All posts by Eric Shepherd

Eric Shepherd

About Eric Shepherd

Eric is a marketing professional working and living in Portland, ME. His writing on politics, science, and culture has appeared on NPR.com, Babble.com, and other national and regional outlets. Eric is also a public speaker on topics related to branding, social media, and cause marketing. He spent 10 years as a recording and touring musician. He has lived up and down the East Coast, but loves Portland the very most.

Scared Straight 2.0: Horror stories to warn kids that the internet never forgets

This week, a Bangor High School senior received a great deal of attention due to the quote he chose to accompany his yearbook photo. Unfortunately, his quote wasn’t exactly inspirational — it was a Hitler quote. Call it what you want — free speech, a tasteless prank, or anti-Semitism — this one simple act will negatively impact him for […]

Viral post by ‘hero dad’ about Target’s bathroom policy is a parenting FAIL

Over the past week, hundreds of thousands have pledged to boycott Target over their inclusive bathroom policy, which welcomes transgender folks to use the restroom or fitting rooms that correspond with their gender identity. On April 21, a father by the name of Izzy Avraham made a defiant public post on Facebook that went viral […]

Why a married father of three cares about trans equality

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that the North Carolina legislature and Pat McCrory recently rushed through HB2, a hateful bill disguised as a “public safety” initiative that eliminates municipal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, and blocks transgender folks from using public restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity. This […]

Educating LePage: Transgender 101

Displaying once again his lack of any self-awareness whatsoever, Governor Paul Le Page said on Thursday that he’s “tired of s***shows.” Us too, Governor. LePage named himself the State Education Commissioner on Thursday, after withdrawing his nomination of William Beardsley for education commissioner. Beardsley would have faced strong opposition from Democrats in the Joint Standing Committee […]

Non-Religious Sanders Proves Hell Just Might Freeze Over

While GOP candidates continue to trip over themselves to shore up the Evangelical vote, Bernie Sanders quietly announced that he is “not actively involved with organized religion.” He further explained that, like many religious nones, he has his own brand of spirituality — one that is more secular in nature, and defined less by dogma […]

Dealing With Death In A Secular Age

“I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen Human beings are both blessed and cursed in that we evolved the awareness of our own mortality. We are cursed in that this awareness, combined with our fierce instinct of self-preservation, is the source of a […]