About Alan Atchison

Alan Atchison is a Contributing Writer to The Rogue. He is a Senior Publications Editor at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (University of Pennsylvania), where he also earned a Masters of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing. He lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and two daughters.

Looking in the Mirror: The Parenthood Series Finale

Ecclesiastes 3 sums it up like this: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to … [Read more...]

Tom Brady’s Deflated Balls

By now, you've probably heard that the New England Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl. If you feel as I do about that, pause now to stifle your vomit or go ahead and let it spew. Ok sure, they've won a lot of Super Bowls lately and that's cause for respect and commendation, right? The New York Yankees of football, right? Maybe, but not so fast.This week, as you've probably also heard, the NFL discovered that eleven out of twelve balls the Patriots used during their lopsided 45-7 … [Read more...]

2015: Yes, Marty, We’re in the Future (But Not Quite)

We're now a week into 2015 and if you're anything like me, you might have noticed we've finally reached the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. The crazy unknown they zapped themselves into, aka the future. Back when the film was released in 1989, trying to picture 2015 was nearly as hard as trying to picture 3015. After all, while the world of the 80s saw some advances in technology, namely the VCR, it wasn't until the early 90s, and now the 21st … [Read more...]

Christmas Miracles: The Elf Who Made My Daughter’s Day

Merry Christmas, everyone! Or if that saying bothers you, don't worry, I understand. But bear with me for a moment because I'd like to tell you a story. A story about how even in the bleakest, ugliest, most selfish corners of our world - like New Jersey - generosity still does exist.This past Sunday, my wife Tara and I took our three-year-old daughter, Kaylin, to see Santa Claus at a local mall. Aside from our first family visit in 2011, when Kaylin was two months old, she's always anxiously … [Read more...]

Top 10 Best Books I Read in 2014

To say I love to read would be an understatement. As a writer, soaking up stories of all kinds is not just a personal pleasure, but also a necessity. But as I’ve talked about before, it wasn’t always easy, and still presents its challenges from time to time. But that’s neither here nor there.These are the books I enjoyed most in 2014. To be perfectly clear, not all of these books were released in 2014, but I read them all for the first time this year. And, well, a good story is timeless and w … [Read more...]

Ebolaphobia: Bullying Families Into Keeping Healthy Kids Out of School

A few days ago, officials at Howard R. Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, took it upon themselves to play doctor and label two incoming students from an Ebola-free country as a potential Ebola risk to their entire student body. Stop and let the absurdity of that statement sink in. It all began when the Yocum Elementary nurse sent a letter to staff members informing them that two new students from Rwanda (a country in East Africa) would soon be arriving at the school. … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Temporarily Stepping Down (Heartfelt Repentance or Good Acting?)

Mark Driscoll, head pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has been no stranger to the controversial spotlight throughout his pastoral career. But opinions by people simply being annoyed or offended at his style and tone have taken a sharp and serious turn over the past year as some major accusations have come to light.  A few weeks ago, the Acts 29 church network removed Driscoll (the co-founder) from the network, citing "ungodly and disqualifying behavior." Additionally, just a few days ago, … [Read more...]

Earth 2.0: Alien Life as Humanity’s Reset Button

In 1996's Independence Day, President Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, definitively declared that "the question of whether or not we're alone in the universe has been answered." This line was both chilling and gripping because, well, the aliens started blowing stuff up. A few days ago, however, Pullman's famous cinematic quote was nearly repeated when NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated, "I think in the next twenty years, we will find out we are not alone in the universe." As if that wasn't a … [Read more...]

Getting Hit and Moving Forward: Pursuing the Dream of Full Time Writing

Some say that once you figure out what you truly want to do as a career, you never have to work a day in your life. I've never believed that. Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced there's immense joy in being paid to do what you truly love. But getting there and - just as crucial - staying there takes the kind of grunt work that will most likely break your back and shatter your soul in the process.At least, as I'm learning, that's how it is for those pursuing full time careers as writers.As … [Read more...]

Happy 40th Birthday to Jonathan Ryan from All of Us at The Rogue!

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