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mbc4398Once in a while I’m reminded that I’ve got a kind of Wizard of Oz effect going here—especially when someone asks if a member of my “staff” can get back to them with this or that information.

In fact, it’s just me behind the curtain. I see my entire staff each morning when I shave. Aside from Eliot the Webmaster, everything that happens in the world of PBB—from the blog to the forum to the resources and seminars—is my fault.

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Number of employees of Focus on the Family,
largest Christian parenting organization in the US: 1,100

Number of employees of Parenting Beyond Belief,
largest nonreligious parenting organization in the US: 1
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It’s been a great pleasure to build this thing from the ground up, but as all Wizards know, smoke and fire and projected green heads don’t come cheap. So far the whole endeavor has been personally funded, and without getting into gory detail, let’s just say we’ve now hit something of a financial pothole. A recent meeting with my beloved shareholder made it clear that if this nonreligious parenting resource is going to continue in anything like its current form, I’m gonna need a little help from my friends.

(Psst…That’s all y’all.)

So…if and only if these resources have been useful to you, I’d very much appreciate a vanishingly small donation to help keep things going. I’ve placed a PayPal button in the sidebar for this purpose. With your help, maybe Tiny Tim can finally get that new crutch he’s always coveted.

Barring that, just bring me the broomstick of the Wicked Witch and we’ll call it square.

Thanks! –Dale

UPDATE (12/3): Oh my goodness, I’m getting verklemmt. Talk amongst yourselves. Within the first 18 hours, the generous members of the PBB community eliminated 14 percent of the site’s operating debt for 2008. Thanks so much for your help.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.