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August 25–Return Again: Our Principles-7

In Unitarian-Universalism, we gather ourselves and our faith around seven Principles. Our Principles are not religious dogma in content.  They are ethical principles in that they embody rather explici

2 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Return Again UU 7th Principle

Everyone everywhere wants to tell women what to wear

The move against religious attire in France- in practice meaning various types of coverings used by some Muslim women- is not new. Recently, however, the brand of secularism touted by French authoriti

3 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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435 rigged elections

Give or take. The House has been so well gerrymandered that even after Clinton wins by a landslide and the Senate tips back to the Democrats, the GOP and Paul Ryan will still be swinging the gavel. Da

4 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

CPAP, da da CPAP

I’ve done the two sleep studies and tried the CPAP the second time. I remember I had wicked drymouth but do have Biotene spray. I got the machine today and did nap but upstairs so I haven’t tried it h

6 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Kubo and the Two Strings — mini-review, no spoilers

I enjoyed this but didn't love it as much as some people have, for a number of small reasons that aren't worth going into. So much depends on endings, and this one has a smart ending, but I felt like

7 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)


Urban Decay’s “Razor Sharp” Ad

Urban Decay, a make-up company I adore and have written about many times in positive terms, produced this ad [click to enlarge]: Rightly called out for going over the edge of their self-description as

14 hours ago

PeaceBang (Site / Info)

Cultural Commentary

Buzz Coil: August 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog): HecateDemeter:

15 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

Buzz Coils

Now this more alluring offer

Paul Ryan asks me "Who are you rooting for?" and offers a flight, hotel & tickets to go see... the Wisconsin Badgers hosting the LSU Tigers in Green Bay, to open the college football season. That woul

17 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Pagans Take a Public Stand for Florida Everglades

[The Wild Hunt welcomes Nathan Hall as today’s guest journalist . He makes his home in South Florida where he works for a local media company and lives with his wife and soon-to-be first child. He gre

18 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Honoring the Goddess

UUFP member Allison Black offered the following homily as part of recent Sunday services on the subject of “Kinship with the Earth”. Goddess Circle is a discussion group that is open to everyone who w

18 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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poliiticians love charter schools. Scientists have other things in mind.

This exposé of charter schools is interesting, and while it might be unfair to paint all charter schools with the same broad brush, when politicians of both parties climb in bed with an idea, perhaps

20 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

HymnsoftheSpirit.org is back

I had some site problems this last week. My old main blog, BoyintheBands.com, was badly hacked and in the process of hardening the other sites against attack, I ruined the WordPress install for my hom

22 hours ago

Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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Media roundup: UU church sues to install solar panels

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

22 hours ago

UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

A Gentle Path

There is much to be said for the amazing views at the top of a rigorous mountain climb, but there’s also a lot in favor of a gentle walk in the woods, with nothing more remarkable before you than the

23 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


August 24–Return Again: Our Principles-6

In Unitarian-Universalism, we gather ourselves and our faith around seven Principles. Our Principles are not religious dogma in content.  They are ethical principles in that they embody rather explici

1 day ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Return Again UU 6th Principle

Very Bad Day at the Summer Resort—Pompeii, 79 AD

The Eruption of Vesuvius by Edward Turner, early 19th Century. On August 23, 79 AD by traditional accounts Mount Vesuvius near the shores of the Bay of Naples erupted destroying of the Roman cities of

1 day ago

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

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Reading Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism

The book opens with two quotes. The first from the Buddha himself. “The dharma is clearly visible, immediate, inviting, uplifting, to be personally sensed by the wise.” Paired with it is one from the

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Lenny – The Adventure

Lenny is adorable and weird. An awesome cat even though he likes to wake me up at 6:30 on my day off. The kitties also love to spray cardboard across the floor. And he loves to bat me to play and sit

1 day ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)



With a printmaking class coming up starting September 3, I thought it would be a good deadline for finishing the various half-done pieces I have in process. It’s been luxurious to start any piece that

1 day ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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You Are What Your Record Says You Are

The AFA’s recent announcement drops all pretense, but their record has long shown they’re a racist organization. What does your record say you are?

1 day ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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