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Grieving the Shooting

Ok, I can’t stay quiet about it anymore. I can’t take anymore of the sentimental religious bs in the wake of these shootings. This kind of evil must be lamented, and I don’t buy it that this sort of lament must be limited to cheap little clichés about how we are so sorry and are praying for the victims families and friends. We need to pray, but we need to do more than that. We need to do our best to build a world where this sort of thing doesn’t happen to our kids. If my neighb...

Christian Pizza

An excerpt from "The Crowd, the Critic and the Muse" (Appendix 2): A typical conversation I might have on an airplane: Stranger (upon seeing the guitar on my back): Hey, are you gonna play us something? Michael: Ha ha! Maybe, we’ll see! (Note to jokesters: anybody who regularly carries a guitar onto a plane is tired of this joke.)  Stranger: You know, I’m not sure that guitar is going to fit in the overhead . . . Michael (trying to stay nice): Yeah, it does actually. I pla...

A Worshiping Evolutionist?

I was leading a question and answer session a couple of days ago, and a young man who looked to be 12 or 13 asked me if I believed in a literal six-day creation. I suddenly felt very awkward. Now, to be fair, I have no idea what this kid actually believed himself. But I assumed from the question that he believed in a literal six-day creation, and from how random the question was within the context of what I had been talking about, I also assumed that it really mattered to him that I believ...

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