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a careful transformation of self...

Last night I dreamed of my sister Ann who died about 15 months ago of multiple systems atrophy, an awful disease. Ann was involved in arts and crafts her whole life, and in my dream offered to show me

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Christmas Morn: Advent's Mental Health Day

I know you want to turn away.  It is a hard image to see that you cannot then unsee.  It will be there with you forever.  Yes, that is a collapsed fruitcake.  I was cooking it.  You may remember that

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Burbania Posts! (Site / Info)

Advent Calendar Posts 2014

Christmas in the Closet

I love Christmas.  So much.  The fact that I believe in neither Jesus nor Santa (not in the literal way ... Continue reading

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Rebel With A Label Maker (Site / Info)

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The Ghost Story That Saved Christmas

A young Charles Dickens was painted by Charles Alexander on his 1843 American tour, just a year before he wrote his Christmas classic. To borrow a phrase from one of the author’s other books, “It was

2 hours ago

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

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We are not powerless

As we approach Christmas, and before our collective attention span shrinks as short as the daylight, I want to put a concluding thought on the series of posts around Unitarian Universalist social enga

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Infinity in Your Hand

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. —William Blake What is the most mundane, ordinary thing that you find m

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Slice of Life - Meet the Neighbors

Among our "natural"* neighbors are free range peafowl. The peahen shown in this picture was a few feet from my front door when I first saw her today. They're pretty brazen--getting treats from adorers

9 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

December 19–The Kitchen: Heartbeat

I clean the kitchen every night before I go to sleep. Bob unloads the dishwasher and puts the dishes away every morning. We have grown into this tender pattern of daily care for our home and for each

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Trauma-Informed Meditation Protocol

During my upcoming trip to Burma, I will be leading daily meditation sessions for my study group.  Most of these fellow travelers have only a minimal familiarity with meditation.  We will be spending

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Self-Care: Throw a Rockin' Pity Party!

I have given my little speech on pity parties to three different people this past week, so it seems something is in the air. Let me share my view on pity parties with anyone who needs it: Namely: I'm

14 hours ago

Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

Revised Congregational Bylaws (14 December 2014)

At last Sunday’s congregational business meeting (14 December 2014), our members approved several changes to our bylaws.  The revised bylaws are now online in PDF format: Revised Bylaws Revised Bylaws

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

Dark Times – A Winter Solstice Meditation

The dark times we are experiencing now will not disappear when we light our Solstice candles, yet we light our Solstice candles anyway. We do this not because it will make everything nice and easy but

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Planning for failure

Props to Lt. Levity even though his (?) Christmas in Blunderland post is not so jolly, or perhaps as his illustration suggests, jolly to a fault. It's a familiar seasonal tale by now, poor housing, ne

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Policy Board Message: Food & Drink in Sactuary

A message from the Policy Board. Dear fellow UU’s.  At last night’s policy board meeting the Sunday Services Committee requested that we not have food and drink in the Sanctuary during services.  This

17 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Hope 2

Why is hope so important? Is there something to it beyond wishful thinking, living in the future instead of the present, and being in denial about reality? Let's explore these questions. Serenity Pray

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

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Address Opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

At the request of students from Adrian College, I was asked to speak at a protest on the Capitol steps in Lansing in opposition to the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 5958) on December

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Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Is a Good Start, But There’s More Work to Be Done

On Dec 17th, Governor Cuomo announced that he would ban fracking in New York State because of health concerns. It's a huge victory for activists, say Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors of "

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Formell education?

The following is from an earlier blog post, November 7, 2007. Today the words "formal education" refer to learning that takes place within the context of established educational institutions, as contr

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Gone with the obituary

Cross-post note: This appears at my non-political blog, Harrumph! As it is marriage related, it seems apt here too. A college chum made his family vanish in his self-written obit. A wife and four daug

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Marry in Massachusetts (Site / Info)