Author Archives: Jan Taddeo

May 1-Belonging: Someplace We Belong

Outwitted: He drew a circle that shut me out – heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: we drew a circle that took him in!        — Edwin Markham When … Continue reading

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April 24-Nature: You Are Welcome Here!

The previous owners of my home put much effort into creating beautiful gardens and landscaping. One of my favorite spaces they created is one they called The Blue Garden. Another is The White Garden. Each of these spaces has bushes, … Continue reading

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April 3-Nature: Collaborative or Competitive?

I expect that when most people hear the word “nature” their minds go to the outdoors – those places that are “outside.” Some might think of the natural world – the whole of life. But my mind also thinks about human … Continue reading

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March 27-Awe & Wonder: Fear & Dread

If you search on the phrase “awe and fear” or “awe and dread” there are rich sources and wise writings on how these concepts are intertwined. There are many lessons we can take from the stories of Jesus’ life and the … Continue reading

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March 20-Awe & Wonder: Namaste

Throughout this month I have been paying close attention to the world around me. Noticing small changes, and large changes…  in the trees, bushes, grass, flowers, wildlife. I am in awe of Spring as this area of our Earth awakens … Continue reading

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Science & Reason: Spiritual Practice

Some Unitarian Universalists struggle with reconciling the concept of spirituality and spiritual practices with their need for a reasonable approach to their religious journey. Yet, deep in our own history is one of the earliest sources for modern-day concepts of … Continue reading

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February 14-Science and Reason: Evolution of Love

When I was a teenager I wrote a lot of poems, mostly about love. It is interesting to look back on those poems now and witness the roller coaster of emotions I felt at that time in my life. On … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Changing Stories

If we have within us a biological need to internalize a rather permanent story of what the world is about, then not having a story, or being confronted with the changing story of science, could trigger a personal crisis. What … Continue reading

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The Sacred: Sacred Birth

Many years ago, my beloved, Russ, was on a business trip in Europe with a Christian colleague. As they toured some of the beautiful cathedrals during their off-time, they engaged in dialogue about their thoughts on various things related to … Continue reading

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The Sacred: Sacred Light

While there are things that make me crazy at Christmas time (traffic, consumerism), there is much that I do like about the Christmas season, not the least of which is all the colorful, creative, and sometimes subtle, light displays that … Continue reading

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