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You are listening to "Shell" from the anime Witch Hunter Robin. This is a very memorable song for me. I first encountered Witch Hunter Robin my freshman year of college. It holds a special place in my heart. And since I'm feeling nostalgic and depressed a lot lately, I've decided to use this as my profile media.

My "about me" sections used to be more major than this. But I guess if you really want to know more about me you'll have to write me.

Despite the sex of my avatar, I am not a female. I am a male. My avatar is a representation of Haelix. Haelix is a character of mine that I first developed when I was in middle school. For quite some time now Haelix has been the model of myself in a different form, the primary difference being that she is a female, but another difference being that she exists in a fantasy world. As I grow and mature, so does Haelix. She is my expression of myself since I have spent a lot of my life being rejected for who I am. Haelix is a more acceptable form of who I am to many people, which is why I pretended to be a female for almost six years.

I am 25. This isn't a bad thing.

I am still a college student. This is my senior year as I strive to achieve my bachelor's (finally). My major is Biblical Counseling. Originally I went to school for Professional Writing, as writing has been a passion of mine since third grade. I was then called to the ministry. But...right now I'm a little confused as to this calling. I don't know what my specific role in the Church is supposed to be. I am just sticking with Biblical Counseling because, since I first started college, I have changed my major a couple of times already.

This is partly why it has taken me so long to get through school. I've gone to two different schools. My credits didn't transfer, so I had to start over. I had a bad year in 2011-2012. And I've changed my major more than once. So...yeah. I will say that since that bad year I've made the President's List every semester. smilies/icon_wink.gif

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a Christian. Non-denominational, though I'm probably considered "Evangelical".

I am married. My wife is Sabeine. She is absolutely, 100% amazing to me. I will always cherish her.

My favorite color is red. It took me a long time to realize this, because I love many colors. I prefer darker shades. Purple, blue, black, and pink are some other colors that I like. I also love green in certain shades.

I used to tell people that my favorite animal was the wolf, and that I also loved zebras. Hmm...I suppose the whole wolf thing isn't completely true anymore. I love dogs. Dogs. Yes, dogs. Dogs are the best. I've always loved dogs, and probably always will. I also really love horses. This goes along with the whole zebra, thing, sort of. I think horses are beautiful animals. They are also loyal, and very intelligent.

My favorite season is winter. Or perhaps it is autumn. My favorite season shifts, not based on the weather I am experiencing (i.e. "oh, it's cold, I prefer autumn) but rather simply on...I'm not sure. But I know it doesn't have to do with the weather. It is always, however, either autumn or winter.

My favorite food is the cheeseburger. Yeah, typical American. However, I'm trying to eat healthier so I try to avoid cheeseburgers more often now. I'm not as skinny as I used to be and my body doesn't burn up all the junk food near as well anymore--so I have to be smart about what I eat. I used to love lasagna, but I don't love it so much anymore. I'm not entirely sure why. I guess my tastes have just changed a little. Like, apparently I love cheesecake now, and I've NEVER loved cheesecake in my life. But lo and behold, over the summer I discovered that I love cheesecake.

I love berries. Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I also love watermelon, apples, oranges, bananas, kiwis, and numerous other fruits. My love of strawberries has helped me come to really enjoy eating strawberry yogurt. I love strawberry yogurt. This has not been the case for 98% of my life. Again with the whole tastes changing thing!

I like rock, techno, trance, alternative, and progressive music. I also like random songs from various genres here and there. Basically, I'll listen to almost anything. Even rap. If it's Christian rap. As in, like, Lecrae. But I will always love Genesis. Great music.

I am a writer. I love to write. I try to write as often as I can. I also like to do research and enjoy critical and deep thinking. They're fun.

May you find what it means to be truly happy.

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Jio Barzahd

Report | 12/12/2014 11:04 am

Jio Barzahd

So I imagine that you've already heard about this, since a godless heathen like myself has heard about it lol. So my gf sent me a link about the Pope saying that animals do have souls, which he said was something Paul said. I was curious as to whether you've ran into any sources that conform that Paul did make a statement which could be interpreted as suggesting that animals have souls. (well, non-human animals. Obviously Christianity thinks some animals have souls, since we're animals lol). I ask, primarily to see what sorts of moral implications that would ascribe to Christianity with regard to the treatment of non-human animals. It clearly wouldn't say that we can't benefit from them, since us having moral value doesn't prevent us from making use of one another, but I imagine it would impose restrictions on the ways in which we can use animals.

Sorry to spring this question on you if it's not something that you've thought about at all. Just as a proponent of animal rights, finding out a way to convince Christians to give a damn about animal welfare/rights from within their own conceptual commitments sounds very appealing.
Effigy for the Wind

Report | 12/11/2014 7:52 pm

Effigy for the Wind

I broke my computer and the parts to fix it were expensive
Oops? :-]
but I am around to talk again and boy I would like to.
Jio Barzahd

Report | 12/05/2014 10:53 am

Jio Barzahd

Halloween was alright. The day of I just stayed in and relaxed for a bit, and the following day I went to a Halloween party hosted by one of the other phil grad students.

Ha, happy-late-thanksgiving to you as well. My thanksgiving was pretty good. I flew back to CO to spend time with my gf and our dog. We hosted a vegan thanksgiving with just a few people over, so it was just a nice small, pretty relaxed get together. How about you? How was your thanksgiving?

I feel ya. The end of the semester has been and will continue to be a mad dash to the finish. How is your project about churches in the community coming along?
Jio Barzahd

Report | 11/03/2014 1:02 pm

Jio Barzahd

Ah, I see what you mean.

How was your Halloween?
Jio Barzahd

Report | 10/30/2014 3:41 pm

Jio Barzahd

Cool, sounds like a fun day for you two.

Ha, I feel ya. That has happened to me a few times. In fact, it happened with my last presentation. The instructions were quite vague and I should have probably asked for more direction lol.
LilacInk

Report | 10/30/2014 12:45 pm

LilacInk

You've been so helpful to me over these past few years. Thank you <3
I'm not doing so good. My mom died so I started dating a lot of guys and it's just so scary being alone after loosing her.
LilacInk

Report | 10/28/2014 12:05 pm

LilacInk

HEY! Long time no see! I missed you
Jio Barzahd

Report | 10/28/2014 10:23 am

Jio Barzahd

What exactly are you doing research about with regard to the different types of churches?

For Halloween itself I'll probably be at the house passing out candy to try and minimize the probability of some punks wrecking the yard or anything like that lol. And I think sometime that weekend one of the other grad students is having a "Halloween" party, so I'll probably go to that. How about you, doing anything for Halloween?
Jio Barzahd

Report | 10/23/2014 4:26 pm

Jio Barzahd

I've been doing okay I guess. School has been fairly stressful now that I'm beginning to feel the eminent approach to paper deadlines for the semester and living about half way across the country from my gf and our dog has been rough. But, I'm at least able to spend time studying what I find interesting (and get paid to do so). The weather isn't too bad either : P No sun, and a lot of rain, but the leaves should be pretty for a bit longer and there's a lot of old, large trees along my walk to campus.

How about you? How are things going on your end?
Jio Barzahd

Report | 10/21/2014 11:13 am

Jio Barzahd

Oh okay. That's what I had assumed you meant. I just wasn't sure if it was a matter of us using different words to express the same meaning or if you had a different sense of undermining in mind ^^;;

No problem, it's just me being picky about what exactly I'm willing to agree to razz

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