From the JMBzine vault – Introduction to blog from September 1999

This post is from the JMBzine Blog Vault, which means it is a very old blog post that I wrote at a very different time of my life. My views on religion (I’m now a Humanistic Jew), politics (today I’m a democratic socialist), and many other subjects (LGBTQ+ inclusion, abortion rights, etc.) have drastically changed over the years, so please bear this in mind when reading this post.

From September 1999: Journal of JMB

This is the beginning of a journal I will be keeping. This probably won’t be anything deep or anything, but will just be the random thoughts that I happen to be having. Some of this will be pretty personal, so I ask that you not copy this or quote me out of context. You are certainly welcome to link to this page however. (I am not afraid of being open and putting stuff out there, but I am concerned that someone might take one paragraph out of context and make me out to being something that I am not.)

Also, another disclaimer: If you are offended by someone talking about faith, you probably won’t like my journal. Secondly, if you are a Christian and don’t like to hear someone talking about the doubts and struggles they have, you also won’t like this journal. I would encourage you to keep reading, but I do want to forwarn you, in case you’re easily offended.

Editor’s Note (January 15, 2022): This content was written many years ago and is shared by the author as a historical record. The author’s views on many subjects have changed over the decades and very old content likely does not represent the current beliefs of the authors.

I have also added some contextual links (often to old websites via and notes to these old posts. The newer comments/explanations are marked in marked as such.

Special thanks to for preserving so much of this content and making it possible for me to recover it. Please consider donating to them if you can. FYI, the original version of this page can be found at: on

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