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Secularists of Ohio Unite!
The only thing secularists in Ohio have to lose is their isolation... I'm writing this from the particularly conservative/christian suburbs that surround Cincinnati. It can be a lonely place for ...
Spencer Troxell 03/01/2015 4 6 - -
People Shouldn't Have To Work To Live
co written by David Troxell The other day I tuned into Rush Limbaugh's show and heard him opining--paraphrase--'the liberal attempt to make work unnecessary for the lower classes'. This complaint ...
Spencer Troxell 02/13/2014 14 13 - -
If You Love God, Let Him Go
The best way to have a relationship with God is to stop believing in him.
Spencer Troxell 02/10/2014 28 3 - -
Evangelical Atheism: Good or Bad?
I had a friend confess to me yesterday that he has been trying to believe in God lately. I am an atheist who is a former evangelical Christian, and that evangelical impulse has never really left me.
Spencer Troxell 02/06/2014 53 12 - -
Nye vs ham: there was a clear winner
Reflections on Nye vs Ham debate.
Spencer Troxell 02/05/2014 51 40 - -
Concerning Woody Allen
Disclaimer up front: I am an enormous Woody Allen fan. If you would like a quick and easy reason to discount my opinion on this subject, there it is. I don't want Woody to be a pedophile. Also, I ...
Spencer Troxell 02/04/2014 175 - - -
Sorting Out Abortion
Trying to hash out my feelings on a divisive issue.
Spencer Troxell 02/01/2014 77 26 1 -
I know why people go off their meds
Luckily--or unluckily if you ask my wife--my medication has had no sexual side effects. It has however slowed down my creative process. Being unable to write feels a lot like being backed up sexually,
Spencer Troxell 09/29/2013 8 16 - -
Excerpt From a Mind on the Mend
If I had cancer, I would understand my relationship to that cancer with my brain. If I had diabetes, I would understand my relationship to it with my brain. There is something wrong with my brain. ...
Spencer Troxell 09/15/2013 8 9 1 -
Other Types of Hunger
On reading, creativity, fear of conversion, and other-people's-...
Spencer Troxell 09/02/2013 1 2 - -
Where Do the Homeless Come From?
"Capitalism will behave antisocially if it is profitable for it to do so, and that can now mean human devastation on an unimaginable scale. What used to be apocalyptic fantasy is today no more than ...
Spencer Troxell 08/31/2013 47 54 1 -
Why Live?
As Creed asked whenever Creed was asking things, 'What's this life for?', and who wants to be in a world where there is Creed? Attempting to comfort a suffering friend recently, I found myself ...
Spencer Troxell 08/22/2013 11 3 - -
Choose Your Drugs Wisely!
We're all getting fucked up in one way or the other. Some of us drink, some of us smoke, some of us shoot and snort. Some of us turn to religion. Some of us get our opiates in the political realm. ...
Spencer Troxell 08/09/2013 5 2 - -
I've Been a Bad Atheist
I have an evangelical urge. It's part of who I am. Because I like to spread whatever good news I feel I've come into possession of, I often find myself in conversations with people who think ...
Spencer Troxell 07/26/2013 330 81 1 -
F*ckin' Hobbies
A brief rant on the shit I'm into.
Spencer Troxell 07/23/2013 11 2 - -
Andrew and Spencer: A Dialogue on Mental Illness, part 2
The second part of a conversation about mental illness.
Spencer Troxell 07/20/2013 5 7 - -
Andrew & Spencer: A Dialogue on Mental Illness
A conversation between my friend Andrew and I on our shared experiences with mental illness.
Spencer Troxell 07/13/2013 6 9 - -
Dialectic Materialism and Family Growth
Dialectic Materialism, as defined by the Free Dictionary: "The Marxian interpretation of reality that views matter as the sole subject of change and all change as the product of a constant conflict ...
Spencer Troxell 07/03/2013 7 - - -
Data Makes the Crazy Better
The world can seem bad, especially if you have a mental illness. Sometimes it's best to seek out the hard data to get a better feel for how things actually are.
Spencer Troxell 06/30/2013 2 1 - -
Starve the Beast
On saying no to some things in order to say yes to others.
Spencer Troxell 06/18/2013 1 - - -
My Friend, The Suicide
The winter is barely hanging on. It stirs lazily on occasion, in the form of a brisk wind or a frosty sunrise, but overall it’s noncommittal. It is at one with the inevitability of pending change.
Spencer Troxell 06/08/2013 15 35 - -
Relax, White Dudes
White, Christian, heterosexual, middle and upper class men often get upset when you mention their privilege to them. They want to believe that they have worked for everything they own, and that ...
