Your evening happiness: holiday fun with the family.

As many of you know I’m in Arkansas for the next few weeks enjoying time with my family (and, what I fear will be my last living grandparent’s final Christmas). But before I got down here Michaelyn and I spent Christmas day with her family.  My mother-in-law made ninja turtle hats for myself, my two [Read More...]

How I’ve hijacked Christmas.

If you listen to Kirk Cameron, or the millions of Americans who think like him, Christmas has been hijacked by people who want to take Jesus out of it. While I don’t care why other people celebrate, in my own life he’s certainly right.  Jesus is no part of my holiday celebration or my family’s. [Read More...]

Open letter to anybody who acts like it’s the end of the world when their drive through order is wrong.

This post isn’t about religion or politics, but it’s my blog and I write what’s on my mind.  So there.  :P On a facebook group of which I’m a part, a guy was complaining the other day how the “high schooler” at McDonald’s had gotten his order wrong and how he had to go all the [Read More...]

My Husband is a Recovering Depressive Anorexic and here’s What I’ve Learned (Part 1)

Hello WWJTD readers! Michaelyn – JT’s wife – here! JT writes a lot about his experience with depression and his eating disorder. I want to do something similar and write from the perspective of being close to someone struggling with mental illness. If you don’t have a mental illness, it’s likely that you know others [Read More...]

My heroes of 2014.

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Heroes of 2014. Read other perspectives here. At Skepticon 6 I gave a talk over who I thought some of the unsung heroes in the atheist movement were.  So when Kathleen Mulhern asked me to write about who my heroes were in 2014 I was more than happy to [Read More...]

Atheist Thanksgiving.

Welp, it’s Thanksgiving – time to sit around and ruminate over what we’re thankful for, right?  How about this year we all take a moment and acknowledge what we’re thankful for in the atheist movement? I’m thankful to Sam Harris.  It was his book The End of Faith that made me into an activist.  On [Read More...]

Danielle Muscato’s gender identity means nothing to me. Her courage is why I love her.

As you may have heard by now Dave Muscato, the PR Director for American Atheists, is now Danielle Muscato.  For those of us close to Danielle, she’s been Danielle for years now.  But now she’s out of the closet as a transgender woman. Support is understandably pouring in for Danielle.  Given our society’s uneasiness with [Read More...]

Patheos Christian commits to standing up for the rights of atheists.

One of the newer Christian blogs here at Patheos is run by Rebecca Florence Miller with whom I’ve only had a brief interaction on twitter.  Still, that chat was actually very rewarding and I came away liking Rebecca even if we disagreed on religion. Then Rebecca goes and posts an article yesterday saying she wants [Read More...]

A person can die with dignity.

There’s been much talk lately about whether or not a person should have the right to end their own life.  This comes on the heels of Brittany Maynard, a woman who received a death sentence in the form of a malignant brain tumor and elected, on Nov. 1, to end her own life. It’s so [Read More...]

An SSA student may have saved a guy’s life last night.

So last night was a bit of an adventure.  What do I have to do sitting here in the Oakland airport (apparently I’m taking the scenic route back to Kansas, ugh) than tell you about it? I was walking down the sidewalk with one of the SSA members at Boise State named Zane.  It was [Read More...]