Preferred Suicide Destinations

I find it incomprehensible that 50 people commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge every year. Security forces and passersby talk down from the ledge about another 100 people who are intent on killing themselves. This means that ever 2 to 3 days, someone attempts suicide from the bridge, and about every third person succeeds. All told, in… Continue reading

More of Helen’s Colorful Life Well Lived

Steve returned from New York with several boxes of things from Aunt Helen’s final estate settlement: among them, her journals dating back to 1930. Posted here are photos of one of her vintage hats we just unpacked. Not only is the hat a cool vintage shape and fabric, it contains over 40 vintage buttons: buttons over buttons! Slogans, sayings, spirit,… Continue reading

Wake Up, and Smell The Coffee

Gay people and abortion, that’s virtually all the religious right talks about. They have raised a now-dwindling fortune on these two issues. According to Fred Clark*, the religious right has always proclaimed they had the moral high ground on these issues. If they said, “The president is the most pro-choice president in history.” citizens were supposed to inflame with moral… Continue reading

The High Price of Hate

I’ve blogged before about how the extremists in religious fundamentalism are killing faith practice in this country. We have further proof: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (a project from the Pew Research Center) reports that in the last 5 years alone, the group of people who self label as having no religious affiliation has gone up 5%… Continue reading

One Year Ago Today…

I walked into this house for the first time. The weather was terrible. It was pouring down rain. In fact, because of the torrential rain, we couldn’t see a thing outside and had no idea of the gorgeous view of the bay. While actually loving a different house better, one in the Berkeley Hills, we bought this one because of… Continue reading

Love This Faith Practice Quotation

The more I have read the Bible and study the life of Jesus, the more I have become convinced that Christianity spreads best not through force but through fascination.” —Shane Claiborne The truth is: I want nothing to do with Christianity as it is widely seen and practiced in this country. I find its moralism and hatred revolting.… Continue reading

Great Bumper Sticker

Romney’s just a rich, spoiled aristocrat that pays a lower tax rate than teachers, firefighters, and police officers. And what’s even better, he doesn’t really even work for it! He swears that he has paid taxes; though, several important, in-the-know sources say Romney didn’t pay taxes at all for several years while making tens of millions of dollars laying people… Continue reading