This blog is a continuation of my former blog, Underground Unbeliever. For nearly a decade I wrote a blog covering church-state separation issues affecting the US military. I am a former Air Force Officer and have been shocked at the infiltration of extreme right wing Christianity in the US military. After a break of 4 years, I’m back but with a wider focus. I stopped contributing to my previous blog due to a series of health issues. I also moved from California to Alabama due to a job change.
Now that I’m settled in with my husband and daughter and most of the house fixing up has been completed, I’m ready to start blogging. As you see I converted my old blog to WordPress so that my old posts are still available. I’ll be gradually adding featured images and links as I have time.
Happy Monkey Everyone. This is my last post for 2009. It has been an very hectic and wonderful year. May everyone have a great holiday and a wonderful New Year.
A friend and former neighbor of mine succumbed to lung cancer a couple of days ago. Even though we knew it was coming, it was still a shock. It’s hard to write this post. She was a wonderful woman who raised two daughters and a son, and took in any of their friends that needed a home. She owned a local restaurant and always had a sunny and happy disposition. We lived next door to each other for a couple of years, but kept in touch. We also ate at her restaurant every week or so.
My friend found out she had lung cancer this past February. The growth was small and her doctors thought she had a good chance to beat the cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer was far more aggressive and invasive than they anticipated. She endured chemo and radiation and still the cancer spread. Three weeks ago she fell down some stairs and broke her hip. Her health started failing rapidly and she died a few days ago.
The hubby and myself feel sad that we did not try harder to visit her more. Our friend was a woman who always wanted to appear her best for people and did not want anyone to see her looking so bad. When we would ask about visiting, her daughters would tell us that she would get very upset because she did not want to worry us by looking so bad from the treatments. We were not the only ones who are sad that she did not want many visitors. But all we could do was to respect her wishes. But me and the hubby love to cook, so we would make her favorite desserts and send them to her. It was away to try to reach out to her.
I know that if I found out that I was dying, I would want to spend as much time with the people I care for as I have left. When you are gone, that’s it, you have no other chances to do the things you want to do and see the people you want to see.
Well looking back at 2007, I’ve seen a lot that gives me hope for the future. We have atheist authors selling atheist books that end up on the best seller list. We have lots of people turning against the overzealous religious nuts trying to establish a theocracy. I hope these trends continue into 2008 and beyond.
I guess this blog is a little more edumacated than I thought.
Well, that’s what I get for being a snooty, intellectual, over-educated, godless heathen.
I guess I’m not so edumacated after all. I have now edited out all of the code except for the resulting image, but apparently the code contained some sort of Trojan horse that has infected some people. Details over here at Pharyngula.
Well its been a really busy summer this year. We’re adding a bedroom to the house, and I’m working on my thesis, and our son is getting ready for school. In addition to all of this, I decided to build this blog. Also I’ve started reading Christopher Hitchen’s new book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. I also found a website with a lot of Hitchen’s writing and articles while searching for a cover image of his new book.
But my writing for this blog will be a little slow for the next couple of weeks, as I’m caulking baseboards and painting in the new bedroom that we have built.