May 9, 2019

Satisfying my addiction to Reddit, I was perusing the Debate An Atheist subreddit when I found a question I had never seen or been asked before. This is not a common occurrence amidst the chorus of “What if you’re wrong?”s and “Why do you hate God?”s. Usually, I log in to Reddit, pop on over to DAA and within moments my eyes are rolling while I grumble, angrily, don’t they have anything new to ask? So, you can understand why I… Read more

May 7, 2019

It was the balmy summer of 1987. Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet was still being overplayed on the radio stations, everyone had seen Pretty in Pink at least forty times, and I needed a new bike. The one I had, I got when I was seven and, embarrassingly, had Strawberry Shortcake emblazoned across its bright pink body. I wanted to trade in my old, little kid model, for a black mountain bike. I’d also take a skateboard if anyone was… Read more

May 1, 2019

I got a really interesting question this morning in my email, and it immediately made the cogs in my mind start spinning. I had so much to say in response, so I thought I’d just jump right on it first thing and answer it in a post. The question I got was from Amanda and she asked, GM, I know you moved from Canada to Australia when you were young, so I thought I would ask your advice. My husband… Read more

April 30, 2019

Your Stories of Atheism are heartbreaking, triumphant, angering and inspiring. They are written by you, for you in this ongoing series about how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can email me here. Please note that by doing so, you give me permission to publish it here as part of the series. If you wish to remain anonymous, please say so in your email otherwise, I will use just your first… Read more

April 26, 2019

I’m not married. Most of you know that already. My “husband” and I have been living in common law sin for over a decade now. Marriage has never been a big deal to us. Though we do intend on tying the knot at some point just to make sure all our legal ducks are in a row, for now, we’re just godless fornicators raising lovely bastards. Though neither of us sees much sense in overspending for one night of catered… Read more

April 25, 2019

Believe it or not, I never used to wear makeup. It wasn’t until I discovered YouTube makeup gurus that I ever even really attempted to wear it. That puts me somewhere in my thirties when I first tried, sloppily, to apply makeup properly without someone doing it for me. But once I did, I was hooked like your gran is to bingo. It’s not that I felt I looked better or that it boosted my self-image because I care about… Read more

April 24, 2019

In this series debunking the reasons to support the death penalty, we’ve looked at: Part 1: Redemption Part 2: Deterrence Part 3: Cost Part 4: Humane killing? Part 5: Closure We know that the death penalty is ineffective as a deterrent. We know that capital punishment costs significantly more than life in prison, drawing funds from law enforcement and victims services. We know that there is no way to humanely kill a person who does not want to die. We… Read more

April 18, 2019

So, here’s a meme: It was the first thing I saw when I logged onto Facebook this morning. This photo, it’s worth noting, was taken by a man who won the Pulitzer prize for it but who later committed suicide. The child, whose name was Nyong, is now dead. This horrific picture is expressing similar ideas to what many people have been sharing in the wake of the fire at Notre Dame. Said people are taking the time to show… Read more

April 16, 2019

It leaves you a little breathless when you lean over the edge of the cenote sagrado at Chichen Itza and consider how many human bones are collected beneath the water. There’s a large slab of rock where people, sometimes children, would be slaughtered and tossed into the dark waters of the sinkhole in order to please Chaac, the Mayan god of rain. I’ve been there twice and both times, I found I’d forgotten to breathe. The pyramids at Chichen Itza… Read more

April 12, 2019

One of my guilty pleasures is Big Brother. Alongside Survivor, Big Brother satisfies some deep dark corner of my psyche that voraciously craves strategy. I loved chess growing up and now I can’t live without marathons of Settlers of Catan. If you watched my brain on an MRI, the very same areas that light up when I plan my attack against a dungeon boss playing Zelda would light up when I’m watching a discussion between two human chess pieces locked… Read more

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