The Fate of Broken People – Part 2

There’s this thing I notice so, so often in the world. I wish there was a good name for it – Murfingburben Syndrome or Dumonification, or SOMETHING – so that I could just name it and you’d know what I was talking about. But I’ve never come across a word for it, or even a good description. So I just call it “the 180-degree thing.” By which I mean “180 degrees opposite.” It’s like this: You hear that something is a certain way, and you believe it, sometimes for years. But one … [Read more...]

The Fate of Broken People – Part 1

I work in a bakery, did you know? Part of my “blue collar” thing. And not a great bakery, with fresh croissants steaming as they come out of the oven, fragrant and delicious and buttery, but a corporate-owned supermarket bakery. I often see it as more a factory outlet than a shop. Frozen bread arrives in boxes, we take it out and heat it in the oven, package and put it out. And our customers, knowing no different, knowing no better, buy it. … [Read more...]

Yeah, where ARE the flying cars??

It was a Tuesday, and a cold afternoon in February, 1962. Ten years old at the time, I sat in class in Houston, Texas, with my friends Johnny Nicholas, David Snow and Roberta Holiday. Mr. Davis wheeled in a huge old TV and we watched the launch. Friendship 7 was headed into space with John Glenn aboard. It was a big deal to me, and I was on the edge of my seat. Just the year before, I'd discovered science fiction in the local library, a simplistic children’s fantasy story titled Zip-Zip Goes … [Read more...]

What’s It Like Being An Atheist?

From Facebook friend Elliot C. Myrick: “It’s a lot like being the only sober person in a car full of drunk people, and they refuse to pull over and let you drive.” … [Read more...]

Yarrr … Who Be Readin’ Here?

I see from the stats how many people are reading here, but I don't know who and where most of you are. And it would be cool to hear YOUR voices for a change, those of you who have yet to comment (and even those who have). Delurk for a moment and tell me something about you. Besides, it be Talk Like A Pirate Day! Sure and I'll be puttin' the black spot alongside yer names, ye scallywags, if ye don't speak up hearty! … [Read more...]


Her name was Jean Mullen, but she called herself Green Bean Jean. She played bars in the small California mountain town where I lived at the time, and I first saw her on a night out with some of my mule-packer cowboy friends. She was either skinny and gawky or model-thin and infinitely elegant — it was a time in my earlier life when I was between opinions on women — they might be little girls or alluring goddesses, either one. Eventually, I came down on the side of the goddess. She sat on … [Read more...]

Oh God! Oh God! Followup

Fellow FTB blogger and poet extraordinaire Cuttlefish penned a dynamite piece on the bust of the Phoenix Goddess Temple — and accused bawdy house — I referenced in a previous post. After very thorough searches Of some Arizona churches Cops arrested 20 people whose religion didn’t pass But their reasoning was shoddy Christ demanded, “Eat my body”, Is partaking of a wafer less ridiculous than ass? Go read the whole thing at The Digital … [Read more...]

Ignorant, hateful, builder of straw men. Wait … me??

"A former 40 year atheist" rips the hell out of my post (and book chapter) Good Without Gods. I was smarting under all this expert flaying until I looked at some of his other posts. Challenge to Atheists: Prove that there is no God Challenge to Evolutionists In this last one, there's a response by the author to a reader comment (emphasis mine): … [Read more...]

Getting here from there

One of the little things you get with the WordPress blogging package is a statistics page that tells you all sorts of little things about how many people are reading your site, what specific articles they're reading, what they clicked on while here, etc. And my favorite, a list of the search terms people used that led them to your site. For instance, if you Google "blue collar atheist," you'll get several links to this blog, but also to stories elsewhere that reference it. In that same vein, … [Read more...]

Oh God! Oh God! Oh GOD!!! By the way, I’m also a cop.

A CHURCH in Sedona, Arizona, has been found, after a lengthy (!) undercover (!) investigation (!) to be a brothel. The jokes just write themselves, don't they? … [Read more...]