Jeez, I Looked Like THAT??

Good news! Well, for me, anyway. I've been invited to do an article for American Atheist Magazine. I just submitted it today, for the March issue. Part of the thing was a couple of photos I had to send along. Since the piece is about my recent "atheist deals with death" experience, and speaks of my cowboy Dad, the pics were of me and said Dad. Most of my life, I actually thought I was rather homely, but looking at this pic from 1975, I'm like "Hey, this kid is handsome! That's ME??" … [Read more...]

The Ashes of a Cowboy

I'm sitting here waiting for the USPS. My Dad's ashes are coming in the mail today. I was sort of happy-excited about it all morning, but now I'm thinking "Oh, crap. Here comes a solid reminder that I'll never be able to hear his warm voice again, or have him invite me in for a slash of apricot brandy." That welcoming, wise – and yes, sometimes damned annoying – presence is gone from my life. He won't BE THERE for me. Ever again. In case you’ve wondered, after my trip to California that … [Read more...]

The Angry Atheist Podcast, With Special Guest: Me

Today Daniel Fincke of Camels With Hammers introduced me to Reap Paden, of ReapSowRadio and The Angry Atheist. With about 15 minutes advanced notice, I was suddenly on the air being interviewed. If you listen past my uhs and y'knows, we have a fairly wide-ranging and — I think — interesting discussion. Reap's a good interviewer, and someone I'm glad I've met at last. I enjoyed the experience so much, it felt like we talked for only about 15 minutes. Worth a listen: … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons I’m Glad I’m an Atheist

These are not necessarily the TOP ten reasons. Maybe they’re not even the ONLY ten reasons. But they’re ten pretty good reasons I’m glad I am an atheist. 1. Sunday morning. Or Saturday. Or whenever. I get to sleep in if I want to. And if I don’t want to – I almost never do – I can get up and do things I want to do, and not things other people expect me to do, in church or otherwise. I don’t feel that I have to be seen worshipping in order to be accepted as a decent person. … [Read more...]

Bringing Skepticism Home

Flicking around the web, I came across the Skeptoid site that sells their “Just Say No” t-shirts. With each shirt featuring a large “NO.” and then a followup inscription in smaller letters, mostly, the shirts ring true. I loved these: “No, Science is not a bad word.” “No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” No, psychic powers aren’t real.” But glancing through the entire list, I felt occasional pings from my “I’m Not Sure I Entirely Agree” meter. I’m an atheist and a … [Read more...]

Bringing Skepticism Home

Flicking around the web, I came across the Skeptoid site that sells their “Just Say No” t-shirts. With each shirt featuring a large “NO.” and then a followup inscription in smaller letters, mostly, the shirts ring true. I loved these: “No, Science is not a bad word.” “No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” No, psychic powers aren’t real.” But glancing through the entire list, I felt occasional pings from my “I’m Not Sure I Entirely Agree” meter. I’m an atheist and a … [Read more...]


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