Granny’s Hands & Travelin’ Dog — Part 2

Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3Okay, here's the second part. This is an email I got from friends in Texas: GRANDMA'S  HANDS  (A "must read" )Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She r … [Read more...]

Some Things I’ve Learned in Life

Life's not meant to be fair. But humans are.Inside every one of us is a 12-year-old who deserves a cookie and a hug.Nobody gets enough hugs.Someday you’re going to be dead. Might as well make the best of the situation while you wait.After you lose half your hair, the pressure’s off. … [Read more...]

Granny’s Hands & Travelin’ Dog — Part 1

Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3In this 3-parter, here are two bits of writing, a Christian piece and a secular piece, similar in their heart-tugging content, followed by a short comparison of the two in which I make a point about a certain religious sales strategy.The SECOND one is the text of yet another email I got from my Texas friends Donna Sue and Billy Ray.But this first piece is my own, something I wrote a few years back. It's one of my favorite pieces of my own writing. (You may recognize … [Read more...]


Demanding that atheists study and understand the entire Bible before they can argue against it is kind of like saying you have to molest kids for a few years to really appreciate the shortcomings of NAMBLA. … [Read more...]

I Get Emails

I have some dear friends back in Texas, two people I went to high school with. Call them Donna Sue and Billy Ray.Billy Ray was rodeo people, rowdy and bawdy as hell. More than once I saw him breeze through the front gate of a rodeo arena on a Friday night and 15 minutes later breeze out the back with one of those little poured-into-her-jeans Texas cowgirls, headed for the nearest horse trailer for what Lonesome Dove’s Gus McCrae would call a “poke.”After Billy Ray and Donna Sue got together, … [Read more...]

The Range of Permissible Acts — Part 2

Religious apologists would accuse in both cases that any critic of such passages was taking things out of context, or misunderstanding them.But in words that are hard to misunderstand, one says that it’s okay in certain specific circumstances to cut off a woman’s hands, the other says you should beat women, in situations where you fear they may leave you.Believers would argue two more things:One, that these passages are not taken seriously by anyone today. Second, that the good their … [Read more...]