Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Scientists & Free-Thinkers

I'm going out on a limb here, inspired by the bravery of several other secular homeschoolers who have come out of the shadows of the ranks of christian-homeschoolers, to admit my godlessness to those who would listen.

Both my husband and I are of a non-religious persuasion. For my husband, I would say science and fact rule his life; for me, nature. It's just incredulous to me that there are still so many people who believe the medieval superstition that is religion. I'm not seeking to offend anyone, though I know I invariably shall, but I feel this so strongly down to my core--it's unfathomable to me that there could be some almighty grandfather sitting somewhere beyond the clouds.

We teach our boys about this Earth, space, nature, evolution, science and the scientific method. Our schooling revolves around science and history, a unit I put together myself, beginning with the Big Bang, and proceeding through Earth's many eons and eras, and thoroughly discussing abiogenesis, and the evolution of life of Earth. This will carry us for several years as I instill in the boys an profound knowledge of our Earth, and how it came to exist as it does today.

I do not claim to know the mysteries of the Earth; I do not seek to change the minds of others.  I accept that people need to believe, they need their faith.  But for me, there is another way.  To me, it is clear, that the universe was not created, but that it has always existed, always ebbing and flowing, like the ocean.  In my mind, this is all a chance circumstance, and we can only make the most of life while we are here.  We have one hundred years here, if we're lucky, and to me, the most important thing is to be happy, to live my life to the fullest, and let go of resentment, fear, hate, and other negative emotions that only hold me back.  Maybe it is scary, to think of one's self as so insignificant, to think that there is nothing more for yourself, no reason, no purpose, no eternal safety net after your life's flame had flickered out of existence.  But it is my life's path, and I am upon it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Society is a Sham and People Have the Right to Marry Whomever they Please

The recent debate over gay marriage in Maine really aggravates the begeezus outta me. Who am I to say who can't marry the person they love?

I am not gay or a lesbian, but I honestly believe that in this world we need more love. Why take that away?

The opponents say: Stand up for marriage. Marriage is the cornerstone of society.

I hate to tell them this--but marriage is a farce. The government killed it one hundred and fifty years ago in order to weaken society. To weaken families they promoted porn, delayed choosing of mates, and created easy divorce laws. Society does not exist today. Today we have networks. Most people don't even know how to have a conversation--let alone interact with someone outside their network.

The church seems to think they have a monopoly on marriage.  People quote the dictionary for the definition of marriage.  I don't care what the dictionary has to say.  I prefer to think of marriage as "mating-for-life"--like some animals do.  Do eagles, swans, penguins (and whatever other animals follow the habit) need to stand inside a church to have their union recognized?  No, the piece of paper is irrelevant to them.  They know they've devoted themselves to each other, just by the fact that they're still there with each other, supporting one another through life.

I think the piece of paper does not matter so much; its the relationship that matters.  However in this world, in order for families to receive much-needed resources, benefits, health-care, etc--that piece of paper is needed.  We should not deprive good people of something so irrelevent at a marriage certificate.

America was created equal for all. Not for some. Stop the hatred. Vote No on Question 1.

An article from the Huffington Post

Thursday, October 8, 2009

This 10-minutevideo gives you a good idea what Gatto stands for and preaches.
I just can't get over the injustice that has been done to the American people.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Scientific Homeschooler

I'm so excited about my first-ever web-page!  I started the project to make a better home for my Earth-Studies Units, but it's taken on a life of its own.  Now I want to help other homeschoolers who might be struggling to incorporate sciences into their academic pursuits.  I want to provide encouragement, resources, pertinent articles, and so much more.

When I first began putting together the earth-studies units for my own children, I was disappointed when trying to find materials (especially materials in my price range--our budget is incredibly tight) regarding the Big Bang, and the history of the Earth prior to the dinosaurs.  And then, most of what I found related more to the history of man and civilizations than that of the Earth itself.

I want to teach my children about the Earth, I want my two boys--and all children--to have such a foundation of knowledge regarding the how and whys of Earth and life upon it, that they will be better equipped to make decisions that might heal the Earth--rather than scar it--as their ancestors have done.

So--The Scientific Homeschooler is up--it's a work in progress--but it's up and running at:
  The Scientific Homeschooler.

I've also begun a new blog:  The Scientific Homeschooler's Blog

And a Facebook page:  The Scientific Homeschooler at Facebook

Saturday, October 3, 2009

This is so great!

This music video really speaks to me; I hope others might appreciate it as well.
I love the premis of global-togetherness.