On Movember, Day -1

November is on the doorstep, and that means I’m going to start growing a moustache for Movember.

What is Movember?

Akin to the Pink Ribbon movement focusing on breast cancer awareness, Movember aims to bring awareness and support to men’s health concerns. During the month of November, participants in Movember grow a moustache (the mo). More importantly, it is a time to provide information about men’s health and encourage men to be proactive about their health.

Why am I participating?

First and foremost, I have to give credit to Le Clown. He has organized Bloggers for Movember. It is his clarion call that I am answering.

On a more personal level, if I am being honest, I probably don’t do a great job of taking care of my own health. On the positive side, I do a lot of walking, and I play in a couple rec. soccer leagues. On the negative side, I don’t eat all that healthy, I don’t have a general practitioner nor had a check up pretty much ever, and I’m a regular enough smoker to be concerned. So, as much as I want to do my small part in spreading the word about Movember and the health issues facing men, I also need to pull my own weight in taking care of my own health.

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On Googling Before You Speak

Are you smart enough to be an atheist?

Probably not. At least, that should be your conclusion after you watch this clip:

 

What lesson are we to take from this video? Well, according to Katrina Fernandez at The Crescat, the lesson is that:

“every smug high school boy, college hipster, liberal secularist, and twenty something who thinks they have all the answers… [need to] [work] on [their] humility and [prevent] [themselves] from looking profoundly, pathetically stupid.”

Why are these groups singled out? Not sure. But I think Ms. Fernandez needs a bit of looking at herself in the mirror.

Let’s explore…

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On Causes for Cancer

This post is part ‘spread the word’ and part ‘shameless promotion’.

First, in case you hadn’t noticed, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Second, on October 13th, I’m doing the Light the Night Walk in association with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’m walking with the CFI-DC Team. Shameless promotion #1: if you’d like to donate to support the cause, my donation page is here.

If you’ve checked Freshly Pressed, recently, you may have come across A Clown on Fire’s Bloggers for Movember post. Movember is a movement that brings awareness, education, and support to men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer. Shameless promotion #2: You can find my Movember page here (do not donate there, yet, as I am assuming the Bloggers for Movember will become a team). If you’re interested or want more info, check out the blog post or the facebook page.

During the month of November, I will be growing my moustache. I will be posting my moustache progress as well as posts about men’s health (both physical and mental).  One of the things I love about Movemeber is that it plays into one of my physical strengths: facial hair. I had shave-worthy facial hair when I was 10 years old. I am currently 31, so I have been shaving for over 2/3s of my life. I kept a moustache/goatee combo for a good number of years. These days, I tend to have stubble, but I rarely grow out the facial hair beyond that. Should be fun.

On Being a Good Person (Way of the Master Style)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: atheists are moral nihilists.

To dispel this common misconception, I decided to take a test.

The Way of the Master (WOTM), the evangelizing ministy of Ray Comfort (Banana Man) and Kirk Cameron (Crocoduck-oholic) were kind enough to provide me with “the ultimate test…” of whether or not I am “a ‘good’ person.” Read on to find out how I did.

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