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Name calling in the name of science

Yesterday someone on Facebook accused me of murder. Yes, you read that right.  Murder.  I am a murderer because I didn’t get a flu shot. In refusing flu shots, I am killing someone with a compromised immune system by exposing … Continue reading

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Why I’m opposed to vaccines for infants

As you have probably heard, there has been an outbreak of the measles at Disneyland in California. Cue the anger of the vaccine proponents – everyone from Melinda Gates to Dan Diamond, a contributing writer at Forbes, who wants to … Continue reading

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The cancerous state of politics

Maybe it has always been this way. Maybe political parties have always used fear tactics and negative reinforcement to demonize anyone who disagrees with them.  Maybe politics has always been cancerous and rotten. Maybe. But just because something has always … Continue reading

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The treasures of travel are often invisible to others

This time, there was the running joke: “Wer ist gestorben?”  (Who died?) Or the Vine that spawned many rounds of “Oooh, you touched my tra-la-la.”   (Somehow this is much funnier and slightly less off-putting when being bantered about by … Continue reading

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Winter in photos

It’s been a long winter. On days like today, when temperatures once again struggle to reach the upper 20′s, the wind is blowing and there is a threat of more snow, it seems like it might never end. Writing anything … Continue reading

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Free range in the city

Today Maya and her friends attended a Valentine’s Day dance.   Most of the kids who went were either fellow homeschoolers or former homeschoolers.   I suspect the age range was something like 11-18, with a handful of adults there … Continue reading

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America – beautiful in any language

Last night during the Superbowl, in case you missed it, the Coca-Cola company ran this commercial: And quite predictably, a lot of people hated it.  Mostly because there is apparently a rule somewhere that songs about America cannot be sung … Continue reading

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Belated thanks, for the music and memories

We were out of town last week when I got word that Pete Seeger had died.   At 94, this should not have come as a great shock, but it did anyway, because two months earlier he’d been leading all … Continue reading

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“It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” – REM

Lately there has been a spate of posts and articles about how smartphones are destroying our society.   They are causing people to disconnect and to lose the ability to connect with other human beings, at least in person.   … Continue reading

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The bubble experiment is a bust

Way back when we were still sort of working with a curriculum, Maya and I would periodically try a “science” experiment.  We had – and probably still do have, if I look in the far reaches of my closet – … Continue reading

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