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Please Remove this Label

Removing a label isn’t as easy as you might think. As often as not some scratchy tag end or sticky residue is left behind. Even when we try to set aside our prejudices, often some bit of unfair assump

1 hour ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Learning By Play

(Everyone is OK. Just follow-up testing.) Getting an MRI can be scary for anyone. If you're lucky enough to get to do it at Texas Children's Hospital, though, you can figure it all out at this play st

7 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

UU World Editors’ Blog

Links, updates, and commentary, including UUs in the Media and the Interdependent Web.

10 hours ago

UUpdates - Recent Site Additions (Site / Info)

“It’s Not Personal.”

Often when something upsetting happens people will try to cheer you up by explaining that “it’s not personal.” Being laid off from a job is not like being dumped by a boyfriend, the thinking goes. It’

11 hours ago

The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

Work Failure Language Identity Theft (Novel)

Biking the Mountains Original is Sold

Biking The Mountains 2- 15 X 11 Watercolor. As I painted I was thinking about the Smoky Mountains. I added the distance and fog. To a new home today. http://fineartamerica.com/featured/biking-the-moun

12 hours ago

REFLECTIONS (Site / Info)

A writing evolution (1)

My writing and preaching have changed dramatically and for the better in the last several years, and as I find it instructive to read other people’s accounts of such changes, here are three quick post

13 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Uncategorized preaching and worship

Shaken by Terror: Earthquakes and Memories of Civil War in Nepal

View image | gettyimages.com Rajeev Goyal was in the Kavre district of Nepal when the April 25 earthquake struck and has been involved in relief work since then. He and his team quickly mobilized and

14 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

History Biography and Memoir Rajeev Goyal The Springs of Namje

Oil Spills, Food and Local Culture

Another pipeline burst this week – Santa Barbara, this time. It’s big news, and of course the web is filled with pictures of ruined coastlines. But there’s more to oil spills than beaches – Santa Barb

16 hours ago

The Song and the Sigh (Site / Info)

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A Prayer When Angry

It’s easy to be angry– and justified in that anger– Let us turn that anger into righteousness by using wisdom by using love by using forgiveness to shape our actions so we can create justice– a better

17 hours ago

A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South (Site / Info)

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The UU Church and the Secret Pagans

It is a Sunday morning and my entire being is resistant to the situation I find my self in. This Pagan who has circled thousands of times in celebration of divinity is sitting in a pew, row after row

20 hours ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

Paganism Uncategorized Unitarian Universalism Peter Dybing

Thargelia once again celebrated in Greece

The ancient Pagan festival of Thargelia is once again being celebrated publicly in Greece by members of The Supreme Council of the Greek National (YSEE), an umbrella group working to restore the tradi

20 hours ago

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

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Happy B’Day, Fats!

Thomas Wright Waller, better known to most of us as “Fats” Waller, was born on this day in 1904.

22 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Initiation

Previously I’ve written about how to plan and compose initiation rituals. This is how we actually did it in 2012.

23 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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A Brief History of Natural History *

While our study of the world around us is undoubtedly as long as that of human history (and has been the province …<p>Continue reading →

23 hours ago

bay witch musings (Site / Info)

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The doll...

Stacking of shapes associated with Froebel I was reading in Froebel's Gifts by Wiggin, and found a reference to the unmentioned shape. Assembling the cube, cylinder and sphere outside the order in whi

23 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

That’s Why They Call It Practice

Sit Down, Kid When I was in my early 20s, I decided to dedicate myself to becoming a writer. Coming from a farming background, no one that I knew was a writers and no one that I knew had any idea abou

23 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Not Actually Shy

I mentioned at the start of the month that I was going to focus on figuring out what it means to succeed as an autistic person, rather than trying to judge success on neurotypical expectations. Since

1 day ago

Spirit of Squee (Site / Info)

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Hold On

Babies are quite literally built to hold on—their tiny fingers grasp by reflex, before they are even able to consider what it means to have a person that they can cling to. What is the largest thing t

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Founding the American Red Cross in the Parlor of a Fragile Waif

Young Clara Barton, school mistress. On May 21, 1881 Clara Barton, already famed for her tireless work as a Civil War nurse , organized the founding meeting of the Association of the American Red Cros

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

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Marking Milestones

My spouse is in the next room, watching the final episode of Letterman. It's likely the first episode he's watched in five years. And yet. We feel compelled. To witness, and to be part of something bi

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

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