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A friend of mine graduated from college last year with a degree in business administration. His dream was to major in engineering and pursue a career in designing high-tech electronics. But his father, the owner of a bakery chain franchise, convinced him a business degree was a more realistic and sensible decision. My friend now […]


Post image for Downsizing your massive book collection: A practical approach

A minimalistic lifestyle, however trendy that may be, has been something I have been committed to for a few years. Ridding myself of unnecessary possessions is a lot easier than I thought it would be. It’s actually quite exiting and addictive. Not a day goes by where I don’t scan my stuff and pick out […]

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Post image for An alternative to buying my kids more crap for Christmas

I have two kids, ages 11 and 9. I’m not buying them anything for Christmas this year. No, the reason is not because they have been bad and don’t deserve anything. On the contrary, I couldn’t be more proud of them. And I’m not trying to protest our country’s obsession with consumerism by denying them […]


My last cigarette ever

by Todd Hebert

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Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. -Mark Twain I’ve just smoked my last cigarette…ever. I say this with complete sincerity, but those who know me laugh at this declaration. Like Mark Twain, I’ve had countless “last cigarettes” over the past few years. […]

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Taming the monkey

by Todd Hebert

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I spend a lot of time thinking about self improvement. Most thoughtful people do. Currently on my short-term agenda is: taking better care of my body (quitting smoking, eating better) making my newly adopted vegan lifestyle work without going crazy and wasting away being more friendly and less judgmental to friends and strangers disciplining myself […]


Post image for Exit Interview – How I Finally Rejected my Family and Friends

I walked in with a six-pack. “Oh, yeah!” my mom said. After an hour of chit-chat, potato chips and two MGDs (my parents were still nursing their first), there was a lull in the conversation and I jumped in. “So…I wanted to talk to you guys about religion.” My dad’s eyes somehow perked up and […]


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My religious right friends, listen up. On November 6th, Maine, Maryland, and Washington state will vote on legislation to allow marriage equality for all committed couples. Progressive religious voices and civil rights groups are working hard to help achieve this human right, moving us closer to our nation’s promise of equality and justice for all. […]

Welcome to Hipster Monk!

by Todd Hebert

Formerly known as Not About Religion, this new blog will focus on the intersection of religion and atheism, but will also broaden its horizons. I will also be writing about politics, freedom, and happiness. During the coming days and weeks, this blog will be populated with the best and popular posts from Not About Religion, […]