A Dog-faced Return

I am finally back to blogging. I can’t say how good it feels to sit in front of a blank screen this morning and quietly ripple out into a larger digital world without pressure or time constraint. A lot has happened since my last entry in February, and there will be plenty of opportunities to comment on that in the future.

Lately, I have been thinking about this short Christopher Hitchens clip rather a lot.

When I talked to a friend about the above clip last week, she said, “Doubt is scary. To hear atheism talked about in such a way makes it too appealing for people like me.”

In secular news. . .

I have some interviews planned, forthcoming blog features, and I am accepting nominations for the Laika Spotlight. Enjoy your anarchy this Guy Fawkes Day, everyone. Another post to come soon!

A Review of Kate Schmitt’s Singing Bones

Working with Kate Schmitt’s Singing Bones has been a phenomenal and healing experience. This review from Vivian Wagner really hits it on the head for me.

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bonesBy Vivian Wagner

Kate Schmitt’s Singing Bones came to me during a fragmented time of my life, and this book about suicide, depression, and storytelling spoke to me in deep, mysterious, and ultimately healing ways.

Ever since my dad shot himself several years ago, I have been alternately grief-stricken, numb, and inquisitive about his death. Why did he do it? What did it mean? And what does his suicide say about who I am and who I’ll become?

Singing Bones is a fragmented quest for Schmitt to understand her grandmother’s suicide, even as the author descends into an underworld of depression, self-mutilation, and suicidal thoughts. It’s a memoir that takes the form of loosely interconnected flash essays, bits of poetry, epigrams, and other hybrid forms. In fact, the book’s fragmentation is vital to its meaning, purpose, and overall effect. Her story could not have been told in the same way…

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Positivity Week

Join me while I participate in Cherokee Writer’s Positivity Week! I think this focus of positive thought will be good for me. A sign already of my pervading negativity and conditioning surfaces when I type “Positivity Week” and want to immediately follow the phrase with the word “challenge.”

CherokeeWriter:

It’s that time of year again; time for Positivity Week! I started this on Xanga in 2010. This is the fourth year and I’ve decided to continue it on here.

Positivity Week runs for 7 days. Each day there is something new to write about. The whole point of Positivity Week is to get you focusing on the positive instead of the negative. Hopefully by the end of the 7 days, you will be feeling a lot more positive!

Here is what you will be writing about each day:

Day 1: Yourself

Day 1 is simple. Write about yourself, write a small biography or whatever you want to do, but it has to be positive about yourself.

Sometimes it’s hard to not feel bad about yourself. We live in a world that seems to constantly be judging. I’m not here to judge, but just to say write something positive about…

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Liebster Award

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Thank you!

A good friend, Junior, recently nominated me for a Liebster Award on his blog Cracking My Egg. You may view his initial entry and nomination here.

Liebster Award Rules:
– Each nominee must link back to the person who nominated him or her.
– Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
– Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
– Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
– Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Junior’s Questions/My Answers:
1. What is your secret talent?
I can unicycle.

2. The last book you read was?
I finished Philip Roth’s The Human Stain last night.

3. Where would you like to be in 30 years?
Healthy. Maybe with a few published books, a foreign language under my belt, and a better glasses prescription.

4. In one sentence or less, how would you describe yourself?
I live in a state of persistent existential crisis, and for the most part, I have made some peace there.

5. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
Wish 1- I wish I could sustain my life through writing and pottery.
Wish 2- I wish civil discourse could be maintained by all in the face of divergent views.
Wish 3- I wish my family members would die peacefully when their time comes, unmangled and without pain.

6. Which fairytale is your favorite and why?
Tough question. Mostly because I’m not sure how to differentiate fairytales from legend, fable, and myth. I do not think the words are synonymous. For example, I don’t consider The Three Musketeers or Robin Hood fairytales per se. If I had to rely on what is classically defined as fairytales by our society, I would have a hard time choosing between The Little Mermaid and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I think a lot about voice and sacrifice in relation to Ariel. With Snow White, I love the idea and relationship between communal living and distinctive personality.

7. What is more plausible, the existence of Bigfoot or the explanation of U.F.O.s as being intelligent alien visitors to our planet?
Bigfoot… in a top hat, for fun.

8. When was the last time you  danced to music when no one was watching?
I dance all the time when I make breakfast.

9. Who was your childhood hero?
I was a lot like Twain’s Tom Sawyer growing up in the way that I experienced adventure and reacted to storytelling. Some of my favorite heroes were Zorro, Demona, and Robin Hood.

10. What topic should I blog about next?
To Junior: I’m not sure if I have seen you talk a great deal about music on your blog before. I would love to see an entry discussing your interests/relationship with music, song associations, or any type of story like that.

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Welcome

Friends, Romans, lost bloggers. Thank you for visiting.

I will begin writing here regularly in September. Feel free to check out this introduction to get a better understanding of Dog-faced Atheist and its purpose. If you have any suggestions, questions, or requests that prompt articles or essays, please comment below. I would love to hear back from you.

Some of my first entries will include Defining Spirituality, Coffee with Einstein, On Christians Reading Erotica, and Flomar’s Advice Column.

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And from Flomar and I here in Tennessee, we wish you a safe and happy summer! Hopefully, we will hear from you again in September.