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Three Years Later

Categories: Nostalgia, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2018.02.10

Three years ago today, I announced to the world that I’m an atheist. Today, it’s difficult to relate how worried I was about the announcement. Throughout 2014, as I steadfastly wrote about my conclusion, I had regular conversations with my wife about whether I should make it public. I knew that if I made the[…]

Why, Indeed, Do We Want Them?

I cannot resist one more response to the president’s remarks. Tire Fire Many third-world nations lack basic infrastructure such as paved roads, and environmental/safety regulations to prevent disastrous fires and/or pollution. But this photo was made in Oklahoma, near the center of the United States. (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) I already wrote[…]

Being Better

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Published on: 2017.12.31

For at least three years, my personal motto has been “I Can Do Better”, which I decided on after writing a poem of the same name.   Be Better This image is a smaller version of the 1920×1080 image that has served as my PC’s wallpaper (desktop background) for most of 2017. The larger words[…]

How 2017 Politics Changed Me

It began in 2015. The earliest Republican primary debates embarrassed the U.S. in front of the entire world. At that time, I simply couldn’t fathom a large chunk of American voters being swayed by any of these people. Let The Sun Shine In An unedited self-portrait made with my phone’s camera. (Copyright © 2017 by[…]

So, The Rapture Happened. What Next?

Someone posted the following question in an atheist group I follow on Facebook: “If Jesus returned and took all his people with him to worship and praise him for all of eternity… What’s your first action?” What To Do? Screenshot of the image file to which I refer in the text. For the reader who’s[…]

Another ‘What I’m Thankful For’ Entry

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Published on: 2017.11.23

Like you, I sometimes tire of the clichéd Thanksgiving statements. Family, job, home. I assume you’re thankful for those. Here are some other things I’m thankful for. * Investigative journalism and the relatively free press in the United States. * That historians continue to root out old myths and correct them. * All branches of[…]

The Gut Wants What It Wants

“Happiness is a choice” — I saw this on Twitter recently. Is it? I was under the impression that happiness is a chemical. Despite thousands of years of looking, no one has ever found a “soul” or “spirit” inside a human being. And we learned quite some time ago that the heart pumps blood rather[…]

Universal Alphabet On A Grid

Categories: Language, Personal
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Published on: 2017.11.04

Multi-lingual Part of the packaging for my Joby GorillaPod had the above label, with the same phrase in 11 languages and at least six alphabets. (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) In mid-2016, I got to thinking about about the evolution of written languages (I think I was reading The Selfish Gene at the[…]

#ItWasMe And #MeToo

Categories: Feminism, Personal, Sexism
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Published on: 2017.10.16

I admit I was overwhelmed yesterday as I began to see a string of #MeToo posts on Facebook — from women I know, women I’m related to, and a few other women that I don’t know in real life but who have befriended me on social media. I was simultaneously proud of them for speaking[…]

What Would It Take To Convince Me?

Hell Is Hot A one-woman religious march in Seminole, Oklahoma, used this sign, assuring viewers that “Hell Is Hot”, accompanied by stick-figure drawings of people burning in Hell. (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) A question often posed to atheists is: “What would it take to convince you God is real?” It’s asked so[…]

A Secular Humanist ‘Prayer’

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Published on: 2017.10.01

Just Nod If You Can Hear Me A self-portrait. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Clearly prayer has an effect on the person doing it, even if there is no effect beyond that person’s body. Prayer calms people, adjusts attitudes, focuses thoughts, and so on. It seems similar to the known effects of meditation[…]

1992: A Year I Could Do Without

(I won’t be writing or posting 9/11 memorials. I’ve done that before — in 2015, for example — and in multiple poems, including Old New York Photos, Another Ode To The United States Of America, You Can Not Crush Us, Tonight, and possibly others.) School Photo, 1992 This is my sophomore yearbook photo from Central[…]

The Elusive Definition Of ‘Life’

Ever since we humans developed language, certain words have had exact and universal definitions. But other words… not so much. Perhaps strangely, some of the most important words/concepts have been the most difficult to define. Dead As Dirt This patch of dried mud looks entirely dead. However, a microscope would reveal that it’s teeming with[…]

Changing The Narrative

My wife’s eyes were damp when she came home from our daughter’s dance class yesterday. She quickly told me why. *** “I was sitting there, and other moms were in a group talking about the Nazi rally and the Confederate statues. One woman said something about how she didn’t understand why people wanted to remove[…]

One Of The Tamer Trump-Supporting Statements Is Still Garbage

There are some rabid Trump supporters out there. Much more insidious are the ones who make an show of reasonableness. “See?” they’ll say. “I’m a reasonable person and I still support this monster.” Those are the ones to watch out for. Not Rabid. Still Bad This Facebook post crossed my timeline late last night Take[…]

The Aftermath Of Charlottesville (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2017.08.14

You’ve already heard about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. There is already a Wikipedia page for the events (there were multiple pages, but now are being directed to this one). I don’t intend to repeat the news here; I want only to express a few thoughts.

Thankfully, The Persecution Is Over

President + Bible = ? A photo of a reality TV star holding a book. If you don’t regularly hang around with evangelical Christians or fundamentalists, you might be unaware that they were regularly “persecuted” in the U.S. — so much so that they called it a War On Christianity. To ensure they continued to[…]

What If The Shoe Was On The Other Foot?

The Thinker A very distant relative of mine contemplates the deepest issues he can think of. Or maybe he’s merely smelling the poop on his fingers. (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Thank you to everyone who participated in Monday’s discussion, both here on my blog entry and under my associated Facebook post, on[…]

When My Own Family’s Posts Are Racist, Sexist

Categories: Bigotry, Personal, Racism, Sexism
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Published on: 2017.06.26

I’ve blurred the avatar and first name because I don’t want to focus on one individual’s behavior. But I’ve left the surname visible: this was posted by a member of my extended family, someone I’ve known since childhood. I’ve been open about unfriending more than a dozen social media contacts last year (several of whom[…]

Maher Should Have Known Better

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Published on: 2017.06.03

Lots of folks are dumping their two cents’ worth about Bill Maher recently. I don’t carry cash or coins anymore, but here are some of my thoughts on the recent “incident”. Background: Friday night (June 2), Real Time host Maher used the phrase “house nigger” — referring to himself — after guest Ben Sasse (a[…]

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