Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life, Parenting, Relationships

Tree Droppings

This morning, when I thought I had better things to do, I spent an hour cleaning gutters and sweeping tree droppings off of our back porch roof. I could have been writing the definitive article that would spread across the … Continue reading

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Be Good for Goodness Sake

For years atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers have been saying that you don’t need a god to be good.  Recently, they even tried to say it on the side of an Indiana bus.  More and more, they are finding ways … Continue reading

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Raising Good Kids without Gods – The Wisdom Commons

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As parents, we want our children to be happy. We want them to achieve great things. But we also want them to be good people. We want to be as proud of their kindness, generosity and integrity as we are … Continue reading

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Is it Ok to Celebrate Christmas, Even If You’re Not a Christian?

I just love Christmas!”  my friend Hannah confessed recently, “even though I’m appalled by Christianity.”  She sounded sheepish, as if loving Christmas somehow made her bad. Poor Hannah.  I understand her tone of apology.  What Hannah is appalled by isn’t … Continue reading

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Good, Evil and Bus-stop Benches

Good and Evil and Bus Stop Benches   About four years ago, a Seattle woman bought a small granite bench and installed it at a bus stop near her house.  “It’s my neighborhood,” she said in response to comments from … Continue reading

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On Loving Life and Leaving It

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The name of Terri Schiavo is seared into our collective consciousness.  Her personhood is not, because by the time she became a celebrity she had none.  Terri was bulimic, and, whether her body draws its last breath this week or … Continue reading

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Be the Media

Be the Media   It was May; despite all the marches and pleas, and against the weight of world opinion, we were bombing Iraq.   In footage on the BBC, in Reuters Feedroom,  it looked like, well, war:  messy, bloody.  Ordinary … Continue reading

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