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April 30 – Come, Come Whoever You Are: Welcoming Woke-ness

Today you may hear words that upset you.  Today you may be confronted with ideas that challenge your innate or carefully cultivated sense of knowing that you are on the right path.  What will you do w

18 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Come Come Whoever You Are

Malleable

An infinity of shapes are inherent in the clay—and if you don’t like what you get you can always mush it up and start again. The clay only becomes rigid and fixed once it is fired.  That, of course, i

18 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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The Spirit Rests Where It Will. A Zen Priest Does a Little Scriptural Exegesis

I have a favorite trope that I cite from time to time. It goes “the spirit lists (or rests) where it will.” While I know it is biblical, I have to admit I’d forgotten the actual citation. So, I google

20 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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May Day Proles, Protest, and Poetry

Well it is the last day of April, a Sunday no less.   So this is the wind-up of our National Poetry Month posts which this year shamelessly celebrated and promoted the poetry of resistance.   Tomorrow

21 hours ago

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

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Ticks, Ticks, Ticks!

I went to a ritual today at a church where there was a charming labyrinth with a lovely bench to sit in and read after.  I was only outside for about thirty minutes but I ended up with five dog ticks.

1 day ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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On Joy

joy (n) 1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success. 2. a source or cause of

1 day ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Reflection

The Fine-Tuning Argument for God’s Existence, Part Two

“The Closet Atheist” has received several comments about her recent post on fine-tuning. The basic idea is that the laws of our universe might have been quite different from the way they actually are.

1 day ago

Theists & Atheists: Communication & Common Ground (Site / Info)

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The Status Quo Time Loop

The one unifying characteristic of both Donald Trump’s campaign and those who have mobilized to stop him is the concept of change. This is not piercing insight. Trump promises to remake how America re

1 day ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Column: The Poetry of Music

This month I chatted with a couple of musicians about the lyrical side, rather than the instrumental side of their music. It felt appropriate, as April in the United States is National Poetry Month. I

1 day ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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The mother of all bombs

There's been a lot said, a lot being said, what is there for me to add? It's pretty obvious we're in a world of hurt. All of the supposed "principles" the Republicans espoused when they lacked executi

1 day ago

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Tree Cutting at the Hall School

I know that the Hall School really needs a new building–the old one is falling apart.  So it was all approved by the city and the voters, and they are going to build it this summer.  That is a good th

1 day ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Willie Hits the Road

Willie Hugh Nelson was born on this day, the 29th of April, in 1933 in Abbot, Texas. Not long after both his parents left and he was raised by his grandparents. When he was six his grandfather taught

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Daisy Hernández Woke My Duende and Led Me To Start a Bookstore By and For People of Color

By Angela Maria Spring Sometimes it takes a cataclysmic event to unearth who we are. Even though I’ve been a bookseller of color for sixteen years, I didn’t fully realize until last year how great the

1 day ago

Beacon Broadside: A Project of Beacon Press (Site / Info)

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The Earth Challenge & the Spiritual Practice of Earth Breathing

(This post continue my reflection from yesterday on #ClimateMarch: Balancing People, Planet, & Profit.) In reflecting on climate change, I don’t want to exaggerate the costs of valuing the triple-bott

1 day ago

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

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STLT#210, Wade in the Water

I’m feeling at a bit of a loss this morning. On one hand, this is an important code song from the Underground Railroad, a warning to follow the river and keep an eye out for the friendly folk.  As Wal

1 day ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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Trump's budget and the arts.

Trump's proposed budget severely cuts funding for the arts at a time in which arts comprehension and student ability in the arts have already been severely curtailed by standardized testing and excess

1 day ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

"How not to be a chucklehead"—felicitously doing things with words in the interstitial places of our culture

Reading J. L. Austin this morning in bed Perhaps like many of you I have increasingly been finding the words of our politicians (in the form of their promises and statements) to be, at best confusing

1 day ago

CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Together, We Create

Any personal act of creation happens in the context of all that has gone before. No idea or craft or skill or technique exists in a vacuum. The only way to create is together with those who have gone

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Liberation Poetry—Empowering Voices

Today I want to sample from the second bookmy friend Everett Hoagland sent me the other day.   The first, you may recall was Resisting Arrest:   Poems to Stretch the Sky edited by Tony Medina.   Liber

1 day ago

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

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Why I’m Not At the MidAmerica Region Annual Assembly

I love Chicago.  I have family there that I’m normally always looking for a way to be with. And I have friends that I don’t see nearly enough. So when I first saw that Regional Assembly was going to b

2 days ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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