Happy 2017!

It’s finally over! 2016 is out for good, never to return! Sure, the turning of the new year means that the past 365-day period of political strife, cultural-icon deaths, and the election of Donald “I can’t contain my childish impulses and will therefore inevitably wage a nuclear war” Trump has come to completion, but I […]

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Being a church tourist

In the time since I became an atheist, I’ve also become a bit of a church tourist. The church in which I grew up harped incessantly about how we were the chosen few, and that all the rest of the world was spiritually lost. So what was the point of visiting other churches? To see […]

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The scope of our stories

I do love superhero movies, particularly the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The overarching creation of these united films into a single storyline is undoubtedly the foundation of a new mythology that will likely last for generations, an epic poem of godly heroes who give us hope and tickle our ethos when the casual nature of […]

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Post election: a week of reflection

The last few days on Facebook have been trying ones. I’m pretty sure I was unfriended and blocked by at least one person. The posts and memes that have flooded the site by my friends have largely been anti-Trump, or otherwise in solidarity with those who are protesting his ascendancy to the presidency, but even that […]

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Expressing myself via theater

It’s almost time. Today is Thursday, Aug. 4, which is the first day of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis, which means that we’re only two days away from the Uncommon Loons (my theater company) debut performance at the fest: “Pistachios”! This isn’t the first time that we’ve applied to be a part of this […]

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The BLM Conundrum

During my time as a small-town newspaper reporter, I occasionally had the opportunity to write opinion columns. Since I was vocal about LGBT rights and the fact that I’m an atheist, I quickly developed a name for myself in the community. What that name was varied depending on who was talking, so needless to say […]

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The kids are alright

While walking over to the bike shop to pick up my bicycle after getting a little tender loving care after months of winter wear, I got to thinking about the fact that what I was doing was kind of rare. So I started thinking about how we’re in the middle of an obesity epidemic in […]

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