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Raccoons, forgive me this is long.

We have had armadillos digging in our gardens. While digging for grubs and worms, they uproot tiny plants and make a general pock-marked mess of things. So I'd set a trap. They do not respond to bait.

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)


You would be hard-pressed to argue that the ukulele is even in contention for the world’s most beautiful instrument. It’s quiet and small and easy enough for even a child to play. Which is to say that

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


The Womp Womp Mindset

We live in a country where politicians have always pandered to voters by talking about their hard-working, poor, immigrant ancestors who came here with nothing but a dream and the determination to mak

10 hours ago

Story and Self (Site / Info)

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Ending the Longest Day

I have been outside tonight from 6pm-9pm enjoying the evening of the longest day of the year. Seeing the light change, hearing the bird and insect songs change. Reading some excellent books including

11 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Seen and unseen

The Mona Lisa is instantly recognizable by the crowd of people standing before it, most of them taking photos. It’s in a large hall with lots of other paintings, most of which aren’t very interesting

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)


On comics panels within scenes—especially for 3d comics artists

Comic artists can learn a great deal by studying movie-making, but there are things that don't apply. In particular, a shot in a movie scene has different rules than a panel in a comics scene. The sho

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Celebrating Ministry

On Sunday, June 17, my congregation celebrated my ministry of thirteen years, upon the occasion of my retirement.  (I will still be working behind the scenes in June and on-call through July, but that

15 hours ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Happy summer solstice!

TWH – For many people around the world, this week marks the celebration of the summer solstice, also known as midsummer or Litha. It is at this time that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to t

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Trump Executive Order Does Not Deter Families Belong Together Woodstock Event

Actions like this Families Belong Together Demonstration have put pressure on Trump and Congress. Despite President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Wednesday, the Families Belong Together Rally and

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

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Breaking Up Families of Color, an American Tradition as Old as the Slave Trade

By Daina Berry | Many enslaved children have vivid memories of the sale experience. Marlida Pethy of Missouri recalled that when she was “nine or ten years old,” she was “put up on de block to be sold

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Beacon Broadside: A Project of Beacon Press (Site / Info)

History Race and Ethnicity in America Daina Berry The Price for Their Pound of Flesh

Daily Bread (Week 9)

  No class for me this week as I am in Kansas City attending the General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  I am sorry to have missed class but the content of the denominational

18 hours ago

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

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“Babies in Cages”, by Patterson Hood

I used to mock Deadheads. Now I’ve seen Drive-By Truckers and various members over five dozen times. Below are two reasons why. Babies in Cages The world wakes up this morning I’m sorry for the news W

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John A Arkansawyer (Site / Info)

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It’s Not A Silver Lining. It’s Just Hope.

Over a decade ago, I first read about the rock-bottom level of W’s support at 28% as a rough estimate of current bugfuck crazy levels. I took that to heart and have repeated it as wisdom, so I’m not s

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John A Arkansawyer (Site / Info)

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Transformed Into Ourselves, Not by Ourselves

Ministry & Metanoia, part 5 A Prayer Dear Ground of Being, We know we cannot transform ourselves. What we can do is attend. Keep watch. Be ever on the look-out for the beginnings of a new compassion a

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

ministry & metanoia

refreshing the efforts of mind

On Monday I begin a class at ESSA in box making. The  class is sold out with 9 students enrolled. One week from Saturday I begin a class in parent/child making of box guitars. There are still two open

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

The Most Beautiful Words

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ―Henry James What short phrase perfectly evokes beauty for you? The Daily Compas

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Your Place in the Resistance, Your Place in the Restoration

If you want to be a hero, here’s your chance. But this is not a binary choice – there are more possibilities than hero or collaborator. If you’re not up to heroic deeds, then do what you can do. Find

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Early to Bed

I like getting out of work early, but it’s hard to get to bed at 9pm and and wake up at 5am. But, being out at 3:15pm is fantastic. I even get to catch a bit of the World Cup this month. So overall it

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Facebook promotion of Witchsfest USA blocked

NEW YORK –Witchfest USA has been held each summer for the better part of a decade on Astor Place, but this is the first time the event has been deemed “spam” on Facebook, or at least the first time th

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Immigration detentions

This week, we’ve seen widepsread outrage on social media about the detention of children by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This outrage is a good thing. We should all be outraged. But I wo

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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