of the human condition is controlled by the actions of mankind acting in accordance with the physical laws of the universe and laws created by mankind , not by supernatural beings. 5. Any innate goodness or evil that exists in mankind is the result of nature and nurture , not the existence of supernatural beings in a contest for dominance. That said , I feel the natural magic in the wonderful world surrounding me. On any given day I can feel the earth turn under my feet. As the seasons change , I feel a deep connection to the cycles of life that exist all around us , unchanged in the time of our understanding. There are times I hope & almost believe I will see my father's blue eyes again , not just in the eyes of my son & his son. I know I don't have the answers , but am unwilling to sell short with revealed religion's untenable positions. Perhaps after this life's end I will know more.