Hello Again

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Aratouial Delafeld, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Aratouial Delafeld

    Aratouial Delafeld Citizen

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    Hi everyone!

    So this is actually my second account (using the same handle) at the White Tower-- I was pretty active around 2010, but let my account lapse when I began graduate school (MA in English) and we moved the forums over to a new format (although I see it's changed again :)). I made it to Novice and was on my way to Accepted-- there was a newsletter thingy I was helping with, back in the day, I made some crossword puzzles and was writing a fan fiction about various White Tower denizens-- when school took over my life. I actually just finished my second graduate degree (MA in Social Transformation from seminary).

    I'm rejoining the forums because I'm completely obsessed with news about the TV show and want a space where I can share my enthusiasm with people who will understand, and also I missed the community here.

    A little about me: I'm a freelance writer, covering pop cultural criticism and the intersections of religion, politics, and feminism, as well as queer theology. I'm also a lobbyist for a non-profit that advocates for children's rights, especially their right to an education. In my free time I dabble with embroidery, but mostly I read (usually fantasy books written by women about women) or play video games (Overwatch, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Assassin's Creed).

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    A quick note for anyone who remembers me from a decade ago: I am ... not the same person. If you argued with me about Young Earth Creationism vs. Evolution, congrats: you changed my mind. Yes, an argument on the internet about evolution worked, so thank you for the literal weeks of work you all put into that. Also if you argued with me about reproductive rights: you also won, in the end. I spend a lot of my time advocating for reproductive justice now, thanks to you.

    Just wanted to acknowledge this shift and give credit where credit is due. [raises glass]
     
  2. Leala al'Dareis

    Leala al'Dareis Aes Sedai Community Care Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    Welcome back, Aratouial! :joy I also came back last January after a long hiatus. :lol It sounds like you've got a lot going on. That all sounds awesome!
     
  3. Alenya Al'Roran

    Alenya Al'Roran Aes Sedai Director of Marketing Social Marketing Manager

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    Welcome back!
     
  4. Elania al'Manir

    Elania al'Manir Aes Sedai Forum Moderator

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    Welcome back to TarValon.net! :D I look forward to getting to know you better and seeing you around the boards.
     
  5. Arie Davion

    Arie Davion Matron Mother of Mischief Aes Sedai Master of the Watch

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    I recognized your name! I don't think we had that debate but i did head to your patreon to check it out. ^^ Welcome back!
    (If you email membership@tarvalon.net you may have missed enough clean ups to have to start over? but I'm not sure how hard-fast that is. <3)
     
  6. Dar'Jen Ab Owain

    Dar'Jen Ab Owain Novice

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    Welcome (back) to Tar Valon. Enjoy wandering around. It's definitely a great place to discuss WoT with those who understand what your talking about.
     
  7. Leira Galene

    Leira Galene Mafia Admin Aes Sedai Forum Moderator

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    Just wanted to pop in and say welcome, I also had a change of mind about Young Earth Creationism etc around the same time :) Welcome back!
     
  8. Fern Al'Thorn

    Fern Al'Thorn Aes Sedai Head of the Yellow Ajah

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    :welcome
    Glad to have ya back around, look forward to getting to know ya!
     
  9. Eluial Aldaran

    Eluial Aldaran Aes Sedai Head of the Brown Ajah

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    Hey, I don't know you since you were here before my time, but it sounds like you've been through some hella dope transformations in your life. Welcome back!
     
  10. Sailea Nerid

    Sailea Nerid Aes Sedai Head of the Red Ajah

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    Welcome back, I look forward to getting to know you
     
  11. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

    Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn Aes Sedai Membership Activities Coordinator Head of the Green Ajah

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    Welcome back!
     
  12. Toral Delvar

    Toral Delvar Archivist Gaidin

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    Hello again
    I remember you
     
  13. Brian Mandragon

    Brian Mandragon Soldier

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    Welcome Aratouial I hope your ability to see both sides of a matter helps you to stay humble and brings peace into your life.
     
  14. Leo Kian

    Leo Kian Aes Sedai Mayor Forum Moderator

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    Welcome back :)
     
  15. Arella Mathara

    Arella Mathara Citizen

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    :welcome

    Love how you aknowledge how you came about to change. In my country the first theory you mentioned is mostly unheard of, I've learned some about it through the internet though.

    Anyways, I'm new here, nice to see you back!
     
  16. Aratouial Delafeld

    Aratouial Delafeld Citizen

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    Thank you, everyone! It's good to be back, although I forgot how much time this place can absorb. ^_^

    Arie Sedai: I don't mind having to start over, especially since it's been so long.
    Leira Sedai: coming out of the culture where YEC is a big thing ... can be a trip, ain't it?
    Toral Gaidin: I remember you, too! :)
    Brian: I don't know about it bringing much peace to my life, ha, but it certainly gives me an interesting perspective on a lot of issues.
     
  17. Liadan

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    Welcome back. I'm new here so don't know you from before :)
     
  18. Rhed al'Tere

    Rhed al'Tere Mother Amyrlin Seat

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    Welcome back, Aratouial! So glad you made your way back to us. :D
     
  19. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Director of Community Outreach Historian

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    Welcome back!! :joy
     
  20. Lokadien Vianharl

    Lokadien Vianharl Aes Sedai

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    Welcome back, and I although I don't remember anyone from way back when, it's always good to grow over time. I know I'm not the same person I was a decade ago.

    :welcome