Spencer Troxell 06/06/2013 28 6 - -
10 Reasons To Kill Yourself
Trigger Warning.
Spencer Troxell 05/29/2013 21 9 - -
West Virginia Death Train
A brief meditation on my Appalachian heritage.
Spencer Troxell 05/23/2013 6 7 - -
Doubt and Faith: Halves of the Same Wheel
I've been developing the idea of True and Transitory Beliefs for the past few days. Your insights are welcome.
Spencer Troxell 05/19/2013 3 1 - -
Do We Choose Our Beliefs?
In response to my piece 'A More Accurate Definition of Faith' , Steve Perry asks: Hey Spencer, Where do you get the idea that we do not choose our beliefs? Steve My answer : Beliefs are ...
Spencer Troxell 05/17/2013 16 1 - -
A More Accurate Definition of Faith
We have no control over what we believe. As the famous quotation goes, "you can do what you want, but, you can't want what you want". What we believe takes no effort. It is not dependent upon ...
Spencer Troxell 05/15/2013 21 2 - -
Marx's Body Count
A little poem I wrote after being informed that being a Marxist put 'blood on my hands'.
Spencer Troxell 05/13/2013 9 12 - -
He died while I was in my mid twenties, but up until about three or four years before his death, I viewed my maternal grandfather as an angry, disconnected, somewhat silly man. My only pleasant ...
Spencer Troxell 05/09/2013 4 6 1 -
On Suicide Logic
I will never shoot myself. It's too messy, and leaves a traumatic scene for the person who finds you. Likewise, hanging and jumping from a considerable height. I will never poison myself, because it ...
Spencer Troxell 05/08/2013 19 6 - -
Kossacks: Why U No Love Marx?
I have to admit, I was a little bummed this morning when I woke to find the only response to the ' E-Mail to the American Worker ' that I wrote yesterday was a dismissive: "Another good example of ...
Spencer Troxell 05/01/2013 78 5 1 -
E-Mail to the American Worker
(Co-written with David Troxell) Comrades! Just kidding. I know that kind of language scares the shit out of you. In 1918, Lenin wrote his ‘Letter to the American Worker’ encouraging her to ...
Spencer Troxell 04/30/2013 2 1 - -
H.P. Lovecraft Furnishes Us With A Good Reason Not To Commit Suicide
It may seem strange to most people that one would need a reason not to commit suicide, but there are those of us out there who need one. To some, knowing that the self checkout lane is open is ...
Spencer Troxell 04/27/2013 32 58 3 -
Substance Abuse and Mental Illness: A Match Made In Hell
By themselves, substance abuse and mental illness can cause significant struggle in a person's life. When the two are mixed together, things can get pretty sticky.
Spencer Troxell 04/21/2013 19 23 - -
Most Americans Don't Understand Freedom
But I think I do (of course I think that).
Spencer Troxell 04/15/2013 22 6 - -
Stories We Tell Ourselves
We all seem to need a good story to tell ourselves. Does the story have to be true? Does it matter?
Spencer Troxell 04/12/2013 2 - - -
Finding My Religion
A diary about writing and inspiration.
Spencer Troxell 03/31/2013 6 17 1 -
It's Okay To Need Jesus
I am an Atheist, but I am learning to accept the way religion fits into some folks life.
Spencer Troxell 03/24/2013 43 11 - -
Mistakes Were Made!
Capitalism is reaping what it has sowed.
Spencer Troxell 03/15/2013 11 4 1 -
Living With the Demon
About Writing.
Spencer Troxell 03/14/2013 3 3 - -
"And Ye Shall Be As Gods"
Mankind is outgrowing the gods we invented.
Spencer Troxell 03/09/2013 11 10 - -
A diary about guns, and other things that should be legal.
Spencer Troxell 03/04/2013 33 4 - -
Of Antidepressants & Social Stigma
Those of us with mental illness need to speak up for ourselves.
Spencer Troxell 03/01/2013 73 87 3 -
"Unless He Has His Freedom"
A diary about freedom, what it is, and some obstacles to it.
Spencer Troxell 02/26/2013 6 2 - -
To The World, From A Shelter Worker
An open letter.
Spencer Troxell 02/19/2013 4 14 - -
Morning Inventory
I woke up this morning with a grateful heart. I hope you don't mind.
Spencer Troxell 02/16/2013 1 - - -
Delusions & Successes
Maybe Seal said it best when he said, 'We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy'.
Spencer Troxell 02/10/2013 12 8 - -
Learning How To Die
Death is the elephant in every room.
