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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 31 2013

Cat Blogging for American Atheists, 3/31: Comet and Houdini

Comet and Houdini

I’m going to be in Austin for the American Atheists convention, March 27 through April 2, and probably won’t have time to do much blogging. And I realize I’ve been derelict of late with the cat photos. So for the next week or so, I’m posting pictures of our cats. I’m really touched by how …

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Mar 30 2013

Cat Blogging for American Atheists, 3/30: Comet Belly!

Comet belly

I’m going to be in Austin for the American Atheists convention, March 27 through April 2, and probably won’t have time to do much blogging. And I realize I’ve been derelict of late with the cat photos. So for the next week or so, I’m posting pictures of our cats. This is Comet, getting her …

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Mar 29 2013

Atheism and Sensuality

jump for joy

This piece was originally published in Free Inquiry. Let’s talk about a pleasant topic for once. The most pleasant topic of all, in fact. Let’s talk about pleasure. The atheist view of sensuality, of pure physical pleasure and joy in our bodies, is about eleventy billion times better than any traditional religious view. Our view …

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Mar 29 2013

Cat Blogging for American Atheists, 3/29: Houdini

Houdini

I’m going to be in Austin for the American Atheists convention, March 27 through April 2, and probably won’t have time to do much blogging. And I realize I’ve been derelict of late with the cat photos. So for the next week or so, I’m posting pictures of our cats. Here are some awesome pictures …

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Mar 28 2013

Cat Blogging for American Atheists, 3/28: Snuggling Tabbies

Comet and Houdini

I’m going to be in Austin for the American Atheists convention, March 27 through April 2, and probably won’t have time to do much blogging. And I realize I’ve been derelict of late with the cat photos. So for the next week or so, I’m posting pictures of our cats. Here is a Comet and …

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Mar 27 2013

Cat Blogging for American Atheists, 3/27: The Comet “Bite” Poster

Comet looking up

I’m going to be in Austin for the American Atheists convention, March 27 through April 2, and probably won’t have time to do much blogging. And I realize I’ve been derelict of late with the cat photos. So for the next week or so, I’m posting pictures of our cats. This is one of my …

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Mar 25 2013

Runway Recap: “I’m Not Here to Make Friends”

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 9 Michelle 1

“I’m not here to make friends.” If you’ve ever watched any competition reality show, you’ve almost certainly heard this line. There’s even a YouTube video montage of dozens of reality show contestants saying the damn thing. More than one. This week, on Project Runway, it was Richard’s turn to utter these timeless words. And it …

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Mar 22 2013

How Not to Talk To People With Mental Illness, Episode #43,635 – UPDATED

UPDATE: The commenter in question has written a very gracious apology. This is written in response to a comment on my blog, commenting on the post Some Incomplete Thoughts on Mental Illness and Shame: I’ve not had a mental illness to my knowledge and no depression so I’m willing to concede I know nothing and …

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Mar 22 2013

Some Incomplete Thoughts on Mental Illness and Shame

arm with wounds

So this weird ridiculous thing happened the other day, and it’s bringing up some weird feelings about mental illness and shame. We had this household accident last night: one of our doors fell off its hinges. (One of the hinges snapped in two, actually, which pulled the other hinge clean out of the frame.) Of …

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Mar 21 2013

Humanist Thoughts on a Life Well-Lived

Without any gods or any afterlife, what makes for a life well-lived? For most religious and spiritual believers, life’s meaning tends to be framed in external terms, and in terms of forward motion. Not always, but generally. For believers, life’s meaning tends to be framed in terms of making God/ gods happy, and/or getting to …

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