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Kubo and the Two Strings — mini-review, no spoilers

I enjoyed this but didn't love it as much as some people have, for a number of small reasons that aren't worth going into. So much depends on endings, and this one has a smart ending, but I felt like

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Urban Decay’s “Razor Sharp” Ad

Urban Decay, a make-up company I adore and have written about many times in positive terms, produced this ad [click to enlarge]: Rightly called out for going over the edge of their self-description as

7 hours ago

PeaceBang (Site / Info)

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Buzz Coil: August 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog): HecateDemeter:

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Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

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Now this more alluring offer

Paul Ryan asks me "Who are you rooting for?" and offers a flight, hotel & tickets to go see... the Wisconsin Badgers hosting the LSU Tigers in Green Bay, to open the college football season. That woul

10 hours ago

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Pagans Take a Public Stand for Florida Everglades

[The Wild Hunt welcomes Nathan Hall as today’s guest journalist . He makes his home in South Florida where he works for a local media company and lives with his wife and soon-to-be first child. He gre

11 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Honoring the Goddess

UUFP member Allison Black offered the following homily as part of recent Sunday services on the subject of “Kinship with the Earth”. Goddess Circle is a discussion group that is open to everyone who w

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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poliiticians love charter schools. Scientists have other things in mind.

This exposé of charter schools is interesting, and while it might be unfair to paint all charter schools with the same broad brush, when politicians of both parties climb in bed with an idea, perhaps

13 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

HymnsoftheSpirit.org is back

I had some site problems this last week. My old main blog, BoyintheBands.com, was badly hacked and in the process of hardening the other sites against attack, I ruined the WordPress install for my hom

14 hours ago

Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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Media roundup: UU church sues to install solar panels

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

15 hours ago

UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

A Gentle Path

There is much to be said for the amazing views at the top of a rigorous mountain climb, but there’s also a lot in favor of a gentle walk in the woods, with nothing more remarkable before you than the

16 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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August 24–Return Again: Our Principles-6

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

16 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Return Again UU 6th Principle

Very Bad Day at the Summer Resort—Pompeii, 79 AD

The Eruption of Vesuvius by Edward Turner, early 19th Century. On August 23, 79 AD by traditional accounts Mount Vesuvius near the shores of the Bay of Naples erupted destroying of the Roman cities of

17 hours ago

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

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Reading Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism

The book opens with two quotes. The first from the Buddha himself. “The dharma is clearly visible, immediate, inviting, uplifting, to be personally sensed by the wise.” Paired with it is one from the

18 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Lenny – The Adventure

Lenny is adorable and weird. An awesome cat even though he likes to wake me up at 6:30 on my day off. The kitties also love to spray cardboard across the floor. And he loves to bat me to play and sit

23 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Unfinished

With a printmaking class coming up starting September 3, I thought it would be a good deadline for finishing the various half-done pieces I have in process. It’s been luxurious to start any piece that

1 day ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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You Are What Your Record Says You Are

The AFA’s recent announcement drops all pretense, but their record has long shown they’re a racist organization. What does your record say you are?

1 day ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Schooled

Dropped in to sample Neal Larson's talk radio show, just happened to be the day back in January when Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump (working headline: "Dumb and Dumberer"), with an electronic thump

1 day ago

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(8-23) Boston at last

The ride down on 1-A was fast & getting hot. From Salem on was city & between my & drivers' recklesness I'm surprised I made it. Hitched thru the tunnel & into downtown. The Haymarket, the Commons. Go

1 day ago

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Social Action Sundays

Upcoming Social Action Sundays: We will be undertaking collections for the following organizations.  Unless noted, please make your checks out to the organization listed. Sept 18 Schenectady Home Furn

1 day ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

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Go See Kubo & the Two Strings: You Don’t Need to Read Anymore Than That

But if you want a little more. The other day an old friend who is Zen teacher as well as a math professor said that on a scale of one to ten, Kubo and the Two Strings is a twelve. For a math professor

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Ministerial Search Committee

The Search Committee has been focusing a great deal of its time lately on familiarizing ourselves with the information required to be included in the Congregational Record. The Record, whose format is

1 day ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

Ministerial Search Committee Upcoming Activities

Sacred Well Congregation Earns EEO Status Opening Doors for Chaplains

BUTLER, Mo. – The Sacred Well Congregation (SWC),  a universalist, independent, non-evangelical Wiccan Church, announced it ise an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization (EEO) for the Department of Vet

1 day ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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President’s Blog – John Reschovsky: Sept. 2016

A Time for Change As summer comes to an end, church is shifting into high gear. I hope your summer has offered some joy and relaxation. For me, it has been an intense time but with much joy as Sandra

1 day ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

Circles - Highlights President's Column

Life Is Not a Utilitarian Calculation

In 1990, I was a graduate student at the University of Virginia, studying simultaneously in government: political theory, and in philosophy. In an ethics seminar taught by Cora Diamond, we were consid

1 day ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Attain the Good You Will Not Attain

Have we lost our minds?

Or are we just headed that way? The old saying that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" comes to mind, reading Anna Nemtsova's Letter from Moscow on Politico , "Trump Is Already Helping Putin Consoli

1 day ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Gender Liberation

Last summer, when The United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, we celebrated a watershed moment in the struggle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual equality. And as significant as that victory

1 day ago

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

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plexiglass

I wanted a rosette window in my boxes designed as small chapels of wood, so tried turning plexiglass round on the lathe to fit. After two attempts with it breaking each time, I changed course and used

1 day ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Six Key Mistakes for Recruiting Volunteers in Your Congregation

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Growing Unitarian Universalism (Site / Info)

Announcements guilt Spiritual Vitality Organizational Maturity recruiting mistakes volunteers

The Acadian Forest

Mary de La Valette shares one of her poems from her home in New Brunswick, Canada. She has written for CUUPS publications since the 1980’s.

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Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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Rose Colored Glasses

Some people see the world through rose colored glasses. Some see the world through lenses that are tinted grey. They are equally right about the colors of the world. What helps you to take off your ti

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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