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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 28 2012

Self Publishing Versus Conventional Publishing? 5 Big Advantages of DIY Publishing — and 5 Reasons to Reconsider

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? cover

Ever since I self-published the ebook of “Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless” — and ever since I got the print edition published by a conventional small-press publisher, Pitchstone — other writers have been asking me for advice about self-publishing, conventional publishing, and which they should pursue. I …

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Sep 27 2012

Greta Speaking in Texas – Update! SMU Event Now Open to the Public!

UPDATE: My October speaking events at Stanford and in Texas have been cancelled, due to my father’s death. I am hoping to reschedule for a later date; if I do, I’ll announce it on this blog. I have some updates on my upcoming speaking tour in Texas. Most importantly: The event at Southern Methodist University …

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Sep 27 2012

“Cheering to the Pep Squad” — My New Secular Alternative to “Preaching to the Choir”

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Thanks to everyone who chimed in with suggestions for a secular alternative to the phrase, “preaching to the choir.” Lots of people had very good suggestions, and if (like me) you’re trying to get religious phrases out of your language unless you’re actually talking about religion, I encourage y’all to look at the comment thread …

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Sep 26 2012

Make Sure You Can Vote

keep calm and register to vote national voter registration day

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, which I missed because I was taking a five-mile walk, punctuated by stopping into bookstores and sitting in cafes. But I saw this graphic on Facebook late in the day, and it inspired me to comment. The Republican Party is basically trying to steal this election by making it …

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Sep 26 2012

How Confrontationalism Can Open Doors

twenty dollar bill In God We Trust crossed off

This piece was originally published in The Humanist magazine, in my Fierce Humanism column. A woman walks into a café, orders a coffee and, before she pays, crosses off “In God We Trust” on her $20 bill. The woman is me, and scratching the motto off money is something I often do. This time the …

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Sep 24 2012

Greta Speaking at Stanford and in Texas

UPDATE: My October speaking events at Stanford and in Texas have been cancelled, due to my father’s death. I am hoping to reschedule for a later date; if I do, I’ll announce it on this blog. UPDATE: The event at Southern Methodist University in University Park, TX is now open to the public! Some of …

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Sep 21 2012

What’s Been Going On

Fuck it. I’m just going to write about it. I alluded to it in passing when I said I was taking a break from the blog, but I wasn’t ready to write about it in any detail then. I am now. Here’s what’s been going on, and why I’ve been taking a break. Regular long-time …

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Sep 21 2012

4 Ways Christianity Sneaks Into Our Secular Government — And Why it Matters

In God We Trust

“In God We Trust” on the money. “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Creches and crosses on public land. Religious mottos on public buildings. Prayers starting public government meetings. Prayers in the public schools. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the religious right was right, and the United States really was a Christian …

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Sep 21 2012

For Our Cats, We Rearranged Our Home — and Our Lives!

Comet her first day on the counter

Catster editor: “We’re looking for stories about how people clean or rearrange their homes and their physical space to accommodate their cats. Do you have any stories like that?” Me: Gales of uncontrollable laughter, verging on hysteria. Before we got our current batch of kitties, we spent days getting our home ready: getting a new …

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Sep 20 2012

We Got the Money!

The Chase Community Giving fundraising contest is over… and the secular organizations did great! Final totals are: Secular Student Alliance – $50,000 Foundation Beyond Belief – $20,000 Camp Quest – $20,000 Thanks to everyone who voted and spread the word! Free money rocks!

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