Friday, December 29, 2017

Sesame Street: Can Its Sunny Way Sweep Our Dark Clouds Away?


Miracle GirlSesame Street: Can Its Sunny Way Sweep Our Dark Clouds Away?

In the age of Trump and Charlottesville, can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street's multicultural, humanistic values? 
One idealistic young person at a time.
Everything will be A-okay...if we fight for Sesame Street's empathetic values. A Cookie-Monster-blue wave is on its way.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Myth-Taken by Santa


Miracle Girl: Myth-Taken by Santa

Children often come back from preschool with contagious diseases. I brought back a belief in Santa Claus.
It didn't take long, though, before the budding skeptic in me cottoned onto the deception....
'Santa is a fake! And all those Santas, in all those malls, they’re all fake too!'
Does the Santa myth remind you of something else?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Trump: Transgender Transcender to Rights Recinder


Miracle GirlTrump: Transgender Transcender to Rights Recinder

Trump forces the military to march in the evangelical pander parade. His closeted, gay-persecuting mentor would be proud. 
Like Roy Cohn, President Trump doesn't mind trampling on the gay and transgender communities. LGBT tolerance wouldn't play to his evangelical base.

Friday, December 15, 2017

California Wildfires: Global Warming Early Warning


Miracle GirlCalifornia Wildfires: Global Warming Early Warning


Global Warming is lighting the fuse of the devastating California fires. Still, deniers continue to fiddle while the Golden State burns.

Thousands won't have a home for the holidays due to the California wildfires...and Climate Change. This is one war on Christmas President Trump refuses to fight.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Alabama and Doug Jones: Segregation Then, Elevation Tomorrow?


Miracle GirlAlabama and Doug Jones: Segregation Then, Elevation Tomorrow?

Will the (old) South rise again? Or will it finally be laid in the same mouldering grave as segregation? 
And will the crimson tide of Alabama voters shift toward the future or turn back to yesterday? We will know presently.

Friday, December 8, 2017

GOP and Religious Right: Blowing Smoke While My Head Reels


Miracle GirlGOP and Religious Right: Blowing Smoke While My Head Reels

My head reels as evangelicals defend a child molester with the bible, while the hypocrisy of the GOP takes my breath away.

If this is the new reality, can I please go back in my coma-dream now? 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Personal War on Christmas


Miracle Girl: My Personal War on Christmas

Christmas is a season of mawkishness and awkwardness for deconverts. I was simply confused. Here's an antidote for both...

“Run Donder, run Blitzen, run Prancer, it’s through,” cried Santa, but we were booking them too. 

No, that isn't Robert Mueller leading the investigation in this satiric sting of Santa Claus.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Hyperactive Students: Emerging from the ADHD Dark Ages


Miracle GirlHyperactive Students: Emerging from the ADHD Dark Ages

Hyperactive and ADD kids now receive academic aid, giving them a hand up instead of stiff arm in school. For ADHD students born in the hyperfast lane, schools are finally doing something to keep them from crashing and burning. 
Can I have a do-over for my childhood?

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In July of 2013, I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died. When I awoke from the coma, I could barely lift my head. It has been a hard road to recovery. The doctors advised my loved ones to give up all hope for my full recovery, but while they were shining lights in my eyes to gauge my level of consciousness, I was telling them grumpily to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep...in my coma-dream. I was experiencing covert cognition, and the coma-dream was my version of a near-death experience. I'm a skeptic, so I saw surreal images instead of spirits or dead loved ones. According to my research, as many as one in five people with consciousness disorders have covert cognition.

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.