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THE PRODIGAL PASTOR’S KID – What it Means to be the Atheist Son of a Pastor

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

PANDEMIC: Perseverance & Perspective

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

Life in Glass — Blood and Poetry

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

BURN WITH ME — A Review of Joel Thomas Hynes’ Fourth Novel

…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

Why You Don’t Need To Love What You Do … Or Even Like It

…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 – An Atheist’s Reflections

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

THE CURE FOR BALDNESS: Finally, the Answers You’ve Been Looking For

… 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

Why I’m Striving Not to Be Such an Angry Atheist

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

My Neighbour Just Won The Lottery, And I’m A Better Man Because Of It

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

An Open Letter to BILLY TALENT Drummer Aaron Solowoniuk

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

JEDI, JUSTIN, and JIHAD – the 2015 Year In Review

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

Why the Phrase “WAKE UP WORLD” is Really Just Code for: “I’M AN ASSHOLE”

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

CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE – It Doesn’t Exist, So Stop Trying To Protect It

…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

HOT DAMN #1 — Peanut Butter

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

On Life, Turning Thirty, and Big Ears Teddy

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

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