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from The Handbook by Epictetus

3. Keep in mind the nature of things: delightful things; useful things; beloved things . . . Start with something small—a cup perhaps. Think: if this breaks, I can bear the loss. Now—work on thinking

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Religion #Stoicism

Ireland's Newest Beacon

Less than a year ago, we headed to Ireland for two weeks, arriving on the Dublin leg coincidentally on Pride Day. While most of the marchers and those at the Pride concerts were young, it's no exagger

4 hours ago

Marry in Massachusetts (Site / Info)

marriage equality same-sex marriage election 2015 Ireland referendum

Shooting Stars

A quick flash in the sky A shooting star, a dream Blink and it is gone The vision carried away Somewhere else, beyond But wait. Meteors hit the earth Carving a place For themselves So our dreams can W

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Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Poetry Religion and Spirituality

Well, nobody said governing would be easy

Scott Walker made news by saying he was "probably the most scrutinized politician in America," what with surviving a recall election, the triumphal union-busting and everything. The implication is, I

8 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

This Week's Prayer

Words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves. Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

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24 May 2015 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (24 May 2015) at 11:00 AM for “Infinity and Potential” by Amanda Lawrence. Continuing our series of services on the Fifth Source (“Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed

10 hours ago

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana » Announcements (Site / Info)

Dawn

dawn even though i was only fourteen i’d already been writing poems for years when i rounded the corner in ... Continue reading

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Rebel With A Label Maker (Site / Info)

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24 May 2015 Adult Religious Education

Our class continues this Sunday (24 May 2015) at 9:15 AM with discussions of The Good Heart:  A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus by the Dalai Lama. On this Sunday, we will read and refle

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All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana » Announcements (Site / Info)

Truth and Meaning: Notoriety or Notorious?

When called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, I was pleased to be moving to the City of Modern Explorers. I envisioned living someplace known for innovation, forward thinking

13 hours ago

uujeff's muse kennel and pizzatorium (Site / Info)

Religion justice lgbt Midland disillusion

Book Review: All Acts of Love and Pleasure – Inclusive Wicca

Review: All Acts of Love and Pleasure: Inclusive Wicca. Written by Yvonne Aburrow (Avalonia Press, 276 Pages) Early in my studies I spent a lot of time pouring over books to learn how to be a witch, a

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The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective. (Site / Info)

Paganism All Acts of Love & Pleasure Yvonne Aburrow

finding a place in the commonality of all life.

Last night I listened as barred owls called in the forest outside, and I marveled at our own place in the scheme of things. We can shelter from the outside world and withdraw into our own spaces in a

13 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

World Turtle Day

It is World Turtle Day! Okay, I’m not exactly sure what to do, beyond hugging a turtle. But, fortunately, others do. Here are some hints at other opportunities that might prove more useful…

14 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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THOSE DAMNED LEARNING MOMENTS Some Rules of Engagement in Discussing Matters of Race & Other Matters of Inequality in Our Culture

We had an event at our church in which a series of jokes were presented. The format in which they were presented was in the “Yo Mama” structure. When I first heard the phrase “Yo Mama,” I started. But

14 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Jedi Fox

Yoda, I am not. Reincarnated, he wasn’t. Means this that you are not warrior? When has an animal been your spiritual teacher? The Daily Compass offers words and images to inspire spiritual reflection

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Some feminisms I love, some I pity

A friend emailed me because she thought I was bashing all feminists with Dear feminists upset by last week's Game of Thrones. I was initially annoyed, because I thought the title should make it clear

22 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

Not Necessarily Progress

Diva, it appears, has become a gender neutral term. From a word-geek standpoint, this is sort of fascinating. Rather than coming up with a truly neutral term (moving from steward/stewardess to flight

23 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Pardon Our Interruption—Technical Difficulties

Loyal Readers of this Blog have come to expect with, very rare exceptions, daily delivery of pure, fresh, and unadulterated content to your front porch every day, right next to the milkman’s deposit.

23 hours ago

Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout (Site / Info)

Blog Heretic Rebel a Thing to Flout Patrick Murfin Technical Difficulties

In Response to the Police Shooting in Town This Week

I am deeply saddened by the shooting of two unarmed black men that occurred in our town this week, and even more so by the fact that in the larger context the question is “how can this happen again?” 

1 day ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)

Beloved Community We Are a Justice Seeking People

Supporting a Framework for Nuclear Deal with Iran

The UUPMN is promoting a AWI on the negotiations on nuclear energy in Iran.  The Social Witness description is:   Title: Supporting A Framework for Nuclear Deal with Iran Description: UUs have long so

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Home (Site / Info)

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Unexpected Twists, Turns and Formats

Thank you to “New Adult Reads” for reviewing “Identity Theft.” “Lee definitely planned out so many twists and unexpected turns that I was guessing how it would end right up until the end. Thank you fo

1 day ago

Laura Lee (Site / Info)

Identity Theft (Novel)