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Gone to Seed

We think of flowers as the purpose of a blooming plant, and the color and scent of a blossom as the truly desirable part of a plant’s life cycle. But what matters to the plant are the seeds that remai

2 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Review: Fate System Toolkit

Have you ever thought about starting a tabletop rpg, but were intimidated by learning all the rules? Do you like the idea of Fate Core (reviewed in my last post!) but wish it offered a little more det

4 hours ago

Spirit of Squee (Site / Info)

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A Healthy Form of Tribalism

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of “tribe” in a modern Pagan context. The impetus for this has been the presence in my life of an amazing community that I’ve been blessed to be a pa

5 hours ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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Murdo, S.D., to Big Springs, Neb.

This morning, before we did anything else, I had to sign a legal document relating to my father’s estate in front of a notary. We stopped at an insurance agent’s office, and the woman who greeted us s

7 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Appreciating C-Span

I really enjoyed watching evening coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I still need to catch up on Donald Trump’s speech. Watching it on C-Span with no pun

8 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Local news

Caught a little bit of the local nightly news from yesterday, thanks to the DVR time-slot misaligning with the DNC running long. The fire news is big this time of year, and I noticed that the weather

11 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

June 11, 2016 – Getting Ready for Sale Day and Reminisces

I didn’t do this post justice, so it is time for a “do-over.” This will be the 2nd to last post for this blog, Now that I’ve had some time […]

11 hours ago

high hopes gardens (Site / Info)

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Eddie Glaude's impromptu definition of neoliberalism is pretty solid

From Michael Eric Dyson vs. Eddie Glaude on Race, Hillary Clinton and the Legacy of Obama's Presidency | Democracy Now!: Well, a neoliberal economic philosophy involves a kind of understanding that th

12 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

The man who owes too much

Josh Marshall, of Talking Points Memo: What's Going on With Putin and Trump and Why It's a Big, Big Deal. Mixed in with the cursory, outlandish, cartoonish, disturbing, ignorant, impulsive, and plain

12 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

The man who said too much

Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger arranged to prolong the war in Vietnam to secure the election in 1968. The government of Iran worked to sabotage Jimmy Carter's re-election bid by delaying the releas

13 hours ago

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Fired or Fired Up?

Joe Biden got it exactly right last night during his speech (Click) at the DNC when he said Trump is most famous for telling people they are fired and looking like he is enjoying it. That comment real

13 hours ago

Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

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Seeking Unity, Fearing Orthodoxy

There is a core dilemma in contemporary liberal religion, a broad category that includes much of Paganism, Unitarian Universalism, and the spiritual but not religious. That dilemma is the desire for u

13 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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August Flame

Goddess Circle    Colossal Creative Camp   Grab your phone!    Coming soon! Gayle Phillips Jeanie Goldberg Asher Meyer Nancy Emery Tom Hagner Kim Hummel Selena Carlson-Hagstrom Dan Luke Neil Bates Jud

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The Epic of the American Vice Presidency—Part I

Tim Kaine's introductory speech last Friday eased criticism of his pick as Hillary Clinton's running mate. Note:   This is one of those posts that got away from me as I looked at the new Democratic no

17 hours ago

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

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Bad behavior all around: on grumbling authors, agents who charge writers for pitches, and aspiring publishing people who shame writers

Because David Benjamin's post is still public, I'll share the link: My Latest Rejection, #319: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock. But if you're tempted to join the people who're mobbing him, please finish this

17 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)


The Twilight of Secularism in Turkey?

On July 15, reports exploded across the world’s media that there had been a military coup against the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pronounced Erdon) in Turkey. The reaction across the Eur

17 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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What Pokémon Go Tells Us About Our Media Future

By S. Craig Watkins Over the last few days, several people have asked me about the Pokémon Go phenomenon, especially friends who are not likely to play the game but are curious about why so many other

18 hours ago

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

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What Were They Thinking?

The Future Will Judge Us, part 1 "What were they thinking?" From the 15th into the 18th centuries, paranoia about witches in Europe and North America was at its peak. Estimates are that 40,000 to 100,

18 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Future Will Judge Us

New UULM-MD Coordinator

As an affiliated congregation, we at UUCF have supported the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland in the past and will continue as they combine with other liberal voices to make a difference with our e

21 hours ago

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Once it Tastes Blood, Madam Guillotine Always Wants More

As it happens it was on this day in 1794 that Maximillien Robespierre fed the guillotine. Apparently that taste for blood once tasted is never sated. Well, not until there’s no one left…

21 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)