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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Memories from the religious mind

When looking back on my old religious life, I find plenty to complain about. And why should I not? Religion as a whole has enough apologists who are more than happy to stand up to defend even its most indefensible texts, as well as the various atrocities by its most ardent practitioners. People like me […]

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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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It’s called “Pistachios”

  It’s been a little while since I’ve given an update on the Fringe Festival play that my theater comrade, John, and I are working on. So far, I’ve given a short synopsis on the play itself, and shared a little story about how we both got drunk and talked about theology for the sake […]

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Predictable politics

  Well, it appears the primary process for the presidential election is rapidly coming to a close, and as much as I hate to say it, our choice this November is going to be between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. As far as Bernie Sanders is concerned, I’ve heard conflicting reports about his ability to […]

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Confessor to confessee

  One of the things that I didn’t expect after leaving my family’s church was all the secrets of my fellow believers that couldn’t be shared comfortably amongst the faithful. Up until my late 20s, the church was an all-encapsulating presence in my life: the source of my family, my friends, my social life. This […]

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The transgender bathroom question

Despite my better instincts, I feel like I need to weigh in on the matter of transgender people needing to use the bathroom. In fact, I’m not alone: despite everyone’s better instincts, this has become a nationwide topic, no doubt to the embarrassment of basically every transgender person who has ever been out in public […]

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Confiding first in myself

When thinking about all the people to whom I confessed my disbelief in god, I realized that I have yet to write about a key person: me. Well before I told Andy, the first person who ever heard me vocalize my apostasy, and much longer before I ever whispered a clue to my now ex-wife […]

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