How you make a difference

I am often asked by those around me why, with the volume of speaking requests I get, I don’t charge money to speak.  The answer’s simple: I’d feel dirty.  I love this cause and I’m still flattered to no end just to be asked to contribute in that way. So I always enjoy bumping into [Read More...]

Some magic tricks

I recently wrote about Camp Quest’s $50,000 matching offer in which I mentioned that I taught a magic workshop for Camp Quest Ohio last year.  Commenter Rory then said… What, you’re a magician, too? Is your mutant power being totally badass? I’m flattered.  But yes, I am a magician as well. [Read more...]

An unlikely source of comfort

I always have music on in the background at work, but this week I’ve taken to having episodes of Mayday: Air Crash Investigation.  I was home sick yesterday and again today, so I’ve been plowing through the episodes. “But JT” I can hear you saying.  “Don’t you fly a couple times a month at least?  [Read More...]

On guilt

When I write about polyamory, the most frequent response I receive is to tell me that the jealousy would be too much. For me, obviously, that’s not a problem.  Sure, I get the occasional jealous impulse, but it’s easy to ignore.  Nobody mentions whether or not guilt would be a problem though, which has been [Read More...]

When Christina poops…

When Christina poops it’s an all-day affair. ^^ because she has a doctoral degree and I have a blog a decent number of people read, and we take both responsibilities pretty seriously. But sometimes we dare each other to do really immature things and ultimately, if we don’t take the time to be five year-olds [Read More...]

Conversations from back in the day

While attending Missouri State I worked for a little while at a sandwich shop downtown.  One of my co-workers was a Christian theater performance major.  We had numerous conversations about god and religion, usually with her taking the conservative approach. One day in the course of chatting while making sandwiches I asked her if she [Read More...]

JT’s pro tips for not being an asshole when you travel #2

I’m back and protecting more people from unwittingly being an asshole when they travel.  You’re welcome. Today’s pro tip:  Stewardesses First, if it ever comes up in a quiz, “stewardesses” is the longest word in the English language that you can type using only one hand.  The more you know. Second, we all know that [Read More...]

Other conversations while traveling

Last weekend I was flying into Kansas City and I sat next to two very engaging people.  It was one of those flights where the conversation was great the entire time. At one point they asked what I did and I told them I was an atheist for a living.  The man proceeded to tell [Read More...]

Conversations while traveling

On the shuttle to the airport yesterday I wound up sitting next to a pastor who told me he admired Christopher Hitchens.  He gave me his card and I may swing by his church sometime. On the plane into St. Louis I was sitting next to a middle school teacher from Memphis.  On our descent [Read More...]

Social Anxiety

Email! Dear JT, I’m not going to make any requests, but I did want to chime in with a thank-you. I have a pretty severe case of social phobia. It is taking a lot out of me to even write this. I have been reading you for quite some time, though. Over the past couple [Read More...]


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