"Bad Catholic"

Sometimes I feel like a bad Catholic. Sometimes I don't. But either way, I always delight in both Almond Joy and Mounds. I feel pretty sure that God put chocolate on this earth for me to eat without discrimination....more

Prayer has the POWER - an amusing story.

This is for all my friends on BLOGHER who believe in prayer. It is also for those of you who have a problem....as I say this applies to all religions and believers in God (or whatever you like to call him)....more

My Stand Off with God


Can we talk about religion or is that just an old wives tale?

Yep. I'm doing it. I'm going to talk about something that is probably going to piss a lot of people off... But it shouldn't.  If you do find yourself getting a little hot under the collar, you might want to grab a mirror and a shot of whiskey; because your ignorance is showing–and it's not pretty!...more
Lola Leghorn Exactly! It doesn't MATTER what I believe!  But for some, it does... And it pisses ...more

November 8: Become As Little Children

Day 8: I am thankful for the support of loved ones. #daysofthanksgiving*****I have too much in my head today to really sort out, so I’m opting for cross posting one of my Rational Faiths posts.  This one is about a TED talk by Dr. Alison Gopnik and how we can use her research to redefine becoming as little children:...more

Give Up Yer Aul Sins

In Dublin in the 1960s a teacher, Peig Cunningham, taught in a working class Dublin school. She recorded her class telling their stories onto an old tape recorder, telling them that the recording would be played on the radio, a small lie to encourage the children. Nothing became of the tapes for years, but Peig kept them into her old age. In the 90s a priest discovered the recordings, and got them played on the radio, making Peig's small lie to the children a reality. Eventually the recordings were made into short films animated by Brown Bag Films....more

Emotional Allergies: Give Me Something to Fight!

It’s spring. Let the sniffling, headaches, and watery eyes commence!I am a seasonal allergy sufferer and have been reading that many allergies are our immune system’s way to deal with boredom. We disinfect, immunize and otherwise sterilize the world around us and our bodies are left with nothing to fight. So they start fighting our own bodies. Or grass. Or cat fur.Harmless, and even pleasant, components of the world around are seen as enemies and attacked by our immune systems.Kind of made me think of some things I see on Facebook....more

People Who Don't Believe in God

Today Callie whispers to me, "My friend X says she doesn't think [our mutual friend] believes in God." And do you know what Catholic me said? "So what?" Then I asked her what she thought of this person. She said she is a very nice person. She's a good mom. I asked her if she remembered some of the times that Christians have been mean. Of course she remembers. ...more

"Happy Secular Humanist Spring Tradition" doesn't sound very catchy

I am a bad Jew.  This is something you should know about me.  It's something I write a lot of essays about because it plagues me.  I'm basically an atheist (there goes half of my readership.  Nice knowing you.), but I still identify as Jewish because I can't quit it.  It's part of my identity.  The struggle I've discovered (and let's be perfectly honest, predicted) as a parent is how to raise my kids with spiritual and cultural integrity....more