How Doctors Die

Nothing I have written in the 3½ years I’ve been keeping this blog is as important to you personally as this article by Ken Murray, a medical doctor and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC. It’s titled “How Doctors Die.” Here’s one paragraph, then go read the whole thing. It’s not a frequent [Read More...]

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Yule Circle!

If you’re in the North Texas area come out and join Denton CUUPS for our Yule Celebration next Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 PM. We’ll celebrate the Solstice and the rebirth of the Sun. We’ll be in our usual location, the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton, Texas 76201. Click the image for [Read More...]

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Messy Religion

Fellow No Unsacred Place columnist Juniper has a new essay titled “This Gift, This Sacrifice” about the offerings she made during a recent Hecate’s Night ritual. I’ve written about sacrifice a few times recently and don’t have anything more to add to that. What grabs me about Juniper’s essay is the messiness of her rituals [Read More...]

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Climate Change: Talk, Action and Myths

Crossposted with No Unsacred Place. Check it out and read some of the other writers too! The United Nations Climate Change Conference is meeting this week and next week in Durban, South Africa.  The theme is “Working Together – Saving Tomorrow Today.”  That theme is far more optimistic than most observers of the conference. The [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday Mama

Pearl West, circa 1930 Today would have been my grandmother’s 104th birthday. Pearl Hale West was born on this day in 1907 in Crossville, Tennessee. She was the only grandparent I really got to know. My father’s father died before I was born and his mother died when I was seven. My mother’s father died [Read More...]

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The Season of Contemplation

The season between Samhain and Yule is traditionally one of contemplation and of rest. Crops have been harvested and preserved, hay is in the barn, herds have been culled and moved to Winter pastures. The hard work of farm life is mostly done for the year and the worst of Winter is still several weeks [Read More...]

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A Special Christmas

I am not so old and cynical I can’t remember the joy that Christmas – a traditional American Christmas – can bring to a child. Nor am I so naïve I can’t recognize that my disdain for its materialistic aspects comes from a position of privilege. I remember being six or eight or ten years [Read More...]

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Gratitude Is Not Enough

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice – Meister Eckhart With apologies to Meister Eckhart, whose life was exemplary and whose quote I have used on many occasions, gratitude is not enough. Don’t misunderstand – gratitude is important. The practice of gratitude reminds us to [Read More...]

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