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parsimony and craftsmanship

How to drill from corner to corner? A couple years back I was accused of being parsimonious, and was puzzled at being insulted before it was explained to me that parsimony was a good thing. My underst

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

A Blessed Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case its the Summer Solstice. The day is traditionally thought to be the longest night and shortest day of the yea

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

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Christmas Bells

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Call And Response (Site / Info)

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St. Mary, Mother of God, pray with us

Less a proper blog post than a thought, perhaps to amplify later. I’ve read — but forget where — that Christmas is the time when Protestants become (more) Catholic. A higher regard for the saints and

3 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Holidays Unitarian Universalist family matters Saints

The Holly King

In the Celtic tradition the winter solstice brings an end to the reign of the Holly King, and the ascendency of his brother the Oak King. While this time of the longest night marks the beginning of wi

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Cathedral of the soul

Stepping, noisy footfalls echo within the cathedral of the soul; upon the rough-hewn altar, without a single dab of ostentation lays communion, not yet begun for the person who owns this hallowed chur

7 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

Poetry poem Soul verse cathedral

Everybody Does it Whether they Know it or Not

“Everybody celebrates Solstice,” the smug pagan said, “They just don’t know it.” Don’t you hate a smug pagan about as much as an outraged Bible thumper or a self righteous atheist?   O.K. maybe not.  

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

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Dear Mary: A Letter to the Mother of Jesus

One of the best-known images of this season is that of the Manger. The figures tell the story of a mythic scene from 2000 years ago, and they are perfectly silent. A wall of silence separates THEN fro

7 hours ago

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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Important times for Solstice

All are Eastern Standard Time. 12/21 4:47 pm sunset - longest night begins 12/21 6:03 pm solstice proper 12/21 8:36 pm new moon 12/21 12:03 am mid-night 12/22 7:23 am sunrise - longest night ends

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My Buddhagan Chronicles (Site / Info)

The Little Things

Palindrome on the odometer! And when it first rolled to 56065, the temp outside was 56 degrees. It dropped a degree while I was trying to get a picture. (At a red light. While spouse was behind the wh

10 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Jenni suggested the Ferry Building in San Francisco, so that’s where Ray, Tara, and I met her a little after three this afternoon. Both our tenors were ill, but we figured no one would notice that bot

10 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Christmas Bay area, Calif. Musical arts

December 21–The Kitchen: Winter Solstice

The story is older than recorded history, but history does record it, over and over again.  A special mother.  A bigger than life father.  A baby born into harsh circumstances, visited by special visi

10 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Kitchen UU 7th Principle

This Week's Prayer

Christmas: the anniversary that we, by convention, celebrate -- of the time when, according to legend, God became flesh and was simultaneously human and divine. Like those shepherds in the field in th

13 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


21 December 2014 Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (21 December 2014) at 11:00 AM for “Cycles of Transformation:  Tending the Seeds of Wisdom and Compassion” by Larry Androes. On this Winter Solstice, Larry will speak of cycle

15 hours ago

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

Holiday Party for Children and Youth (21 December 2014)

Because last Sunday’s holiday party was more of a marathon gift-wrapping party, we will also have a real holiday celebration for the kids during the 11:00 AM religious education class time on Sunday (

16 hours ago

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

21 December 2014 Adult Religious Education Class

Please join us on Sunday (21 December 2014) at 9:30 AM for our Adult Religious Education Class.  We will be continuing our discussion of Nature’s God:  The Heretical Origins of the American Republic b

17 hours ago

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

12 weeks or 4 years to one or more jobs

Just the luck of the draw put English instructor and waitress Brittany Bronson's NYT op-ed and NPR's Twelve Weeks to a Six-Figure Job in adjacent browser tabs this afternoon. I'd read the intro and te

17 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Some sunny day

Recognized Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bryan Cranston, Mandy Patinkin, Yo Yo Ma, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Waterston, Big Bird, Keith Olbermann, Ken Burns, Katie Cou

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

The Joy of ... Snow!

When I lived in Michigan, snow was a way of life. It came in the Fall, stayed into Spring, and if you lived in or visited the Upper Peninsula, you were likely to see snow in July. In the Triangle of N

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Lifting the Spirit: Experience of a UU Christian (Site / Info)

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development of form

While modern education seems to have fallen on the shoulders of the alphabet, and so many children (even in pre-school and Kindergarten) bear the heavy burden of letters and have chosen to shrug off s

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)