Enough Halloween Spirit for Everybody

Grammy and Papa drove over two rivers and through the woods to be at our house every Halloween that I can remember growing up. We would gather for a somewhat fancy family dinner, my sister and I keeping our eyes on the clock throughout the meal, not wanting to be a minute late for trick-or-treating. For one of those suppers, my mother took an adventurous culinary left turn, serving a meatloaf that featured a bright orange carrot mash rolled up into its center a la an autumnal buche de noel....more

After 3 Sweat Lodge Deaths, Examining the Self-Help Industry

At a recent sweat lodge ceremony at a "spiritual warrior" retreat offered by new age guru, James Arthur Ray, a score of people fell ill and were taken to a hospital for treatment and three people have since died. The deaths of James Shore, Kirby Brown and Liz Neuman have raised many questions about James Arthur Ray's business and spiritual practices as well as self-help/new age movements more broadly. ...more

Thanks so much for your comment and kind words, Paula. And you raise a good question - self ...more

For once a question about god and his ways was answered to me!

  So all my life I have been told to shut up and believe when ever I asked a question that even related to god and his ways, and I have had religion shoved down my throat my whole life. One reason I quit believing for the longest time....more

11 years after Matthew Shepard was beaten to death, US finally passes Hate Crime Bill

How can it be 2009 and we still do not have equal human rights for all US Citizens? Today I met Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard.  I remember the day in October 1998 when Matthew was found, beaten nearly to death, tied like Christ to an x-bar fence out in Laramie, Wyoming.  My own sons were 6 and 4 and I was horrified that someone was so homophobic that they literally beat a good kid to death, simply because he was gay....more

Pope Benedict XVI says OK to married priests

There is one hitch. You have to be a disgruntled Anglican who has left the Episcopal church because you object to either women and/or gay/lesbian people in the priesthood. Then, it is OK if you are already married. Let me explain. ...more

Thanks for your comment - I just figure that what anyone says about what God does and doesn't ...more

Philadelphia Church of God

December 7, 2008 marked the Philadelphia Church of God’s 19th anniversary. For nearly two decades, the church has been headquartered in Edmond, Oklahoma. During that time, it has grown from a mere handful of supporters in 1989 to a worldwide work that reaches millions of people....more

The Message in Your Way

Today i would like to address you, the parent, the caregiver, the person who carries the burden on your shoulders of a child out of sync with the universe. How do you handle the day to day grind of helping your child fit in and understand this world that is so alien to them. How do you teach them what it takes to belong and what it takes to just be happy in life?...more

Enough

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Turn Your Devastation Into Regeneration

When we meet with discouragement, what do we do with it?   ...more

Preventing Reproductive Health Services at All Costs

Every year, Planned Parenthood offers services to more than five million men, women, and adolescents. In that year, they offer nearly one million Pap tests and more than 850,000 breast exams, provide provides more than 3.3 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, and estimate that their services prevent as many as 621,000 unintended pregnancies. Many locations offer prenatal and postpartum care. In addition, they offer safe, affordable abortions. ...more

I use to think P.P. helped out poor women and minorities and recently I began to look at ...more