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The Playground – Win, Lose, or Draw: Losing

I played basketball when I was younger, from about the first grade (when I was young enough to bug my parents until they gave in) to the fifth grade (when my interests changed).  It can (and probably should) go without … Continue reading

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The Playground – Win, Lose, or Draw: Winning

The 5th principle of Unitarian Universalism states that we believe in the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.  To me this says that we follow our conscience and … Continue reading

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Foundations: Togetherness

I have 451 friends, and they all hear everything I have to say.  With the stroke of an enter key, I can share with them all what I had for breakfast.  I am so connected.  Certainly our capability to communicate … Continue reading

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The Library: Hallowed Ground

As part of a “getting to know you” game, we were asked at a dinner to show something we had in our wallets that was of importance to us.  That night, I found three library cards in my purse.  We … Continue reading

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The Labyrinth: of Gratitude

In 1992, I was arrested with some people that were breaking into cars in Pine Lake.  Seeing that I was on a leave of absence from my family’s first group home, they called my DFACS caseworker to come pick me … Continue reading

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The Garden: Coexist

So often, when we think of the creatures of the earth, we consider ourselves apart from all the rest.  There are humans, and then there are all the rest of the non-human animals in The Garden (whom we call simply … Continue reading

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Journeys: Thirsty

Life on earth began in water, and all life on earth depends on water.  Our emergence from and reliance on water is one of the most tangible and deepest connections between all manner of life – from humans to puppies … Continue reading

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Departures: In Search of Community

I just came from a community gathering that truly amazed me, once I saw it with clear eyes.  Consider what I saw.  Everyone was there.  There were Black and White people. People of various Asian cultures were there as were … Continue reading

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Sustenance: Community of Giving

There is a chalice lighting poem often used in Religious Education classes for young children.  When I taught RE at the Pre-K level, we recited this at the opening of each session.  (There are hand gestures that go with it … Continue reading

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Wings: of Angels

Each and every one of us has experienced the benefit of everyday angels in our lives.  When one sees a need and fills it, without consideration of compensation, when we put forth effort for the benefit of others without expectation … Continue reading

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