My dad is the pastor of an evangelical Christian church.
I, however, am an atheist.
For a long time, I assumed my lack of faith as a pastor’s kid (or PK) made me something of an oddity. And then a month or so ago, while listening to CBC Radio One’s show Tapestry, a guest mentioned a stereotype that paints PKs as being more likely to abandon their faith than kids of regular church-going parents.
To which I did a sudden and surprised about-face. Continue reading
OPINION // March 23, 2020 by Z. S. Roe SO FAR I’m not panicking. The feeling is more akin to slipping. It’s as if the world has tipped on its axis, but by just a little, just enough that my footing is no longer sure. I have to plant my feet with firm intention, set … Continue reading
Since I was sixteen, I’ve lived a life in glass — a life of clean cuts and sharp edges; of broken windows and shattered mirror; of blood spatter and stitches… Continue reading
…there’s something dangerously intoxicating about a title like that. It’s both threatening and evocative, in turn conversational and cruelly prophetic. It’s the kind of title that sits in the back of your mind and never lets you forget it… Continue reading
…I’ve heard it said more times than I can count (and twice just this past weekend): If I dislike my job so much, why don’t I find something else? To my mind, the answer should be obvious… Continue reading
Christmas is a mess of a holiday, and it’s meaning is always changing, but I love it all the same. And while some atheists might prefer to say “Happy Holidays” or some other such nonsense, I’ll forever say … Continue reading
… I was impressed by the results; so too was my wife … until she got a closer look and remarked that Toppik made it look like my head was growing mold… Continue reading
Getting angry, while sometimes appropriate, is not always the wisest and most effective approach. And here, my atheist and believer friends, are four very good reasons why… Continue reading
You’d think I’d be jealous of Chuck’s good fortune. Yet I’m not. I’m actually happy for him. And nobody could be more surprised by that response than me… Continue reading
Multiple Sclerosis ravages the body – it is a kind of suffering that I can only imagine. Even so, you appear to be meeting it with a kind of quiet fortitude that is nothing short of inspiring… Continue reading
What follows are this year’s highlights, as determined by me. It’s as objective as the unquestionable superiority of crunchy peanut butter. Know the crunch. Respect the crunch… Continue reading
What I find myself most wanting to respond to, however, is not to the terror attacks in Paris (to which no response seems adequate), but to the “I Told You So” mentality being bandied about by many on the far right… Continue reading
…Little kids, from infants to aspiring ten-year-olds, are many things, but innocent is not one of them. No, friends, what children are is ignorant… Continue reading
Life’s Wonders Praised in Wildly Suggestive, Oddball, and Nonsense Ways In an effort to offer a counterpoint to my usual cynical antics, I’ve decided on a new project: a weekly, year-long discussion of those things in my life that I enjoy. For those keeping count, that’s one new thing every week. But, never one for … Continue reading
OPINION By Z. S. Roe I’m a slacker. My commitment to this blog surely demonstrates that. When WordPress informed me in one of their jazzy Year End celebrations that I’d made only a single post in 2014, I thought that they must be wrong. Surely, they were misinformed. But they weren’t. I’ve been slacking off. … Continue reading