Confederate Monuments and the Righteousness of Removal

I was having a discussion with some of my fellow southerners and it inspired this writing directed towards them. I am a southerner. I am born and raised in Alabama and I make no secret for the love of my home region. I grew up playing in the kudzu along the railroad tracks, picking muscadines, [Read More…]

The Ghana Diaries: Transition and The End of the Road

An update from my work in Ghana [Read more…]

Church in Alabama Seeks its Own Police Department

In the latest news of non-shocking news from the state of Alabama there is currently an effort underway to make it legal for churches to have their own police departments. This effort was initiated by Briarwood Presbytarian Church.  The church has two locations and oversees its own school, the Briarwood Christian School. From the article [Read More…]

The Ghana Diaries: Conflict and Evacuation

In Bimbilla Ghana more than 50 people were killed in a chieftaincy dispute yet the government maintains it was only 11. [Read more…]

“Why are all these women marching?” Men, we have to do better

I am a human being. That means I am flawed in myriad ways, but I’m working on it. I try my best to see the best in others and do my best to act in a civil manner towards others. But I am well aware I have blind spots, and I often fall short of [Read More…]

The Courage of Brandi Burgess

In my younger days I remember listening to a radio show with my mother. It featured a couple of self professed rednecks named Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey. The show went by the simple moniker Rick and Bubba. Now if that isn’t beating an Alabama stereotype into the ground I don’t know what is. [Read More…]

The Ghana Diaries: Homesick/Nostalgia

(I am working from July 2016 to July 2017 in Ghana for the Humanist Service Corps. My focus is supporting the women who have been banished due to witchcraft accusations. They live in camps that provide a sanctuary for them.) The human mind fascinates me. I dream so lucidly and it seems I’ve transitioned to [Read More…]

Join the Humanist Service Corps!

Join the Humanist Service Corps 2017-2018 team! At this time I am serving as a volunteer for the Humanist Service Corps (HSC) in Bimbilla, Ghana working in camps of women accused of witchcraft. I can unequivocally say it has been both the most rewarding and challenging time of my life. It is a yearlong commitment [Read More…]

The Humanist Service Corps: A Dedication

Jason Solomon died at age 41 in Hobbs, New Mexico on January 28th, 2016 and I cried like I lost one of my best friends. The seemingly strange thing is that we had never met outside of facebook. The power of social media is an interesting one. It has the ability to ruin actual lifelong [Read More…]

Here we go!

So here I am writing on Patheos.com As a long time fan of many of the writers here I have to say I’m quite honored to be able to be featured along with them. I also have to say, considering current events, what a hell of a time to start writing online again. For those [Read More…]