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Hello!  The "WI" is for Wisconsin.  The "Charlie" is an old camp nickname that I called myself decades ago when I worked at a resident girl scout camp while I was in college.  I'm a grown woman, just turned 60, married to the love of my life with two grown sons.  I was raised as a Christian Scientist.  Bugger that!  It is neither Christian nor scientific.  It's crazy, mess-with-your-head, "psycho-wards-awaiting" kind of crap!  Tried to wash it all off of me way back when I was a young adult.  Eventually met my husband and have been a good girl, making everyone happy but me, by attending regular church.  Just don't think I can do it anymore.  My husband's still a believer though, so don't want to hurt his feelings.  Looking for supportive types to help me cut the cord and live a free life.  I just can't stomach the religious BS anymore.


Taught special Ed. high school decades ago, and then worked as a stay-at-home Mom.  Trying to restart the writing career that I always wanted.  It's never too late to start, yes?  Writing a book.  Other interests: genealogy, animal rights, board games, turning the dusty bit of yard in the back of the house into a garden that doesn't suck.


Previous forum experience:  Guinea pig rescue (Now, go ahead and laugh if you must!).  Was involved in guinea pig rescue for some 7 years.  Needed something to do to override the boredom of kid raising.  Saved hundreds of the stinky little fur critters.  Met some really good people.  Met some really sucky people.  Won't be doing anymore of it but came out of retirement long enough to take down a local animal hoarder.


Looking forward to getting to know all of you.


WICharlie
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From Wisconsin
Welcome. Quite a few interesting people post here.
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Welcome!
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(08-18-2019, 01:55 AM)WICharlie Wrote: Hello!  The "WI" is for Wisconsin.  The "Charlie" is an old camp nickname that I called myself decades ago when I worked at a resident girl scout camp while I was in college.  I'm a grown woman, just turned 60, married to the love of my life with two grown sons.  I was raised as a Christian Scientist.  Bugger that!  It is neither Christian nor scientific.  It's crazy, mess-with-your-head, "psycho-wards-awaiting" kind of crap!  Tried to wash it all off of me way back when I was a young adult.  Eventually met my husband and have been a good girl, making everyone happy but me, by attending regular church.  Just don't think I can do it anymore.  My husband's still a believer though, so don't want to hurt his feelings.  Looking for supportive types to help me cut the cord and live a free life.  I just can't stomach the religious BS anymore.


Taught special Ed. high school decades ago, and then worked as a stay-at-home Mom.  Trying to restart the writing career that I always wanted.  It's never too late to start, yes?  Writing a book.  Other interests: genealogy, animal rights, board games, turning the dusty bit of yard in the back of the house into a garden that doesn't suck.


Previous forum experience:  Guinea pig rescue (Now, go ahead and laugh if you must!).  Was involved in guinea pig rescue for some 7 years.  Needed something to do to override the boredom of kid raising.  Saved hundreds of the stinky little fur critters.  Met some really good people.  Met some really sucky people.  Won't be doing anymore of it but came out of retirement long enough to take down a local animal hoarder.


Looking forward to getting to know all of you.


WICharlie

Welcome!  Pull up a chair and chime right in!  Chitchat
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C'mon mods.  Hurry up and activate her account.

Hello Charlie.
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Howdy WI. Spec Ed, that was, if you will pardon the expression, God's work, so thanks and good for you.
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Hello.
I like cheese.
I heard the green cheese the moon is made of came from Wisconsin.
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Welcome! I was born in beautiful Madison. It's really a lovely state.
Nice to meet you Smile

