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Nest building

On my dinner break this evening, I made a quick visit to Baylands Nature Preserve, where Cliff Swallows are building nests along the wall of the small building that controls the outflow from Casey For

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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I Guess This Counts

No idea what to write. But, I am blogging every day so have to write something. Exhausted the last 2 days and didn’t leave the house on my days off. I should have run to Target and the library. I had

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Lessons From Youth Group

Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My home church in Orange County had an excellent religious educa

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Four Tips From Seasoned Bloggers

Bits of blogging wisdom from recently featured writers on Discover.

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Doreen Valiente – Witch, Spy and Friend to Royalty

[The Wild Hunt welcomes journalist Claire Dixon to our weekly news team. She is our U.K. correspondent and will be covering news and events specifically in that region, as well around the world. To le

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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White Crosses: Vigil Along the US/Mexico Border

By José Orduña A large bearded man named Tommy rolls a shopping cart full of wooden crosses into a small square off the Pan American Avenue. Someone has painted them all white. One block south of wher

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

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As the vapors suggesting we might have not one but two contested national party conventions this time around burn off in the bright sun of the final primary contests (Bernie's "big win" in Indiana, af

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Industrial strength white privilege

It's one thing to get elected Governor in one of the states that started as a colony, and then to accept a "gifts in return for favors" (as Zephyr Teachout delicately puts it for the New York Times ),

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consciousness, ants and ukuleles...

In the photo at left, you can see that my ukuleles are beginning to come together, with the sides being joined into a completed shape. I have no training as a luthier, and know that real luthiers woul

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Sword of Justice

Perhaps you are used to thinking of angels of mercy, but this sword-wielding angel is more interested in justice. When have you chosen ferocity over gentleness in the cause of justice? The Daily Compa

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


May 4–Belonging: Some Place to Belong

Do you know about the rainbow chalice? It’s a Unitarian Universalist mnemonic device for children. The colors of the rainbow help us remember UU’s seven principles. It goes like this: Red–Begins with

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Two Lives. One Life.

On Facebook I just ran across the epigram, “We live two lives. The second begins when we discover we have one life.” It’s attributed to Confucius. I found the sentiment compelling, and in the very sam

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Looking Back—My Own Private Kent State

Ohio National Guardsmen take aim to fire on students at Kent State on May 4, 1970. Note: Versions of this have been posted before but not since 2013 so it should be knew to most readers.   Memoir stor

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UUA Top Stories (Site / Info)

Examining the Universalist theory of worship

So, what makes Universalist worship Universalist? What keys do we have, if we want to build on a tradition? It turns out that it’s harder to say than in other denominational traditions, including the

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Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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Who’s teaching my daughter?

My 14 year old daughter is in 8th grade…and that moment, as a sexuality educator and a parent, I had been waiting for for years finally arrived. I got THE LETTER. The one where the school district req

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Adolescent Sexuality by Dr. Karen Rayne (Site / Info)

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Broken Brains

I watched “My Beautiful Broken Brain” today on Netflix. I’m still thinking about it. Having a major stroke around 35, and losing language losing the ability to read and write easily. Literally seeing

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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News brief: UU Humanists describe talks with UUA president about Boy Scouts

UU Humanists express disappointment that UUA has not issued ‘strong and immediate refutation’ of Boy Scouts’ ‘belief in God’ language.

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UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

Review – Batgirl (Issues 35-50)

It’s over!!! Well, kind of. Batgirl actually has two series starting up soon with two new creative teams, and I think there are two transition issues by the team that’s been working on it. But I don’t

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Not Everything Belongs in a Museum

Like so much in our society, the fact that museums have been around for hundreds of years and benefit many causes us to ignore some unpleasant facts about how these objects came to be where they are.

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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