About Me

I love to write.

This isn’t something I grew up loving or something I just knew was for me, it just sort of happened.

In college I could write-up a paper in record time (typically the night before it was due… Ok… Typically a few hours before it was due) and I didn’t do it because I like the thrill of it, I did it because I was a huge procrastinator in college, I enjoyed drinking and I thought I HATED writing papers. Until I discovered I sort of liked it. And that sort-of-like grew into a preference. I prefered having a writing assignment over anything else.

This transition came when I realized that I was good at it. I had a professor who was a very hard grader and loved to give writing assignments because they showed him our understanding of the material more thoroughly than busy-work assignments and tests. For our mid-term exam he gave us a 15 page research paper which I, of course, completed the night before. When he handed back our graded papers a few weeks later, he mentioned his disappointment in some of us because he could “clearly tell” who had taken the alloted 3 weeks to complete the assignment, and who had “thrown it together” the night before. He said our grades would reflect accordingly and that there would be no extra credit assignment provided to make up for our laziness. I slunk down into my chair and tried to avoid eye contact as he handed my paper to me. As I looked anxiously at the top of my paper I noticed, in dark red pen, the grade, ‘A-‘ written on top. My first feeling was relief and my second feeling was more of a, “Ha! Ha! Yeah, my ASS you can tell who waited until the last minute!”

From that moment on I took much more pride in the things I wrote and put out there with my name on it. I began to care and I began to seek out more writing opportunities. I ended up becoming the lead political opinion writer for my school newspaper which demanded that I write a clever, insightful article on a current-event topic of my choice once a week before my deadline. I loved the freedom, but it also made it more difficult as it put a lot of pressure on me to pick relevant topics that students would actually want to read about.

After college, I didn’t write much anymore. It wasn’t until about 4 years after I graduated that I created this blog and began to write again. I write mostly about religion as I am legitimately fascinated by religions of all kind and I enjoy learning about them, meeting past or present followers and using them and their experiences to grow more assurance in myself and my atheism. Occasionally I will throw in some politics (when I can’t resist) as well —  I was a Political Science major after all!

Thoughts and comments are always welcome, whether you agree or disagree with me. I enjoy a lively debate and I am genuinely interested in hearing opinions from all different perspectives. So, don’t be afraid to speak up!

I truly hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.

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3 comments

  1. Great writing, i have been having same reflections since God told Abe to kill me a son, listening with my dad in a Presbyterian church. Apparently same story exists in the Koran, anyway thanks for your Common Sense. And will look forward to all of your writing.

  2. Hi, I’m not an Adventist but I go to a church that came out of the same movement that SDA originated from. We keep the Sabbath but differ in a lot of other points. I read through most of your statement of what you believe. You are an atheist and wonder why Christians have to always judge you and act like you don’t have a right to not believe in God or Jesus. You are right that we shouldn’t try to cram our religion down your throat or do anything to harm you in any way. Any Christian who would resort to violence or coercion to make a convert isn’t following the lead of the founder of our religion. Jesus did the opposite .He chose to die on a cross to save those that where putting Him there. As for trying to convince you that you are wrong, there is nothing wrong with a person trying to help another person see that they are
    blindly heading for a calamity. I hope that you would do the same if you had it in your power to stop me from walking off a cliff that I didn’t know was there. You mentioned something about letting people be gay if they chose to. I cant stop a person from choosing the gay lifestyle but is it right to use the power of the state , through the education establishment, to take young innocent lives and basically trick them into questioning their gender?Is it right to use the power of the media,through programs that are aimed at the youth, to make it look appealing and normal to be gay. As a Christian I have to stand against any movement that in the end is leading to self destruction which the gay agenda is doing. If you are gay I’m sure you would say that I am being hateful and that you have the right to love whoever you please. I suppose that is true just like God gives us the freedom to choose His ways or do as we please. The problem is that we have to deal with the consequences of our choices. That is in this life, but
    Jesus chose to die in our place to pay the price for our sins so we dont have to pay eternally.
    I’m sure that is old hat to you. You where probably raised on that kind of talk and it just sounds silly since you have throne off all that superstition. I happen to believe that in everyone there
    is a still small voice that cries out to be heard that says that God is real and death without Him
    is a terrible thing to face. I hope that someday you listen to that voice. God Bless, Jim

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