My name is Stephen Parker, and I live near Raleigh, NC. For 30 years I drove an ’18-wheeler’ around the USA (well, 48 of the 50 states), but a few months ago I was medically disqualified due to a condition in my legs and feet called neuropathy – so now I sit at home all day reading and watching TV. I definitely have plenty of time to think about what I want to say on this blog.
My interests, other than driving, have almost always centered around theology, religion, and spirituality/mysticism. I started out as a fundamentalist Christian, but have come a long way from that by now. I currently call myself a Deist with a strong bent toward mysticism. My political stance is very libertarian, which places me as a conservative economically, but liberal on many other issues.
I’m married, with two adult sons – one of whom is married and due to have his first child in a few months. I’ll be getting my ‘ask me about my grandchild’ bumper sticker soon, I imagine!
On Sunday, 4-11-2010, my son and daughter-in-law presented my wife and me with our first grandson: Levi David Parker. Naturally we’re pleased as punch, and looking forward to taking every possible opportunity to spoil him!
On political issues, I don’t believe I can any longer correctly call myself ‘libertarian’. Since I have recognized the validity of human caused global warming, and have accepted that the government can legitimately have a major role in social issues such as ‘health care’, I probably am more properly a ‘Democrat’ (whether ‘liberal’, ‘moderate’, or ‘conservative’ I’m not entirely sure yet. Perhaps a “Jeffersonian Democrat”?) I hope that change doesn’t offend too many people.
Update – Feb.12, 2012
I guess that, in order to avoid confusion, I need to add a new update. A commenter on the Loonwatch blog sought to “expose” me as a Deist trying to deceive people into thinking I am Muslim, linking to this “About” page of my blog for ‘proof’ – even though this “About” page was originally written almost 2 1/2 years ago before I had even started examining Islam and the Qur’an.
So, to clear things up a bit, I no longer call myself a ‘Deist’, though I am still very ‘mystical’. I consider myself currently to be (small ‘m’) muslim “in spirit”, but not (capital ‘M’) Muslim. I believe in One God, and that Muhammad (peace be with him and his family) is one of His messengers. I believe in the Qur’an as God’s message to mankind. Nevertheless I am not officially affiliated with any branch of the Muslim religion, and I do not attend Mosque services, or perform ritual prayers. I have not yet taken part in any fast, and it is not likely that I will ever do hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca.
My (small ‘m’) muslim status does not prevent me from also considering myself christian/buddhist/jewish/hindu etc. In other words, I’m “confused” 😀
Update: On Monday, August 20, 2012, my younger son and his wife presented my wife and me with our second grandchild (their second child). Olivia Marie Parker was born weighing 7 pounds and 8 ounces, and in excellent health. So now my younger son and his wife have both a son and a daughter. Another wonder of the Infinite One.
Update: On Friday April 3, 2015, my grandson and granddaughter welcomed a sister – Charlotte. My wife and I are quite pleased to have our third grandchild (second granddaughter).
Update: On Saturday, March 4, 2017 my older son married his female “friend” of 17 years. As certain fundamentalist Christians would say, we figured he was a confirmed member of the “bachelor ’til rapture” club – but he dropped out. We welcome our new daughter-in-law into the family.