Spencer Troxell 01/25/2013 16 12 - -
The Owners Are Getting Scared
Now that President Obama has won--and is being inaugurated today, hooray!--talk about who should and should not be allowed to vote is becoming more common amongst the tea party rank-and-file.
Spencer Troxell 01/21/2013 182 457 10 -
Ignore the Noise; Do the Work
On prioritizing.
Spencer Troxell 01/13/2013 2 2 - -
How Much Must We Suffer?
On mental illness, art, and the possible costs of wellness.
Spencer Troxell 01/04/2013 25 13 - -
Giving God His Propers
On the only way to show adequate respect to any possible deity.
Spencer Troxell 12/29/2012 14 5 - -
Advice For The Mail
Just because you make it to my mailbox doesn't mean you'll make it into my house; if the mail wants in, it's got to be interesting.
Spencer Troxell 12/13/2012 2 1 - -
Dexter, Religion, and Mental Illness
I know this will come as a shock, but there is a popular T.V. show that has not appropriately researched a subject it is depicting.
Spencer Troxell 11/28/2012 7 1 - -
The Great Tragedy of the 2012 Election
The only thing this election cycle was missing was a liberal dose of Hunter S. Thompson.
Spencer Troxell 11/15/2012 1 1 - -
Atheists Should Meet Theists Where They're At
We can disagree and still get things done (and still see each other as human beings).
Spencer Troxell 11/14/2012 47 7 - -
6 Conservative Principles That Are Completely Reasonable
Conservative news outlets all agree: We are a 'divided country'. Funny, I wonder if that's the headline they would have gone with if Romney had won? Whatever the case, I want to work towards healing ...
Spencer Troxell 11/08/2012 14 5 - -
You Make Me Horny, Ohio
Last week I wrote a diary expressing my nervousness with the way Ohio might turn out. This is my apology for ever doubting my beautiful, heart-shaped home state.
Spencer Troxell 11/07/2012 2 3 - -
The Sermon Under the Mount
I have been asked to deliver a sermon to the Unitarian Universalist Church my family attends at some point in the near future. I think this message--or some variation of it--is what I'm going to use.
Spencer Troxell 11/04/2012 1 1 - -
You Make Me Nervous, Ohio
A last minute appeal to my fellow Ohioans to be reasonable on election day.
Spencer Troxell 11/03/2012 19 2 - -
More About Sin
I wrote a piece not too long ago about why atheists should keep sin in their vocabulary. It was pretty much universally derided. Being the type of person I am, that meant I felt compelled to write ...
Spencer Troxell 10/21/2012 18 1 - -
Capitalism Perverts the Human Spirit
The title to this piece is self explanatory, so I figured I would use this intro space to point out that President Obama kicked Mitt Romney's ass last night.
Spencer Troxell 10/17/2012 20 3 - -
Drop Inn Center Mental Health Forum: Debriefing
I've been keeping the Kossack community abreast of a forum my shelter had put together for a few months now ( here and here ). We had the forum on Friday, and it was a success. Get a full debriefing ...
Spencer Troxell 10/14/2012 1 5 - -
BREAKING: Paul Ryan, Ibogaine Addict?
Could this be the scandal that brings Romney/Ryan down once and for all?
Spencer Troxell 10/11/2012 15 5 - -
Get Passionate About Helping Your Fellow Citizens Who Suffer From Mental Illness
We're abandoning a vulnerable population in our society. It's time to get serious about helping them out.
Spencer Troxell 10/06/2012 12 9 - 51
1st Debate: The Aftermath
I'm sorry to add another post-debate opine to the diary screen, but I need some catharsis.
Spencer Troxell 10/04/2012 3 1 - 25
Atheism Is Not Enough
A person can't live on atheism alone.
Spencer Troxell 09/25/2012 58 7 - 229
Atheists Are Sinners Too.
An argument for why atheists--and everyone--should keep the word 'sin' in their verbal toolbox.
Spencer Troxell 09/08/2012 127 31 2 712
Why I Support 'Big Government'
Why big government is a good thing.
Spencer Troxell 08/24/2012 32 27 2 216
"We're Americans...We're Better Than This..."
A little rant on American Exceptionalism to start your day.
Spencer Troxell 08/08/2012 13 6 - 70
Cities On the Move
On the perils and promises of beautifying our cities.
Spencer Troxell 07/28/2012 4 13 - 194
Everywhere We Go, We Will Find A Church
An atheist meditation on our seemingly natural pull towards religious thinking.
Spencer Troxell 07/20/2012 53 29 1 425
Still Angry After All These Years
It makes me angry that I'm so angry.
