Author Archives for Nacho

Drink the Dharma Giveaway

Just in case you haven't come across them yet, these are some of the coolest t-shirts I've seen. I don't drink coffee, so I can't tell you anything about how good Raven's Brew's coffee might be (others rave), but I've seen the t-shirts on some folks around here, and the artwork (and concept) is pre ...>

Poems by Phoenix

Phoenix has been writing poetry at school, and as part of the lesson plan they've been going over various poetic forms. These are two of his recent poems. Aren't they wonderful? The Tree The tree is Green Like The Grass With pokey vines Like a knife Yiiiiiiikes!! My Mom My mo ...>

What’s on Your Nightstand?

T over at The Republic of T, wrote a very nice post about the books he's been reading, and also about the books that eagerly await his readerly eyes and hands, the gentle flipping of each page, as the books become a sumptuous intellectual and sensual buffet. Oh yes. Reading is fun, and it is not ...>

Parenting Beyond Belief

As you know if you've read this blog even just a couple of times, I am a secular humanist and raise my kids to be humanists. In other words, our view at home is that we can be ethical, deeply moral, caring, decent, respectful, honest, deep thinkers, reflective, loving-kind, compassionate, virtuous, ...>

Beckwith’s Re-Conversion & Literary Meme

I was reading Francis Beckwith's blog, Right Reason, the Weblog for Conservative Philosophers, and found this cool Literary Meme. Now, I'm sure you are asking, "reading a conservative philosopher's blog, and a religious one at that!?" What gives Nacho? Well, I make it a habit to read widely and to r ...>

McNulty as Fall Guy

Deputy Attorney General McNulty resigns and...Attorney General's Gonzales' uncertainty and ambiguity miraculously disappear about who knew, who had responsibility, and where the blame should fall. Who is it? Well, none other than McNulty himself, according to Gonzales, the "chief executive officer" ...>

Rev. Jerry Falwell, R.I.P.

Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, Televangelist, and key player in the development of the religious right in this country, died today at the age of 73. In my estimation, Rev. Falwell was misguided in his attempts to create a theocracy in the U.S.. I think his statements, his pos ...>

Meditation and Attention

A bit more on Meditation and Attention, given the recent post on that subject (see below). Here is the study referenced in the NYTimes article, and, in case you want a bit more, here you can read a blurb of another study on mindfulness meditation and attention at Penn State University. If not mista ...>

New Study on Meditation & Attention

The New York Times has a report on a study, published yesterday in the journal PloS Biology, on how meditation can lead to "shift in how the brain allocates attention." The report, Study Suggests Meditation Can Help Train Attention, notes two rather intriguing things: a phenomena described as "atte ...>

License Plates and Political Speech

A bit old now but still of interest, Heather Moriah of Rapid City, SD, has found that "freedom of speech" and "protected political speech" are often just cute phrases. The state issued her personalized plates that read MPEACHW, and after somebody complained saying they were offended, the state wants ...>

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