Health and Family Planning

Here are two views on the concept of cleaning up one’s health before conceiving a child.  Both have merit.  If you have time, please click the links and read each post thoroughly. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/16/obese-couples-could-be-risking-health-of-future-children-studies-say?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/headlines-pregnancy-lancet-study-women-pergnant-alcohol-smoking-lifestyle-coffee-a8308676.html Continue reading Health and Family Planning

Pictures From My Staycation

Wait.  First, a question:  Exactly how is staycation defined? I have a feeling a real staycation is one of those things where you remain within the walls of your home and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys, playing table tennis and computer games.  Whatever. That wasn’t exactly what I did this weekend.  I stayed at a hotel located within a couple of miles of my home, and did nothing in particular besides take photos and look for cheap places to buy nutritious meals. I also read miscellaneous stuff and solved the Saturday New York Times crossword.  I had neglected to … Continue reading Pictures From My Staycation

Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

Please click the link below to read Jon Swaine’s article, posted today on The Guardian’s site.  It’s a meticulously researched piece which exposes one of the Orwellian strategies of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and catches Sinclair’s chairman in a lie about his own political financial contributions. By the way, the current state of Sinclair Broadcast Group is the reason our government should not have eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in the late 1980s.  It’s also the reason our government did eliminate the Fairness Doctrine. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/10/donald-trump-sinclair-david-smith-white-house-meeting?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews Continue reading Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

What Would Albert Camus Do?

Sometimes, I’ve wondered what — if anything — would happen if I had to check into a hospital anytime in the near future and was asked about my religion. My answer to that question would be NONE.  SECULAR HUMANIST.  If asked whether I’d like to be visited by a clergymember, the answer would be NO, BUT THANKS FOR ASKING. My lack of religion has created awkward situations in other settings.  During a morning commute in 2012, I sat in the back of a taxicab leaving JFK Airport for Manhattan.  Traffic was moving at a snail’s pace, and the driver tried … Continue reading What Would Albert Camus Do?

Humanists Address Bullying

The website thehumanist.com has an interesting online conversation (part of it in the comment section) on bullying among young children. This is an especially delicate topic for me personally, and I was careful not to get too emotional in my replies.  So, be warned that I held back some serious stuff that’s bursting out now. It should be noted that both of my parents are deceased, and I have ambivalent feelings about describing their past behavior.  Still, what happened, happened. I was bullied when I was a child, and the onset of it was especially bizarre.  For the first two … Continue reading Humanists Address Bullying