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Welcome!
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Hi!  I don’t think we have many former Christian Scientists here.  I’m hoping to learn some stuff from your posts.
god, ugh
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Welcome! Nice to meet you Big Grin glad you found us. We have a Personal Issues and Support forum where you can seek advice and support about everyday life, or leaving religion here. We have a lot of supportive folks here Thumbs Up
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welcome Charlie!
Never too late to start a dream.
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(08-18-2019, 01:55 AM)WICharlie Wrote: Hello!  The "WI" is for Wisconsin.  The "Charlie" is an old camp nickname that I called myself decades ago when I worked at a resident girl scout camp while I was in college.  I'm a grown woman, just turned 60, married to the love of my life with two grown sons.  I was raised as a Christian Scientist.  Bugger that!  It is neither Christian nor scientific.  It's crazy, mess-with-your-head, "psycho-wards-awaiting" kind of crap!  Tried to wash it all off of me way back when I was a young adult.  Eventually met my husband and have been a good girl, making everyone happy but me, by attending regular church.  Just don't think I can do it anymore.  My husband's still a believer though, so don't want to hurt his feelings.  Looking for supportive types to help me cut the cord and live a free life.  I just can't stomach the religious BS anymore.


Taught special Ed. high school decades ago, and then worked as a stay-at-home Mom.  Trying to restart the writing career that I always wanted.  It's never too late to start, yes?  Writing a book.  Other interests: genealogy, animal rights, board games, turning the dusty bit of yard in the back of the house into a garden that doesn't suck.


Previous forum experience:  Guinea pig rescue (Now, go ahead and laugh if you must!).  Was involved in guinea pig rescue for some 7 years.  Needed something to do to override the boredom of kid raising.  Saved hundreds of the stinky little fur critters.  Met some really good people.  Met some really sucky people.  Won't be doing anymore of it but came out of retirement long enough to take down a local animal hoarder.


Looking forward to getting to know all of you.


WICharlie


Welcome.

 My US geography is a bit fuzzy. Could you name some neighbouring states please. I'm familiar with NY city, a bit of Connecticut, rural Illinois and  Seattle/ Washington State.

60 you you say? Not even close to being one of our older members. The range here is pretty broad. 

I empathise with your situation. When I was a lot shorter and  a lot narrower, I remember  a  lovely Christian Scientist  friend of my mother . She developed cancer and died, within a very short time. My mother was deeply distressed and livid  with the stupid cow.
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(08-18-2019, 01:55 AM)WICharlie Wrote: Hello!  The "WI" is for Wisconsin.  The "Charlie" is an old camp nickname that I called myself decades ago when I worked at a resident girl scout camp while I was in college.  I'm a grown woman, just turned 60, married to the love of my life with two grown sons.  I was raised as a Christian Scientist.  Bugger that!  It is neither Christian nor scientific.  It's crazy, mess-with-your-head, "psycho-wards-awaiting" kind of crap!  Tried to wash it all off of me way back when I was a young adult.  Eventually met my husband and have been a good girl, making everyone happy but me, by attending regular church.  Just don't think I can do it anymore.  My husband's still a believer though, so don't want to hurt his feelings.  Looking for supportive types to help me cut the cord and live a free life.  I just can't stomach the religious BS anymore.

Hey, very glad to meet you.  Sounds like you've had a tough time of it.  Christian Science has got to be one of the worst.  

If you are happy with your husband but just don't want to do church anymore I encourage you to let him know .. both how you feel about him and how you feel about going to church every week when you're dead tired of it.


(08-18-2019, 01:55 AM)WICharlie Wrote: Taught special Ed. high school decades ago, and then worked as a stay-at-home Mom.  Trying to restart the writing career that I always wanted.  It's never too late to start, yes?  Writing a book.  Other interests: genealogy, animal rights, board games, turning the dusty bit of yard in the back of the house into a garden that doesn't suck.


Previous forum experience:  Guinea pig rescue (Now, go ahead and laugh if you must!).  Was involved in guinea pig rescue for some 7 years.  Needed something to do to override the boredom of kid raising.  Saved hundreds of the stinky little fur critters.  Met some really good people.  Met some really sucky people.  Won't be doing anymore of it but came out of retirement long enough to take down a local animal hoarder.


Looking forward to getting to know all of you.


