Dear Friends, Bloody on the Highway

As I've said here in the past, I still get emails from old friends in Texas. Some of those people have gotten so goddy over the years that we seem to have nothing at all in common anymore.Every time I get one of these things, it's like waking up in a cold cabin with the fire gone out. I remember how warm it used to be, and some part of me hopes there's still an ember in the coals. Thinks that if I go back to Texas someday and feed it new fuel, the flame of our friendship will burn again. … [Read more...]

The Pure Poetry of Pendulum Periodicity

Watching this video will waste 1.75 minutes of your time. But hey, afterwards you'll have this cool bit of nerdy almost-knowledge in your head. … [Read more...]

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

This Guardian article must have been written by a nasty atheist, because there's no mention of all those people who must have said "I wish I'd spent more time in church." Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the … [Read more...]

Rewinding Religion, Recreating Science

Any serious writer could tell you: Not everything you write ends up on a page somewhere. Some of the stuff just isn't good enough. Some of it is good enough, but not germane to the piece you're currently writing. And some of it is good enough but ... just doesn't fit anywhere.This is a piece of a piece that never made it into my book. It's sort of a double reject β€” the chapter in which it appeared was edited out of the book, but even before that decision was made, this bit was edited out of t … [Read more...]

Babies. Lemons.

Ah, if only we had this instinctive reaction the first time we were spoonfed the family religion ...Also: I still have this same sort of reaction when I bite into a lemon. … [Read more...]

What Will YOU Do When the Angry Voices Come?

One of the most riveting quotes from the Reason Rally stage was this one: I will continue my fight until I die. That was said by author/speaker/activist Taslima Nasrin.Unlike most of us, who might say such things in the naive, comfortable bravado of our safe and secure lives, Nasrin has been under threat of death, under sentence of death by Islamic decree since 1993.In her case, as I mentioned in Rusted Pickup at the Senior Prom, her statement is a fully-conscious admission of the … [Read more...]


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