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French Inaugurate the Arc de Triomphe 22 Years After Honoree’s Final Defeat

The Arc de Triomphe on the Place de Charles de Gaulle. In many ways the ceremonial inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (Triumphant Arch of the Star) on July 29, 1836 was a peculiar affair.

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

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Burned bucks

Yesterday, crossing the Slattery bridge over Boston’s Fairmount train line, I noticed this burned U.S. dollar on the sidewalk. Who knows the trivial tale here? While my first thought was that some you

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Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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Rallying for Deer Life

CHITTENANGO, NEW YORK –Cindy McGinley understands the circle of life and death quite well. A former president and current trustee of the Henge of Keltria, her belief that all life is sacred includes a

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

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at the start of day three...

I am at Marc Adams School of Woodworking for the start of day 3 of my five day box making class. Several of my students are more advanced than many might expect. Some have been in one of my earlier cl

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

One Earth

Mary de La Valette shares one of her poems from her home in New Brunswick, Canada. She has written for CUUPS publications since the 1980's.

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Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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July 28–The Washroom: Waking Up

Sleep can be a precarious thing for many folks–finding ways to transition from busy, exhausting daytime work to deep, restorative sleep.  There is another transition that we go through, on the other s

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Does the phrase “It’s all downhill from here” mean “It all gets worse from here” or “From here everything gets easier”? I suppose it depends on where the coast downhill will land you, and you can neve

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Dickinson, N.D., to Big Timber, Mont.

The wind storm from yesterday continued unabated. The National Weather Service warned of sustained winds of twenty to thirty miles per hour, and gusts up to sixty miles per hour. It was an unpleasant

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Road trips

That Troublesome Minx Eris is Discovered

It was on this day in 2005 that Eris was discovered by a Palomar Observatory team led by Mike Brown. At first it appeared to be larger than Pluto (turns out that it has greater mass, but Pluto has a s

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


July 29-The Washroom: Sharing the Washroom

This year the Southeast UU Summer Institute (SUUSI) was fortunate to find a site for our annual gathering after receiving a rather last-minute call in December from our expected hosts telling us they

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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The Importance of Praise

by Ellie Richardson                  Through my weeks of volunteering, I’ve noticed that one girl in particular doesn’t like to do art projects because she “doesn’t know how to draw”. At first, this s

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Promise the Children » Blog (Site / Info)

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Changing Lanes Without Signaling

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the World and Me, is a powerfully devastating window into the experience of living in a black body in America, a body that is constantly vulnerable to assault, to c

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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A fee to see the MFC?

So, I’ve heard through the grapevine that ministerial candidates are being charged $250 to see the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Said grapevine is not hap

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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The Universe Has No Plan And That’s OK

I don’t think the Universe has a plan, and in any case I can’t relate to a Universe that plans. But I can relate to the Old Gods.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins: Remembering a Poet on His Birthday

Jesuit, priest, and by my lights most importantly, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in Stratford, Essex, in Great Britain, on this day in 1844. And if you have forty minutes…

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


littleredspaces: theperksofbeingdisabled: Vintage on...

littleredspaces: theperksofbeingdisabled: Vintage on disability rights. Don’t let the black and white trick you. The Capitol Crawl was in 1990. This is not ancient history.

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RevSean (Site / Info)

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Tue, 10:51: Paris is waiting for her checkup. @ Ocean Beach Vetinary Clinic https://t.co/DPld6JQEHB Tue, 11:29: Heart sounds good @ Ocean Beach Vetinary Clinic https://t.co/PPAD4hFmjh

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Dangerous Common Sense (Site / Info)


Making Dreams Come True

As I traveled from my home in Richmond, Virginia to Portland, Oregon, I entered Kentucky with a feeling of trepidation. For the next 1300 miles, I would be driving in and out of states where my wife a

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


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RevSean (Site / Info)


Sandra Bland died in police custody, and now there is video available for all to see of her encounter with the trooper who, after pulling her over, asks her to put out her cigarette.  She declines, an

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UU Collective (Site / Info)