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Effingham, IL

This morning I am in a roadside hotel in Effingham, Illinois, relaxing just a bit on my way home to Arkansas. The last two days of my 9 days of classes were intense, as the small cabinet would have be

1 hour ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

A Bird in the Hand

We are told that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but that old saying presumes that the bird in hand is captive or dead. What is a bird worth that flies freely to your hand and rests there

2 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


June 27 – Listening: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Anyone here who has had a conversation with me over the last year or so  knows that I have been grieving and processing the death of my mother in November of 2104.  As the executrix of the estate my p

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Criminally Bad High School Murfin Verse

A while ago I put up a couple of posts which mined the 1967 issue of Apotheosis , the grandiosely named student literary magazine of Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois.   Those pieces were pro

5 hours ago

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

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The liberalism and unitarianism of Islam

Liberal Islam and liberal Unitarianism each affirm human rights—via two very distinct paths.

7 hours ago

uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

Winnemucca to Evanston, Wyo.

I love the green valleys in northeastern Nevada, nestled along the Humboldt River and minor creeks and seeps. At the lowest points, where there is water, everything is bright green at this time of yea

8 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Road trips

Daily Practices

We all have daily practices. Simple stuff like how we get up. Showering, flossing, brushing teeth. Walking the dog, feeding the cat, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, etc. One of my daily practices is

11 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Custer’s Last Stand, Pt. II: The Little Bighorn’s Grandson

140 years ago today (June 27, a column of soldiers discovered the bodies of George Armstrong Custer and 210 of his soldiers on a desolate ridge in Montana, above the Little Bighorn River. Dug in atop

12 hours ago

Dennis McCarty (Site / Info)


Voting with Mr Benn

This past week just gone I turned 36 years old. It passed really without thought - a cursory glance at the past ten years, where I was at compared to now, and then further backwards to roughly fifteen

16 hours ago

Life in 361˚ (Site / Info)

politics and society

Today Brexit, Tomorrow President Trump

Ordinary people are angry and frustrated and rightly so. But too many are blaming their problems on “them” and too many politicians are more than willing to exploit that anger and frustration for thei

16 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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June 26, 2016

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Ravenstone's Reflections (Site / Info)

"More Radical Than Thou"?: A Toxicology of Social Justice Advocacy

I've been meaning to write this post for some time, even before my departure from UU-dom. By doing so now, I'm sure I'll face accusations of betrayal, even personal attacks and insults. More's the pit

18 hours ago

Ravenstone's Reflections (Site / Info)

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Collective of Seven Women Join to Birth “Dawtas of the Moon”

BALTIMORE — In a year’s time, our collective Pagan, Heathen and polytheist communities are offered countless opportunities to come together in person in order to celebrate, educate, worship or just to

19 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Psalm "23," Modern Version

I found this gem by Covington Hall today while reading through the old IWW newspaper The Lumberjack. It's from the January 9, 1913 edition: The politician is my shepherd, I shall not want anything dur

19 hours ago

Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


San Mateo, Calif., to Winnemucca, Nev.

We finally got on the road at half past one. It took more than an hour to get free of Bay Area traffic, and then more than another hour to get past Sacramento. Carol decided to pull off the highway at

20 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Road trips

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Cause there is something in a Sunday, makes a body feel alone And there is nothing short of die’n, half a lonesome as the sound Of the sleepin’ city sidewalks and Sunday morning coming down Early Sund

22 hours ago

Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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En the Ascetic is Banished

Way back when I was first studying Zen in the San Francisco Bay Area I met the leader of a group called the Kalias Shugendo. If even if a fraction of his claims were true, he led an amazing life. Of c

23 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


The Living Tradition

At this week’s General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, there was a moment where I found myself absorbed by the sight of the thousands of people streaming through the corridors of the Greater Columbus Conv

1 day ago

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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Hopalong Cassidy—Scruffy Cowhand to Western Idol

William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy on his white stallion Topper. Summer days   almost 50 years ago back in Cheyenne, Wyoming we spent our days recreating in detail elaborate cowboy sagas that lasted all

1 day ago

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

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One Minute Zen

Need a respite from the busy-ness — even craziness — of your day? This One Minute Zen will take you to the side of a babbling brook, where you can be present, calm, and hopefully regain perspective ab

1 day ago

Be Spiritual (Site / Info)

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