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Date : November 2015

DIY Afternoon: Denim-Covered Foam Pads

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Published on: 2015.11.30

I found myself with (1) a pair of ripped jeans that needed to be thrown out, (2) a camera bag that could use a little extra padding, and (3) some old foam “seat cushion” pads in the back of my closet. I put them all together. Sure, I could just put the foam pads into[…]

No, I Don’t Think We Should Tax Churches

There is a small (but growing) movement afoot in the U.S. that calls for taxing churches and religious organizations. Earlier this year, Time Magazine ran an op-ed titled “Now’s The Time To End Tax Exemptions For Religious Institutions”, something Slate argued at least two years ago. In the Washington Post, a 2013 story claims church[…]

October 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, InTheNews, Science
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Published on: 2015.11.18

Notes Around The World Click to view larger (Image courtesy of NOAA) According to the NOAA, October 2015 was not only the warmest October on record, globally, but the “greatest above-average departure from average for any month”. The previous record was set in October 2014. Additionally, the January-October average is the highest on record, surpassing[…]

Six ‘Facts’ About Atheists, As Slightly Misreported

In an undated article on Christianity Today, writer Carey Lodge lists “six facts about atheism in the U.S.”, citing a recent Pew Research report. I noted some interesting twists and omissions in Lodge’s article. Note: The Pew report contains “7 Facts”, and lists them in a different order than Lodge did. I will use Lodge’s[…]

No, Ben Carson Is Not An Idiot

There is no shortage of people willing to call Dr. Ben Carson an idiot, despite clear evidence that he’s quite intelligent. This isn’t helpful to the national political conversation, in the same way it’s not helpful to call Senator Bernie Sanders a “commie” (something I’ve also seen quite frequently). Neither is true; both are personal[…]

Quick Impressions Of The Democratic ‘Forum’

This evening, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hosted an oddly titled First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum with the three remaining Democratic presidential candidates. Consisting of three separate interviews, I quickly realized I enjoyed this format immensely more than I enjoy the so-called debates, from either party. All three candidates seemed more comfortable than they did[…]

Anti-Brutality Does Not Equal Anti-Police

Law enforcement training exercise Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) Yes, this needs to be cleared up again, sadly. In the light of this story (NY Times: “Officers’ Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films Grows”), quite a bit of the rhetoric seems to be missing the mark. Controversial film director Quentin Tarantino recently[…]

A Father’s Shrinking Vocabulary

Categories: Notes on Fatherhood
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Published on: 2015.11.01

My daughter impersonates Richard Nixon during a recent hike to the top of Enchanted Rock (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) It suddenly struck me a few days ago that my vocabulary has shrunk to a few dozen words. Ever since my oldest child began understanding just a few words, my repertoire of verbal[…]

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