Spencer Troxell 07/08/2012 6 5 - 65
Male Feminism
It is good when men embrace feminism, but we are still men.
Spencer Troxell 06/13/2012 14 3 - 117
1 Day, 1 year, 1 life at a Time
On facing the prospect of a life of sobriety.
Spencer Troxell 06/10/2012 11 11 - 66
The Road To Melville
I've decided to finally read Moby Dick.
Spencer Troxell 06/07/2012 6 1 - 30
Hunter S. Thompson Explains Presidential Politics
Hunter S. Thompson Explains Presidential Politics, for ever and ever...
Spencer Troxell 05/30/2012 4 6 1 87
H.P. Lovecraft: Honest Theologian
Why Lovecraft succeeds where other apologists fail.
Spencer Troxell 05/19/2012 82 39 2 567
Death Comes To Those Who Wait (and To Those Who Hurry)
A light discussion of death, just in time for breakfast.
Spencer Troxell 05/01/2012 5 3 - 48
On Big Sur, By Jack Kerouac
A small review of the book Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac.
Spencer Troxell 04/26/2012 13 11 - 85
Country Life versus City Life, Lifting Weights, and Free Will
A fistful of recent earthly concerns, summarized.
Spencer Troxell 04/22/2012 8 6 - 83
A Strong Safety Net Protects Everyone
On the importance of creating a strong, comprehensive, safety net.
Spencer Troxell 04/16/2012 2 4 - 34
Goodbye To Peace
On trying to embrace the concept of struggle.
Spencer Troxell 04/15/2012 13 6 1 72
A Sentence That Just Blew My Mind
"It is difficult to believe that Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a literary contemporary of Ernest Hemingway." - Robert Bloch. It is difficult, but I try to wrap my mind around it in the following ...
Spencer Troxell 04/08/2012 18 3 - 148
Allow Me To Rage Wildly For Just A Moment...
My reaction to a facebook-criticism of Michelle Obama's choice of outfit for the Kid's Choice Awards.
Spencer Troxell 04/02/2012 13 5 - 149
Rick Santorum Is Gone
My farewell note to Rick, who has effectively lost his bid for the republican nomination.
Spencer Troxell 04/01/2012 14 7 - 340
What Do We Owe Ourselves? What Do We Owe Each Other?
On problems with our current mental health system, and a community's response to them.
Spencer Troxell 03/28/2012 2 1 - 34
May the Cacophany Continue
A late entry into the whole Rush Limbaugh versus Sarah Fluke affair.
Spencer Troxell 03/11/2012 5 1 - 53
Homelessness is a Human Issue
An appeal to all members of my community--and communities across the country--to recognize that homelessness is an issue that affects all of us, regardless of ideology.
Spencer Troxell 03/02/2012 2 2 - 29
Be Grateful When the Moment Chooses You
Last night I witnessed a pretty bad accident. I decided to make my personal debriefing public.
Spencer Troxell 02/26/2012 23 65 2 442
Getting Small
Wherein the author reconsiders his priorities.
Spencer Troxell 02/13/2012 4 3 - 55
Activist, Know Thyself
On the importance of self knowledge in movement politics.
Spencer Troxell 02/03/2012 5 2 - 37
Drop Inn Center Needs Help Now
I wrote this article for the Cincinnati Enquirer about ...
Spencer Troxell 01/30/2012 1 4 - 42
Why I Blog
The quick answer is 'it's my hobby'. If I settled for the quick answer though, I wouldn't be a blogger, now would I? A friend of mine posted a link to ...
Spencer Troxell 01/22/2012 13 9 - 167
I Used To Be A Pacifist
I abandoned pacifism before I abandoned Christ, though. My friends and family would argue with me about the untenable nature of my stance. They would argue that in a world where there are people who ...
Spencer Troxell 01/20/2012 16 5 - 128
Art Stretches Out the Middle
Birth & Death are fixed points on our life map. Art helps us to maximally engage the space between.
Spencer Troxell 01/15/2012 15 21 - 172
The Righteous Battles of Priveleged Atheists
The other day my friend opined the focus of many movement atheists. I'm beginning to think she's right.
Spencer Troxell 01/03/2012 59 4 - 267
How Dexter & Howard Stern Make Us Better People
a look at two divisive cultural icons that offer us a window into the human condition.
Spencer Troxell 01/02/2012 6 1 - 113
On Evil
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."-Inigo Montoya (D), ...
Spencer Troxell 12/26/2011 48 29 - 401
Moving Into A World Without Hitchens
We lost a good one this time.
Spencer Troxell 12/16/2011 8 3 - 54
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