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Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall

Fagradalsfjall last erupted 6,000 years ago. Located forty minutes from Reykjavik — the capital of Iceland — the volcano is part of the Reykjanes Peninsula, a volatile area in southwest Iceland where one can view the Mid-Atlantic Ridge above water.

Iceland lies where the North American and Eurasian…


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In my last installment, we covered how it has long been the goal of many white evangelical Christians to force their interpretations of the Bible into national law. …


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In the last installment, we discussed how many white evangelical Christians view the Bible as the inerrant, unquestionable truth. Today‘s installment covers how they translate that dogma into the Bible-as-ultimate-authority.

Many white evangelical Christians believe the Bible is the ultimate law by which to govern. It supersedes any law written by Man.

Do an online search for should a Christian obey God’s law or Man’s law, and you will find a tsunami…


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Racism is a problem in the United States. Yes, there is racism in white evangelical circles. They use the Bible and the pulpit to justify their racism, their intolerance of other faiths, and their embrace of authoritarianism. …


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“Homosexuals deserve to die of AIDS as punishment for their sin.” With Covid, are liberals guilty of the same intolerance?

“AIDS is a curse from God on the wicked perversion of homosexuality.” I heard many similar refrains in my evangelical church as a teen. An early member of Jerry Falwell Senior’s Moral Majority, my church organized register-the-conservative-vote drives, picketed abortion clinics and strip clubs and opposed HIV research. “Immoral lifestyles…


For many Americans, employment obligations do not cease because of a possible pandemic called coronavirus. Without paid sick leave, millions of Americans show up at the office, meet clients in public, and travel to keep jobs and pay bills.

Take me for example. I’m working from an Atlanta-area hotel room…


Welcome to Lent. For forty days, Christians worldwide give up vices like social media, alcohol and dessert to mimic Christ’s forty days of isolation, prayer and fasting ahead of his crucifixion.

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Don’t be surprised when the world’s discourse spirals further down the drain in the coming weeks. Look at all…


impeachment dinner

Our democracy is crumbling. Whatever happens, Trump will be in the White House after January thanks to his Republican false prophets.

To counter our despair, we planned an Impeachment Dinner Party. Because making up food puns is a better use of our energy.

No, we didn’t solve our country’s problems. But we gave a few friends a much-needed laugh. A tasty meal. Bottles of wine. …


Okay. I admit it. I own a Peloton exercise bike. Actually, I share it with my husband.

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Me suffering on our Peloton.

I forced him to buy it. I nagged, whined and withheld sex until he plonked down over $2,700 on a dual membership.

We take turns with clips, cadence and the damn resistance wheel…


A discussion of Jenny O’Dell’s book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy and how I’m limiting social media time.

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