Getting My Float On: Adventures in Trying New Things

For quite some time, I've been intrigued by the concept of a sensory deprivation experience. My interest started long ago when I saw the sci-fi movie  Altered States, starring William Hurt as a psychologist who becomes curious about different states of consciousness and the means of achieving them. It's a pretty goofy but entertaining movie of... Continue Reading →

Caving Adventures in the Yucatán

I'm standing in the middle of a sweltering Mexican jungle in the Yucatán peninsula. Despite the muggy heat and swarm of biting mosquitoes, I'm elated. In a few brief moments, I'll be underground again. It's late in the day, as my two companions and I prepare for our visit to Cueva Las Camaras- a labyrinthine... Continue Reading →

Free Raif Badawi- How You Can Help

A post I wrote on my other blog for Durango Skeptics and Atheists.
I encourage everyone to do at least one of the five things Amnesty International suggests to help get Raif out of jail and reunited with his wife and children.

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While Saudi Arabia’s ruling family condemns the Charlie Hebdo attacks from one side of their mouth, the other side keeps silent on the imprisonment and barbaric punishment by flogging of free speech Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi.

Raif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and exactly 1,000 lashes for the crime of insulting Islam via writings found on his website a website he established to encourage free thought and the exchange of ideas.  Raif is scheduled to receive 50 lashes every Friday for the next 20 weeks. His second round of lashings was due to the fact that his wounds from the previous first round were not adequately healed.

Meanwhile, Raif’s wife and three small children, now living in Quebec, hope for good news.

It’s difficult to believe that something as archaic and cruel as this is still happening in the 21st century. Human progress requires all of us.

Here is how…

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LAS POZAS, MEXICO AND THE ETERNAL NOW

This was something I wrote a while back after  a memorable caving trip to Xilitla in San Luis Potosi. Original post appears here.  My traveling companions and I take our first steps onto a mossy, grey cobblestoned pathway in the midst of an impossibly green rainforest. Flashy red, yellow and orange tropical flowers demand our... Continue Reading →

Vaccines don’t cause autism. Because science.

Much thanks to Vaxplanations for this list.

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vaxnoautism Next time somebody says that vaccines cause autism, or that the link has not been studied extensively, hit them with this list of 109 scientific papers (including studies and reviews) showing no link between vaccines, vaccine ingredients and autism. Compiled by Nathan Boonstra, Allison Hagood, Luci Baldwin and myself.
  1. Albizzati, A., Moré, L., Di Candia, D., Saccani, M., Lenti, C. Normal concentrations of heavy metals in autistic spectrum disorders. Minerva Pediatrica. 2012.Feb;64(1):27-31 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22350041
  2. Abu Kuwaik, G., Roberts, W., Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S., Smith, IM., Szatmari, P., Modi, BM., Tanel, N., Brian, J. Immunization uptake in younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2014 Feb;18(2):148-55. doi: 10.1177/1362361312459111. Epub 2012 Oct 8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23045216
  3. Afzal, MA., Ozoemena, LC., O’Hare, A., Kidger, KA., Bentley, ML., Minor, PD.Absence of detectable measles virus genome sequence in blood of autistic children who have had their MMR vaccination during the routine childhood immunization schedule of UK.   Journal…

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“You Will Never Change My Decision.”

Those were the words I read from a “thinking MOM's"  blog who has decided that she will not be vaccinating her five children. Ever. I always knew there was an “anti-vaccination” presence out there on the "Internets". I honestly never bothered with them. That is, until a link showed up on my Facebook page, placed... Continue Reading →

A Scare Is In The Air…

October has arrived! And with it comes my annual giddiness over the approaching holiday that holds my heart in its hands. I’m speaking of Halloween, of course. So many things to love about this time of the year- that first chill in the air after a hot month of August, the autumnal color show of... Continue Reading →

Enlightenment at the KOA

Recently, I discovered something about myself: I'm a bit of a camping snob. This epiphany hit me as soon as my hubby suggested we spend a couple of our precious vacation days at the KOA Kampgrounds in Gunnison, CO. Two of our very good friends whom are currently "RV-living" it would be there for about... Continue Reading →

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