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Mary Ellen Mayo Has Died

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Mary Ellen Mayo, a friend and loyal reader of this blog died June 19, 2017 of congestive heart failure. Mary Ellen was 56. Mary Ellen infrequently commented, often choosing to comment when she felt I needed encouragement or moral support.  Some long time readers may remember her using the Amazonfeet moniker. Mary Ellen, a resident of Florida, battled a number of health problems. (She had Marfan Syndrome.) I was Facebook friends with Mary Ellen. We shared not only our experiences with chronic illness, but also a commitment to progressive political values and a love of cats. A few days before Mary Ellen died, her last post to Facebook was the cat meme posted above.

Mary Ellen will be missed. I am blessed to have been her friend.  Mary Ellen was a member of First Unitarian Church in Orlando, Florida.  Her church family will hold a memorial service for her on Monday, July 3rd.

Would You Like to Write a Guest Post?

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I am always interested in having people write guest posts for this site. If you are interested in writing a guest post, please use the contact form to email me. You can choose any subject. If you are a Christian, you can even write a post telling me how wrong I am about God, Christianity, and the Bible. Anonymous posts are okay. Several readers have emailed me in the past about writing guest posts. I am w-a-i-t-i-n-g. Seriously, if you have something you would like to say, I am more than happy to post it here. The ball is in your court.

Social Media Changes

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Several months back, I shuttered the Facebook page for this site. After talking with readers who used Facebook as their primary way to read my writing, I have concluded that deleting the page was a mistake. The goal of every writer is to have as many people as possible read their writing. With that in mind, I have made a new page for The life and Times of Bruce Gerencser. On this page you will find every post that is published to this blog. You can find the page here. Please LIKE my page if you are inclined to do so.

I still have a personal Facebook account. If you would like to be friends with me on Facebook, please send me a friend request. I am quite selective about who I friend, so please do not take it as a personal slight if I don’t accept your request. I tend to accept friend requests from people who comment on this blog or people I have had some sort of private interaction with in the past. I do NOT accept friend requests from Evangelicals, nor do I accept requests from atheists who spend their waking hours waging war against Christianity. I treat Facebook as a place where I can hang out with family and friends. While I don’t have a problem with spirited discussions about politics and religion, I don’t want to spend my time on Facebook engaging in fruitless discussions that never end well.

Readers can continue to read this site via RSS or receive a daily email digest of my writing. You can sign up for the email digest using the form at the end of every post or the form on the sidebar. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Thank You and A Personal Note

 

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I want to take a few moments to thank those who have financially supported me during the first four months of 2017. I appreciate each donation. Donations are used to pay for server, software, and general site costs. Any excess donations are used to take Polly out on the town.

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PayPal donations (monthly and one-time) through April 31, 2017

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Patreon Monthly Donations Though April 31, 2017

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If you would like to make a donation via PayPal, please go here. If you would like to become a monthly supporter via Patreon, please go here. You can also support this site by buying books through our Amazon Bookstore.

Personal Note

Last December, I mentioned that Polly and I were facing increased financial pressure due to never-ending medical bills. Several of you made donations to help with our need. Thank you for doing so, Every donation, big or small, is appreciated. The financial pressure remains, and I suspect it will always be there until Polly collects on my life insurance. Nothing like a little gallows humor, right?  I have no illusions about my future health-wise. Medical care is expensive, and if Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans get their way, it will only get more expensive.

In my preaching days, I would ask people to pray. Prayer is no longer an option — not that it ever paid a bill — so all I can do is let people know that we have a need. If you are inclined to help, I appreciate it. If not, that’s okay too. Regardless, I will continue to do what I can to provide quality writing for those interested in what I have to say.

I appreciate your love and support. My life has been immeasurably blessed by the people (many who are now friends) I’ve met through this blog. I hope that you have found, in some small way, my writing to be helpful.

If I can ever be of help, please let me know.  You can contact me via the contact page. If you would like to text me, please let me know and I will gladly give you my text number.

Your Fellow Voice of Reason,

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Sorry About a Draft Post I Inadvertently Made Public

If you read this blog via RSS, you might receive a post that was not meant to be published. I write down my thoughts on draft posts, and later I turn them into finished products. I inadvertently hit publish instead save draft. I plan in the next day or two to write a post titled, What Evangelical Pastors Think They Know About Atheists. You who might have viewed the draft outline are now privy to what I intend to say. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Bruce

Social Media Changes

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Effective today, I have made some changes to my social media accounts. These changes reflect the fact that my social media accounts drive very little traffic to this site. My goal as a writer is for people to read my writing, and if they so inclined share it on their own social media accounts and/or leave comments. Me posting article links to my own social media pages is not the same as readers doing so. What I have found is that I get a minuscule amount of traffic from Twitter, and even less from Google+. My Facebook page drives a small amount traffic to this site, but the hassles of maintaining the page and dealing with God’s Avenging Servants® far outweigh the traffic benefit. I have also found that much of the Facebook traffic comes from the memes I post, and not my writing.

