The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm

“The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat mewed, and the cock screamed.”

This is a continuation of my “Secular Lessons“.

This is a funny little story about teamwork and farm animals–from the Brothers Grimm, “The Traveling Musicians”. Continue reading “The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm”

How to Build a Castle

From repairing a well to building a chapel window–all the basics are here.

A friend of mine recommended this documentary series on a group of folks building a medieval castle in France. I am totally hooked. I would love to join these guys for a few weeks to help them build this castle. I’d literally be working my ass off, but it would be so neat! Continue reading “How to Build a Castle”

“I’m bad at math.”

Answer: There’s no Substitution for Practice.

Today, I was listening to a panel of well-known science communicators and towards the end during the Q&A session, someone asked “I’ve always wanted to be an astronautical engineer, but I’m horrible at math. I’ve got lots of passion. Can this dream ever be a reality, and where do I start?” Continue reading ““I’m bad at math.””

Teaching Toddlers Music

Today I broke out a harp music book in front of my kid for the first time since I started reading books to him. It’s been a while since I played from a music book, I’m not gonna lie. Since he’s been born, I’ve been busy with reading guitar and ukulele chords/tabs because they’re way easier, and also a lot of fun. (By the way, for those that aren’t in the “harp club”, harp music looks almost the same as piano music. There’s a treble clef and a bass clef with “golf club” notes on a 5-lined staff.) I’ve never been particularly gifted at reading music, because I generally prefer learning tunes by ear. Continue reading “Teaching Toddlers Music”

Dubious Claims

Trump is the new Hitler.

Every once in a while I’ll be listening to a podcast or reading an article, and someone will say something outrageous—or not even outrageous, but rather just a simple claim that I want to fact check for myself. The unfortunate thing is, I don’t have a lot of time to really run these down, but I figure I’ll list them here and maybe someday I’ll get back to them.

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The Fruits

Ok, I know this is a bit of a departure from the usual content on here. I have an almost two year old who loves to look at pictures and name things. So let’s look at pictures and name things. It makes great blogging material! If you happen to have a 2-year old, show them this post, they’ll love it. Talk about color, texture of taste of the fruits. Then go to the store an buy them!
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The 10 Commandments of Epistemology

Be better at having discussions with people that have ideas different from your own.

I’ve made the plunge and I purchased the Atheos app. I highly recommend you do so as well if you are a lover of knowledge and would like to be better at having discussions with people that have ideas that differ from your own. While the app mostly applies to having discussions about religion, I’ve found myself using the method for navigating political/social issues too. In summary, here are the themes, or “10 commandments” of Epistemology. Continue reading “The 10 Commandments of Epistemology”

“…We want the same things…”

—Susanne Barakat

“If we were to peel away all of our layers of fear and hatred, and peel them back until we’re able to see eye-to-eye, and recognize that we’re actually all the same. We want the same things; we want to be loved, we want to belong, we want to live our lives and provide for our children. The only things that actually matter are kindness, compassion and love. If we could peel away our layers, and just get down to the one where we see eye-to-eye—then I think we’d have a very different world.” Continue reading ““…We want the same things…””