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The Benefits of Reading

must apologize up front for the length of this article. Although it is long, it contains a list of book I've encouraged my sons to read and so far they have done as I asked. I don't know where any of them stand spiritually, but I know that none of them attend church or…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 1, 2014 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

35 Things That Piss Me Off When it Comes to Relationships

Life does many things to an individual. There are things we overlook most of our waking moments until something happens to shake our sense of self. For me, I’ve found it and find it nearly every day. Maybe it is because I have become more self-aware, more sensitive or, maybe, I’m just old.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on April 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

Euphemisms R Us

What do collateral damage, friendly fire, special rendition and disposition matrix have in common? They are euphemisms for distasteful operations done by the military. For instance,…


Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2014 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

Blues and Blacks

Negro specific pamphlets, magazines and registries were common in black communities around the United States during the late 1800s up until the 1950s. One publication, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It provided Negro motorists and tourists information pointing out safe venues to stay, eat and sightsee during…


Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Breaking Tradition Instead of Breaking Bones

Dallas--A Dallas woman who kicked and beat her 2-year-old daughter and superglued her hands to a wall of their apartment recently received a 99-year prison sentence. This one…


Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — 16 Comments

Who Outed Al Sharpton?

With the revelation that the Reverend Al Sharpton acted as an informant for the FBI raises some serious questions like who threw him under the bus? Sharpton who hosts the MSNBC show, "PoliticsNation," found himself under fire in a story by "The Smoking…


Added by Donald R Barbera on April 9, 2014 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

Noah—An Accident No Longer Looking for a Place to Happen

Darren Aronofsky is an atheist. AND? With unsurpassed cinematography and stunning hits like "Black 

Swan" and "Pi" to his credit, he is also an excellent teller of stories. Unfortunately, "Noah" isn't one of them.

"Noah" starts on a low note and shrinks until it finally slides off the scale,…


Added by Donald R Barbera on April 2, 2014 at 11:01am — 13 Comments

Upcoming Book Reviews

I never tried this before. Book Reviews--I have them. I've been doing it for years. However, I was paid to do them. So, I'm going to post some of them that venture into other areas besides atheism. Here's a list of the first I plan to put on the site.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on March 26, 2014 at 6:57pm — 5 Comments

Review--Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

It is nearly impossible to imagine that FOX News and Cosmos appear on the same network. It is difficult to believe that they are even on the same planet, but often ignorance and intelligence team up to become strange…


Added by Donald R Barbera on March 20, 2014 at 8:30am — 5 Comments


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In the racial politics of the United States, I have been involved in a good portion of them that centered on the Civil Rights Movement. During that time, there was great solidarity among all African Americans, although at that time we were designated black or Afro American by the mysterious group that hands racial naming…


Added by Donald R Barbera on March 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11 …


Added by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

Medicine, Spiritual Healing and Reality

Giving praise to God for saving a person’s life is one of the most irrational responses to recovery by a seriously ill or injured patient. Not only is it irrational, it is surely insulting and blasphemous to an all-knowing and all-powerful god. The idea that a person can petition God to perform special favors denies that God knows of his children’s needs and by default indicts him for failure to respond to the incantations and the prayers of his…


Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Book Review: Overthrow by Stephen Kinzer

No Pontius Pilate's Here

In the story of Jesus' crucifixion, Pontius Pilate acted as judge in the trial. Pilate actually lobbied the crowd to spare Jesus' life, but the crowd would not relent. Seeing that the crowd would have its way, Pilate made a great show of washing his…


Added by Donald R Barbera on February 12, 2014 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

No One Remembers—A Book Review of The Orangeburg Massacre

by Donald R Barbera

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,

We're finally on our own.

This summer I hear the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on February 5, 2014 at 7:54am — 4 Comments

Why Are There so Many Denominations

Depending on what source is used, there are between 30,000 and 45,000 Christian denomination worldwide.[1], [2], [3]…


Added by Donald R Barbera on February 4, 2014 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Dancing Pigs

 Now, for something different! I wrote this story four years ago for a Dallas magazine because for some reason stripping and strip clubs received a face-lift over the past decade. That was the reason for the following piece. I knew most of…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 29, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

What Am I: An Apatheist!

"It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God." Denis Diderot [i]

One of my sons asked me if I was a nonbeliever and of course I asked, "a nonbeliever in what?" I was not trying to be flippant, but there are…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 28, 2014 at 8:26am — 21 Comments

Life and Death: Unreal Expectations

It is with some trepidation that I write this article because the death of a child is probably the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. The case of Jahi McMath who was declared brain dead after a "routine" tonsillectomy" made headlines after her parents refused to allow doctors to shut down the ventilator keep her…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 23, 2014 at 8:49am — 7 Comments

The Negro Motorist Green Book

Today, most folks wouldn't believe unless they saw it, but “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was a necessity for African Americans traveling around the United States during the Jim Crow era when discrimination against “people of color,” e…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 12, 2014 at 9:20pm — 10 Comments

Violence Revisited

Chickens Come Home to Roost

Note: I wrote this piece in 2010 because of US involvement in constant war. I knew about many of the wars via the movies (World Wars I & II, Korea). I was in the Army during Vietnam and witnessed several other US "interventions since then. This piece is only here because of one paragraph, which I highlighted in red. I will say up front that it took no…


Added by Donald R Barbera on December 30, 2013 at 7:24pm — 22 Comments

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