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A Blessed First Harvest

TWH — This weekend and next, many modern Pagans, Heathens and polytheists are observing the summer festival of Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, Lughnassa, and Harvest Home. Typically celebrated on Aug.

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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A Day with John Burroughs

A couple of days ago I cycled up to a place I regularly go to walk and think, Wandlebury Country Park. As I passed through the park's sglorious ylvan nave (photo to the right) a passage by one of the

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Seneca, from “On Anger”

After the lamp is out and my wife and I have said goodnight, I parade the whole day in review before me, and repeat all that I have said and done. I hide nothing from myself and leave nothing out. Why

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meditations, translations (Site / Info)

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Thinking of Marianne Ihlen & Leonard Cohen

About a week ago Marianne Ihlen was diagnosed with leukemia, and died on Thursday. She is believed to be about eighty or eighty-one. She and Leonard Cohen had a long-time romance, and she inspired sev

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Eisenhower Treads Goes Where the Founders Wouldn’t

President Dwight Eisenhower  signed legislation making "In God We Trust" the official National Motto.  He surrounded himself with clergy making sure to include a Muslim, a Rabbi, and Buddhist but sign

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

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open house at Clear Spring School.

We have an open house today at the Clear Spring School, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Visitors are welcome. I know that most of my readers are from far away. But come see the school and the CSS woodshop if you

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Reaching for Joy

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” –Carl Sandburg What joy are you reaching toward? The Daily Compass offers words and images to inspire spiritual reflection and e

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Stein, vaccines, and the new, better Green Party

Jill Stein has gotten some negative media attention due to an answer in a Reddit AMA regarding vaccines. Part of her statement: “I think there’s no question that vaccines have been absolutely critical

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Big Springs, Neb., to Evanston, Wyo.

Faced with an eight hour drive today, we slept late and didn’t get on the road until ten. Our first rest stop was in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. We pulled into the rest area expecting the usual fenced-in ar

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Review: The Secrets of Cats

Last one! For awhile anyway, I have others to review but I’ll wait awhile. So far I’ve talked about Fate’s core rulebook and a book full of suggestions on adapting them for a variety of games. Today I

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Spirit of Squee (Site / Info)

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Cold Beer

Sometimes cold beer makes everything a little better. And I love craft beer but it doesn’t have to be fancy. I really enjoyed a Lionshead Lager (PA) after going to the Beardsley Zoo on a humid day. I’

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Three Things (or, simplicity redux)

I’m guessing it’ll come as no surprise to most of you that I like to pack my days as full as possible. I’ve been like this my whole life – in 4th grade my teacher started an anonymous advice box … Con

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Another Possibility (Site / Info)

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RE NEWS By Joanne Dingus I’ve had the good fortune to be able to participate in two different UU events this summer. The first was General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio from June 22-26. As you may know I

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)


Interdependent Web: The America I know

A weekly roundup of blogs and other user-generated web content about Unitarian Universalism.

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UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

Three fascinating facts about gender and apologies

Just read Sorry, but it’s complicated | language: a feminist guide This is more interesting than I expected it to be. Three essential bits for me: 1. "Some studies have found women apologizing more th

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Child Hunger in the Summer

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was initiated in 1968 by an amendment to the National School Lunch Act to address the problems created by the lack of free school meals in the summer. Millions o

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Blog – Promise the Children (Site / Info)

Child Hunger

Column: The Mothers and the Mounds

It was the end of my time in Europe, as I was set to fly out of Cologne in a few days. I had just traveled from Strasbourg, France to a friend’s house just outside of Mannheim, Germany, and I was tryi

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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The Epic of the American Vice Presidency—Part II

Chester Alan Arthur, a card carrying political hack and toadie to New York State boss Roscoe Conklin, came to office after James Garfield died of his wounds from an assassin's bullet and surprised eve

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

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Reviving the Heart of Our Democracy

The Reverend William J. Barber II brought the crowd to its feet with his rousing speech last night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. His impassioned call for a moral awakening to

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

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Two Issues We Prefer Not to Think About

The Future Will Judge Us, part 2 What are we doing today for which our great-great-grandkids have a hard time forgiving us? Probably one of the first things that comes to mind for many of you is the e

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Future Will Judge Us