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25 Complaints My Son Will Share With His Future Therapist

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

For years, Elmo was a furry guy who existed only on T-shirts. When you finally saw him walk and talk, you practically sh*t yourself.

Why Religion Is so Weak in Maine

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Recent research has clearly shown that religion is much more important in poorer countries. The same principle is true of states. Yet, Maine stands out as a poor state where religion is relatively unimportant. Why?

Somebody Call Security! My Scarf's In the Laundry!

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

What is it about this scarf that calms my daughter so? Why does she find such solace in it? Why does one thing call out to a toddler more than another be it a doll, a stuffed animal or a scarf?

Long Live the Blankie

Adam Delbridge | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Adam Delbridge

It's not his flawless skin or the hair that's already thicker than mine. No, what he really has going for him is his blankie.

Can Atheism Really Replace Religion?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science
Nigel Barber

The perceived importance of religion (or religiosity) declines predictably with development (however measured), allowing one to predict how long it will take for religion to become unimportant for the majority of the global population. It will take approximately a quarter-century.

The Agony of a Lost Blankie

Christine Organ | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

As my husband and I kiss our son goodnight, I say a silent prayer of gratitude that tonight will not be the night that he is separated from his Blankie. That tonight will not be a night filled with tears. That tonight will not be the night he is forced to say goodbye to his best friend.

What Linus And I Have In Common

Tom Cramer | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

When I was a young child, I was overly attached to my security blanket, affectionately known as 'Blanky.' Many young children have security blankets and suck their thumbs, but I preferred my index finger. What started out being cute turned worrisome to my much older brothers as the years passed and I refused to give up the habit.

Is Religion on the Way Out?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

About three-quarters of the world's population feels that religion is important. Yet, this large majority is set to dwindle into minority status within a generation. The reason is that affluence kills piety.

The Security Blanket Concept of Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.05.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Although religious people tend to reject the security-blanket approach as simplistic, it is versatile and helps us understand a great deal about religious practices that are otherwise difficult to explain.

Security With the Written Word

Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.02.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

There are few ways to make me feel more exposed than to set me somewhere to wait with nothing to do. I blame my mother for this idiosyncrasy. The prob...

Is Religion a Tranquillizer?

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.25.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Religion may be many different things. Yet, at its core, it serves the same function as tranquillizers. It is a downer.

The History of Myself in 10 Objects (Part 1)

Sam Lyons | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Sam Lyons

I've assigned myself the difficult task of telling you my life... in 10 objects from my room. I hope you enjoy it, and are inspired to chronicle your own lives like this.

Might a Parent Need the Security Blanket as Much as the Child?

Molly Baker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Baker

It is said that over 60% of children develop strong attachments to a blanket, a doll, a stuffed toy or some other object during their first months of infancy.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's... a Blanket?

Gena Grish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Gena Grish

Why is it so hard to find a normal, well adjusted man in this city? I'm aware that I'm not perfect, and who is really? Who doesn't walk around with a couple insecurities hidden within them?