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Why We No Longer Think For Ourselves

The problem arises when we need to process and understand complex and chaotic situations. The ability to think for ourselves has been short-circuited by the rise of social networks, television propaganda, and easy solutions presented by charismatic pundits and political and religious leaders. With so much information to process, it is easier to drift into […]

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Two Minute Read

Stop The Christian Bullshit Rumors

A long-time friend who Gina and I have had the joy to reconnect with since we moved to Dunedin and who was formerly a member at First Baptist Church Indian Rocks (a church in close proximity to our current home and church #4 in my memoir “Renaissance Redneck”) told us that several members of that […]

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What Will The Future Bring?

A question as old as time. In moments of peace and well-being, this query occupies less of our thinking. But historically, in times of political, emotional, and spiritual chaos our eyes turn with anxious hope to the future, particularly when apocalyptic fears multiply. This question was asked by the people of Israel when subjected to […]

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Four Minute Read

Cruelty Has Never Made Me Smile

I remember crying and running from the room as the small black and white television in my grandmother’s home beamed a fuzzy rendition of men beating each other to a pulp on “Live Wrestling.” The year was around 1963 and I was five years old. My Dad (a gentle man) and my grandfather (a brawler […]

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Seven Minute Read

From Fundamentalism to Freedom

It is still a shock to my system when I encounter a person who is fundamentalist or evangelical. The experience is much like a friend of mine who served in Vietnam when he would have a flashback. Psychologist Marlene Winell has coined a term for the devastating effects on those of us who have left […]

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My Top Ten Books of the Decade

You can tell a lot about a person by knowing the books they read—and particularly the books that impact their lives. That is one reason I love the goodreads.com community. Founded in 2006, the online community provides a world of insight into my fellow book lovers. For a person that is a voracious reader, Goodreads […]

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Five Minute Read

Family Is NOT Everything

A few impromptu thoughts about family the day after Thanksgiving. We should not beat ourselves up for the depression and dejection many of us feel this morning. The western civilization (and in my case, the evangelical Christian) ideal of family is flawed and false. Rather than a day of gratefulness, for an alarming number of […]

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Loveless Children

Some children cannot love their fathers. They find them annoying. Or embarrassing. Or unsettling. They’re irritated by their fathers because they’ve turned out differently than they had expected. They’re irritated because the father refused their mother’s wish to patch up the marriage when there was nothing left to patch up, refused her means of prolonging […]

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I Have A Mental Illness (Well, sort of)

I read books every day. It’s a sickness. I’ve tried therapy but I’m afraid it’s untreatable. It may be hard to believe, but for fifty-six of my sixty-one years, I have rarely if ever missed a day. Over these past five decades, a reading cycle has emerged. I read for sheer pleasure in bed at […]

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FOMO

Now that Gina and I have returned to civilization and downtown living after almost five years in the isolated wilderness of the Appalachian foothills, we have coined a new phrase. FOMO. It’s an acrostic for the Fear of Missing Out. To adequately place this in a proper perspective, you must know that our country home […]