Well that’s flattering…

I’ve always felt my strength as a writer/communicator is my lack of any discernible genius.  I’m serious about that.  I’m just smart enough to mostly understand what the super smart people are saying, but still average Joe enough to argue concisely in common language.  That’s what I suspect anyway… So when the Madison Freethought Festival [Read More...]

Joy for joy’s sake.

I spent this weekend with my fiancee, hence no weekend posts.  Here we are in Kansas City at a place called Hamburger Mary’s, where your meal is served by drag queens.  We skimped on eating all day in preparation for massive burgers.  Needless to say, we were excited. Afterward we went with the Kansas City [Read More...]

A post about hemorrhoids.

The title should be your warning about whether or not you want to go any further.  Writing is how I vent about stuff, and right now I have to rant about what’s going on in my hind quarters. Ok kids, hemorrhoids suck.  Don’t get them.  “But JT,” I can hear you saying, “you’re so young!  [Read More...]

Thoughts on the firing of Teresa MacBain.

You’ve probably heard about Teresa MacBain being fired from the Humanist Community Project at Harvard.  The reason for this was because she lied.  On her résumé she repeated a lie that had been circulating since she entered into the atheist movement: that she had a Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.  It came to [Read More...]

A second morning happiness: shmoopy couple.

There was a photographer at Apostacon giving away free professional pictures.  Michaelyn and I got a couple of them done. This one was an inside joke for anybody who plays League of Legends.  I went to the Meat Ball costume party as Super Teemo.  Teemo turns invisible if he doesn’t move for two seconds.  So [Read More...]


I’ve been kind of down the last week after a slew of bad luck.  This really affects my writing.  I read all the same stories and have all the same thoughts.  But when I’m down I usually just wind up being a grumpy gills, whereas usually I at least find some humor in what’s going [Read More...]

A father’s devotion opens the doorway for his genius daughter.

It’s been a pretty depressing day in JT-land, so here’s a feel good story.  The impoverished father of a young girl (the father makes about $3.50 US per day) sold his family’s land to pay for her schooling in the hopes that she could ascend to the country’s middle class.  Young Sushma Verma applied herself [Read More...]

September 11, 12 years later.

On the decade anniversary of the 9/11 attacks I wrote the following piece, which I’ve reposted every year (since my feelings remain unchanged).  Here it is again. When I got out of work on September 11, 2001, my father called me and told me to remember where I was that day and everything else about [Read More...]

Taking to the fields of justice in mah new hat.

I’m still reading the news and will start getting posts out soon.  However, I just checked the mail.  Michaelyn ordered me a new Teemo hat for my birthday (this is after she made me Teemo mushroom cupcakes).  She’s the best! Big pimpin’. Moments after I made this my profile picture on facebook, this conversation took [Read More...]

Life is good.

Here I am…a couple years into my relationship.  It’s not that anything has gotten old, far from it.  But over enough time some things you do a lot become familiar.  They begin to mean more, but they are less exhilarating than they once were.  Holding hands, for instance, is far more comfortable than the first [Read More...]