Razor Blades and Ebola: Processing Fear

Recently we have had a front row seat to observe low-level panic and smoldering fear. The headlines have been shrill: “Ebola Spread to the US Inevitable.” “Why America is Not Ready for an Ebola Outbreak.” “My Daughter’s Ebola Scare.” Polls show that forty-percent of Americans believe there will be an Ebola outbreak in the next [Read More...]

Moving at the speed of gratitude

This morning Sitting with the grief of more painful news I pick up my pen And begin moving at the speed of gratitude For a community that holds each other in sorrow and in rage For the light that wakes us and nourishes creation For the dark that heals us and rests the world Today I commit [Read More...]

Surf

Whoever it was that said grief comes in waves knows what it is to stand in my kitchen on a glorious late-September afternoon at the beginning of apple season. My hand spins the food mill round and round. Rich, warm sauce drips into the bowl. And I weep. [Read more...]

Beliefs, A-Liefs, and Seeing the Way Things Are

Tis education forms the common mind, Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined. Alexander Pope One of the major tourist attractions in Chicago is the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower and also formerly the tallest building in the world. Upon reaching the 103rd floor, visitors have the opportunity to walk out on [Read More...]

Good Enough: 10 Tips for Sucking Less

Recently Christine Organ (a blogger for this UU Collective) published a lovely post on “good enough” parenting in this competitive age. Frankly, as someone who feels like “good enough” parenting is pretty much the top of my game, I appreciated the reminder that plenty of other folks are perfectly fine parents without living up to [Read More...]

A Summer Memory

for Maggie and Lewis   As the dimming fall welcomes me back, a summer memory feeds me still. We have risen with the sun, the smell of toaster waffles, and the demand that I read to you. Last night’s bedtime story put me to sleep too soon. So we clear legos from the couch, and [Read More...]

The Open and Shut (?) Case on Religious Thinking and Cognitive Closure

It isn’t news that there’s an inverse relation between religious piety and innovative thought. Religion is a handbrake—whether it stops humanity from going uphill or downhill is the real question. When a new study comes out telling us what we already know about secularity, my secular acquaintances do the I-told-you-so as the religious squint and [Read More...]

What To Do With Privilege After Ferguson

When I went to Ferguson I thought I had something to offer. I was wrong. There was nothing for me to offer. When I was immersed in hundreds of voices chanting “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” I raised my white hands. I raised my white voice. But all the while I knew that the pain and [Read More...]

Sunny Side Up with a Side of Racism?

Yesterday after church, my family and I stopped at a favorite cafe in Hartford. It’s a funky kind of place with a diverse clientele and a good Sunday brunch. I walked in while my spouse got the baby out of the car. I asked a white woman who was standing by the door whether she [Read More...]


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