The unhoused and their trash

Keywords: homeless, stress, mental health, housing first A recent letter to the editor of the Eugene Register-Guard asked what I assume is a common question about the unhoused. Why, when they establish camps. do they allow trash to accumulate around them; why do they seem to “choose” to live in their trash? If you liveContinue reading “The unhoused and their trash”

Some insights into mathematicians

Keywords: social awkwardness, handedness, learning modes, conversation, methods of thinking I’m one of the fortunate people that have always had a direction in my life (as well as to have the ability to pursue that direction). When I set off for college, there was absolutely no doubt that I would major in math. By theContinue reading “Some insights into mathematicians”

Solstice Banner Fundraiser Closeout

I want to thank everyone that donated to the Solstice Banner. I received enough donations to pay for this year’s installation. It is very validating to me that so many people have supported this project. I started displaying the banner because a Jesus banner had been displayed annually. I felt that the secular community shouldContinue reading “Solstice Banner Fundraiser Closeout”

Systemic racism: A concise history

Keywords: racism, war on drugs, inequity, incarceration A friend pointed me to this 18 minute video by Phil Vischer the creator of Veggie Tales that very concisely overviews the history of how the U.S. got to the current point of social inequity. It starts with the end of slavery then continues through Jim Crow laws,Continue reading “Systemic racism: A concise history”

Lucy Diggs Slowe

Keywords: women’s’ studies, civil rights, feminism, mea culpas I came across Lucy Diggs Slowe in a N.Y. Times article Overlooked No More: Lucy Diggs Slowe, Scholar Who Persisted Against Racism and Sexism. From that article: “She influenced broad campaigns for racial equality, feminism, personal freedom and peace activism. She made it a priority to createContinue reading “Lucy Diggs Slowe”

White supremacists on display in the capital

Keywords: racism, violence, white nationalism, insurrection, white identity I am generally going to avoid politics in this blog, but this is only tangentially about politics. The storming of the Capital of the United States was not just by a mob, it was by a mob of white supremacists. FiveThirtyEight does an excellent job of discussingContinue reading “White supremacists on display in the capital”

Innovations for Poverty Action

Keywords: fighting poverty, charities, helping people, economic divide Innovations for Poverty Action is an organization that I support because it applies science to the reduction of poverty – and that is absolutely awesome! Here is the email I just got from them illustrating that, not only are they researching how to reduce poverty, they’re gettingContinue reading “Innovations for Poverty Action”

Fundraiser – Eugene Solstice Banner

For the third year, I have displayed the Solstice Banner in Eugene, OR. It is on 8th Ave near Willamette. This is in direct response to the Jesus banner that is displayed annually. My and FFRF’s preference is that neither banner be displayed since we don’t think the public square is an appropriate place forContinue reading “Fundraiser – Eugene Solstice Banner”

Don’t touch my beard

Keywords: don’t touch my hair, intimacy, social norms, courtesy, assault I just saw a gif meme that I think is clearly assault. A bearded person that appears to be a sports journalist is holding a microphone and speaking into the camera while standing in front of a sports venue. Another person (presumably one of theContinue reading “Don’t touch my beard”

If you’re not Christian, why call it Christmas?

Keywords: Solstice, secular holidays, the “nones” Here’s a letter I had published in the Register Guard on Dec 30, 2019 with the title: Solstice is for everyone. It is an argument against the concept of a “secular Christmas”. As a reminder, roughly 30% of the U.S. and 70% of the world’s population are not Christian.Continue reading “If you’re not Christian, why call it Christmas?”