Category Archives: Perspectives from the Web

Escape of the Inner Self

My Object Affection

Hi, all!

Alright, so one of my favorite bloggers, whom I’ve been following for years, is this photographer by the name of Leanne Cole. While I’ve been around these parts a lot less frequently than I used to be, her blog has continued to be one that inspires me. Recently, I saw a post where she featured surrealist photographer Erik Johannson.


The works on this photographer’s site are so beautiful, I was immediately inspired to do something myself.

So… I’d like to introduce Escape of the Inner Self.

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15 of Our Favorite Atheist Videos

A great list of videos.

The Closet Atheist

There’s no denying that the past two weeks on my blog have been a bit . . . heavy. First, my wedding plans fell apart, and then I came out to my mom, and now she’s beginning her lifelong quest to convert me to Christianity.


All this family drama is really bringing me down, so I don’t want to dwell on it. Instead, this week, I want to focus on something positive: atheist YouTube videos!

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The Satanic Temple Just Used The Alt-Right’s Own Tactics Against Them

“The State has essentially established a religious indoctrination program intended to push a single ideological viewpoint. The law is intended to punish women who disagree with this opinion. Missouri’s state-mandated informed consent booklets explicitly say that life begins at conception, which is a nonmedical religious viewpoint that many people disagree with. Forcing women to read this information and then wait 72-hours to consider the State’s opinion is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause.”

Rays of Light on a Dismal January Day

“I just finished reading Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays. I picked this book up at the library after the first essay enticed me (“Their Eyes Were Watching God: What Does Soulful Mean”). As an indiscriminate reader, I often read above my pay grade. After taking twelve pages of notes while reading this collection of essays, I was definitely in the deep end of the pool.”

The Green Study

canstockphoto14568204It’s a gray day here at The Green Study and on such a day, in the middle of a Minnesota winter, one has to scrabble a bit to lift spirits. I’m going to share with you a few things that are lifting mine.

Fellow Bloggers

Sometimes you are really, really funny. Thank you. Here’s a few posts that have given the gift of a good laugh:

“31 brand new animal species discovered by amateur naturalists” by Guy Bergstrom at the Red Pen of Doom

“If my nose is running, my thoughts are leaking” by Ross Murray at Drinking Tips for Teens

“Affirmations” at Tabula Candida

“Becky says things about…New Year’s Resolutions” at Becky Says Things

Books That Make My Brain Happy

6425404I just finished reading Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays. I picked this book up at the library after the first essay enticed me (“Their Eyes Were…

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The #MeToo Movement Needed this Backlash

The Female Gaze

The Backlash against the #MeToo movement is disconcerting but expected, and maybe just what the movement needed. After all, there is growth in adversity, with the caveat that the adversity is embraced. And whether we want to or not, we need to listen to the voices dissenting the movement. Simply dismissing their complaints with a standard, one size fits all stamp, red and reading: REJECTED as Misogynistic only creates unnecessary enemies, and stifles opportunity for growth.

The Arguments Against the #MeToo Movement:

The #MeToo Movement Creates a Moralistic, Punitive Environment where Sexual Interest is Policed:

Ok, take a breath, but there is a point here. It would be a misfortune for men, and women if every sexual advance, and desire had to follow a formulated script complete with trigger warnings. Sexual attraction, sexual interest, and sex are sticky. Period. The cry to end all forms of sexual interest and advances…

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