And here’s a fine example…Happy birthday, Gertie! Read more

The Innkeeper’s Diary,The Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts [1930 – 1950](1)The Inn Diaries© were transcribed from a copy of the original diaries held in Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Archives, [January 1996]. During these years, the staff recorded their observations and the activities at the Inn each day. These pages are of the days when the Fraters met. This diary is copyrighted by Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Archives. The material presented here contains the full text of “Fraters” material currently found (1-23-1996). Some photo’s… Read more

As long as we’re thinking about Groundhog Day, how about one of the lovely movies about the spiritual path…Yes, it is silly. And yes people don’t actually literally live lives over and over again in the reanimation sense. But we do play out our patterns over and over again.And, there is some hard quest for love that seems to drive us, usually into all the wrong places.Until and unless we are blessed with a little peek into our hearts.And so,… Read more

Today is the feast of the blessed Brigid, goddess of old Ireland, Christianized by the Roman church, and rather nicely, I think. Brigid was the goddess of poetry. And last year Quaker Pagan honored the occasion by posting something by Walt Whitman. How can I pass up the Irish and Unitarian poetic mishmash? And, so I won’t… Love the earth and sun and the animals,despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,stand up for the stupid and crazy,devote your income… Read more

GREAT TRANSFORMATIONSOf Axial Ages and the Transformative Possibility of the Human ImaginationA Sermon31 January 2010James Ishmael FordFirst Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandTextThe living way is like a well:You can constantly use it, and yet it never dries up.It is the eternal boundlessness;Birthing the infinite worlds.It is hidden from sight and yet always present.I have no idea who gave it birth.It is older than God.Tao Te Ching, Chapter 4(version adapted by the author from various translations)Somewhere close to a million years ago,… Read more

Yesterday there was an all day sit at Mugendoji, the Boundless Way temple in Worcester, MA. Because of sermon writing obligations, Jan and I only arrived in time for a couple of hours of sitting (nonetheless, a great relief after spending so many hours in front of the computer composing that sermon…) before the ceremony itself.There were about fifty people for the sit. The picture has the teachers and senior Dharma teachers sitting in front and the new initiates standing…. Read more

On this day in 1948 Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated. I would be born about six months later. I no longer recall when I first heard of him, his life, his example was simply part of the rhythm of life, like Christmas, and nuclear attack preparedness, such as it was. But there was something special in the Mahatma and his story. Somehow that story seeped into my consciousness and would inform me in ways that I often was barely aware of.Perhaps… Read more

William Claude Dukenfield was born on this day in 1880. Read more

On this day in 1845 Edgar Allan Poe’s poem the Raven was published in the New York Evening Mirror… Read more

I gather this is a week for folk of my generation to feel the drifting of those sands.Yesterday Howard Zinn, who opened a critical read of history for me.And now J. D. Salinger.Zinn was important for me. And Salinger was a signal figure in my life, hard to describe my debt to him. As was true for many others, I believe…Some of my early understanding of Zen came through him.And I’ll always be grateful for his pointing me and so… Read more

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