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Heather Annastasia
Heather Annastasia McNamara Siladi
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Poo-tee-weet
Bobbing up and down in the middle of the San Diego Bay, clinging to the possessions we had frantically gathered after our kayaks had been blown away by an oblivious military helicopter, and without any rescue in sight, I looked at my son and said, "We shoul...

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Arguments Welcome! (Really!)
There have been periods over the years when this blog has been hopping. Inevitably, however, I get busy with other things, post less frequently, and my audience wanders off. To me, the posts are far less important than the conversations that follow. In fact...

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Our opinion of reality.
This is a good point, but I disagree. I mean, what is reality anyway? It's our brain's best approximation of the world around us based on its limited ability to interpret the data it receives from our limited physical senses. Bear in mind also, that our bra...

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The case of the split brain.
We all have two brains. The right brain and the left brain are each completely separate operating systems, linked together by a band of nerves called the Corpus Callosum. In some rare cases of severe epilepsy, patients have had their Corpus Callosum severed...

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Of Right and Wrong
Oh, Abraham! Confounder of children. I sat in the car after Mass while my dad went into the store to get a Sunday paper and a box of doughnuts. This was usually my favorite part of Sunday; the Sunday funnies, the doughnuts, hanging out with my dad. I would ...

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Truth. Justice. Knowledge.
As we came into the primaries for this election season, I was dusting off the old blog, ready to have lots of online debates with strangers. I eagerly  laid out my core beliefs  ahead of time as a starting point. But then, for the first time in my life, the...

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The tipping point has already been reached.
As much as I have tried to express that the dire situation our country is currently in did not happen as the result of one election, that this was decades in the making and is currently a worldwide trend toward dangerous far right ideologies; I also need to...

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Lying in wait...
Way back in the year 2007, I was sounding the alarm about the unfathomable breach of Constitutional civil liberties enacted by the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act . Quick update: 2009 The Military Commissions Act was revised by a Democratic Con...

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Hold on to your light. It's about to get dark.
One thing I try to steer clear of on this politics and religion blog is fear mongering. My goal is to encourage people to think, and I don't believe that people are very good at thinking when they are afraid. With that in mind, I would like to expand on my ...
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