A while back I posted about my decision to Lime Wash the cottage. I had done the fire place with a designer brand lime wash that was ridiculously pricey. But I didn’t know at the time that you can easily and cheaply mix your own with water and a big bag of hydrated lime, available at most home improvement stores–which runs about $11 for 50 pounds of powder.
In summary: After promoting long and hard that their elections were completely secure and their results accurate, Georgia immediately focused on imposing voter restrictions after Democrats were elected by the state at the top of their ticket. In the debate about the reasons for voter restrictions–disenfranchisement versus voter fraud concerns–this move seems relevant.
“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!”
― Dave Barry
A Little Background
A Facebook friend shared out an image on my feed, of a candy cane that someone had “Christianed” up a bit for the holidays. When you do a google search for the origins of candy canes, you get a hodge podge of stories, but very little in the way of fact.
Foundation Beyond Belief is an organization that vets and supports secular charity efforts, but anyone is welcome to participate–people of any faith or no faith.
I was asked to participate, and submitted selected readings from Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol”–to present a message of charitable giving for the holiday season. I hope you can tune in for some of it, and enjoy the event, and maybe show your support with a donation if you are able. If you aren’t able, then by all means, feel free to share it far and wide and encourage others to do so. Thank you in advance for your contributions–financial or otherwise–to helping others during the holidays, and throughout the year.
COVID has made 2020 a pretty tough year, so mark your calendar and come have fun with us for Holiday Cheer! – a charity stream-a-thon. Hosted by the Atheist Community of Polk County in Florida, we’ll be featuring holiday songs, stories, poems and more from local secular activists and some recognizable faces from the broader nonreligious community and beyond. And while we’re all enjoying a cup of good cheer, we’ll be raising money for Foundation Beyond Belief. Take a look at the lineup below and make a plan to attend and donate!