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”
…but I’m waiting for the right moment to tell you about it. 🙂
I get rattled really easily. I am a musician, but I hate recitals. I can play all day long in the corner of a restaurant, or busk on a street where no one is paying much attention to me. As soon as you get me up on a stage where eyes and ears are trained on me, I just completely fall apart. What tends to help in situations like this is over-preparation. So that’s what this article is about—over-preparation. If I get a good opportunity to tell my parents about my atheism, I’ll have my thoughts gathered.
Always be a diplomat.
My dad has all these pithy little sayings that he repeats on occasion. You need to keep in mind that this is a guy with a unique and educated sense of humor–everything he said would be delivered with a twinkle in his eye. Perhaps that is his Irish ancestry shining through? Every once in a while, I’ll find myself repeating them to other people or I’ll be telling people about something my dad once told me. I wanted to save them all in once place–enjoy. Continue reading “Things My Dad Says”
Secular lessons for a newborn doesn’t put much emphasis on morality or citizenship, but rather the exploration of their physical surroundings.
This is a continuation of my Secular Lessons for Kids.
I figure it makes the most sense to start at age 0–baby’s first year of life. Check out my about page to understand my level of expertise: I’m not a pediatrician or an expert in child development. My knowledge is largely driven by the fact that I have a son, and he is now 1. His first year is still pretty fresh in my mind.
“I just tell myself that I’m going to read 10 pages a day, no matter what”. —Mom
In one of my previous posts, I was asked if I was going to “dedicate my son” in the religious sense. In that post, I revealed an idea of mine to put together “secular lessons” for kids of atheist parents. I don’t currently know of any materials out there that help kids navigate the world of “right” and “wrong”, for developing their own sense of morality, or teaching reason and free thought. Continue reading “Secular Lessons for Kids”
Coping with the realization that there is no afterlife.
Perhaps my greatest regret in losing my belief in god, is also having to let go of the concept of an afterlife in paradise. It’s a nice idea to be rewarded with a perfect vacation for your soul after you’ve worked hard at life. Yeah… it’d be nice to have one forever party in the sky… sigh. Continue reading “Considering Mortality”
I’m going to dedicate my son to free thinking and reason. I’m dedicating my son to good citizenship.
My sister-in-law asked me if I was going to dedicate my son. “Dedication” is a ceremony that many churches are doing these days for new arrivals. Families bring their babies to church and publicly declare their intention to raise their child as a Christian in front of the congregation. Since some of my family members don’t know that I’m atheist, I gave her an awkward look and just said Continue reading “Are you going to dedicate your son?”
A friend sent me a video link to a talk by Tracie Harris posted on YouTube. I wrote down a few of the things she said that I resonated with. Continue reading ““Religion only serves the family when the family serves religion.””
“Reveal the child and all your biases, because out of that, the truth comes.” –Adam Savage
The previous year I had purchased a beautiful leather-bound journal, and only wrote in it for two years. Here are excerpts from my journaling efforts this year. It’s not long after this that I officially adopted this online blog instead, preferring it’s flexibility in expressing my thoughts. Continue reading “2015 – Age 30”
Spring has sprung.
In this year I had splurged and purchased a beautiful leather-bound journal. I wanted to fill it. Problem is, I tend to not stick with writing because I find it hard–it tires my hand out quickly and I can’t really say what I want to say. Writing is never linear for me, it’s a back and forth process. Here are excerpts from my journaling efforts this year. It’s not long after this that I officially adopted this online blogging habit. Continue reading “2014 – Age 29”