WICharlie


Nice introduction!  So few are as forthcoming.  I've also taught school but middle school math.  But that was maybe 4 or 5 years ago.  Now I work at the Y.  Not as a job but for the sake of keeping a body up that will get me around where I want to go.  I hope you're taking care of yourself too.  I'm six years longer in the tooth than you but I'm back at a survivable weight and hope to keep it that way.

Good luck with garden aspirations.  That is my number one obsession these days.  Happy to chat more with you about the garden.  I'm in Berkeley, California.  If you happen to find yourself nearby some time, you'll have to come by with your husband  to have tea in my garden with me and my wife.  (She is a life-long atheist who cannot understand what there is to talk about to justify a site like this, but she does like hearing the odd exchange I share with her.)

Good for you for helping a guinea pig out that was down on its luck.  I'm a dog guy myself and that's my youngest in my avatar pic.  But I absolutely value having non-human creatures in my life.

Hope you have a good time here!
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Welcome.
The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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Welcome
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Welcome Woof!

My wife's catholic lite and we make it work. Will it hurt your husbands feelings if you stop attending church? Also, what do you/your husband consider a "regular" church? (maybe you meant regular attendance)
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G'day mate, and welcome to the forum. Sun
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Thank you so much for the warm welcomes.

Wisconsin is nestled between Illinois and the great lakes. Michigan up at the top.

My husband and I are members of a Lutheran church. We have had a lot of talks about this. He believes in God but is not a strong Lutheran. He will go with whatever I decide. I think pulling away is not so much him as me. The only thing that has kept me going there so long is that I love to sing in the choir. But I feel weird singing songs about stuff that I don't believe in. Instead, been thinking of seeing if I can join the choir at the local university that accepts the public. Been attending this church for two decades. Change is hard. Leaving people that I've known that long is hard. Lots of them are hypocrites though. My husband worked as a pharmacist until he retired. So many church members are nice to your face at church and then treated him like crap when they came in to get prescriptions. What happened to the Christian love? Haha.
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Congrats on escaping from the Church of Oxymoronism.
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Welcome from a Canuck atheist married to a Catholic woman.

There's a lot of us out there that understand where you're coming from.
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Hiyas, Charlie.

(08-18-2019, 03:44 AM)grympy Wrote: US geography is a bit fuzzy. Could you name some neighbouring states please. 

Wisconsin is the state immediately north of Illinois, in the northern Mississippi River valley.
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(08-18-2019, 02:13 PM)WICharlie Wrote: Thank you so much for the warm welcomes.

The only thing that has kept me going there so long is that I love to sing in the choir.  But I feel weird singing songs about stuff that I don't believe in. 

Eddie feels your pain.

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(08-18-2019, 02:13 PM)WICharlie Wrote: Thank you so much for the warm welcomes.

Wisconsin is nestled between Illinois and the great lakes.  Michigan up at the top.

My husband and I are members of a Lutheran church.  We have had a lot of talks about this.  He believes in God but is not a strong Lutheran.  He will go with whatever I decide.  I think pulling away is not so much him as me.  The only thing that has kept me going there so long is that I love to sing in the choir.  But I feel weird singing songs about stuff that I don't believe in.  Instead, been thinking of seeing if I can join the choir at the local university that accepts the public.  Been attending this church for two decades.  Change is hard.  Leaving people that I've known that long is hard.  Lots of them are hypocrites though.  My husband worked as a pharmacist until he retired.  So many church members are nice to your face at church and then treated him like crap when they came in to get prescriptions.  What happened to the Christian love?  Haha.

Lutheran, I escaped them in my early teens but that's another story. My parents attended mostly for town political/business appearances. 

You don't need to leave your friends, just meet them outside church. Or, as a compromise with your hubby and to ease your way out, attend church on a less frequent basis. 

Not sure how big your community is but you might try meetup.com to find some secular activities to join. 

Best of luck.

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(08-18-2019, 01:55 AM)WICharlie Wrote: Looking for supportive types to help me cut the cord...

You just need the right tool, madam.

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I'm joking with ya. Tongue

Welcome.  Shy No worries; we'll get that awful shit burned off, right quick! Hug
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