Happy birthday, Doc

The Lorax said nothing. Just gave me a glance …just gave me a very sad, sad backward glance …as he lifted himself by the seat of his pants.And I'll never forget the grim look on his facewhen he heisted himself and took leave of this place,through a hole in the smog, without leaving a trace. [Read More...]

Resumptuous (cont'd.)

Thanks to all of you who offered advice or assistance with the unpleasant task of résumé preparation. I've noticed there are a whole bunch of books on the subject with titles like "66 Résumé Don'ts" or "101 Career-Killing Résumé Mistakes" or "33 Common Résumé Errors That Are Like Fingernails on a Frickin' Blackboard for Personnel [Read More...]

Certainty, risk & commitment

A big Thank You to Daniel Florien of Unreasonable Faith.com for listing this blog as one of his Top 30 Atheist/Agnostic/Skeptic Blogs. It sounds like an awards-show cliché, but it's an honor to be included in such a distinguished list. I'd second Florien's pick for the top spot. PZ Myers would come in at No. [Read More...]


When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least [Read More...]

Abstinence education

Two things I've never been able to figure out about "abstinence only" sex education. 1. Isn't it necessary, at some point, to describe what it is, exactly (or even generally), that they're supposed to be abstaining from? 2. Since the goal here seems to be to put off or delay the onset of sexual activity, [Read More...]

Three prayers

I've just been watching history broadcast live and it was a beautiful thing to see. I'm still a bit too gobsmacked and overwhelmed to say much more just yet about that actual moment when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president — I'm afraid I'd bungle the words like the chief justice did [Read More...]

That land of unfulfilled expectations

From an open letter on the inauguration of Barack Obama, by Nigerian poet and playwright Wole Soyinka: Americans are not exempt by special dispensation from the mines that litter the field of social transformation across the world, nor endowed with any special talent for their avoidance or deactivation. A slow, painful phase of correction and [Read More...]

Gerbils and polar bears

Temple Grandin was on NPR's "Fresh Air" last week. Grandin, a professor at Colorado State, looks at the world with a different perspective than I do. I don't mean that figuratively. Grandin, who was diagnosed as autistic in 1950, really does see and experience the world differently than neurotypicals like myself. As she and radio [Read More...]