With these things in mind, I am closing the social media accounts associated with this site. I will still have a personal Facebook account. If you would like to be friends with me on Facebook, please send me a friend request. I am quite selective about who I friend, so please do not take it as a personal slight if I don’t accept your request. I tend to accept friend requests from people who comment on this blog or people I have had some sort of private interaction with in the past. I do NOT accept friend requests from Evangelicals, nor do I accept requests from atheists who spend their waking hours waging war against Christianity. I treat Facebook as a place where I can hang out with family and friends. While I don’t have a problem with spirited discussions about politics and religion, I don’t want to spend my time on Facebook engaging in fruitless discussions that never end well.

Readers can continue to read this site via via RSS or receive a daily email digest of my writing. You can sign up for the email digest using the form at the end of every post or the form on the sidebar. You can unsubscribe at any time.

 

Switch From HTTP to HTTPS

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Several weeks ago, I switched The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser from using  HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). This switch was necessitated by Google’s plan to warn internet users when they are accessing an insecure (non-HTTPS) site. Doing so makes readers think that this site is insecure and unsafe to access. This is, of course, patently untrue. That said, it is in the long-term best interest of this site to use HTTPS.

Making this switch has one unfortunate complication. People using ancient browsers — say IE6 or Safari 5 — that don’t support modern encryption protocols will no longer be able to read this site. There’s nothing I can do about this. I encourage readers using unsupported browsers to update their browsers or switch to one that supports the latest encryption and security protocols.

Bruce

2017 Contact Form

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Updated January 1, 2017

If you would like to contact Bruce Gerencser, please use the following form. If your email warrants a response I will respond as soon as possible. Due to persistent health problems, I cannot guarantee a timely response. Sometimes,I am three or four weeks behind on responding to email. My delay doesn’t mean I don’t care. It does mean I can only do what I can do. I hope you understand.

If you are an Evangelical Christian who has a pathological need to evangelize, please read Dear Evangelical before sending me an email. I reserve the right to make your message and name public. This blog is read by thousands of people, so keep that in mind when you email me whatever it is you think “God” has laid upon your heart. Do you really want your ignorance put on display for thousands of people to see?

Please do not send me unsolicited medical advice. I am under the care of competent physicians and I am satisfied with their care.

I promise to treat all correspondence with you as confidential (with the one exception mentioned above).

You can also contact me on Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

2017 Comment Policy

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Updated January 1, 2017

All commenters are expected to use a functioning email address. The use of a fake or non-functioning email address will result in your comment being deleted.

Pseudonyms are permitted.

All first-time comments and comments with more than one HTML link are moderated.

Before commenting, please read the ABOUT page to acquaint yourself with my background. You might also want to read the Dear Evangelical page.

The following type of comments will not be approved:

  • Preachy/sermonizing comment
  • Bible verse-quoting comment
  • Evangelizing comment
  • I am praying for you comment
  • You are going to hell comment
  • You never were saved comment
  • You never were a Christian comment
  • Any comment that is a personal attack
  • Any comment that is not on point with what the post is about
  • Any comment that denigrates abuse victims

I write about issues that might not be child-friendly. Please be aware of this. I also use profanity from time to time, and I allow the use of profanity in the comment section.

The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser is not a democracy where visitors have a right to say whatever they want. This is my personal blog and I reserve the right to approve or disapprove any comment. When a comment or a commenter is abusive towards the community of people who read this blog, I reserve the right to ban the commenter.

If you can be respectful, decent, and thoughtful, your comment will always be approved. Unfortunately, there are many people — Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians in particular — who have a hard time playing well with others. Using a passive-aggressive approach in the comment section will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.

This blog is also not a place for hardcore atheists to preach the gospel of atheism. While I am an atheist, some of the people who read this blog are not. Frank, honest, open, and passionate discussion about religion, Christianity, and Evangelicalism is encouraged and welcome. However, I do expect atheists not to attack, badger, or denigrate people who still believe in God. If you are respectful, decent, and thoughtful, you will be fine.

Generally, I will post one comment from a preachy, Bible-quoting, evangelizing Evangelical. If this describes you, please make sure you say all you need to say in your comment. No further comments will be approved.

My writing is direct and pointed, and so is my response to comments. Please do not confuse my directness and pointedness with me attacking you or your religion. This is a grown-up blog, so cries that I offended you or “attacked” your religion will fall on deaf ears.

If you can play by these rules, I hope you will become a part of our community and join the discussion.

If you have further questions about the commenting policy, please use the contact form below to email  Bruce.

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