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What International Travel Taught Me About Shame, Ableism, and Invisible Disabilities

I debated a lot with myself whether or not my son and I should join my husband on his work trip to Brazil. He has travelled out of the country a lot, but my son and I never have. My husband has always

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Bipolar Spirit (Site / Info)

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My tweets

Thu, 17:55: $500 Million for Bike Lanes. $0 for MUNI. Why I'm voting NO on Prop A. http://t.co/yl8MrrlZrn

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Dangerous Common Sense (Site / Info)


Vote for Voting

It is a Right. Some Want it be a Privilege From UUA.org, “On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states,

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Blue Boat (Site / Info)

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Mexican man takes sanctuary in UU church, and other UUs in the media

Denver UUs offer sanctuary despite deportation order Stemming from a 2010 confrontation with a fellow contractor that led to his arrest and the flagging of his legal status, a 41-year-old father of tw

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uuworld.org : UUs in the Media (Site / Info)

UUs in the Media

On the Side of Love with Ferguson

“The real challenge for us is not in the short-term, but in the long-term. Events like those transpiring in Ferguson have happened too often. The disturbing fact is that they could have happened in mo

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Standing On The Side Of Love » Blog (Site / Info)

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Not your best government job

Don't know how much we need an Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, but we've got one, and it currently has vacancies. Scanning through that overview, linked from the latest email

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

People to bring the casseroles, lessons in grief, and more

People to bring the casseroles The Rev. Sharon Wylie has hard truths to tell the “spiritual but not religious” crowd. Nobody wants a minister Until Suddenly they do. And nobody wants a church Until A

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uuworld.org : The Interdependent Web (Site / Info)

Interdependent Web

Blessed Samhain

Tonight and tomorrow is when most modern Pagans celebrate Samhain. Samhain is the start of winter and the new year according to the old Celtic calendar. This is a time when the ancestors are honored,

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

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Always blame the writer before you blame the actor

I left this comment at Which Episodes You Must Watch To Catch Up On Agents of SHIELD: "Actors can't be better than their material. Speaking as a writer, I assure you, the first person to blame for a l

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

Detroit Little Free Library Capital of the World

This is an Indigogo campaign that I think deserves a plug. This campaign aims to add 313 more Little Free Libraries to the city to honor its iconic 3-1-3 area code, and to promote reading and communit

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The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

Michigan Books and Reading

Today in the wood shop...

I am working on an award base for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and will also begin the process of assembling 120 inlaid boxes to be given as special gifts in December. The engraving o

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

To Know

Yesterday, in what was originally intended to be a quick stop-off for a cup of coffee at my parents' house before going on my way, I ended up finding myself in a lengthy theological discussion with my

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Life in 361˚ (Site / Info)

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Good Kid from Hyde Park

He knew your name. Like the obverse of the Cheers theme, he knew everybody’s name. Mayor Tom Menino internalized the number one rule for successful populist politicians — he remembered you, your face

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Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Presidential Search Committee begins accepting applications for the next UUA president tomorrow, November 1, 2014.  Social media has been littered with posts f

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Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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Linus, from the Peanuts cartoons of Charles Schultz, used to spend the evening of Halloween waiting in a pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin, who, sadly, never arrived. But if only he had let go of th

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Constantly Reinventing Halloween

Durids, who probably did not look like this, built bonfires on Samhain. I am guessing that readers of this blog are probably more familiar with the origins and development of Halloween than most folks

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

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Hallowe’en – The Library: “Who are You?”

We are in the South, and here, to some, there is a religious objection to the celebration of Halloween.  In school, therefore, the kids have “literary character day” annually, instead.  While it is al

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Some Days Require Chocolate Pudding.

This is not one of my allegory posts. Just pudding. No pictures because too busy eating. Base recipe is Tyler Florence's, but I switched out ingredients some. 1 cup nonfat milk (I don't have whole mil

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Sometimes Her Huntington’s Disease Shuts Down My Ability to Write

My brain is full of thoughts I’d like to develop into blog posts. Likewise, a fellow historian honored me with a request to provide him with a critical reading of a paper before he presents it next we

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Politywonk (Site / Info)

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In their own words?

Lawerence Denney, my least favorite candidate for Idaho Secretary of State (just so you know) has his Facebook campaign page touting his campaign site's "In Their Own Words..." feature, assembling end

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Walking in their Footsteps: A Call to Solidarity

(This post was originally written for the Faith & Family Homelessness Project. I highly recommend checking out their resources and learning more about how to experience and volunteer with their Povert

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What's My Age Again? (Site / Info)

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Seeking a Song of Love

For all that is our life! by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard A hand that’s warm in friendship strong, that lifts us up when things go wrong and builds a church where — more than creeds — we count our blessi

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Putting Gratitude into Practice

Originally posted on UU Fellowship of the Peninsula: For all that is our life! by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard “The discipline of gratitude reminds us how utterly dependent we are on the people and world

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Life's Too Short To Sing The Melody (Site / Info)

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Remembering Mayor Menino: Boston’s First Italian American Mayor

Today we remember tireless and beloved public servant, Mayor Tom Menino, Boston's first Italian American mayor and its longest-serving mayor in history.

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Against 'The Light'

I have written a letter to The Friend, magazine of the British Quakers - and an excellent one at that. It raises a small protest against the branding of the redeveloped Large Meeting House as 'The Lig

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Life in 361˚ (Site / Info)

Religious Ramblings

Galen Project starts in Cambridge tomorrow evening — 7.30-9.30pm Unitarian Hall CB1 1JW

WELCOME  There is a course blog to which all are invited to contribute: http://galenprojectcambridge.blogspot.co.uk See also: http://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/reflection/courses http://blogs.exeter.a

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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Religion and the Imagination, Bedford version

Almost exactly a year ago, I gave a talk “Religion and the Imagination” at the Unitarian Church of Quincy, Illinois. The text and audio of that Sunday service is here. (It’s slightly longer, and has t

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Free and Responsible Search (Site / Info)

Tom Menino and the Ride Not Ridden

Definitely on my to-do list and almost as surely not on his, I wanted that promised bike ride from Hyde Park to City Hall, maybe with Steve Murphy too. It would be the old guys cycling to town. Like s

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Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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new teachers...

Forty to 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession in their first five years. ( 9 1/2 percent leave their first year.) So why do they quit, and why do some stay? The Stowe family is one of dedic

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Sunday Services (November 2014)

Services for November 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula theme: Resilience November 2nd: “Navigators USA — Nature, Inclusion, Community” Every first Sunday of the month, ou

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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