Dale McGowan's Blog – August 2008 Archive (8)

Dissent done right 1

sign60509 More than just about any other single value, I want my kids to get the importance of dissent. I want them to be willing to voice a reasoned minority opinion and to encourage the same in others.



When we moved to the red-state South, I knew (blue to the core as we are) that at some point we'd end up taking our lumps from one majority or another. No big brous-haha so far, just some minor fish-out-of-water moments: Laney having the occasional… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 31, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

First Annual Parenting Beyond Belief Column Competition

In the wee hours of my sleepless nights, I edit the Humanist Parenting site for the Institute for Humanist Studies. One of my IHS duties is to solicit and/or write a monthly parenting column for Humanist Network News, which also then appears on The Meming of Life.



In addition to my own… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 28, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The iWord revisited

One last ripple to address from last week's posts...



In emails and comments, a few readers brought up another issue that cuts close to the bone for secular parents. In the conversation with my daughters, I described our condition after death as identical to our condition before birth. Some readers threw the flag at this point -- Indoctrination, 10 yards against the parent, second down and 20! -- because I did not say… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 27, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Finks ahoy!

by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief

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There's plenty of nonsensical meme creation on the Internet (just so you know). One of my least favorites is what I'll call the Fictional Narrative Cartoon (FNC, or 'Fink'). Follow these steps to write a Fink of your own:





1. Select a life stance you have never held nor attempted to… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 25, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Ahh...you never forget your first meme

(Two serious posts already this week! Who's up for some Friday blog candy?)

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The first time my kids saw our family photo on the back of Parenting Beyond Belief in a bookstore, they were elated. “We’re famous!” Erin squealed.



"Yes," Laney replied, “but the quiet kind of famous.”



She had once said she wanted to be “one of those famous people on the magazine covers.” Becca replied that… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 22, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Where all roads lead (2)

by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief



[Back to Part 1]

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We’d had the conversation before, but this time a new dawning crossed Laney’s face.



“Sweetie, what is it?” I asked.



She began the deep, aching cry that accompanies her saddest realizations, and… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 20, 2008 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Where all roads lead (1)

I have 22 posts jostling for attention at the moment, but a Saturday night conversation with my girls has sent all other topics back to the green room for a smoke.

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The three of us were laying on my bed, looking at the ceiling and talking about the day. "Dad, I have to tell you a thing. Promise you won’t get mad," said Delaney (6), giving me the blinky doe eyes. "Promise?"



"Oh jeez, Laney, so dramatic," said… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 18, 2008 at 2:00pm — 21 Comments

the mix

You've got to be taught, before it's too late

Before you are six or seven or eight

To hate all the people your relatives hate

You've got to be carefully taught


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From the musical South Pacific


Our three summer family reunions were terrific, especially for the kids, who have discovered or re-discovered no fewer than 50 cousins of various degrees of remove. Better yet, these cousins are good kids,… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 14, 2008 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

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