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Play Ball! Thoughts on Sports and Skepticism

A lot of what we do as  capital “S” Skeptical Activists, such as combating creationism in schools or debunking homeopaths or defending vaccines, whilst being important work can nonetheless be,  shall we say… boring to our kids.  And a little dark, and sometimes not age appropriate etc.  Still, we want …

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Weekend Reads: February 8th, 2014

So, really, how ARE you?   If you’re feeling….anxious about Valentine’s Day: Have no fear.  Cracked provides a go to list of 12 Valentine’s Day gifts for true nerds. If you’re feeling….skeptical: Some good advice about how to debunk a myth. (H/T Steph)               …

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Weekend Reads: February 2nd, 2014

Alright folks, what are you in the mood for this weekend?         If you’re feeling….the sudden urge to make football related snacks I will not kick you out if you show up at my house with any of these snacks.  Especially that little Snickers Popcorn number. If …

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Pregnancy & Childbirth

A n3wb in the Childbirth Controversy

I’m new to The Childbirth Controversy. Until about two weeks ago, the debate raged around me in dark corners of the internet, where angels fear to tread. I bought shwarmas, read Dresden novels, and rolled my eyes watching Supernatural, only vaguely aware that some people had very strong opinions about …

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Media & Technology

Woman Kills 2 Children During Exorcism

Trigger Warning for Child Death According to media reports, two women were taken into custody in Maryland on Friday, charged with the stabbing deaths of two children, ages 1 and 2. Two siblings, ages 5 and 8, were also injured and taken to the hospital. The reason? The two women …

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Alternate Family ArrangementsPoly FamiliesPregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Midwives

“I want a home birth,” Renee said.  “I’ve hired some midwives.” In my life, I have felt my anal sphincter clamp shut faster and harder after only three other phrases: “I don’t really like the original Star Wars movies as much as the prequels”; “I had a precognitive vision that …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)EducationStep Families

Teaching Moments

My middle-school aged stepson came home with a new project recently. He had to give a presentation on a historical figure who had left an impact on the world. The list of notable individuals to choose from was long and varied, including kings and queens, world leaders, sports heroes, scientists, …

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Parenting StylesReligion

Leaving religion

I step out of my large white passenger van, followed by my insanely adorable children – all six of them, and I wonder what people think. I am fond of long skirts and I am short, so they are usually by default ankle length. I have a bumper sticker supporting …

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