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E Pluribus Unum

I tremble before the first sentence of our mission statement. It says, “We welcome everyone.” Everyone is a very wide net of inclusion. That means every gender, ability, size, color, ethnicity, langua

1 hour ago

Rev. Sam Trumbore (Site / Info)

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Catching Up on the Olympics

So the last couple nights I have been watching some on demand Olympics. Last night was more of the standard bearer sports of swimming and track and the enjoyable women’s rugby sevens final.  Today was

2 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


My New Thing: Bullet Journals

I think I remember hearing about bullet journaling quite awhile ago, but when I looked it up it seemed like it was just…journaling with bulleted lists. And I already do that, so I didn’t look into it

2 hours ago

Spirit of Squee (Site / Info)

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Falling into Grace

I fell down a lot when I was a kid, so many times that I can’t count them.  I always had skinned and scabby knees.  All kids fall a fair amount I suppose, my own children certainly took some tumbles.

3 hours ago

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

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Markers galore

Some art works start with an image that comes to my mind, some with an idea I want to express, some with something I see that begs to be re-created on paper. And then there are some that begin with a

4 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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This actually happened

At the annual "Fancy Farm Picnic" in Kentucky, according to the Washington Post , down-home Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bragged about refusing to honor the oath he took to uphold the Consti

6 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Salem Witch Locked Up Over Dog in Car

SALEM, Mass. — Lorelei Stathopolous sees her role as an animal-rights activist as a natural extension of being a Witch. “I defend the defenseless,” she said, and in particular she tries to protect dog

9 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Firing all cylinders

Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ is the gift that keeps on giving, at least once a day, but all that and some whacky advertisers keep my inbox enlivened with the florid pronouncements of alt-right. T

11 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Seeking Out the Healing Beauty of National Parks

By Lynn Hall The wilderness is where I continuously re-establish my present-day safety. Here I reduce my survival to basics: Have I had enough to eat? Where will I find more water? Can I stay warm eno

14 hours ago

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

Biography and Memoir Caged Eyes Environment and Conservation Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Lynn Hall On Being Raped Raymond Douglas

The Scandalous Life of Lady Jane Digby. Apparently Bad Girls Do Go Everywhere.

I was bereft of subjects to share for today, and so fell back on my old standby, a brief walk through Wikipedia’s listings of events and births and deaths of any given day. There I noticed it was King

14 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


In your alternate universe

The IEEE (there's electricity and engineering in there) Computer Society is offering me the chance to hear Intel's Steve Orrin take on the security challenge in SDEs in the D.C. area next month. (I th

14 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Modern Uncertainty: “Meeting the Universe Halfway”

A member of the congregation I serve emailed me recently on the topic about modern uncertainty: In the nineteenth century, Robert Browning could write, “God ‘s in His heaven — All’s right with the wor

15 hours ago

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)


pattern recognition

After removing 25 feral hogs from the immediate neighborhood we had had some hopes of returning to normal and have begun restoring the rock wall that form the garden beds around our home. I am pretty

15 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Resetting the Conversation on Purity

We have been unable to separate debate on polytheist concepts from our feelings about individual polytheists. Our discussion of the role of purity in polytheism has been derailed by impurities in our

16 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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The Mindfulness of Stoicism: Practice Self Control

I have been blogging about Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual practice nowadays). Number one is Write and Reflect in the Morning. The second is Focus on Your Goals. T

16 hours ago

meditations, translations (Site / Info)

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The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Four

Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual practice nowadays). http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uucollective/2016/08/the-mindfulness-of-

16 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Bad Magic

In the medical profession informed consent is the basis for medical ethics, patients must understand the planned treatment and consent to it before it can start. Such consent belongs at the center of

17 hours ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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Take a Chance

They say that you have to play to win, but the saying leaves out an important part of the equation. What is the prize that you really want? Are you buying your tickets for the jackpot that really mean

18 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


August 25–Return Again: Our Principles-7

In Unitarian-Universalism, we gather ourselves and our faith around seven Principles. Our Principles are not religious dogma in content.  They are ethical principles in that they embody rather explici

21 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Everyone everywhere wants to tell women what to wear

The move against religious attire in France- in practice meaning various types of coverings used by some Muslim women- is not new. Recently, however, the brand of secularism touted by French authoriti

22 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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