About That Burning Children’s Christmas Presents Meme

Image text: Christmas tip: Wrap empty boxes for presents and when your child misbehaves or doesn't listen throw one in the fire. The above meme is one of many that was going around Facebook last week. As someone who strives to practice positive parenting---or peaceful parenting, or gentle parenting---I found it upsetting, and I wasn't the only one. A number of my Facebook friends posted about the meme in concern, sharing stories of times their parents destroyed or otherwise threatened their p … [Read more...]


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Rudolph the Bullied Reindeer

It's mid-December, and that means there's Christmas music everywhere. Some traditional Christmas songs have come under scrutiny lately, and conversations about whether Baby It's Cold Outside is a song about date rape (and the song's relationship to rape culture) have proliferated in recent years. I want to talk about another Christmas song---Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Donder and Blitzen But do you recall The … [Read more...]


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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm taking the day off, and I hope you are too! Also, what is with Black Friday shopping beginning at 5pm today instead of, you know, on Friday?! Seriously, people! It's Thanksgiving! … [Read more...]


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Starbucks’ Red Cup and the Evangelicals Who Cried Wolf

Every year during November and December, Starbucks offers a "red cup" for use with its holiday beverages. While I do enjoy a good frappachino, I am not a Starbucks aficionado, so I was actually unaware of this phenomenon until this year, when Starbucks' new design sparked outrage in the conservative and evangelical blogosphere. Curious, I checked it out. This year's "red cup" looks like this:While I admit that the design is a bit boring, I feel compelled to point out that the red … [Read more...]


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Halloween & Fall Open Thread!

Halloween is coming! What are your plans? Do you have a costume, or kids to take trick-or-treating, or a party to go to? Or perhaps you're sitting this one out? What about fall in general? Do you celebrate the harvest, or carve pumpkins? Are you annoyed by how the various fall and winter Holidays are all sliding together these days, or do you find that only contributes to a festive atmosphere? Do you like scary Holidays, or prefer to avoid them? Share and discuss!If you're interested in … [Read more...]


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Being Patriotic on the Fourth of July

I grew up in a home where we celebrated our nation's founding and past in an overwhelmingly positive way. As I've grown my perspective has broadened and I've come to see social problems and worse as central to our nation's past. There are atrocities, such as slavery and the way the United States has treated native populations. There are also other problems that may be less stark but are no less important, such as the lack of rights for women or bias against our nation's immigrant populations. Eve … [Read more...]


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The Holiday Season

So we have arrived in Christmas Month. Oh, I'm sorry, I meant December. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas! It's just that it bothers me when we as though including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa makes the holiday season somehow equal when it really doesn't. Take a look around---Christmas reigns supreme. Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is often marketed as a secular holiday, but it can't be entirely divorced from its longtime religious roots. I myself like the Christmas season. I may be an atheist, … [Read more...]


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