Photo Sunday: Córdoba

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Photo Sunday: Toledo

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Photo Sunday: Madrid

As I've mentioned, my wife and I took a trip to Spain last month to celebrate our first anniversary. I'm not going to inflict all my vacation photos on you, but we did see some sights that are relevant to the kind of thing I usually write about on Daylight Atheism. If you're interested in seeing more, click through to view the rest of the post. … [Read more...]

Photo Saturday: Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Circle

This past week, on a sunny spring day, I went on my lunch hour to see a new public art installation in midtown Manhattan:This exhibit, "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads", is noteworthy for being created by the internationally famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. After being chosen to design the "Bird's Nest" stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was considered a national hero; but when he used that prominent platform to speak out against government corruption and censorship, … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Monticello

Earlier this year, I took a tour of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and wrote about the experience. But on that same trip, I also had a chance to see a more hopeful sight, a monument to human reason rather than to false dogma: Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, now restored and turned into a museum. Unbelievably, photos weren't allowed inside the house, but I got some good pictures from the outside:Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, Virginia, February 2010. Photo by the … [Read more...]

Snapshots from the 2010 FFRF Convention

Welcome to the convention!Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton addresses the convention on the first night.The FFRF also gave an Emperor Has No Clothes award to Rep. Pete Stark, the only openly nontheist U.S. congressperson, who accepted in a pretaped message.Linda Greenhouse discusses the Supreme Court.Dan Barker presents the Emperor Has No Clothes award to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who signed copies of her books after her acceptance … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Fall Bridge

Bridge in autumn, Iowa, October 2010. Photo credit: Peter Nothnagle. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Mandala

Street art, Manhattan, June 2010. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]

Under Green Leaves

In an old essay on Ebon Musings, "Finding Beauty in the Mundane", I wrote in a contemplative mood:Have you ever considered the trees? Though their kind of life is far grander, slower and more patient than ours, they are each individuals, as different as human beings are. They add beauty to the world, give peace in their dappled shade, freshen the air and enrich the earth, and turn even the most hard-edged urban environment into a blossoming garden. We humans grew up beneath the trees, and we … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Red and White

Tulips, Central Park, June 2010. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for larger version. … [Read more...]


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