The Journals – The Healthy Years (Part 5 – Surviving Selficide)

Part 1: Bring Us Your Vulnerable Part 2: The Beginning Of The End Part 4: The Funeral Part 4: The Father Prologue To “The Healthy Years” PLEASE NOTE: As I have mentioned from the outset, I was not given permission by Caroline’s family to share her story. However, what I failed to mention was that I was given permission by Caroline herself. In her final journal entry (and apparent draft of her suicide note),  Caroline asked that her journals be… Read more

The Father (Part 4 – Surviving Selficide)

Part Four: The Father Part One: Bring Us Your Vulnerable Part Two: The Beginning Of The End Part Three: The Funeral I’d like to think it was out of empathy, but it was more likely self preservation that led to my wife’s insistence on handling the entire drive back home from Caroline’s funeral. Despite my protests, in hindsight it was a wise choice as I remember little of the seemingly endless day that began the night before. Consumed by equal… Read more

The Funeral: Surviving Selficide (Part 3)

Part Three: The Funeral Part One: Bring Us Your Vulnerable Part Two: The Beginning Of The End I drove through the night as my wife slept in the passenger seat. Normally we’d take shifts on such all-nighters; one hour on, one hour off, but we’d been married long enough for her to know that I’d never be able to sleep under the circumstances and being able to focus on the road would actually help ease my mind. In theory. In… Read more

The Beginning Of The End (Part 2 – Surviving Selficide)

Part Two: The Beginning Of The End (Part One: Bring Us Your Vulnerable) Not really knowing anybody in my new town, I was all alone in the woods, proudly riding my fancy new mountain bike along a series of abandoned logging roads about 10 miles from anywhere. I came around a rapidly descending turn to find myself in the tractor beam of a light green truck, the driver’s eyes as big as mine as my face hit the driver’s side… Read more

An Atheist Accused Of Murder – Surviving Selficide (Part 1)

Part One – Bring Us Your… Vulnerable I always knew the day would come when I would be accused of murder. I just didn’t expect the allegations to be lodged by two old friends bearing evidence of my involvement in two separate incidents that led to the death of someone they loved. I must confess at the outset that indeed, I’m guilty of both allegations and plead no contest. The first incident has haunted me in recent years, the first… Read more

“The Master’s Handiwork” of Feigned Humility (Jan. 31 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 31: “The Master’s Handiwork” (Of Feigned Humility) Part 31/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here’s a little background.) Dear Karen, We made it – a full month of devotions from everybody’s favorite, Jesus Daily! I guess there’s no more fitting way to end the month than to, once again, start the day off by reading the Apostle Paul, rather than the J-man himself. Verse Of The Day: “For we are God’s… Read more

“Work In Progress” aka. Parasite Onboard (Jan. 30 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 30: “Work In Progress” (aka. Parasite Onboard) Part 30/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here’s a little background.) Dear Karen, Ugh. I’m not sure how much longer I can go on with this exercise in futility. This book is anything but a page turner – quite the opposite. I purposefully slept in for the first time in a decade just to avoid it this morning, only to come home and see… Read more

“Unconditional Love”…On One Condition (Jan. 29 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 29: “Unconditional Love” (On One Condition) Part 29/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here’s a little background.) Dear Karen, Did you go to church this morning? I didn’t. Instead, I read the delightful little devotional you gave to me out of spite and wanted to share my daily review… Verse Of The Day: This is what the LORD says, “…you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love… Read more

Dear Christians: Yes, The Refugee Ban Is Your Fault – Fix it!

A number of my Christian friends have been sharing an article today titled “Dear Fellow Christians: It’s Time To Speak Up For Refugees” by Ed Stetzer of Christianity Today. Excuse me? Now is the time to speak up for refugees? Now? Where was this cry for justice during the election? Where was the concern from all of the Christians who prayed at president Trump’s inauguration? It’s not like these policies are any surprise! These were solid promises made repeatedly from every… Read more

“Spiritual Conditioning” Whatever That Is (Jan. 28 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 28: “Spiritual Conditioning” (Whatever That Is) Part 28/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here’s a little background.) Dear Karen, Ugh… like I don’t have more interesting things to do on a Saturday than delve into a book that was re-gifted to me by an angry zealot in order to try to decipher the cryptic Christianese found inside? But, alas – a bet’s a bet, so… on we go with my daily… Read more

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