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Date : February 2015

Freedom of Speech/Religion Infringed?

One woman in Seminole, Okla., used to walk the sidewalks downtown with this homemade sign. The reverse side said “Please!!! Repent Jesus is Coming” However, she did not make any noise. (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) On Facebook, a cousin posted a link to a story about a pastor’s wife “fined for praying[…]

January 2015: Second-Warmest On Record

Our first noticeable snowfall in 4 years, but it was 35°F outside. The last time it snowed here, it was 17°F. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) Despite the overbearing news reports about the record cold snaps in parts of the U.S., this has little to do with global warming or climate change. Professional[…]

Democrats Aren’t Always Fond Of Science, Either

Not long ago, I sought to call Rand Paul’s baloney when he said Republicans weren’t at war with science. He’s still wrong. But I want to be fair. People in the other major party do it too, but perhaps less obviously.

Book Review: Ministry Of Disturbance (Piper, 2007)

Ministry Of Disturbance by H. Beam Piper (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Ministry Of Disturbance And Other SF Author: H. Beam Piper Year: 2007 (trade paperback) Publisher: Ægypan Press ISBN 978-1603121927 View it on Amazon Author’s Wikipedia page ◊ Summary This book is a collection of five stories, only one of[…]

Why I’m Not A Prepper

I’ve known a few people who have gone the “prepper” route — it’s short for “doomsday prepper”, otherwise known as survivalism. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I had a tendency to head that direction, but never went whole hog. Why not? Answer: Because I have never believed that society will collapse soon, suddenly[…]

Jumping To Unconclusions From Chapel Hill

As coincidence would have it, the very same day I came out as at atheist, three people in North Carolina were killed by gunshot. The killing itself isn’t a coincidence; 83 people in the U.S. die every day from gunshot wounds — about 2/3 of them self-inflicted. What was coincidental with my announcement is that[…]

Water Usage: First World Problems

Categories: Environment
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Published on: 2015.02.16

Our newest showerhead (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) Today, I paid my family’s monthly water bill. As is common, our bill includes the cost of garbage collection. Ours also includes the cost of recycling pickup (it’s voluntary in this city, for $2.48 per month). Our water usage is always rounded off to hundreds[…]

Oh To Be Middle-Aged, And In Love

Categories: Personal, Relationships
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Published on: 2015.02.14

Dec. 10, 1994: Skinny Wil and Young Margy (Copyright © 1994 by William R. Fry. All Rights Reserved.)   No one says they want to be “middle-aged and in love”. The phrase specifically mentions “young”. I don’t know why. I can’t understand why. I’m middle-aged, and in love, and I like it that way. Twenty[…]

10 ‘Reasons’ To Outlaw Gay Marriage

Will gay marriage affect you? (Copyright © 2009 by David Goehring.) Over the past couple of years, as same-sex marriage has become legal in an growing number of U.S. states, I’ve followed the news on it with curiosity — not because I’m gay (I’m not), but because I can’t see what all the fuss is[…]

Today, I ‘Came Out Of The Closet’ As An Atheist

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2015.02.10

You can read more about it on my website, a special section I’ve created to tell my story. It took 25 years for me to get here, and a year to write it all down.   Screenshot of my web page announcing my atheism (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)  

My Observations On Regulations

Categories: Business, Politics
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Published on: 2015.02.10

Atrocities Committed In The Name Of…

We’ve seen a lot of discussion lately over which religion (or non-religion) is responsible for the worst atrocities. The conversation got a bump lately from President Obama’s recent remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. Internet searches for these remarks reveal either condemnation or praise of his remarks. The one I linked to above was in[…]

What Be This Blog?

Part of a page from my journal, written in July 2000. (Copyright © 2000, 2013 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I want to clarify my purpose here a little bit, in light of a recent request from someone I care about: “Tell me you aren’t using this blog to systematically attack my[…]

Book Review: Undaunted Courage (1996)

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Year: 1996 (mine was 2005 trade paperback) Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-0-684-81107-9 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads View it[…]

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