There’s No One as Irish as Barack O’Bama

Once again we're blessed with a child of the old sod...thank you, Anamchara, for yr pointer to this celebration of our new Irish president... … [Read more...]

Joys & Sorrows

Joy!And I hope our American people celebrate this historic moment, savor the words "President-elect Barack Obama."God, that's sweet...And, of course, in this life, it is a rare moment when sorrow doesn't slip in and sit hard close to joy. And like an exhalation follows an inhalation, a sobering thought needs to follow for those of our republic who exult in Barack Obama's election victory.The battle for civil rights is not over. Not for black Americans. And most especially not for gays, lesbians, … [Read more...]

President Barack Obama

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Passing the Torch

Well, the election is under way...And if Dixville Notch is any indicator, Barack Obama will be our next president.This is a fascinating time, an astonishing time; something I never thought would happen in my lifetime.It certainly doesn't mean, as I keep hearing from certain talking heads and others, that the issue of race isn't still a cancer within our body politic. But, it is an amazing thing, nonetheless...Let's say Barack Obama is our next president. He will inherit a terrible mess. It is … [Read more...]

Madelyn Dunham

It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure. Our … [Read more...]

Leaping Beyond One and Two

This evening our Benevolent Street Zendo kicks off with a sit and a Dharma talk. We'll introduce the liturgy next week...It's all very exciting. BSZ is the ninth sitting group started within the embrace of Boundless Way Zen. Six of the groups are in Massachusetts, one in Maine, one in Connecticut and now one in Rhode Island.My old friend and occasional co-conspirator on the Zen way, Sevan Ross, describes the practice of his community in Chicago as offering "the entire Harada-Yasutani koan … [Read more...]

DAYS OF THE DEAD An All Hallows Reflection

DAYS OF THE DEAD An All Hallows ReflectionCathy Seggel& James Ishmael FordReadings by Peacebang2 November 2008First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandFirst ReadingAs a pastor, you spend a lot of time passing around the chewing gum in the parking lot with the Grim Reaper, having that “meeting after the meeting” that all church folk are familiar with. I have actually had dreams where I am dancing with him, waltzing beautifully in a large, silent ballroom and feeling romanced and loved by … [Read more...]

I Will Never Forget

I will never forget the look on our two-year old daughter' face as she watched Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debate. My wife and I realized that our little girl would only know an America in which every child can aspire to be President.Benjamin JealousPresident of the NAACP … [Read more...]

How Many Miles Does Yr Body Get?

25 miles per gallonCreated by The Car ConnectionThanks Ms Kitty... … [Read more...]

Rounded With Sleep

These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, andAre melted into air, into thin air, And, like the baseless fabric of vision, The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,Leave not a rack behind.We are such stuffAs dreams are made on, and our little lifeIs rounded with sleep.William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1The Tempest was produced for the first time on … [Read more...]