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So Long ‘Frisco! 1906 Quake and Fire Inspire Turgid Verse

Survivors pick through the still smouldering rubble of the San Francisco Earthquacke and Fire of 1906. When the morning fog finally lifted over San Francisco on April 19, 1906, the air hardly cleared.

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

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Know Our Sacredness

Grateful to bring you our next installment in our bi-weekly messages with a prayer, an ancestor and a song speaking to our spirits. This week Megan Selby, who is supporting some of our work while Nora

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Our Stories - Standing on the Side of Love (Site / Info)

“We Must Save Ourselves from Our Low Ambitions”: Why Human Rights Are Inalienable, Not Inevitable

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Artificial Intelligence in the near future in a post titled “Immigrants Aren’t Coming for Your  Job, Robots Are.” Next week, I’ll be writing on “Malthus, Earth Day, &

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)


kite flying day

Yesterday during wood shop time, we attached tails to kites and short strings and took them to the field adjoining the school to give them a test flight. The kids loved the experience. Some ran with t

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

In the Shallows

If you so much as set a foot into the ocean you have made yourself part of something that spans between continents. We are enriched by even small connections to great things. What small connection to

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


8 Things To Do For Beltane As a Solitary Pagan

Most traditional activities for Beltane are designed for large groups or for couples, but many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. Here are eight things you can do to

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Mindfulness and the elite

From my files: Three years ago, the New York Times Magazine published an article by Virginia Heffernan on the craze for mindfulness (“Mind the Gap,” 19 April 2015, pp. 13-15). Citing a Time magazine c

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Five Movies That Define Me

I saw a post from my friend Allie Munier on Facebook about 4 movies that define me. As usual I want to do more. I have a Three Good Things Post that usually averages around 10-12. My favorite movie of

19 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

The Ecq Review

Godless gather under the full moon

HEALDSBURG, Calif –The light of the full moon which shines down on the mighty redwoods here will, in August, illuminate a gathering of non-theistic Pagans as the second annual Moon Meet is convened. H

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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An initial coin offering from Cambridge Analytica, to "raise money" (duh) to build "a system to help people store and sell their online personal data to advertisers." You know, "to protect information

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Poems to Live By in Our Troubled Times

By Helene Atwan: Is it only in April that we’re supposed to appreciate poetry? After all, as this April in New England is proving beyond a doubt, it is the cruelest month. But maybe that’s why we need

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

Literature and the Arts Bullets into Bells For Want of Water Helene Atwan Sasha Pimentel Brian Clements Alexandra Teague Dean Rader Dominique Christina Anarcha Speaks Richard Blanco


Maybe there was something more we could have done, sooner, to reduce the horror of the war Syria is waging on itself with too many people aiding chaos. Susan Rice's take and advice for strategy is sur

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Sunday, 4/22 ~ Multigenerational Earth Day Service!

How Far We’ll Go: A Moana Multigenerational Service for Earth Day 10:30am How far will we go to save our planet? This Sunday we will enjoy the courage, risk and determination portrayed in video clips

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Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (Site / Info)


Tax Day (revised)

News is, The IRS is giving taxpayers an extra day to file their tax returns after (ahem) something went wrong with the system. "All indications point to it being hardware-related," the report says alt

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Gary Snyder Points to the Ancient and Modern and Future Paths of the Buddha Way

  For me the most effective way of being in the world is to move in the direction of the stream of the Dharma. But one is not automatically “in the stream of the Dharma.” That’s where practice comes i

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Asparagus Drama

I am trying to catch up on my blogging about all the garden excitement last week, but then we had some more drama this week.  On Saturday, I was able to plant the second asparagus bed, along the side

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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skiffs on Ozarks at Large.

Yesterday Ozarks at Large on public radio station KUAF broadcast a news segment about the making and launch of our Bevins Skiffs.   http://kuaf.com/post/high-school-woodworking-class-fabricates-ecolog

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

A spring walk across Magog Down, to Stapleford Parish Pit, the River Granta and back to the Roman Road at Wandlebury

A spring walk across Magog Down, to Stapleford Parish Pit, the River Granta and back to the Roman Road at Wandlebury Click on this link for a map of the route All photos taken with a Fuji X100F Just c

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CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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April 18, 2018

Some how I got the reputation as THE poet of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, Illinois largely on the strength of being pushy and obnoxious about putting myself forward

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

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Only Natural

“There is no supernatural. We are continually learning new things. There are powers within us which have not yet been developed and they will develop. We shall learn things of ourselves, which will be

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)