Things I’d Like to Take Home on the Eve of Christmas

Claus

The impulse, I suspect, is in all of us. Put a 5-year-old on a beach with his mother, and he will spend some large part of his time picking up shells, one by one, over and over, running them back to her, proclaiming in awe and delight, “Mommy, look at THIS one!” You find a great new eating place, you go back and TELL everybody. You discover a beautiful little waterfall on a hike, you take pictures and go back and SHOW people. You hear some juicy, or sad, or amazing, bit of news, your … [Read more...]

Back to My Redneck Roots … Maybe

yr971ab

Those of you who knew me as the Blue Collar Atheist, and who lament this high-falutin' "Citizen of Earth" business, I may be getting back into the red-necky-blue-collary stuff in the near future. Currently I drive a van for a drug and alcohol rehab facility. Five days a week, I drive more than 350 miles, round trip between my upstate New York town and New York City, to fetch and return rehab clients. The work is interesting, sometimes fascinating. I've expanded my human horizons in that … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Earthman’s Journey – Part 3 of 8

LAKEHank

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3— 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ] Cutter After seasons of proving myself at many of the other chores of branding, on this day, I’m in charge of castrations. After the calf slides to a stop and both the heel rope and the top man are firmly in place, I step forward and kneel down by the calf’s belly. I stretch out the scrotum and slice across the lower third of it with a sharp knife. The testicles usually pop out on their own, but sometimes you have to fish around, pressing … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Earthman’s Journey – Part 1 of 8

LAKEHank

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3— 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ] Somewhere above all this, all the roiling newness of the growing atheist and progressive community, there’s an overview. I’ve tried very hard to see it. It may be that there are plenty of people smarter than me, more educated, innately broader of understanding, who already know what it is we’re all working towards. But I have yet to read their books or hear their talks. I look out and see ... pieces. A chopped salad of efforts … [Read more...]

Nothing to See Here, Move Along

This is a little nothing-much, posted mainly to see how I feel about posting. If you've been following my recent exploits, you know I'm just a week into recovery from surgery – the minor-but-major removal of my gallbladder – and I haven't felt much like writing. Or even turning on the computer. But today I felt pretty good. Woke up at 7 a.m., lay in bed thinking and reading until almost 10 a.m., then got up and … well, got a great deal done. … [Read more...]

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...]


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