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Date : March 2015

Pixelated Memories: Wil, Part 2

Categories: Nostalgia, Photography
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Published on: 2015.03.27

Inspired in part by a recent Richard Barron entry, I hereby present the second of a two-part series (see the first part). These are photos of me that tell part of the story of my adult life. For most of these, I remember the event, location, and thoughts and emotions surrounding them. Oct. 2004, Seminole,[…]

Pixelated Memories: Wil, Part 1

Categories: Nostalgia, Photography
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Published on: 2015.03.27

Inspired in part by a recent Richard Barron entry, I hereby present the first of a two-part series (see the second part). These are photos of me that tell part of the story of my life. For many of them, the original memory is gone; all that remains is the memory of the photo.  […]

Free Will vs. Determinism vs. Predestination vs. Compatibilism

When studying the history of religion in Bible college*, it was inevitable that I would come across the age-old religious debate about predestination versus free will. My denomination leaned heavily toward the free will side of the argument; other groups in the past sat on the other side of the fence. There were heavy debates[…]

War On Christianity? (UPDATED)

Fox News has claimed (more often on-air) that the U.S. government — specifically Barack Obama — has declared “War on Christianity”. While I enjoyed Jon Stewart’s sarcastic response, I wanted to fact check the original claim — as much as a nebulous claim can be fact-checked. The op-ed I cited above lists several specific factual[…]

‘Most Serious’ Problem In The World?

Categories: Globalization, Poverty
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Published on: 2015.03.20

Yesterday, I cited the World Values Survey, which included many questions other than the ones I mentioned. One of the others was “Which of the following problems you consider the most serious one for the world as a whole?” One of the nicer neighborhoods we saw in Belize (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.)[…]

February 2015: Second-Warmest On Record

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Published on: 2015.03.19

The NOAA figures are in: February 2015 was the second-warmest February on record, behind only February 1998. It’s also worth noting that the winter* was the warmest on record: “During December–February, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.42°F (0.79°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for December–February in[…]

Wife-Beaters Justified, Many Say

Categories: Sexism, Violence
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Published on: 2015.03.19

I was startled to read this story on NPR: Alarming Number Of Women Think Spousal Abuse Is Sometimes OK, and not just because it bugs me that Oklahoma’s postal abbreviation is used in place of the word “Okay”. I couldn’t find the exact wording of the survey question, even at the source site, but it[…]

No, He Didn’t Actually Say That

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Published on: 2015.03.17

Oh how it bugs me when folks attribute a quote to Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson, as if that lends more power to the words. “If someone as important as Jefferson said it, then it must be true!” they seem to indicate. Most of them are likely just passing along what they’ve heard without looking[…]

We’re #1! (In Almost Nothing Good) — UPDATED

(Originally published 2014.09.12) The U.S. is #1 in obesity rates (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Most nations seem to have some degree of the “we’re #1” factor — call it nationalism, pride, what have you. The U.S. has no shortage of this, even in the face of mounting statistics that say otherwise. I’ve[…]

Some Thoughts On Poetry, Context, Artistry

Categories: Poetry
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Published on: 2015.03.14

I was proud of this award when I received it in 2000, but soon learned it was part of a scam where you pay too much money for a book of poetry and end up with your poem in the book. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) Early in 2013, as I put hundreds[…]

Exploring Ideas: ‘Reverse Discrimination’ and ‘Reverse Racism’

Seen on a medical clinic survey (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve heard the terms “reverse racism” and “reverse discrimination” used almost interchangeably, though the former usually refers to white people not receiving preferential treatment over minorities, while the latter can apply to all kinds of discussions. The terms are most noticeably used[…]

Favorite Book Of All Time?

Every evening, I read in a book before falling asleep, a habit I developed in my early teens. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) Leave it to me to make this impossibly complicated… Someone tweeted “What is your favorite book of all time?” Several people responded, each with the name of a book and[…]

Book Review: The Faiths Of The Founding Fathers (Holmes, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, History, Religion
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Published on: 2015.03.07

(Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Full Title: The Faiths Of The Founding Fathers Author: David L. Holmes Year: 2006 Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-530092-5 View it on Amazon View it on GoodReads Wikipedia page ◊ Summary Author David L. Holmes examines what is known about the religious beliefs of some of the[…]

I’m Not A Scientist, But… Cancer Is Not A Fungus

To quote the increasingly common Republican line, “I’m not a scientist, but…” I’m pretty sure cancer is not a fungus. At least one Republican disagrees with me. “If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic* line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium[…]

A Sucker For Coincidence: Birthdate #1 Songs

Grayscale (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ll admit I’m a sucker for coincidences: I love them. I enjoy when numbers match up, or I hear an unusual word for the first time in years and then hear it again in unrelated circumstances the same day. I’ll admit I saw it as “a sign”[…]

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