Dale McGowan's Blog – November 2008 Archive (5)

Best Practices 3: Promote ravenous curiosity

br2 What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, in Sceptical Essays (1928)

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t5409 here was a time when I was a quiet, closeted nonbeliever. It was a smallish moment that tipped me from passive disbelief to secular humanist activism. Not some Robertson/Falwell nonsense, nor a Bushism, not the abuse of children nor the disempowerment of women nor… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 25, 2008 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

Parenting Beyond Belief Seminars on the road again

Hi folks!



We're hitting the road again: the Parenting Beyond Belief Seminar for nonreligious parents is coming to four cities in the next few weeks.



Click here for general information about the seminars.



Click on the city name to register:



Boston (December 6)…

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Added by Dale McGowan on November 20, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

The first really, really hard goodbye

by Dale McGowan

Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

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"Daddy!! Something's wrong with Max!!" Erin's face was a mask of anguish. "He's making sounds I've never heard before...and he's laying wrong!"



Erin's guinea pig Max, the first pet that was all her own, was clearly not OK. The vet… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 16, 2008 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Blog on, ye secular parentals!

parentscape-09 When first I turned the key on the Meming of Life, I poked around the Internets a bit to see who else might be blogging about secular parenting. I found four: Noell Hyman's Agnostic Mom, The Atheist Mama, Atheist in a Minivan, and Humanist… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 13, 2008 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

Congratulations, Dr. Ann

annd220909 There are countless congratulatory messages for President-elect Obama this morning, all well-deserved. The most remarkably gifted presidential candidate of our time managed somehow to negotiate an unimaginably grueling campaign, and we, despite ourselves, managed to elect him. Shout-outs all around.



But I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of the people who by his own account helped make him what he is -- his nonreligious mother, Ann Dunham.



It… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 5, 2008 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

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