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I'm Amanda and I think I'm a 9w8.
My started when I discovered Jamie the Very Worst Missionary's blog around 2010. I was heavily involved in missions and hearing her critiques of the STM machine put words to my discomfort and gave me permission to question the system. The more I questioned missions, the more I questioned church. The more I questioned church, the more I questioned Evangelical beliefs. And so on. Currently still falling down the rabbit hole.

Battlestar Galactica > Firefly> Star Trek > Star Wars.

It's frackin awesome, Gorrammit.

Fight me.

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#HubbleFriday This star-studded image shows us a portion of Messier 11 which is also known as the Wild Duck Cluster, as its brightest stars form a “V” shape that somewhat resembles a flock of ducks in flight: go.nasa.gov/2FvXnRa

I don't know how I feel about this but I woke up this morning and had one of those 80s/90s kids songs in my head.

"For you gave me your heart
And you gave me your smile.
You gave me Jesus
And you made me your child.
And I just thank you Father for making me... Me.”
*Points at self with thumbs on second Me*

Does this sort of thing happen to anyone else?

One of my friends asked me what I was giving up for Lent.

I told her, "Christianity".

First date gush warning 

If there are 10s of thousands of galaxies in a dark patch of sky, how much is out there that we can't see because other stars or galaxies are in front of them?

What is the likelihood that there is life out there? What is the likelihood it would look anything remotely like life looks here?

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Hubble Ultra Deep field.

I'm sure y'all geniuses already know these things but I was blown away when I read about this.

Basically, scientists pointed the Hubble telescope at a dark patch of sky about 1/30th the size of a full moon.

And they found approximately 10,000 GALAXIES in this tiny patch of black sky. This photo you see is mostly galaxies.

These articles explain way better than I could but this stuff is so interesting to me!

nasa.gov/vision/universe/stars

nationalgeographic.com/science

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"Finding yourself" is not really how it works. You aren't a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. "Finding yourself" is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you. - Emily McDowell

Random: I've been sick so I've been binging Netflix and Prime shows. My favorites have been Russian Doll, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Altered Carbon, and The Expanse.

Russian Doll is like a dark Groundhog Day.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is just magic...

Altered Carbon is pretty violent, but the concept was interesting. Especially grappling with how religion interacts with the possibility of immortality through tech.

The Expanse grapples with humanity encountering alien tech.

Y'all. I am single and sick and sitting home alone tonight watching Netflix.

I started to feel sorry for myself, which I didn't want to do.

So I said fuck it, I'm writing myself a love note.

It was more difficult and more fruitful than I expected.

And now I get to go to bed with someone I love.

To all my fellow singles: I highly recommend this.

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Daily affirmation:

You are good
You are loved
You belong
You are enough

Believe it

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@Amanda @sarahwright If you want to learn more, I created a bot that toots a different tip about mastodon every day at @hint_bot . It cycles through the same list all the time and I haven't added new tips in a while, but they're still helpful!

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The Internet once again finds itself in court today, as the Federal Communications Commission defends its decision to repeal net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration.
n.pr/2BeRBSC

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