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Archive for December, 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Responding to Dear Abby – Advice for Non-Believers

Recently, there was a Dear Abby column where the writer asked about how to respond when someone said (in response to hearing about a serious illness or death), “I’m praying for you.”  I did write a response, but who knows if it’ll be published.  And then I started thinking that I was quite qualified to write my own blog post on the topic. (more…)

Coffee, Keurig and Fog

I didn’t start drinking coffee until after I had Michael. My mom drank it black when I was growing up and I didn’t like it. The idea of putting creamer in coffee added a whole new dimension (and a ton of calories, but that’s another story). I found that I needed the caffeine due to the lack of sleep I experienced when the boys were little. (more…)

Raising Children without Religion

As I wrote yesterday, I believe that raising children without religion is more difficult than raising children with religion.  When you embark on the journey of raising children who are freethinkers, you head into the unknown.  There are no set answers about beliefs.  It is scary, very scary. (more…)

Raising Critical Thinkers

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to remember my first conversation with David and/or Michael about religion. And I can’t. I do remember that Michael went to a friend’s house (he was quite little – maybe 4) just before Christmas and he saw a nativity scene. I remember him asking about it in the car on the way home. Of course, both boys were in the car with me, and while I don’t remember the details of the conversation, I would imagine it went something like this… (more…)

G*d In Our Schools?

One of the things that has me perplexed is that people are claiming that if G*d was in our schools, then Sandy Hook would never happened.

Thinking about this, you can take it two ways.  First, if G*d was allowed in schools then the shooter would have had a religious foundation and never would have brought a gun into the school with the intent to kill.  The second way you can take it is that if G*d was allowed in schools, he would have protected the children and teachers from the shooter.  This second thought is outrageous and worthy of its own post. (more…)

Happy Holidays and a Preview of What’s to Come

I missed wishing my Jewish friends a Happy Chanukah – so please accept my apologizes and I hope it was a good one.

For my Christian friends – Merry Christmas!

For my atheist friends – Happy Day! or Happy Winter Solstice or Merry Christmas or whatever you prefer.

For anyone who celebrates something else – I wish you a Happy Holiday.

And to anyone I may have offended with my holiday wishes – I’m sincerely sorry (and please get a life – it isn’t worth it!).

Look for some posts coming over the next couple of weeks…Parenting Beyond Belief (book review), G*d in Our Schools, James Family Update, Random Acts of Kindness, Teaching Romeo and Juliet, Ferrets, Raising Critical Thinkers, Aunt Robin Drops the Ball and maybe a few more.

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