Could it be…SATAN?

I went to the LDS Church again this past Sunday with my wife and kids.  I didn’t really want to go this week, but I want to be supportive to my wife and son.  This Sunday, I was struck by the number of references to Satan, or “the Adversary” as Mormons frequently say.  Satan was [Read More...]

Family Midwinter Ritual (Revised 2014)

We’re coming up on our family Midwinter celebration.  (We call it “midwinter” because it is the middle of winter, not the beginning of spring here in the Midwest.)  Here’s my outline for the upcoming celebration.  It includes a ritual burning of a piece of paper on which something is written.  I very much dislike how [Read More...]

The myth of objective consciousness

In my last post, I wrote about Theodore Roszak’s critique of the Age of Affluence and its “treacherous parodies of freedom, joy, and fulfillment.”  Roszak’s The Making of a Counterculture was one of the important signposts on my early spiritual path.  I first discovered this book in my high school library and it was like [Read More...]

Treacherous parodies of freedom, joy, and fulfillment

A few weeks ago, my daughter heard an ad on the radio for an audition to a Disney television show while we were driving to her gymnastics class.  She convinced me to call in and we made an appointment for an audition.  So last night I took my daughter to the “audition”.  Naturally, it turned [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Dig the Buddha

I don’t dig the Buddha.  I’m really outing myself here, because, if there is one thing that the humanist religious community can agree on, it’s that Buddhism is cool.  Even the non-Buddhists think so.  It is just not fashionable to dislike Buddhism. Today, in our Spirit Circle discussion group at my UU church, we watched [Read More...]

Memorial for Nibbles

So we decided to give the kids bunnies for Christmas.  They went to the store to pick them out for themselves and chose two cute dwarf bunnies, one white with brown spots, which my daughter named “Nibbles” (because it bit her right away), and one white with black spots, which my son named “Romeo”.  (Romeo [Read More...]


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