Did you think we’d just turn away?

Dear Governor O’Malley,

You are a good man. But this just isn’t your time. After running an extremely close primary in 2008 that went all the way to the last contest, did you think Hillary’s 18 million supporters were going to turn away? Did you think we weren’t waiting for this second chance? Sir, please, you do yourself no favors by insisting the game is rigged. It isn’t. We’re just ready for Hillary, and she’s working hard, as she always has, to win every single vote. Again.

Stay in the race or step down. It’s up to you. But don’t dishonor yourself this way. As I said, you are a good man.


One of the 18 million

What is your goal?

To those who spam derogatory, hateful stuff on candidates’ Facebook pages: What is your goal? Do you think you are converting anyone? Do you think you are discouraging that candidate’s supporters? Nothing could be further from the truth. I suppose I should be happy, because that means you aren’t out working on getting YOUR candidate elected. But really, other than being a pain in the ass, what do you think you’re accomplishing?

Status update – December 31, 2015, 10:49 a.m.

The Universe

The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.

Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough (2015)

A post repeat: This Atheist Loves Christmas Music

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Copyright: Carissa Snedeker, 2015

I wrote this back in 2010, but it deserves a re-post.

This Atheist Loves Christmas Music

Does that mean I’m kicked out of the club?

Tis the season for songs, songs, songs. And even though yours truly is no longer a believer, I still sing along, even with many of the religious ones. I still love O Holy Night, the Hallelujah Chorus, Silent Night, and The Little Drummer Boy, just to name a few. And while the creche may never again see the light of day amidst my holiday decorations, the songs are a part of my personal history, and so I sing.

Still, we like the non-religious songs the best and the tradition in our house is that tree decorating ALWAYS must be accompanied by the Ray Conniff Singers,  and we must ALWAYS start with Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Must.

Greta Christina  has a list of her 10 Best Christmas Songs for Atheists and they are, in reverse order:

10: White Christmas
9: Jingle Bells
8: Sleigh Ride
7: Silver Bells
6: We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
5: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4: Santa Baby
3: Carol of the Bells
2: Winter Wonderland
1: Deck the Halls.

Be sure to click on her link for her explanations.  I think Carol of the Bells (in English) violates the rules she set out, but I’ll let it slide. But, ugh, Santa Baby? Blech. But to each her own, right? And those that did not make the Top 10 list?

Honorable mentions. The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Up on the Housetop. Over the River and Through the Woods. Jolly Old St. Nicholas. The Christmas Song (a.k.a. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire). I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Frosty the Snowman. Here Comes Santa Claus. Jingle Bell Rock. O Christmas Tree.

Wait a doggone minute,  Jose Feliciano doesn’t even get an honorable mention? How can that be? It isn’t Christmas for me until I hear this song! Full of joy and lyrics anyone can get after the first listen. What’s not to love?

Also missing? Karen Carpenter’s Merry Christmas, Darling, which is one my personal faves.

I’m off to finish my holiday shopping. Catch you all later


I am grateful every day that I have people in my life who love me, put up with me, laugh with me, cry with me, who get my jokes and appreciate my passion.

I am grateful every day, despite the heartache that has come before, and will come again, that I have a heart capable of limitless love.

I am grateful every day for my daughter. She is the light of my life and has grown into an amazing woman. And I am grateful for the man who loves her and shares himself with her.

I am grateful every day for my husband, whose love for me and whose faithfulness to the life we have together is beyond anything I could have hoped for.

I am grateful every day that we share our home with two cats and two dogs who wait for us to come home, who pester us to feed them, who take up too much space on the bed, who trip us in the hallway and who are only with us for a time, but give us love every day.

I am grateful every day that I have a well-paying job, food in the cupboards, and that I live in a house I adore with neighbors who are simply the best.

I am grateful every day for my political junkie friends. You complete me.

I am grateful every day for long-time friends. You all still like me, and I am humbled by the love you have continued to give me through all of it.

I am grateful every day for my new friends. I hope you all realize what you’ve gotten yourselves into.

I am grateful everyday that I said yes to photography.

I am grateful for crowded stores, holiday music, and pumpkin spice lattes.

But most of all . . .

I am grateful every day that I did not yield to the gray so many years ago.

I am grateful every day that I stayed.