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Despite legal battle wins, Maetreum of Cybele may lose financial war

Maetreum of Cybele, a nonprofit religious organization, may be winning its legal battles against the Town of Catskill over a property tax exemption, but if the town’s alleged tactic of pushing them in

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

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B. K. S. Iyengar Dies

I was driving into the office this morning when I learned from NPR that B. K. S. Iyengar died yesterday. He was ninety-five. Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar was born in 1918, and became one o

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Be Amazed...

Be Amazed??? Here in Northwest Arkansas, a group of corporate benefactors including Walmart and theWalton Family Foundation, have invested in a new children's musuem called the Amazeum. The idea of it

2 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

The Ferguson Challenge: Talking Across Race

I just returned from business travel that required flying in and out of Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport. I had to take a taxi from the airport to where I was scheduled to work. Though

2 hours ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Excluded by intersectionality

Over at my other blog, I've been doing a series of short posts recording cases that were overlooked by most identitarians because they involved white men, the people who are excluded by the bourgeois

3 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

Ferguson: Cynicism and a Smartphone

I have to admit that the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have triggered mostly cynicism for me. In the US we have periodic paroxysms of piety triggered by events that happen every day but occasion

3 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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The Sacred in Music

Poetry and music engage us in ways beyond what can be contained in prose alone. Poetry uses language playfully to gesture beyond the more straightforward meaning of most texts, offering the possibilit

4 hours ago

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)


Marketa's Czech Fruit Dumplings

Several years ago the photographer, and close family friend, Marketa Luskacova taught me how to make Czech fruit dumplings. I try to make the dumplings most summers, just as I make pierogis most winte

4 hours ago

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


Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a new feature, hopefully helpful

With all the talk about student debt, low salaries, missing employment, unwanted bivocationality and plain-old poverty in the ministry, it makes some sense to address ways of saving money as a way of

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Encouragement to spiritual growth runs down hill

Unitarian Universalists are not known for their spirituality especially their mystical spirituality. The closest they can come to mysticism is probably their identification with the transcendentalists

5 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

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Creatively Maladjusted

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King, what will you do that is creatively maladjusted? The Daily Compass offer

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Becoming an All-Expense Paid Guest of Uncle Sam—Cook County Jail

Note— The fifth installment in my on-going series of stories about my Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War, trial, and imprisonment. Moments after I entered the Federal Building to report for incar

6 hours ago

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

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The young, the old: society trying to keep itself together

Two crucial processes exist in modern life. One is society trying to get the younger generation ready for present reality. The other is society is trying to help (or sometimes make) older generations

7 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Tracing stars

All that is rests on myth and magic tales, told by wizened elders tracing stars their lines iridescent grown firm as steel.  

9 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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The chrysalis lives to be discarded, lives to die for without it all wonders crumble and all beauty disappears.

9 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Knowing Your Limits

My Nissan Leaf, like all electric cars, has a range. In perfect conditions I might get close to a hundred miles on a full charge. We don't always get perfect conditions, though. If it's hot out (and e

11 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Drawing faces, finding one’s style

That was about the most exciting thing about drawing this week. I’ve been focusing on faces more often. Pleasingly, I liked the second better than the first, and the third better than the second. I go

11 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)


August 21–The Garden: The Stages

I’ve been in the garden, gardening, planning to garden, and looking forward to gardening all my life.  Which is to say:  there are discernible phases to life, and the garden keeps reminding me. There

11 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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a simple rice cooker meal: polenta and black beans

For one: Put 1/4 cup polenta and 3/4 cup water in rice cooker. Drain a can of black beans. When the polenta is done, add half the beans to the cooker, put the other half in the fridge for something el

12 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)


Roanoke City Volunteer Tree Stewards

Do you want to do something “green” and fun? The Roanoke City Volunteer Tree Stewards are updating the Roanoke Valley Big Tree Register. Once the update is done the public announcement will bring atte

14 hours ago

Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (Site / Info)

Green Team Blog