Showing posts from June, 2012


One great thing about being a Unitarian is that, bottom line, we believe in making this world a better place, not because we're trying to get to heaven, but rather, because many of us don't believe there is a heaven, and it's our sacred duty to do what we can right here, right now.  This is it.

Anyway, I'm in Phoenix at the UU General Assembly with a couple thousand other Unitarians, travelling with a couple other adults and eight youth.  What's amazing about this group of young people is just how kind they are toward one another.  They're checking in with us regularly, taking care of themselves and each other, and allowing themselves to be inspired by the events.  They're attending workshops and worship, laughing, being moved, and generally, getting along.  Seeing them, and hundreds of other fine youth from around the country, makes me optimistic for the future.  

There's also plenty to spoof on here as well.  Garrison Kielor would have a field day.  …

The End of the Rat Race

First week off and so far, so good.  I’m not writing nearly as much as I had imagined.  For a long time now, like 20 years, I’ve been too busy to manage my house and it’s environs, so there are little situations everywhere that represent something that’s eventually supposed to happen.  Half-completed knitting projects, mosaics, disorganized art supplies, garden projects.  Things that were almost too depressing to look at, because you don’t want to abandon them – giving up, and all that it means.  
But on the other hand, the projects never start where you think they should.  You see a half-completed knitting project, for example, and can’t just pick it up and begin to knit, marching steadily toward a beautiful new sweater. It’s more like, pick it up, try to remember what it was going to be, untangle the yarn that’s gotten married to three other half-baked projects, try to locate the pattern or at least remember where you were headed – was it going to be a sock, or a hat, or a blanket …

Horoscopes: the Disturbing Scientific Discoveries Edition

I was looking at an article in the Smithsonian about the most disturbing scientific discoveries of all time, and thought, huh, now there's some horoscope material...

Aries (3/21 – 4/19): The Earth is not the center of the universe.  Some of these discoveries, while at first disturbing, become business as usual after a few prison terms and a long, long time, like 400 years (if you're Catholic).  Aries, we don't have 400 years.  Join up, and keep gracefully orbiting around whatever seems deserving.  Don't worry about whether it's the actual center of anything.

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20):  The microbes are gaining on us.  They evolve so rapidly, Taurus.  But can't we evolve too?  Or at least try to get along with the microbes?  Why must we annihilate everything?  This week, evolve quickly, try to get along, eat locally, speak your truth with an open heart.  Don't worry too much about whether penicillin is effective -- something's gonna get you, whether it's t…

I'll be back. . .

I've been busy creating this, and other tasks related to commanding the wolf to step back a few feet from the door.

But I do want to invite all of you to a special storytelling workshop this Sunday from 2:30 - 4:30 at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church.  It's going to be really fun, and we'll learn more about telling stories and coaching the stories out of our loved ones, and it's free, and Jeannie Yandel will be leading it.

AND, I plan to make brownies, which will also be free, and with any luck, some of the Tent City residents will join us and we'll have a chance to hear some really interesting stuff.

Please come if you can.