Myra A.

Location:

Kingwood, TX

Member since:

July 17, 2011

How long have you lived in Houston, and what line of work are you in?

I was born in Houston (really, Jacinto City Community Hospital) and lived here till college. My professional life has been primarily as a drilling fluids and barites specialist. I home-schooled for 14 years as the oilfield provided us with 5 residences. We settled in Kingwood in 1994. I am now widowed. My eldest son is an auto-cross aficionado and my younger son continues his interests in film-making while making money elsewhere. I read a lot of books while maintaining a pond and a passle of cats.

What are you looking for in an atheist meetup or social?

Friends. The opportunity to articulate one's opinions and share information gleaned from reading, documentaries, etc. that is of mutual interest. A social that is not constrained by dogmatisms.

Other than atheism, are there any hobbies or movements that you identify with?

I wouldn't say that I "identify" with atheism. It is simply the way I live my life. I occasionally pull an atheist volume from the book shelves or re-indulge in a comparative religion volume, but these are from decades past. I'm comfortable intellectually and emotionally with my a-theistic life and that of other ethical, moral persons who are acknowledged atheists. I've shelved political controversy, but am always happy to have my positions fine-tuned.

Do you consider your non-belief a private matter? Would you feel comfortable telling someone "I am an atheist"?

I don't go around announcing "Heh, I'm atheist!" But, if someone is rude enough to press me with their particular idiosyncrasy, I will respond with equal forcefulness. Atheists, in my experience, know a great deal more about religious particulars than do the putative practitioners. My position as an atheist is not a "default" because "that's the way were born." I'm a confirmed atheist who respects that others may not have worked as hard in the past as I to justify their belief and/or non-belief. That said, I neither flout nor apologize and will gladly answer to the best of my ability whatever civil question arises.

Do you feel comfortable joining our public socials, or would you like to be contacted privately about non-public meetups?

Totally approve of public socials. Don't keep the light under a bushel basket, as T.H.E.Y. say.

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Five attendees made it very easy to have fun listening and talking. Ten would be even better. Hope the group continues to grow.


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