PERSONAL: Cancer sucks.

I have one living grandparent and she’s on her way out.  A few months ago she got a death sentence in the name of cancer and, talking to my parents who are helping to care for her, it’s all the things you expect if you’ve watched someone die of cancer before (as I have, several [Read More...]

PERSONAL: My wife holding a brain.

Got this message from my wife who is in her lab: Boom: Is it weird that I find this incredibly, incredibly, stop-what-you’re-doing-and-let’s-make-out-right-now sexy? It’s weird, isn’t it? I’m weird, aren’t I? [Read more...]

READER QUESTION: What is the best way to get involved in the atheist community?

I got a reader question from Danielle Martin who wanted to know the best ways to get involved in the atheist community: Do you have any advice for someone that wants to be more involved in secular community? I have talked to Danielle Muscato frequently about American Atheists and other secular organizations and I know [Read More...]


I had a great time.  :) [Read more...]

PERSONAL: The beauty of paying it forward.

Last month Kansas City Oasis asked me to give their community moment.  This is when a member of the group talks about something that has changed their lives.  I decided to talk about my first voice teacher, Pearl Yeadon, who was extremely generous with me and, through that, turned me into a fairly competent singer. [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS & PERSONAL: Pictures of my brain.

I recently participated in an fMRI study being done by a neuroscientist at the University of Kansas under whom my wife studied.  They were looking for people with my affliction and, since I will never be a neuroscientist and able to help create cures for people like me in that capacity, I was excited to [Read More...]

PERSONAL: Good god I’m a terrible cook.

I want to show my wife I love her, so I think to myself that I’ll surprise her with a really nice multi-ingredient mac & cheese dinner (she loves mac & cheese like the Vatican loves money).  The problem is that I’m a god awful cook.  Like, I’m literally the worst.  Think of the dumbest, [Read More...]

PERSONAL: My nerdy wife in her lab.

Michaelyn is in her lab.  She just sent me a picture: She knows what I like*.  :) * Being reminded that she’s thinking about me and getting to see her face in between reading news articles…also women in nerdy gear like lab goggles. [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Adventures: the wine!

Ok, not joking: this wine, which we’ve only ever found in Lawrence, is the straight up shiz.  Seriously.  We got a few bottles for today and I recommend it to everybody. And because any post containing a picture of Michaelyn invariably gets good traffic, here she is in her Batman top and yoga pants holding [Read More...]

Valentine’s Day Adventures: here comes the queso!

Michaelyn finally tumbled out of bed and at the last of my BBQ bacon almond chicken.  What a jerk. Now we’re on to the next dish that’s terrible for us: queso: She uses measuring spoons.  That’s adorable.  Top tier chefs like myself have no need for such crutches. Valentine’s Day excitement!  LOOK AT THIS!  DO [Read More...]