And the subject was “Battle Hymn of the Republic”…

Months ago, my Unitarian Universalist minister asked a bunch of us to provide meaningful songs on which she could base sermons throughout the year. Mine, as it happens, was the subject of today’s service. I chose (off the top of my head) the Battle Hymn of the Republic. A few weeks ago, she followed up with a Read More …

There are words…

In 2005, I lost eight people (either through direct relationships with them or indirectly through my friends). Children, parents, people with whom I was friends, and one I worked with weekly as a parent in a co-op nursery school. I found I couldn’t make sense of some of the things I heard during the funerals Read More …

One month to go…

The end of November is often too busy to step back and look at where we are. Between prep for Thanksgiving (which came disturbingly early this year) and all the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday-Tuesday… and so forth, it’s hard to imagine anyone actually accomplishing anything before the Advent calendars start opening on the 1st. Read More …

01/20/2009: Inauguration!!!

[eta: Started at 11:35am…] Going to update this entry as things happen, to save your Friends page. Just click refresh every once in a while! 1. I forgot to buy a paper. Anyone willing to share? I’ll pay, of course! 2. I also need a copy of the concert from Sunday. Will take from any Read More …

I’m just a little late, here, but gotta say it anyway…

We watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on the 1st, because my oldest wasn’t up to watching anything the night before. After it was over, the kids begged to watch You’re NOT Elected, Charlie Brown. Originally, I said it was not as good. I was wrong. I forgot how closely it paralleled the 1972 Read More …

Does anybody here see what I see???

07/03/2008: 1. It’s the 4th. Anyone want to come over and watch 1776 with me? Like maybe tonight??? I need some serious patriotism infusions (like the right kind, not what we’re hearing from Capitol Hill). [ETA: I want to watch the movie – really, I do – but I have to go fetch roller skates Read More …

On the subject of Easter and some of the things I’ve heard…

It’s been a long time since I waxed philosophical. I guess Spring brings it out of me. First, before I get to the discussion, I want to repost the UU Principles, because I’m going to come back to them in a bit. If you don’t read them now, you might want to go back and Read More …

On this day….**

CNN: Solemn tributes mark 9/11’s fifth anniversary* The Washington Post: NINE LIVES, 10 YEARS LATER* (Original article updated) Snopes – Rumors of War: https://www.snopes.com/?s=war The American Civil Liberties Union: http://www.aclu.org/ and finally The League of Women Voters: Patriot Act Today is a somber reminder that people can and do feel free to abuse the life, Read More …