How a Paleontologist Saved My Sanity

It started when I was a child. This underlying buzz of frustration. It was, in hindsight, directly related to the religious ideal of Truth. In Christianity, at least, Truth is supposed to be paramount. Only that isn’t what I saw from childhood on.  I’m not talking about those little lies and big fish stories everyone…

Back to School

I was not raised to value education. My parents were uneducated, my grandparents, etc, way on back. We were taught the basic red-neck family view of education, it’s pretty much useless. Oh, there were times some of them might have said different, but if you don’t know by now that actions speak louder than words…well,…

PTSD, Friends, and That Voice

(This is more a journal entry than a blog post. I sometimes post them because in my convoluted mind it makes me feel more accountable.) On Saturday I did something I swore I was never going to do again. I brought up the abuse in general conversation with someone I'd only just met. I did…

Fear-setting

(Pic found on Pinterest) There are many things in my life now that I wish I’d known before I learned the hard way. First, people hide their evil natures behind a lying, religious persona far more often than your preacher will ever admit. Second, science is true and faith is an empty, vain attempt to…

Suffering Purpose

I’d really love to leave it there. Pavese nails it. There is no purpose. But many demand explanations, even to the most obvious of facts. As an evolved species, one of the “skills” we have honed is our need to know and understand. This need for understanding, this quest for knowledge, is what created religion,…