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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Thanksgiving Stories and Traditions

For those of us in the U.S., today is Thanksgiving. For the majority of Americans, Thanksgiving is best summed up as a combination of family and food (and sometimes football). Today I want to open the floor for swapping stories and traditions.My mother used to put two kernels of corn on each plate, and remind us that the winter after the first Thanksgiving was actually one of starvation for the pilgrims, the result of the added load of a shipload unexpected newcomers. She used the kernels and … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions Anyone?

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought I would open a thread for swapping Thanksgiving traditions! Since Sean and I generally take the kids to relatives' homes for Thanksgiving we haven't really developed any traditions specific to us, but I have good memories of quite a number of Thanksgiving traditions from my childhood. I'll highlight two of these traditions to get us started.First, my mother would put two kernels of corn on each plate before the meal began. We would all sit down and look … [Read more...]