Posting History for Spencer Troxell
|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 ...
|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 ...
|If You Love God, Let Him Go
The best way to have a relationship with God is to stop believing in him.
|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.
|Nye vs ham: there was a clear winner
Reflections on Nye vs Ham debate.
|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 ...
|Sorting Out Abortion
Trying to hash out my feelings on a divisive issue.
|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,
|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. ...
|Other Types of Hunger
On reading, creativity, fear of conversion, and other-people's-...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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. ...
|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 ...
A brief rant on the shit I'm into.
|Andrew and Spencer: A Dialogue on Mental Illness, part 2
The second part of a conversation about mental illness.
|Andrew & Spencer: A Dialogue on Mental Illness
A conversation between my friend Andrew and I on our shared experiences with mental illness.
|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 ...
|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.
|Starve the Beast
On saying no to some things in order to say yes to others.
|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.
|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 ...
|10 Reasons To Kill Yourself
|West Virginia Death Train
A brief meditation on my Appalachian heritage.
|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.
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Marx's Body Count
A little poem I wrote after being informed that being a Marxist put 'blood on my hands'.
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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.
|Most Americans Don't Understand Freedom
But I think I do (of course I think that).
|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?
|Finding My Religion
A diary about writing and inspiration.
|It's Okay To Need Jesus
I am an Atheist, but I am learning to accept the way religion fits into some folks life.
|Mistakes Were Made!
Capitalism is reaping what it has sowed.
|Living With the Demon
|"And Ye Shall Be As Gods"
Mankind is outgrowing the gods we invented.
A diary about guns, and other things that should be legal.
|Of Antidepressants & Social Stigma
Those of us with mental illness need to speak up for ourselves.
|"Unless He Has His Freedom"
A diary about freedom, what it is, and some obstacles to it.
|To The World, From A Shelter Worker
An open letter.
I woke up this morning with a grateful heart. I hope you don't mind.
|Delusions & Successes
Maybe Seal said it best when he said, 'We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy'.
|Learning How To Die
Death is the elephant in every room.
|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.
|Ignore the Noise; Do the Work
|How Much Must We Suffer?
On mental illness, art, and the possible costs of wellness.
|Giving God His Propers
On the only way to show adequate respect to any possible deity.
|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.
|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.
|The Great Tragedy of the 2012 Election
The only thing this election cycle was missing was a liberal dose of Hunter S. Thompson.
|Atheists Should Meet Theists Where They're At
We can disagree and still get things done (and still see each other as human beings).
|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 ...
|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.
|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.
|You Make Me Nervous, Ohio
A last minute appeal to my fellow Ohioans to be reasonable on election day.
|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 ...
|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.
|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 ...
|BREAKING: Paul Ryan, Ibogaine Addict?
Could this be the scandal that brings Romney/Ryan down once and for all?
|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.
|1st Debate: The Aftermath
I'm sorry to add another post-debate opine to the diary screen, but I need some catharsis.
|Atheism Is Not Enough
A person can't live on atheism alone.
|Atheists Are Sinners Too.
An argument for why atheists--and everyone--should keep the word 'sin' in their verbal toolbox.
|Why I Support 'Big Government'
Why big government is a good thing.
|"We're Americans...We're Better Than This..."
A little rant on American Exceptionalism to start your day.
|Cities On the Move
On the perils and promises of beautifying our cities.
|Everywhere We Go, We Will Find A Church
An atheist meditation on our seemingly natural pull towards religious thinking.
|Still Angry After All These Years
It makes me angry that I'm so angry.
It is good when men embrace feminism, but we are still men.
|1 Day, 1 year, 1 life at a Time
On facing the prospect of a life of sobriety.
|The Road To Melville
I've decided to finally read Moby Dick.
|Hunter S. Thompson Explains Presidential Politics
Hunter S. Thompson Explains Presidential Politics, for ever and ever...
|H.P. Lovecraft: Honest Theologian
Why Lovecraft succeeds where other apologists fail.
|Death Comes To Those Who Wait (and To Those Who Hurry)
A light discussion of death, just in time for breakfast.
|On Big Sur, By Jack Kerouac
A small review of the book Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac.
|Country Life versus City Life, Lifting Weights, and Free Will
A fistful of recent earthly concerns, summarized.
|A Strong Safety Net Protects Everyone
On the importance of creating a strong, comprehensive, safety net.
|Goodbye To Peace
On trying to embrace the concept of struggle.
|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 ...
|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.
|Rick Santorum Is Gone
My farewell note to Rick, who has effectively lost his bid for the republican nomination.
|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.
|May the Cacophany Continue
A late entry into the whole Rush Limbaugh versus Sarah Fluke affair.
|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.
|Be Grateful When the Moment Chooses You
Last night I witnessed a pretty bad accident. I decided to make my personal debriefing public.
Wherein the author reconsiders his priorities.
|Activist, Know Thyself
On the importance of self knowledge in movement politics.
|Drop Inn Center Needs Help Now
I wrote this article for the Cincinnati Enquirer about ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Art Stretches Out the Middle
Birth & Death are fixed points on our life map. Art helps us to maximally engage the space between.
|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.
|How Dexter & Howard Stern Make Us Better People
a look at two divisive cultural icons that offer us a window into the human condition.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."-Inigo Montoya (D), ...
|Moving Into A World Without Hitchens
We lost a good one this time.
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from this blog?
Set the sticky flag for this diary in the slide rotation:
Set the maximum number of slides to display in the feature:
Recommended by Spencer Troxell
- You can't just wish some things away. I'm somewhat at a loss to understand why the President's firing of the head of the IRS (Steven Miller) is nowhere to be found on the rec list. We've had days ...42 comments 15 Recs
- (Click to enlarge) The last panel of this cartoon was inspired by a recent ...32 comments 50 Recs
- We all hate getting them, and hate removing them even more. Nothing can reduce a strong person to a whimpering child faster than getting a splinter. Here are six ways to survive getting splinters ...23 comments 36 Recs
Spencer Troxell's Tags
- No current results.