Finally, a Bethany Appearance! – Episode 81

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We were so excited to finally get to do a trans-Atlantic (or “across the pond”) interview with our friend, Bethany Turner! We learned a bunch and had an awful lot of fun.

Bethany is the creator of the Eon’s World webcomic, loves dogs, and is smart as hell.

All The Content Warnings – Episode 79

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Content Note/Trigger Warning: We discuss sexual assault, emotional abuse, bullying, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts.

We figured we should probably talk frankly about our mental health and life challenges that led us to go on podcast hiatus. Deanna Joy discusses a lot of the things she has been through in recent years in detail, hence the CN/TW.

Secular Soup Crossover – Episode 78

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Here it is: Our first official announcement of our return to podcasting. This special crossover episode was one of the most fun we’ve ever done. I didn’t think we could alternately laugh so much and have serious conversation all in the same session. We’re eternally grateful to Amy with a Y and Ami with an I of The Secular Soup Podcast for doing this with us!

Buy their cool crafty stuff: http://www.delightfulbitchcraft.com

Support them on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/secularsoup/

Sweet Summer Children With PZ Myers – Episode 77

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Way back in 2013-ish we had the good fortune of speaking with PZ Myers in our studio in Seattle. Even back then, we thought maybe we were being a little too cynical about the direction of the atheist movement but when we look back now, I feel like we were still so innocent. Such a great conversation.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/

https://smile.amazon.com/Happy-Atheist-PZ-Myers/dp/0307739805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529130034&sr=8-1&keywords=pz+myers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PZ_Myers

https://twitter.com/pzmyers

Laestadianism with Ed Suominen – Episode 76

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We thought we were pretty knowledgeable about many of the branches of organized religions, but Ed Suominen absolutely blew our minds with his story.

Content note: There’s talk of some pretty intense practices, death, abusive reproduction control among other things.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laestadianism

LAF with the Sudbury Humanist Association – Episode 75

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Way back a million years ago (okay, five), we were invited to speak with the Sudbury Humanist Association via Skype. We had tons of fun and hope you enjoy this trip in a time machine that only travels in one direction.

Visiting Old Friends in NOLA – Episode 74

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We recently traveled to New Orleans for a wedding and while we were there we met up with a couple of old friends. You get this special two-part extra long show!

Jerry DeWitt has been on LAF a couple of times. We recorded on the beach with our iPhones at sunset. The weather was beautiful and warm, with a gulf breeze blowing in over the water.

You’ll remember Chad as our very first guest way back in episode 11 in 2010. Life has brought him and us some very big ups and downs since then. He’s now playing music in NOLA and trying to live his best life. We sat on his porch and chatted and got to listen to him play some lovely riffs.

Jerry’s podcast and info can be found here: https://hopeafterfaithpodcast.com/

Amazing what a good sleep can do. Magic sleep meds are working quite nicely. Upping the Prazosin has my dreamer completely shut down, so no more terrors in the night.

Lunesta doesn’t leave me groggy when I wake up.

A couple days ago I worked through a panic attack/flashback at work, and was pretty pleased with how I handled it. I recognized it and controlled my response. Inside I was still a mess, but that’s the nature of the beast. Deconstructing it with Deanna helped me understand where this latest dose of hell in my brain is coming from.

Last weekend I had a good long talk with a guy who’s been dealing with this shit for decades. At first I was depressed. Decades. It means I’ll never be normal. But then I looked at his life, and he’s a caring, giving, and content person. He still deals with shit, but he has his life under control and it’s a good life. So I’m encouraged.

Sometimes people are critical of me when I slam religion. I do it because I know what it’s done to me, and what it has done and is doing to millions of others.

Recovering,

Rich Lyons