February 17, 2019

“I was leaving the South to fling myself into the unknown . . . I was taking a part of the South to transplant in alien soil, to see if it could grow differently, if it could drink of new and cool rains, bend in strange winds, respond to the warmth of other suns and, perhaps, to bloom” – Richard Wright I discovered this quote at the beginning of Isabel Wilkerson’s novel The Warmth of Other Suns, a work about… Read more

March 20, 2018

You know what I’m talking about. You scroll through your facebook news feed or turn on the news. Every day is a new adventure in shock and horror. I won’t even touch on the various scandals in DC. You, like me, are trying not too hard to think about it all at this point. But we must. In refusing to live in a bubble I’ve taken to listening to right wing radio. It’s like an alternate reality. There’s so much… Read more

November 6, 2017

“Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue… Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any… Read more

August 30, 2017

Donate to the Foundation Beyond Belief fundraiser now and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas Read more

August 25, 2017

When it comes to natural phenomena such as solar eclipses there’s still a good deal of people in our society who look upon them in the same way neanderthals would have. Read more

August 17, 2017

Descendants of Civil War generals are calling for the removal of the Confederate Monuments Read more

August 15, 2017

I remember getting up early one morning and taking out a screwdriver and some pliers to attach a confederate flag tag to the front of my vehicle. The year was 1994 and I had a new Toyota truck. I also had a specific agenda and it didn’t involve heritage. I had started a new school and it just happened to be the sporting rival of the high school I had previously attended. The school I had attended was known as… Read more

August 11, 2017

The focus of this blog is secular humanism, particularly in the southern US, but from time to time I’ll comment on social justice issues or stories from the south that grab my attention. I’m from Walker County, Alabama, and I write of my home often. It’s a land where the most absurd things happen and this story is no different. Brace yourselves. 12 inmates escaped jail last week by using peanut butter to write a number over a door. This… Read more

August 10, 2017

In news that should shock no one Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, has endorsed Roy Moore for the open senate seat in Alabama. Read more

August 10, 2017

At the moment there are very few subjects that will set people off the way bringing up the name Colin Kaepernick will. I’ve sat idly by in my bubble of privilege and watched this drama play out while thinking certainly someone will sign the guy. Still, to this day, they haven’t.   I’m often limited to my experiences in the Deep South here in the United States and I’ve grown quite numb to the tired, racist things I hear around… Read more

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