Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 30 2010

Greta Reading at Perverts Put Out, Sat. 1/8

Hi, all! On Saturday January 8, I’m going to be reading at Perverts Put Out, the San Francisco sex reading series of song and story. Perverts Put Out!, San Francisco’s long-running pansexual performance series, has featured stellar line-ups of truly twisted, mega-talented artistes… and even an occasional naked mayoral candidate. January 8 will be the …

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Dec 28 2010

How Dare You Atheists Exist?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Religious believers commonly attack atheists simply for existing. Do out- of- the- closet atheists — even polite ones — challenge attempts at theocracy? What, exactly, do religious believers want from atheists? If you follow the atheism debates in op-ed pieces and whatnot, you’ll see that critiques of the …

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Dec 26 2010

Lydia, 1997-2010

Ingrid and I have some sad news. Our cat, Lydia, died of cancer this morning at the age of 13. She had been getting chemotherapy for the last few weeks, and for a while was doing somewhat better; but on Wednesday night she stopped eating, and her appetite never returned. We took her in to …

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Dec 24 2010

10 Christmas Carols Even An Atheist Could Love

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Update: I have removed “Here Comes Santa Claus” from my Honorable Mentions list, since it was pointed out that the the last two verses do mention God, in a freakish mix of the Jesus and Santa mythologies. Thanks for the correction! What do you do if you’re an …

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Dec 22 2010

Why Religious People Are Scared of Atheists

Religious believers commonly attack atheists simply for existing. Do out- of- the- closet atheists — even polite ones — challenge attempts at theocracy? What, exactly, do religious believers want from atheists? If you follow the atheism debates in op-ed pieces and whatnot, you’ll see that critiques of the so-called New Atheist movement are often aimed …

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Dec 21 2010

New Browsing Category: Weight Management

Hi, all. I’m back from my trip, and will be ready to start blogging again soon. In the meantime, I’ve made a slight change to my blog that I wanted to let you know about. As regular readers know, I’ve been doing a lot of blogging lately about weight management. For a while, I was …

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Dec 16 2010

Brief Blog Break/ Open Thread

I’m going to be out of town from Thursday, Dec. 16 through Monday, Dec. 20. Neighbors and catsitters will be looking after our apartment and our girls, but I probably won’t be blogging again until a day or two after I get back. I’ll check in on the blog periodically to dump spam and put …

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Dec 15 2010

Caught Between Fat and Thin: When a Fat Acceptance Advocate Takes Off the Pounds

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. I’m always going to be a fat woman. Don’t get me wrong. At five foot three and 135 pounds, I am not, by any useful definition of the word, fat. But I have been fat. I was fat for many, many years. And for years, I was an …

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Dec 13 2010

10 Best Christmas Songs for Atheists

What do you do if you’re an atheist who likes Christmas carols? It’s widely assumed that atheists, by definition, hate Christmas. And it’s an assumption I’m baffled by. I like Christmas. Lots of atheists I know like Christmas. Heck, even Richard Dawkins likes Christmas. Plenty of atheists recognize the need for rituals that strengthen social …

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Dec 09 2010

The Atheist Seal of Approval

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Many religious believers are intent on getting atheists’ approval for their beliefs. If you’re hoping for that — don’t hold your breath. “But surely you don’t mean my religion!” If you hang around the online atheist world long enough, you’ll notice an interesting pattern. Many religious and spiritual …

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