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Two hasty thoughts on SF and the damaging effects of literary status envy

When I say hasty, I mean it: I haven't bothered to find out who ESR is and I haven't read any of the 76 comments that were there a moment ago. Today's going to be busy for me. But I wanted to say that

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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In Defense of Demonstrating

My favorite movies explore the interplay of character and ideas. If they include history, so much the better. This explains why Politywonk is amusing herself with “Hannah Arendt”, whose topic speaks f

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Politywonk (Site / Info)

Religion Spiritual Community humanism Doing Denominational History Religious Diversity Social Contract Bearing Witness Freedom of Speech Germanic History Religious Humanism

Children of Incarcerated Parents, Split-Plate for August 17

Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP) helps a special group of people in Frederick County, one that is often forgotten: children and their caregivers in the precarious position of havin

3 hours ago

uusocialjustice.org (Site / Info)


The secret lesson of the vegetarians

I’m a vegetarian, and have been for (what?) a year or two. Not for health reasons, or ecological ones, but for ethical and religious reasons. More about that later, maybe. And when you read personal 

3 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Universalism Mission and Polity

The Shadow Knows…

When Street and Smith , a Depression era publisher of pulp fiction  decided to try and boost the sagging sales of its flagship magazine Detective Story Magazine they took a flyer on radio, which was j

3 hours ago

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

Movies Agnes Morehead comic books comic strips Frank Readick Lamont Cranston Margo Lane Mutual network Orson Wells pulp fiction radio Street and Smith The Shadow Walter B. Gibson

Three Good Things – First Ten Days

I am always skeptical of these memes. But I liked it was only for 5 days and just 3 things a day. I am now in day 10. And really enjoying it. It’s nice to think of positive things in the morning and t

3 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Flight Behavior: The moral of the story

At the end of Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, Dellarobia, and her 6 year old son, Preston, leave the house to walk to the neighbor's peach orchard where the butterflies have descended off the m

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)


Story of the day - Saving our elderly planet

"Honey, listen to these passages from Moore's book. I just love her writing. It is full of pathos and snark all at the same time. "I feel like I'm dying, but I'm not exactly breaking new ground here.

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

Story of the day

Resting on Air

Albatrosses ride the wind for vast distances, staying aloft for most of the year. They manage this amazing feat not by the strength of their giant wings, but rather by their ability to find and remain

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Summer Update

The very few, if any, regular readers of this online journal may wonder where I have disappeared to given my absence over the past month or so. The simple answer is to say I've been busy, not just wit

6 hours ago

Life in 361˚ (Site / Info)

Religious Ramblings Life Snippets

July 31–Departures: Spirit of Light

This is the time of year, at least here in the Deep South of the United States of America, in North America, we are easy to take lots and lots of sunlight for granted.  We even complain about it.  It

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Yes, I Watched Sharknado 2 Tonight.

Special theme dinner of grilled fish w/ potato twisters. I'm not at all ashamed. I knew Sharknado 2 would be stupid and not especially cultured or filled with excellent acting.  And I enjoyed it, with

11 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

The poem of life

I love being 38 years old.  While by some standards I am nowhere near where I 'should' be "career-wise", I seem to have gained more knowledge about myself and about living- and especially about happin

13 hours ago

Walking the Journey (Site / Info)

day 3 complete

This was my third day of box making at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Students are doing well. Today I demonstrated wooden hinges and barbed hinges, making bases and lids, and mitered box joints. I

15 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)


This birch tree was in my front yard in Utah.  It is hard to tell at first glance, but two of the tree’s branches grew together and then separated again.  In my yard in CA, I have a redwood tree that

15 hours ago

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

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Syria’s civil war machine keeps chugging

Last week an estimate came out; with over 1,700 dead, the third week in July may have been the deadliest in the Syrian conflict to date. This combines with a press conference held by a regime defector

17 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Does he drink Dos Equis, too?

There are a lot of "fascinating" politicians absorbing taxpayer (and campaign donor) dollars without giving back commensurately. While Marc Johnson effuses about what an interesting a guy Raúl Labrad

18 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Highway to recess

Big news in yesterday's paper that the 2½ mile extension of Idaho 16 is set to open middle of next month, complete with another bridge over the Boise River. We're $111 million into a plan that could c

19 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Religious Terrorism [Cindy Landrum]

Rev. Dr. Cindy Landrum On July 20, the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, became the target of what some have described as "religious terrorism."  It sounds like hyperbole

19 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism religious terrorism

A Case for Evangelism

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Growing Unitarian Universalism (Site / Info)

Spiritual Vitality