There was a time I had the numbers of friends and family all memorized. I still remember my high school sweetheart's number from 1985.
Today, I'd have to think hard to remember my parent's number.
What else is out there and how do we reach it?!
I've never really understood the whole LGBT push back. If someone says they are gay, they are gay. Why the debate? Why does someone else's sexual identity, desires, needs and wants matter to me?
I'm not gay. They are. End of story.
As such, I've never paid particular attention to the science of sexual identity. However, after reading this story I've discovered something amazing: it is fascinating.
Totally agree: "What is America’s interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel’s are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi?"
Good read from via : 4 reasons I’m glad I came out as an atheist.
There are a lot of topics that I have an opinion about. Some of them are actually informed opinions.
Anyone that knows me is well aware of my reasoned and sharp criticism of modern American evangelical fundamentalism (they are a dangerous cult and an American Taliban) but also know I am not anti-religion. I am anti-stupid and if your belief system preaches one path to God or the literal interpretation of a 1600 year old book written by a conclave of several hundred men or that the end times are near or Moses is a founding father I'm going to take a great deal of glee in calling out the stupidity, ignorance, hypocrisy or intellectual dishonesty of that worldview.
Sometimes I'm polite about it and sometimes I'm not. My response is usually predicated by my access to dark chocolate, time of day and whether someone is speaking from a place of ignorance or their comments are simply asshatery.
In polite conversation I am more than happy to carry the label of humanist, secularist or atheist. I see that as code for being a reasonable, thoughtful and non-superstitious human being. I think that puts me in good company - Carl Sagan, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Thoreau and Voltaire and more than a few of the Enlightened deist Founding Fathers.
As I said, I'm not antireligious people. I've grown quite fond of the Nuns from Ohio Dominican University, the handful of Buddhists I know, the many Irish Catholics I've met and the small number of Lutherans, Jews and Muslims I've come across.
All have been an excellent people.
What makes me an atheist is not my confidence there is not a god but my firm confidence you don't speak for a god. A quiet walk in the woods with your dog is more likely to deliver enlightenment than the self aggrandizing Pentecostal snake charmer. The constant braying by religiously dogmatic evangelicals and fundamentalists reminds me of the child whistling as they pass the graveyard - anything to fill the awkward and uncomfortable silence of the unknown.
So when I read this article I was quite impressed by 's willingness to be open about her worldview. We like to believe that the people that care for us and love us will also accept us but what actually happens is more complicated.
Which is why closets exist - we all need someplace to store the things we don't want to be judged about. Some people's closets are small and other people's look like the back room at the Smithsonian. We all have our thing.
At 47 I've really grown to appreciate the idea that what we hide in our closets is what will eventually kill us. As Wendy talks about in her article, it is not about how right she is by coming out of the closet but about how emotionally and intellectually free she is by coming out of the closet.
A freedom that sounds like it is practically a spiritual experience.
Write a paragraph. Write a paragraph about petting the dog...
The real perpetual motion machine.
On the one hand I like the idea of posting my writings on my personal page. I am who I am and there is no reason to move it someplace else.
On the other, I am more than my writings and it is tough enough to get to know me if I keep using my profile just to post my writings and occasional rant. As such, I thought I'd set this page up as a clearing house for my writings.
We'll see how it works...or doesn't.
Recently, I sat for a few hours talking to a 98-year-old woman about her experiences in a small rural Wisconsin town. The woman is amazing and still sharp as a tack.
For over 25 years she owned a grocery store in this town and every summer she and her husband extended credit to the local school teachers so they could eat in the summer. The teachers would come into the store, buy against an account and when school started up again the teachers would settle the bill.
They extended the same credits in the winter to farmers.
Zero percent interest, a dozen eggs, a basket of vegetables or milk in payment. Can you imagine Wal-Mart - or Wayne's - telling people, "Take what you need and pay us back when you can - at 0% interest plus a carton of eggs."
I wonder how many adults that grew up in this small community realize how their parents relied on community support for the basic staples of life. We have no idea what our parents actually did to make ends meet and give us the few opportunities that we did have.
We think we know what poor means because we say we grew up poor with bread bags on our feet. What we remember about being a child and living in poverty is completely different from the realities of raising children while living in poverty. They are two completely different experiences.
Judging your adult neighbors that need help from society based on a value system developed when you were "poor" and ten is hardly an informed perspective. Moreover, judging your adult neighbors based on what you think you know about your parent's experience when you were poor and ten is pridefully vain.
- KinneyCo, IncSelf-employed, 2012Writer of non-fiction focused on the past, the future and the present and sales and marketing adviser to Creatives such as painters, sculptors and craftsmen.
- Ohio Dominican UniversityMiddle Childhood Science and Language Arts Education, 2004
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