OKC & an early Challenge

Living in LA, by most counts a hotbed of liberalism, I often feel rather conservative. I’m married, heterosexual, and I’ve never been on TV, nor have I such a desire. But in the few days I spent this weekend in Oklahoma City, I feel very much the liberal.

Why I Pretend to be a Pagan

I am an atheist. But I’m also a bit of a polytheist. If there is anything divine, I cannot believe that it is off somewhere, listening to my thoughts & judging my inactions, but that it is in the beauty around us; in my family & friends, in the wonders of a plane take-off, in … [Read more…]

my pick for prez

I’ve blogged before about my take on the democratic candidates and have essentially decided that I would vote for a Clinton/Obama ticket (although, in all honesty, I’m not sure what I’d think of an Obama/Clinton ticket…). However, recent articles and events have brought up a new candidate for me: Elizabeth Edwards. John Edwards does not … [Read more…]

insight from an odd source

I’m a pop music whore. Let’s just get that out there. I love Britney Spears (“Hit Me, Baby” is a classic, despite its obvious overtones), Madonna (anything by Madonna), and basically any boy band you can name (and some you probably can’t). So when I first started liking Nickelback, I was no more embarrassed than … [Read more…]

Atheist “News” of the Week

Coming out of dinner last night, I saw a stand with The Onion on it. Not having read it in a while, I picked up an edition and laughed my way home (probably in danger of being hit by cars while reading). Among the headlines, “Activision Reports Sluggish Sales For Sousaphone Hero” and “Final Harry … [Read more…]

Wednesday Challenge: Astrology

One of the oldest “sciences” in the world is astrology. It operates on the principle of “as above, so below”, which is to say that the movements of the heavens affect the movements of people here on earth. The majority of it is probably bunk, but sometimes it’s fun to read a horoscope and laugh … [Read more…]

Can’t we all just get along…?

I’ve been reading, perhaps ad nauseum which could be my issue, the debate of theist and atheist apologetics regarding the source of ethics. The debate can be summarized as follows: Theist: Atheists cannot be ethical without resorting to theist arguments. Therefore, God. Atheist: Theists don’t understand the Euthyphro dilemma. God and morality cannot both exist. … [Read more…]

Vacation

When I was a kid, vacation with my mom & dad meant getting up at the (butt) crack of dawn to hit all of the museums/churches/historical sites within driving distance. Going to bed and getting up the next day to do it all again. I always felt that I needed a vacation after such a … [Read more…]

Generation Gap

One of my sisters & I have discussed the fact & agreed that we are, in fact, of different generations, even if she only has 10 years on me. The Brazen Careerist has come up with an amusing test for identifying cultural generation based upon (perhaps biased) current-culture abilities and knowledge-sets (copied whole-sale from the … [Read more…]

Weekly Challenge: Old Friends

I was listening to Gimon& Sarfunkle recently and one of my favorite songs came on: Old friends, old friends: Sat on their park bench like bookends. A newspaper blown through the grass Falls on the round toes Of the high shoes of the old friends. Old friends, winter companions, the old men Lost in their … [Read more…]