“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

—Lewis Carroll—

I think that verse  pretty well describes this blog…

I hope this blog will be an open forum for myself and other interested parties. As a freethinking, liberal atheist, sometimes it’s difficult to state your opinions without stepping on a few toes. I understand that, and I understand why you must proceed with caution on some sites.

I’m interested in other opinions, too.  How far you can go is discretionary, in that this isn’t a place for hate speech, ad hominems, or proselytizing etc.  Any viable comments are welcome here, including opposing views.  A good debate, even in print, is a good debate. Of course, as they say “discretion is the better part of valor”. I hope you feel welcome and comfortable here to express yourself. I certainly will be expressing myself here, as well.

I decided to start my own blog since I am sometimes “moderated” out of having some of my opinions accepted. For the most part Huffington Post, where I do a lot of commenting, has been generous about my comments. However, sometimes, for no apparent reason I can discern, I’ve not been accepted on occasion. Those leftovers are probably going to wind up here, sooner or later, along with new items. Of course this is going to be covering a lot of things. Not all political or controversial, or even atheistic.

There are many subjects I find disturbing these days, especially in a supposedly free country. So, though I’m no rabble-rouser, I certainly refuse to ignore those things which I find are not acceptable in my purview. Of course, distressing factors aren’t exclusive to our country alone. The world-view cannot be ignored either.  I will not always be writing opinions, there are many subjects I find interesting, so you’ll find quite an assortment of musings here. This will be a varied, freeform blog. I’m hoping others will find it interesting or want to contribute their view.

Who am I? You may ask. Well, I‘m just a voice, so to speak, crying in the wilderness. “The Sojourner” may have connotations, not immediately connected to someone with my points of view.  I chose the “nom de plume” for its original meaning, a temporary visitor of many places, a traveler. Isn’t that what the web is all about?  Stopping off at several different destinations to visit? Of course, in my “travels”, I’ve found places I enjoy visiting again and again. Isn’t that what a sojourner might do?

I think a blog like this can reach many more than the number of people I could express my views with, in person. So here I am, an atheist, secular humanist, liberal/progressive just stating my opinions. I usually express myself freely when I comment on other sites; however on occasion, I guess they consider it too freely for their tastes. I haven’t yet decided on a TOS policy. That will come only if necessary. I prefer as much freedom of expression as possible. If too many take advantage of this, then I may set up that dreaded TOS.

As I mentioned previously, the inspiration, or muse for this blog is the late great George Carlin. One of the funniest and certainly most relevant of the contemporary comedians, in my opinion. I miss his pointed observations. If he were with us now he’d probably have a lot to comment on these days. Perhaps he is observing from his Oort Cloud, at last.


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