Being a bit more like Thumper…

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A week or so ago my Rabbi sent a newsletter about "being like Thumper". You know, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I've been thinking a bit about it lately, especially in light of my [forever ongoing] legal drama. I've been thinking about the posts I've written. I've been honest, but I haven't always been kind. Is it really harmful to say the truth? I mean, is it so bad? Surely telling the truth, even if unkind, isn't a bad thing? Isn't honesty a … [Read more...]

When Life throws Lemons

Life isn't fair. It's something I was pondering today as I thought about my last two posts about divorce and Mother's Day , and as I spoke with some people about their experiences with uncharitable life situations. That's the entirety of the book of Job (Iyov), isn't it? That life isn't fair, even for righteous people. If you haven't read Job, the story goes like this: Job is a great guy who lives a great life. He is an "upright" person who always does the right thing. He has many … [Read more...]

Honoring a Bad Mom on Mother’s Day

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Today is Mother's Day. That means that everywhere both online and off, it's about moms. This weekend's Facebook feed has been filled with pictures of my friends with their moms, both past and present. Statuses saying how awesome their maternal parent was and how thankful they were for their moms. The commercials on the radio blast how it's "not too late" to get mom that gift she deserves. (Because capitalism never rests!) I am happy for my friends that they all have such a great … [Read more...]

Yom HaShoah 2014 – Lessons We Can All Learn

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This year, April 27th and 28th were when we participated in Yom HaShoah. It is the  day on the Jewish calendar marked specifically to remember the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. The entirety of last week was also devoted to remembrance of the Shoah in the form of "Holocaust Remembrance Week". The Shoah was one large, terrible tragedy that made up the bigger tragedy that was the Second World War. The political, social, legal, scientific, and technological world shifted because of the … [Read more...]

Musings on the Creation Debate and Jewish Belief

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So, I really wanted to write something amazing about the Bill Nye-Ken Ham smackdown that happened at the Creation Museum. But I have nothing truly inspiring to say. I was, and still am, fully Team Nye. I found that Ham's views were very biased and based on a narrow interpretation of both Gd and the Bible. I had actually hoped that Ham would bring out real science to refute Nye...but alas, it was not to be. The Debate  Some Tweets "Ham's view that the Bible translated into American English … [Read more...]

Dear Indiana

I live in Indiana. I've spent most of my life in Indianapolis, although I was born in the east coast and my entire family is from the east coast. I don't think I will ever leave Indiana, although that's only because I am remarried and I don't think my ex-husband will ever move either. So here I am. And really, my state sucks. Especially now when we insist on wasting taxpayer money by pushing for a bill that many of us don't want. That bill is HJR-3. It was formerly known as HJR-6 before it … [Read more...]

Hey Convert – I want to Speak with You

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I am strongly interested in why people choose the faiths that they choose. Why do some stay with their birth faith, while others leave it? Why do some choose no faith at all (not necessarily atheism or agnosticism, but nothing), while others convert? These are the questions that I want to answer. So far, I have scheduled two interviews for this blog. One converted from one branch of Christianity to another, and the other went from fundamentalist/Evangelical Christianity to Atheism. If … [Read more...]


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