The Fate of Broken People – Part 4

So here we are in a world where we COULD find a dividing line between those two types of people, and a fairly clear one ... if we ever really thought about it.Yes, there are some nasty, cold, heartless ones, and they exist in the same world with these others who are big-hearted, compassionate and loving.Who would fit into each category? … [Read more...]

Jaysus. And I Thought Coming Out as an Atheist Was Hard.

Maybe you've already seen this. A young man in the military, stationed in Germany, calls his Alabama father. Can I tell you something? Will you love me, period? Dad, I'm gay. Kudos to his father, too: Dad, you totally rock! Makes me kind of ashamed I occasionally conceal the fact of being an atheist. . … [Read more...]


Hmm. Late September, huh? Let's see ... pre-Halloween, pre-fall-colors. Still, not too early, is it?Yeah, baby! Let me fire the first volley in this year's Evil Atheist War on Christmas™. … [Read more...]

Making Language

I make up words all the time. Silly things like “farfoculation” – which I KNOW is original, because Google doesn’t have it (but then again, I guess it will now; wish I knew what it was supposed to mean) – but also useful words I continue to privately use. … [Read more...]

The Fate of Broken People – Part 3

Okay, now picture this broken lady I described earlier. Imagine ALL the broken people — all the sick, injured and suffering — throughout all of human history. All the kids who died of diphtheria and cholera. All the kids today with cystic fibrosis, or cerebral palsy. All the adults with heart disease or lung cancer or crippling arthritis. Imagine more: Your best friend from school, your close buddy at work, the families of dear friends, all those you know and like, beset by cancer, or strokes, or … [Read more...]

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 day you discover that, … [Read more...]