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Caught In A Summer Rainstorm With My 90yr Old Mother

I was taking Mother for her daily stroll (she in wheelchair). We stopped at the AMH community gardens, and met Cliff. He came out and gladly told us all about the greenhouse where veggies grow year ro

2 hours ago

RestorativeConversations (Site / Info)

Saco Bay, Maine

Ferry Beach State Park, Saco Bay, Maine — Eagle Island in the distance.

5 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Road trips

Spiritual Buffets and the Value of Traditions

The many traditions of religion and spirituality are like a huge buffet offering an appetizing but bewildering assortment of choices. And like a buffet, picking spiritual practices at random can lead

7 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Inspirational Characters

I had another post planned. Planned and mostly written, actually. I like it. But I’m very tired and have a lot going on right now, so I was having trouble pulling it together and finding a way to end

8 hours ago

Spirit of Squee (Site / Info)

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Did Burt’s Bees Become Clorox’s Bees?

By Fran Hawthorne Image from Flickr user Mr. TinDC Ben. Jerry. Tom. Burt. They are icons of the ethical-shopping world, the patriarchs (there are no famous matriarchs) of the small crop of natural pro

9 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

American Society Ethical Chic Fran Hawthorne

Call for UU presence in St. Louis for the 1 year anniversary of Michael Brown's murder

The extrajudicial killing of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 sparked a cry from Ferguson, Missouri that has not relented. Protests have continued daily across the greater St. Louis metro region ever s

12 hours ago

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

with some disgust...

My wife and I drove down our road this morning and were rudely reminded that there are crude humans living among us.  The image is of trash dumped along our roadside last night, purposely pushed in wh

12 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Patron of Immigrants—Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Francis Xavier Cabrini as a young nun in Italy. She arrived in New York City in 1889 just short of 40 years old, a frail and tiny woman accompanied by six of her sisters barely able to speak a word of

12 hours ago

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

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A Tip of the Hat to Bobby H. on the Occasion of His Birthday!

This is quite the day. Among many other things it is World (or, International) Chocolate Day, as well as, as pretty much any flying saucer enthusiast can tell you the day in 1947 when when a flying sa

13 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


REVIEW: Jeri Studebaker's Breaking the Mother Goose Code

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Breaking the Mother Goose Code: How a Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years by Jeri Studebaker (Moon Books 2015), trade paperback, 319 page

13 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

O glorious nature! Supremely fair and sovereignly good! All-loving and all-lovely, all-divine! — a set of photos from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Susanna A day of much needed rest today after a very busy week last week and a very busy week to come. Susanna and I (first two photos to the right), as we so often do, decided to go to the wonderful

14 hours ago

CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Religious Pluralism and the Baphomet Monument

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – In late June, the Oklahoma State Capitol monument of Ten Commandments was declared unconstitutional and would have to be removed. This came after several years of public cont

15 hours ago

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

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drill jig...

Accurately drilling hinge pin holes on the drill press requires a simple drilling guide to hold the stock in the right position so that pins, left and right can be positioned in perfect alignment. If

18 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

The licenced minister application

This is the text of the form — it fits on two sides of half-sized piece of paper — used by applicants for a letter of license in the Universalist Church. I pulled this from a filled-in example from 19

19 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Forecasting Apples

The blossom neither looks nor smells nor tastes anything like the fruit it will become, and yet the apple is there, the harvest implicit in the first flowers. What inside of you is waiting to appear,

20 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


July 7–Playground: Doing Good

When I was a child in the fifties, we had lot of little rhymes and songs for various purposes.  We had “Einie, Meanie, Miney, Moe….” for choosing people and things, we had jump rope songs, like “Down

1 day ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Children Can Teach Us How to Read

Teaching isn’t just providing their students with information, it’s also listening to the students for information about themselves and how they learn. One day while doing my volunteer work at a summe

1 day ago

Promise the Children » Blog (Site / Info)

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The Care and Feeding of Black Children’s Souls, pt. 2

In his keynote address during Ministry Days Rob Hardies said (I’m paraphrasing) “I want Unitarian Universalism to be as open to my son as it was to me.” [if the UUMA is smart, they would put that keyn

1 day ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)


A Little Chronicle of Our Trip to Cuba

By Ruth Behar This blog appeared originally on Bridges to/from Cuba. For years Richard Blanco and I had talked about traveling to Cuba together. Finally the time seemed right. On June 13th, we met up

1 day ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

Literature and the Arts Richard Blanco Ruth Behar

MDD CON Coordinator Position Available

The Mountain Desert District have a need for a CON Coordinator to support vibrant youth ministry in MDD congregations by helping to ensure well-organized, covenantal and healthy district conferences f

1 day ago

Mountain Desert District (Site / Info)

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