Desmond Smith

I drive a scooter, grow food in my backyard, study marriage and family therapy, write things, and sometimes remember to bring my own bags to the store.


The Beauty of Agnosticism


Don’t call it faith if you have all the answers. — Dr. Brené Brown

At the core of what it means to be agnostic is a stance that no…


Bowling with the Gutter Guards Up

Marriage is good but divorce might be better.

Wedding vows are maddeningly unspecific. We promise to love each other in good times and…


My Grandfather’s Whiskey

Lessons in Self-Righteousness, Love, and Respect.


At seven years old, I made a commitment that I wouldn’t take part in “intoxicating…


Living on the Right

A Case for Using the Entirety of our Brains


“[T]hey could purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres and find this peace…


no fear of death

reflections on meaning and legacy


As a child, I was taught to not be afraid of death. Foreshadowed as it was to come as a “thief in the night”, our…


Long Live the Prince

My homage to a someday king and to all of us.


Several children were born on July 22.


What We Have Yet to Learn


By any account of history, humans have been around for a long time. During that span, we have been able to accomplish some pretty great things — actually, really astonishing things. I am constantly learning about monumental feats that leave me utterly lost for words. History abounds with structures we have built, problems we have solved, disagreements we have sorted…


On Marriage


I wanna know what love is. — Foreigner

My awareness about marriage is abnormally keen. Given that I am now fully immersed in the study of marriage and…


The Beauty of Agnosticism


Don’t call it faith if you have all the answers. — Dr. Brené Brown

At the core of what it means to be agnostic is a stance that no…