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Taking Stock, Giving Thanks, And Making A Change

Tonight my mom had an early Thanksgiving.  After the meal we sat down and, as is tradition with my sappy mom, everyone went around and shared something they were thankful for. I wasn’t ready then and I took a pass, but I think I know what I want to say now. …

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Kim Davis and The Country We Leave Our Children

  The story of Kim Davis–the Kentucky Clerk of Courts who has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, in contempt of a court order–continues to grow. Kim has argued and continues to hold that her religious freedom is at stake, since it is her name …

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I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please

Facebook is riddled with pockets of abject ignorance. If you venture inside the deepest of these private and sometimes secret groups, you’ll come out either despondent at the state of humanity or a true believer. It’s in these places that lies are born. As the most fervent believers find an …

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Ages 2-5Ages 6-9BooksLanguageReviews

Mammoth is Mopey Encourages True Paleo Nerds, Not Just Science Fetish

When I first read David and Jennie Orr’s new children’s book Mammoth is Mopey, I was conflicted. On the one hand, the artwork in this alphabet book featuring prehistoric creatures is great. A clean and simple style that David is known for and is perfect for little readers. The pages aren’t cluttered …

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California Wants to Make it Harder to Not Vaccinate. Here’s Why You Should Help.

California is currently debating a law to remove the personal/religious belief exemption from their vaccination requirements to attend public school with State Bill 277. As you’d imagine this has caused a dramatic reaction from anti-vaccination groups. Intended and proposed as a way to protect the children in schools without being …

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Ages 2-5Ages 6-9Grief and LossLaw

Guns Don’t Kill People, Toddlers Kill People

I feel sick, sitting down to write this.   It’s been over two weeks since Veronica Rutledge, Nuclear Research Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory, was shot in the head by her two-year-old son at a Walmart in Hayden, Idaho. I’ve waited until now to write this out of deference to …

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I’m Skeptical of Kate Tietje

{UPDATE 10/18/2014} A response from Pro Vaccine Shills has been added. {2ND UPDATE 10/19/2014} Pro Vaccine Shills has removed the items in question and posted an explanation here.   This is not the article I thought I’d be writing next.   I’ve been debating Kate Tietje, at Modern Alternative Mama …

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Science

11 Things I’m Going to Keep Saying in the Vaccine Debate … and 4 We Shouldn’t

  Kate Tietje, at Modern Alternative Mama wants to thank the trolls.               She is referring to the response to her recent article, 15 Things We Need to Stop Saying in the Vaccine Debate. It’s become common on the internet recently for Article A, …

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Take This Baby

Soon after my son was born, we found ourselves doing this little dance with the baby. Parental Unit 1: “Do you want to hold him?” Parental Unit 2: “Sure, if you don’t want to.” Parental Unit 1: “No, I do want to. I just thought you might want him.” Parental …

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A Skeptical Parenting Anthem – Part 2

(Non-mobile users, if you’ll permit me a nostalgic pop-punk indulgence, this article is best read while listening to it’s namesake. Hit play and come back, if you’re into that sort of thing.)       Part 1 Part 1 of this article, a history of things I don’t like, proved …

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