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Silly face

Joy said about the drawing I posted earlier, “All self-portaits have that same expression.” True–it’s the expression of someone concentrating. Just to prove it wasn’t the only option, I did this oneju

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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Unintended lesson in perspective

I didn’t go to drawing today; it’s rare for all three of us in the family to have a weekday off, and we preserved it as a family day. I did some drawing at home, though, which I seldom do in any susta

3 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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A Pagan at Donner Pass

We treat Nature as something other, something to be conquered and exploited, never remembering that like the Donner Party, our ill-informed actions have very real consequences.

5 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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How to Help First-Year College Students Be Sexually Smarter

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Call And Response (Site / Info)

contemporary culture Children and Critical Thinking Sexuality Education our whole lives (owl)

Wild Blueberries

Wild blueberries plants don’t really photograph well–the plants are low to the ground and often in a large patch.  The flowers are tiny and bell shaped.  I have been trying to grow them in our yard fo

6 hours ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Memorial Day 2015: Peace Pagoda

More often than not, I end up spending some part of Memorial Day weekend at the New England Peace Pagoda. It started as a way to hangout with a dear friend and then turned into an irregular habit and

6 hours ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)


The Polytheist in the Sunday Service

It is intended to be inclusive language, and I very much appreciate that intention, but it can be jarring to sit and think "okay, which deity should I be addressing for this?"

11 hours ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

Paganism Uncategorized Unitarian Universalism Pagan unitarian universalist Molly Khan

"We Were Young. We Have Died. Remember Us."

The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: W

12 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

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Asking Micah Bales’s question: Are we capable of planting churches?

A cautionary tale. I’ve worshipped with Micah here in D.C. so I sawa little of what he described but I’m certainly no Quaker, and (happily) have since gone back to my old church. But the critical mass

12 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Honoring our Pagan Fallen on Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a federal holiday that honors the many who have died in military service. For decades, modern Pagan and Heathen military personnel have worked to have their contribu

12 hours ago

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

Paganism Memorial Day


There is so much.. too much, really. Too much bad news, too much good news. Too much stimulation. Too many articles to read. Too many new ideas. Too much movement to respond to. Too much death. Too mu

13 hours ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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A service without…

At the risk of austerity-mongering,  it’s worth asking what a small, or new, or fragile church can do without in its worship to make worship sustainable, and to free up money and energy for other part

13 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Mission and Polity

Irish Gay Marriages by Fall

We can forgive a short pun period following the Irish plebiscite putting marriage equality in the constitution. I've heard the likes of sods on the auld sod. I do not hear anti-gay meanness, just spil

14 hours ago

Marry in Massachusetts (Site / Info)

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A Peek at Long Beach

Yesterday Jan & I were up for almost twenty-four hours in the madness of moving Jan & Helen the cat to our new home in Long Beach. I’ll remain here for a few days as we try to get a few things togethe

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)



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RevSean (Site / Info)

test box

I have a new box design based on laminating a number of thin strips of wood to prepare the stock. The lamination was crosscut at a 55 degree angle, and then glued using Gorilla Glue to a piece of maho

15 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Channing Is Still Relevant on “the Noblest Work on Earth”

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15 hours ago

Call And Response (Site / Info)

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You Whom I Hoped to Reach by Writing

Back when I lived in my first apartment– half of the only house in a trailer park in Cadillac, Michigan. I read a book of poetry by Erica Jong. Only one poem stuck with me, and then only parts of it.

15 hours ago

Laura Lee (Site / Info)


Birthdays (June 2015)

Many Happy Returns to our UUFP members and friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in June!  They are: Jeannine Christensen Alicia Hofler Helene Drees Susan Lopater Carrie Sheeler Lydia Disney

16 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

2015 Birthdays EDITION: June 2015

Memorial Day

We take this day in the United States to honor all those who have given their lives in military service. May we additionally honor all the others who willingly walk into harm’s way to keep others safe

17 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)