It’s a Christmas Miracle: Man Finds Mother Mary in Tie-Dye Shirt

No fabric design comes as close to being an outright Rohrschach test as the run-together colors of a tie-dye shirt. Nonetheless,

A Florida man said he was shocked to discover an image of the Virgin Mary over the heart area of a homemade tie-dye T-shirt.

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The War on Christmas: Ken Burns Edition

Slate reimagines the War on Christmas as if it were a Ken Burns documentary:



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A Short Film on Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Deep Love

A few days ago, many of us marked the anniversary of the death of Carl Sagan. Since becoming part of the larger community of nonbelievers, I continue to be taken aback by how strongly so many of us continue to feel about that loss. I was more or less alone among my circle of friends [Read More...]

How Did Hanukkah Get Lumped In with Christmas?

There is no shortage of exasperation about the hypercommercialism of Christmas. Secular or devout Christian, it’s not news that the Dickensian ideal of enjoying time with one’s family with some drinking and music and feating upon a big goose is gone, replaced with an overwhelming and mind-numbing consumeristic orgy of overspending, overeating, and over-stressing.

Or maybe that’s just me.

But one aspect of the holiday season that gets less attention is just how Hanukkah managed to get lumped in with the whole mess. [Read more...]

Taking a Bit of a Break…

By the time you read this, I’ll be off in some far-away land enjoying my (slightly-delayed) honeymoon :)

The excellent Paul Fidalgo will be taking over while I’m gone. Paul is the Communications Director for the Center for Inquiry, a blogger at Near-Earth Object, the host of The Obcast, and someone who just plain cracks me up.

I’ll be back in a week (minus a few posts thrown in here and there), hopefully relaxed and caught up on a stack of books and tanned. (More tanned?)

Be good to Paul while I’m away!

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