New shoes and a dash of pepper spray for Christmas?

Evolution has really kicked in, I think. Our earliest ancestors went around in their bare feet and then, maybe, wrapped some animal skin around them. Now, in this age of enlightenment, someone will die or be seriously hurt over a pair of basketball shoes that will someday clog up our landfill. We have come a long way, baby!

Secular Solstice: Doing good for goodness’ sake

OAKLAND, Calif. (RNS) A newly minted observance called “Secular Solstice” takes religious ritual common to the holiday season and adds its own spin. Those lighting the candles and singing together are nonbelievers, and their candles represent not a deity, but their actions and intentions to make the world a better place.