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The Man That Made America Laugh—Jean Shepherd

Jean Shepard in a remote live broadcast  his early KYW show in Philadelphia. Some people think he was the finest American humorist since Mark Twain.   Of course Jean Shepherd has some mighty stiff com

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

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Sprung a Leak

There’s a well-known story of the cracked pot which feels bad for losing water all along the path back from the river where it was filled. But it turns out that, unbeknownst to the flawed pot, it has

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)



I was happy to watch quite a bit of the Democratic National Convention tonight. I was happy to watch most of it on C-SPAN and miss all of the pundits. I thought Cory Booker’s speech was fabulous. And

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Black Wolf, Wis.

I spent an hour in the afternoon on a dock poking out into the muddy waters of Lake Winnebago. I was mostly looking at birds, but I also watched the airplanes flying by. The Experimental Aircraft Asso

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Mimi Hubert

I served First Unitarian of Saint Louis for five very good years.  Sadly, as I was getting ready to leave one member of my congregation was going through her last days.  It grieved me not only to hear

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik’s Weblog (Site / Info)


Moral Solipsism: A Fugitive and Cloistered Virtue

My mother has often said that, given how she and my father raised me, I’m at a peculiar disadvantage. Both of them raised me to challenge and question preconceptions; in particular, not to merely acce

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Ravenstone's Reflections (Site / Info)

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So much work still to do

Inside the Democratic party, one twit imagined that it "could make several points difference with my peeps" if a candidate (let's say an independent Democratic Socialist with a Jewish background, hypo

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Pagan Community Notes: BLM Down Under, Donald H. Frew, Pagan Dawn and more!

MELBOURNE — The Black Lives Matter movement has reached Australia. So far, there have been rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. The ABC, Australia’s state-owned and funded national publi

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Miller: ‘Blood of UUs courses through my veins’

The Rev. Alison Miller, candidate for UUA president, emphasizes power we have to heal one another.

19 hours ago

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Captain Fanboy on Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Dr. Strange trailers, plus Iron Man 2

1 When I heard DC was going to set Wonder Woman's origin in World War I, I thought it was a silly change done just to make it different from the Captain America movie. But after seeing the trailer, I

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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The Siege of Cuddalore—Last Battle of the American Revolution

British Regulars engage forces of the Sultan of Mysore during the Seige of Cuddalore The last battle of the American Revolution came to an end on July 25, 1783 when the combatants got preliminary noti

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

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The tool house at home

The following is from Bayard T. Putnam's article in July, 1895, "Century." "I wish to present a plea for a 'tool house' at home for the young people, and one well stocked with the best tools. A great

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Lughnasa: Bad Harvest

[W]e look toward Lughnasa, the traditional Celtic celebration of the harvest...my mind turns toward what we as a nation are reaping from our history.

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Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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A rusted-out wreck. Pollution. An eye sore. But over the years this old hulk may very well have become a fox’s den, a hollow for a bee hive, a rabbit’s safe haven. Has something that someone else has

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


john a powell on the Human Journey

At one of the workshops at the Unitarian Universalist Russell Lockwood Leadership School, the Reverend Jan Christian cited something from an interview with john a powell (he prefers to use the lower c

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


At 150, Beatrix Potter continues to delight

The beloved children’s author was also a talented scientific illustrator and conservationist.

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uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

The queer path of Christian virtue

Exploring the queerness of the Christian tradition can shed light on its content.

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uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

Can People of Color Truly Be Safe in UU Congregations?

Situation #1 There was a memorial service for someone I knew at a UU congregation last Sunday. I knew the officiant for the service, and had emailed them earlier to let them know I was going to be at

1 day ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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Weekends Away

I generally work Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday and it was nice to work Saturday this week so I could take a weekend off. Got to visit Boston and see lots of things and go to a fun party. I’m not

1 day ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


More fear, less reason

The psychology of why Americans are afraid of historically low crime levels is a fascinating thing to consider, and the answers you might think of are featured in that NYMag piece. But the "historical

1 day ago

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