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May 21st, 2018

Since 2004 I've written 2,365 posts on this here Church of the Churchless blog. That's a scarily large number, which testifies to my commitment to churchlessness after spending 35 years being firmly churched in an Indian guru-based form of religiosity....

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May 19th, 2018

Happy Saturday, RM World Travel listener

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May 18th, 2018

Whether or not you were there in the 60's and early 70's (I was) to groove to tunes such as "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and "Son of a Preacher Man," you'll love Enlightened Theatrics' Shout! The Mod Musical...

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May 16th, 2018

Today I got an email message from someone who asked a great question about finding contentment with an atheistic world view. I dashed off a response right away, because I loved how this person described their quandary, and how clearly...

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My dad was a gearhead. He had an annual subscription to “Car and Driver” magazine. He insisted that I know how to change the oil in my own car. And on Sundays, he’d take the whole family to the car dealership down the street just for kicks. That love of cars was passed down to me and now my children. So a family vi

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May 14th, 2018

Having been a vegetarian for 48 of my 69 years, I'm attuned to the suffering of sentient animals. But of late my compassion has been expanding to insentient fruits and vegetables, perhaps due to the intense 10 minutes of daily...

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Often called America's bike capital, Portland is the largest U.S. city to attain platinum status by the American League of Bicyclists. Only here does a publicly visible "bike barometer" run daily into the thousands. Well-marked bike lanes keep cycling routes safe and fun. Ample staple-shaped bike racks outside our food,

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May 12th, 2018

One of the great things about living in Salem, Oregon is how close it is to Portland (north), Eugene (south), the Coast (west), and the Cascades/Central Oregon (east). My wife and I hugely enjoyed the 20 years we were 1/4...

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May 11th, 2018

The title of this blog post asks a question that's a chapter title in Pascal Boyer's challenging, but intensely interesting, book, "Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought." Boyer is an anthropologist who is also well-versed in psychology. His...

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If the thought of building a campfire, launching a canoe or baiting a hook leaves you feeling lost, fear not — there’s plenty of hope. Not everyone’s a born outdoors person. Which is why Oregon State Parks launched its Let’s Go series of events — as an easy, low-cost way to pick up these handy skills, through t

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In Ashland, nature and culture are in league for an exhilarating getaway. In this gorgeous, friendly Southern Oregon hotspot, you can explore historic parks and scenic bike routes, dine on farm-fresh bounty and wrap up your day rejuvenating at the city’s renowned spas. Here are six ways to build an Ashland vacation tha

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May 10th, 2018

Those of us on the web are trying to stay safe and secure wherever we can. From using VPNs to securing our home’s Wi-Fi, it’s a constant battle. For those who run websites, it’s also super important to use SSL to protect internet traffic whenever possible. This is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Those of us on the web are trying to stay safe and secure wherever we can. From using VPNs to securing our home’s Wi-Fi, it’s a constant battle. For those who run websites, it’s also super important to use SSL to protect internet traffic whenever possible. This is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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May 9th, 2018

Irritated. Pissed-off. Disturbed. That's how I feel after getting an un-cheery letter from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon letting me know that as of July 1, 2018, Salem Health Professional Services will be leaving their provider network. So if this...

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Nick Symmonds grew up fishing, hiking, camping and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Today, the Eugene-based athlete has become an Oregon celebrity of sorts — a two-time U.S. Olympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), former college track superstar, former Nike athlete and entrepreneur. The post

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What's better than a ride on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway? Pedaling the route with dozens of friends on a coordinated ride. Fortunately there are plenty of Oregon Scenic Bikeways ride events happening this summer. The hard part is picking which ones to join. The post

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May 8th, 2018

It was great to see a recent story in the Portland Oregonian, Officers get new de-escalation training, which de-bunked the myth that police officers need to keep someone with a knife at least 21 feet away from them, because supposedly...

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Geologically speaking, the Oregon Caves are a few million years old, but they weren't discovered in modern history until 1874. Eventually more than 15,000 feet of limestone passages were mapped out. In 1909, President William Howard Taft established the Oregon Caves National Monument. By 1935, tens of thousands of visito

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May 7th, 2018

This proves nothing except that seeming synchronicities sometimes occur in a pseudo-miraculous fashion. This afternoon I was thinking about what to write about on this here Church of the Churchless blog, and came up with the idea of talking about...

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