Monthly Archives: August 2009

The end of an era

Reading Rainbow canceled after 26 year run The show’s run is ending, Grant explains, because no one — not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — will put up the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcast rights. Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but […]

Unwired for God

There is a common belief that if some trait or behavior is wired into the brain, it is unchangeable, inevitable. (The same goes for anything genetically based, but we’ll leave that myth to another day.) Which makes the latest data on religiosity even more fascinating. In brief, the number of American non-believers has doubled since […]


duet, originally uploaded by becky b.. Emma and her best friend Jack, duet-ing. Move over, Johnny Cash and June Carter!

yet another cool garage sale find

I think I paid around 50 cents for it.

the one false church

Infuriating, on so many levels. Here’s hoping its ranks continue to dwindle. Penn & Teller discuss the Catholic Church and their involvement in anti-homosexuality efforts, condom use, and the cover up of the priest abuse sex scandal. They talk with an Italian comedian that was punished for criticizing Pope Benedict the XVI. via

What he said:

Senator Ted Kennedy at Liberty University, circa 1983: Read all of Senator Kennedy’s speech here. An excerpt not shown in the above video: The separation of church and state can sometimes be frustrating for women and men of deep religious faith. They may be tempted to misuse government in order to impose a value which […]

Lest ye be judged

One of the books I’m currently reading is Dan Barker’s book (and partial autobiography) Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became one of America’s Leading Atheists. I’m really enjoying it, especially since Barker is someone from my tribe — he, too, was big into church and the American evangelical movement, but gradually found himself slipping away […]