First, I am here because I did not go through with my plans to end my own life so many years ago at the age of 13.

When I was entering my mid-forties I became overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude. I would wake up every morning feeling so incredibly thankful to be alive with a loving partner and two beautiful young children.

After reaching out to my closest friends and family for advice, it became clear to me that spreading this thankfulness/gratitude outwards into humanity was the best option.

Fast forward a little bit until I discovered a niche interest group on Reddit. Namely, /r/AcademicBiblical where I could learn and contribute for several years until I founded /r/AskBibleScholars. Both subs have worked together in order to bring the best biblical scholarship, down from the ivory towers, to the general public.

With my interest in humanities and my background as a web developer, I decided to create https://askbiblescholars.com which has functioned as a blog for the aforementioned scholars.

Over the past 6 months I’ve been working with developers to build a Q&A functionality into that .com site. I am, currently, alpha-testing this on my own machine here at home.

But wait…there’s more!

I’ve been beta-testing stuff all the way back to Orkut and Gmail and I guess that’s why I’ve always found my self in these current circles such as Beeper.

That’s what drew my attention to Tildes and why I spent considerable time there during testing phases. During that time, some of us that were using that site, decided to try something else.

We grouped together on Discord and did a lot of talking…some have said that we talked far too long before taking action. Finally, we settled on Lemmy as a software platform in order to launch Beehaw.

Circling back around to why I am here…

I am incredibly thankful to be here right now and I want everyone else to feel this way.

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Thank you for starting the instance!

I recently got myself a set of Robert Atler’s translation of the Hebrew bible. I’m an atheist, but I thought his footnotes would be my best chance at appreciating the old testament in the way people talk about it. So far there’s some pretty interesting tidbits!

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