Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Link Love (2013-11-30)

Thought-provoking “Here is my radical proposition: the job of parents isn’t to restrict the candy. The job of parents is to help their children become responsible people. This process is long and slow and not always pretty. Kids will make mistakes. And we have to let them make those mistakes for themselves.” Samira Kawash: Controlling …

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Writer’s Wednesday: Quiet by Susan Cain

I had been reading about Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain since before it came out. If you haven’t already watched it, I highly recommend her Ted Talk on The Power of Introverts as an introduction to the topic. I have always known that I am an introvert …

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Link Love (2013-11-26)

Thought-provoking “Listen. Listen. Listen. When they are talking, be listening, don’t be trying to guess what to say next. You are not Freud, do not try to channel him, you’ll just end up with an opium addiction. Really, be yourself. Respect where the person is coming from, meet them where they are in their lives. …

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Secular Sunday: Losing My Religion, Part 3: Unitarian Universalism, Agnosticism and Atheism

I have been asked several times to share my story of how I went from growing up as an Evangelical Christian, to a Qur’an-only Muslim and finally as an Atheist. The only “beliefs” that give me no cognitive dissonance. In the words of Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The only position that leaves me with no cognitive …

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Link Love (2013-11-23)

Thought-provoking Guest Post: On consent in romantic relationships – More Than Two “It’s nice to think that the bad people who are there to hurt others are wearing a sign that warns potential victims away. However, that idea ignores pretty much every thing we know about abusive people. A charming friendly person who never has …

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Link Love (2013-11-19)

Thought-provoking “In the end, sex is like… it’s not really like anything.  Freed from analogies and paradigms and fixed linear progression, sex can get amorphous.  There’s no order to do things in, no right or wrong (consensual) things to do, no guarantee of how it will or won’t change you, no idea how it does …

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Secular Sunday: Losing My Religion, Part 2: Islam

I have been asked several times to share my story of how I went from growing up as an Evangelical Christian, to a Qur’an-only Muslim and finally as an Atheist. The only “beliefs” that give me no cognitive dissonance. In the words of Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The only position that leaves me with no cognitive …

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Link Love (2013-11-16)

Thought-provoking “Real depression isn’t being sad when everything in your life is going wrong… real depression is being sad when everything in your life is going right.” Kevin Breel: Confessions of a depressed comic – TED Tim Minchin’s Life Advice – Camels With Hammers “To be clear, this is directed less at people who are speaking up on their own behalf …

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November 2013 Twitterature

The past month has been much much better than the last in terms of reading. As you might recall last month was appalling with not a single finished book! I made up for that this month, finishing 8 books in total – and bringing me up to 51 books for the year, only one book short …

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Writer’s Wednesday: F**k It by John C. Parkin

F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin has been described as Buddhism/Eastern Philosophy expressed in Western terms. As you you might already know, I am an atheist, so I don’t particularly care about the religious beliefs espoused, but I picked the book up nevertheless because it came highly recommended by a friend. It …

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