Monthly Archives: September 2011

God, No! by Penn Jillette

  I recently finished the book God, No! by Penn Jillette.  Jillette is the large guy who talks in the Penn & Teller magic duo.  I also saw him speak in the Indianapolis area last week.  The book has a framework … Continue reading

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One Story, Two Versions

When researching my ancestor Joseph Greer I was amused to find two different versions of the same story.  After the revolutionaries were victorious in the Battle of King’s Mountain, Greer was chosen to take the news to the Continental Congress.  Wikipedia summarizes it … Continue reading

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The Skeptical Genealogist

One of my hobbies is genealogy.  It doesn’t appeal to me for the usual reasons.  I have no desire to discover illustrious ancestors.  I don’t have children who I wish to teach about their heritage.  I don’t have any burning … Continue reading

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La Brea Tar Pits

I’ve been fascinated by the La Brea Tar Pits since I first heard about them as a child.  I still haven’t been there.  But my husband was there last week, the bastard.  I forgive him, though, since he bought me … Continue reading

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Quotes

I read a couple of things today that I think are worth sharing.  The first is by one of my favorite authors, Jasper Fforde.  It’s from his book Thursday Next: First Among Sequels.  It’s about astrology, which is why I … Continue reading

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High Blood Pressure

I have high blood pressure, though I am fortunate to have found a medication that keeps it where it should be with no serious side effects.  It runs in my family and I’m overweight, so I’m not surprised I have … Continue reading

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Misconceptions About Atheists

There are a lot of misconceptions about atheists.  Some of them are amusing, some are bewildering and some are scary.  I’d like to clear a few of these up.  Disclaimer: As I’ve said before, atheists only agree on the lack of … Continue reading

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