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It seems that I am hearing more and more about the “war on Christianity” combined with the “War on Christmas”, despite my best efforts.  Last time I checked, war involved physical violence or the threat of  physical violence or oppression….I’m beginning to believe that this “War” is something that Fox News made up so they can have something else to blame Obama for. There is a huge difference between criticism of a religion and attempting to take away someones right to practice their religion..Huge. It’s quite annoying when any group challenges anything that has to do with the separation of Church and State..Christians that love Fox News freak out. Well…unless someone proposed swearing on a Quran instead of a Bible in court, or putting in Allah we trust on money…then the -ist Christians would go all “Revelations”. For clarification by “ist” Christians I mean …..Christians who are racist, and or sexist ,and or homophobic.

If anything it’s the opposite, some Christians are openly spewing ignorant, intolerant words loud and proud..then when they are criticized for it..it’s an attack on their religious beliefs. Then more of the ignorant, intolerant Christians flock to defend these people instead of defending the fundamental connections that binds us all together. We are all human, no one should be ostracized for something that they cannot help and that is not infringing on anyone else’s safety. I find it appalling….and it is one of the reason’s I do not care for Christianity or most religion in general.

As someone who is Atheist, Agnostic Atheist to be specific..I still celebrate  Christmas because I enjoy it as a time to be with my family and a reminder to tell the people that I love, that I love their presence in my life; with that I will say Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. If someone chooses so say happy holidays or merry Christmas (I use both often) I will accept  and appreciate your well wishes and hope others will do the same.  Let’s make 2014 better for human kind, animal kind and this bright, beautiful precious planet that we live on.

There is no war on Christianity

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I would say on the bitter/sweet scale, my parting from  this  hot ball of contradictory hell, would be overwhelming sweet for me.  I am finding that although I am very excited to leave this logic and compassion forsaken place, there are many part of Phoenix living that I will miss despite my harsh words.

In no particular order, or maybe just a little ….

Things that I will miss:

1. The lizards that live outside of my old apartment.

2. The location of Phoenix; it has Cali, Vegas and Mexico within 5 hours of driving.

3. Shopping (clothing) in general, but particularly Last Chance will be sorely missed. I will not have the wide same wide variety of clothing to temp me to spend more than I should back home.

4. The restaurants!!! Phoenix is very vegetarian friendly, it’s has Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and lots of fresh healthy restaurants that cater to vegetarian and vegan diets.

5. I will put them in initials only but K.S and S.L are the two people that I met here that I will miss the most. They were seriously unicorns in this place for me.

6. Grocery stores, especially the variety!!!  I will definitely miss sunflower market and Fresh and Easy.

7. The structure of the city is very easy to navigate. Although I will get lost anyway, I know that I will eventually hit a street  I know in a few minutes, then I can find my way home.

8. This place has the most beautiful sunsets that I’ve every seen.

9. Watching hummingbirds out of my window throughout the year, always added a little joy to my day.

10. My plants. I am very sad that I will have leave my plants behind.

11. Frozen yogurt shops at least every five minutes. mmmmmmm pistachio frozen yogurt.

12. The world wildlife zoo and aquarium. Now I do not frequent zoos often, because I believe that animals should not be kept for show, just for rehabilitation and conservation then introduced back into the wild but the WWZ is different. The WWZ’s animals are mostly endangered, being rehabilitated or are really old and sick, so they are receiving care. It’s really a cool place.

13. U-Turns!!

14. I enjoy rarely having to use the heater in my car.

15. The kiddos, or should I say young adults at my internship. I hope they go on to accomplish more than they have ever dreamed they could do.

16. The mountains, I did enjoy many hikes during my stay here.

17. My fellow graduates of the green and gold, we made it!!!…without anyone having a (clinical) nervous break down or psychotic break…that I know of.

18. There is nothing like a dark night here, I swear the stars shine brighter here.

19.  Phoenix Comicon. It. Changed. My. Life. Thanks K.

20. I swear there are no Mosquitoes in the valley, or if there are they avoid me and I like this.

21. The light rail, it just makes things easier when having to travel down town.

22. The Phoenix Art Museum. My favorite was the firefly exhibit..I’m trying to squeeze in one more visit before I go.

23. Cafe Zupas 😦

24. The racial diversity of people here (excluding black people, there aren’t many black people here compared to my home state)

25. The general convenience of this place, everything is everywhere.

I complain, but it was not all bad…it was just time for me to hit the road.

Goodbye Valley of the Sun…

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…..Barnes and Noble, to be exact. This love is not the wavering and conditional love that people often share with each other, this love is real. My love of books has been pervasive since I was a child and only grew as I got older. There is something about the smell and feel of a book store that can never be duplicated. From the moment I step through the door I can feel myself start to relax and rejuvenate, just sink into a cozy and just get lost for hours. I can purchase books on  any subject or just hang out and read them while I’m there, the knowledge seems endless.  This has been my sanctuary since my freshmen year of college. Reading about random curiosities and places I never knew existed…..is probably one of my favorite things to do in this world.  It’s really to the point that I’d rather be hanging out at a book store alone, than tolerating drunken twenty-somethings at some over priced club. No thank you, this twenty-something would rather close down Barnes and Noble.

I found love in a bookstore.