Journal

The dis­cor­dant thoughts of Rick Beck­man, blog­ger, ex-Chris­t­ian, father, hus­band, and geek.

Room Enough to Grow: What Made Me an Atheist?

This ques­tion came to me from my girl­friend Mea­gan on this past Ask an Athe­ist Day (April 14): What made me seek out athe­ism as my iden­ti­ty? It’s a good ques­tion; for the decade pri­or to becom­ing an athe­ist, I was a “washed in the blood” Chris­t­ian with a “the fool says in his heart, …

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What Is There to Say?

What is there to say? I think about writ­ing a lot. I read my old posts, reflect upon all of the changes in out­look I’ve had since writ­ing them. When I do think of some­thing to say, I dump it into an all-too-often hasti­ly writ­ten Face­book post, then I call it a day. Face­book “mar­kets” the content …

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I’m Still Here

I am not, though, alto­geth­er sure what here is or what here should be. Of course, that’s always been true; a cur­so­ry for­ay into the archives here will reveal that. Part of me wants to scrap what is past and start anew, but every time I have done that — at least a dozen times across various …

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A Requiem

I’m com­ing up quick on my fif­teenth anniver­sary of work­ing at Wal­mart, along with only one oth­er mem­ber of my hire-in group. I start­ed out that jour­ney work­ing in the gro­cery depart­ment, which at my store con­sist­ed of three aisles con­tain­ing some pop, water, soups, cere­als, can­dy, cof­fee, snacks, and lit­tle else. It was­n’t a glamorous …

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child building with interlocking building blocks

Just…

Some­times I won­der why I use the book­marks fea­ture of any web brows­er. Aside from keep­ing a list of quick-access web­sites in my book­marks bar, any oth­er book­marks end up in a fold­er with hun­dreds of oth­er sites which I’ll like­ly nev­er actu­al­ly get back to. I thought I’d do a bit of curat­ing of my bookmarks, …

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Refusing to Remain Silent

Test­ing, test­ing. Is this thing on? It prob­a­bly isn’t, but here I am any­way. A lot has hap­pened over the course of the year since I last wrote here. My wife Jade and I cel­e­brat­ed our third wed­ding anniver­sary this month, not with fan­cy gifts but with sev­er­al spe­cial dates over the course of this past week. …

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