Does Ivanka’s Judaism Make Donald Holier?

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” So says the Ten Commandments found in Exodus. And many faithful people around the world go to great lengths to devote one day a week to God. The Huffington Post recently published an insightful piece about Ivanka Trump and her role in the Trump campaign. The article highlighted the contrast between Ivanka’s grace […]

Can Bill Nye Debunk Religion?

If you grew up in the eighties or nineties, you know Bill Nye the Science Guy from his hit children’s television show. Since then, Nye has made a name for himself sparring with religious leaders and others who make anti-scientific claims. Now Nye will continue his pro-science mission in his new Netflix series, Bill Nye […]

Sinner & Saint: Mother Teresa’s Doubt

Yesterday, the Vatican declared Mother Teresa a saint. The “saint of the gutters” and founder of the Missionaries of Charity received this honor less than twenty years after her death through an expedited process facilitated by the Church. While the notorious nun is not without controversy (with Christopher Hitchens famously calling her a fraud), her legacy […]

Do Cults Still Exist?

If you listen to my podcast, you know I am fascinated with cults. Scholars tend to avoid the word “cult” altogether because it has been used carelessly by the media for so long that it is now seen as pejorative. Instead we usually use the phrase “New Religious Movements” (NRMs), fringe religion, or alternative religion. For shorthand, […]

Book review, Beach, All At Sea,

Book Review: All At Sea

I love books, but I really love memoirs. There’s something about knowing that the story you’re reading actually happened that makes it more riveting. All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead is no exception. Aitkenhead’s story begins with her family of four on vacation when her son runs into the ocean and begins to drown. Her […]

4 Tips for Deals on the Internet

Anyone who knows me or listens to my podcast knows I love a good deal. I’m a couponer, I’m a bargain hunter, and I love finding ways to save money. I know coupon clipping and matching of deals can be overwhelming, so I will save the ins and outs of grocery couponing for another post, […]

Top 10 Kitchen Essentials

I’ve lived in big homes and teeny tiny apartments, and even though we all covet a big, beautiful kitchen, we really don’t need one. The super small kitchen I had while I was in grad school taught me a lot about how much crap people have in their kitchens that they really don’t need. Let […]

Toddler Art Desk

I have what doctor’s call a very “active” child. He is often difficult to wrangle and goes a million miles a second. Rather than attempting to change that about him (although I am often tempted), I try my darnedest to channel that momentum into something productive. Enter his Step 2 Art Desk. I bought this […]