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...]

Thanks again

I started at Freethought Blogs in October 2011.  Since that time my monthly traffic has tripled. I don’t know what to say.  I think a lot of other bloggers are more informative.  I mostly just write about whatever’s on my mind.  I’m beyond flattered that anybody wants to read any of it. Here are the [Read More...]

At least they're honest

It was a late night for the SSA Campus Organizer Team last night, so we decided to grab dinner fro Wings Over Columbus.  As usual I tried to look up the nutritional info.  It turns out that Wings Over Whatever doesn’t have that info, but at least they’re somewhat honest. The fact is, common sense [Read More...]

I was wrong about being wrong, thanks for showing me.

Christina here… Most people dislike being wrong. People especially dislike when someone shows them they are wrong. I know the feeling. In the distant past, I felt assaulted when someone tried to correct where my thinking or facts had gone askew. I minimized the impact of my incorrectness, by slinking away or saying, “oh”, hoping [Read More...]

Calling out the Digital Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish poet I’m at the edge of the sea Come up and face me Hark! I challenge you To epic haiku battle For internet pride I’m a haiku beast A leviathon to your Rhyming briney shrimp Opposable thumbs Good for grasping victory From cuddly molluscs You’re tiny and cute Believers flee when I’m near I’m [Read More...]

JT's pro tips for not being an asshole when you travel #1

I travel a lot.  There are some behaviors I encounter regularly in my travels that make me want to accidentally on purpose spill my drink on people.  It seems to me that a hint of self awareness is all it would take to identify these behaviors as no-no’s.  Perhaps people just don’t care to be [Read More...]