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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
7:49 am
[castleclear]
Hmm, does the IUUJ continue here on LJ?
Here is an online petition about an icky situation.  Please sign and/or forward it, if you feel so moved; and otherwise please disregard this if you don't:  https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/prison-activist-gassed-in-clements-unit-prison-texas-law-enforcement-is-violently-out-of-control

Many thanks!  And apologies for my longtime lack of involvement.

- Brother Scissors of Cutting Thru Bureaucratic Red Tape
Sunday, July 31st, 2011
5:57 pm
[uu_mom]
"Faith of an Agnostic Activist in Loving Community" & Justice GA '12
I know everyone in this community is not a UU and does not live in the U.S., but I thought some here might appreciate my recent posts.

"Faith of an Agnostic Activist in Loving Community" talks about my experience of "spiritual" and "sacred" and why I, as an agnostic, choose to belong to a UU community. The post is here: http://uu-mom.livejournal.com/123632.html

For those who are UUs or interested in social justice work, especially human rights and immigration, you might be interested in my previous post, "Immigration & UU activism": http://uu-mom.livejournal.com/123203.html

- Joyce
Sister Broadsword of Reasoned Discussion
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
4:48 pm
[castleclear]
Something the IUUJ might want to back
I thought people who read here might appreciate this article: http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/top-10-us-corporate-tax-avoiders-named-on-senate-floor/

I hope you are having an enlightened day! :D
2:51 pm
[castleclear]
Discarding Negativity
I am still working on discarding negativity and negative emotion. Granted, at times, anger is all one has to work with, or worse, fear. I feel that if I can move past those limitations a new day will dawn for me. I pray that my power will be equal to my wisdom and compassion and that these 3 form a triangle of even and equal length. (spiritual geometry, anybody? LOL)

Gentle reader, may your spiritual symbols, faith and love abide. Have a peaceful day!
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
6:40 pm
[castleclear]
for IUUJ Moody Blues appreciators
I think this is a very beautiful artwork that goes well with the studio recording from "Seventh Sojourn" by the Moody Blue. With appreciation for youtube technology (i rather hope they are corporate good guys). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7UZ5oVYmb8&feature=related (song "You and Me" by the Moody Blues; a slice of musical heaven. (imo)*)


*and LOL I remember when "imo" or In my opinion, was assumed to have been implied and to not need stating. It is curious to me to behold the progess of the 21st Century in the United States of America.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
12:25 pm
[castleclear]
For those interested in what is going on in Wisconsin, USA
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recalltherepublicans?refcode=pccc-e1-sign-fin

I like this ad for succinctly spelling out what is wrong with current set of Republicans and Republican-brand values: they not only left out promoting that which is promotes a better stronger society, but actively work against it. If that's not UnAmerican, I dunno what is. I suppose one might deem this type of so-called conservatism an Anti-Civil War, since they appear to be anti-society and anti-civilization.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
10:17 am
[castleclear]
Good Morning, brothers & sisters of the star
Maybe it's the recent (dance) step of Nature here in Minnesota and the north central Great Lakes region of the U.S. back into Winter puts me in the mood for this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qQHlWkSM_o (yup, Loreena McKennitt's "All Souls Night"

Happily while Spring is in the air, her puddles are frozen, though soon to be slushy, and the gentle snowfall will once more become clean water to renew the earth and her/his many plants.

Yesterday i saw baby buds on the bush stems and the grass is greening up even under the snow.
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
9:10 am
[castleclear]
With All LOVE To Our ONE Shared Planet
While thinking about the recent changes near Japan that literally shifted our planet's axis, that communicated itself across and through the oceans, that brought an unexpected bounty of fish to Chile, and that informs the globe about the safety of nuclear energy technology, let us keep the dear people of Japan and all dear people within our hearts and prayers.

To this purpose my meditation today is to embrace loving-kindness, to the extent gifted to me to BE loving-kindness, to let LOVE fill my being until there is no room for hatred, for fear, nor any other negative quality.

Best wishes and regards to you, gentle reader, for I have an appointment, a date even, with an MRI machine, and thus will have ample opportunity for meditation amid the sound(s) of clunking magnets. No worries, though, this is all "old hat" to me, and i delight in advance at meeting my various care-providers. My challenge will be in meeting the astonishing financial bill that will result. But, hey, it could be worse - unlike so many brothers and sisters i have medical insurance that affords me access to the most expensive medical system which produces the 38th quality of health globally (as per the last WHO report date i heard about.)

Let us also pray, if possible, for the reconciliation of warring tribal clans in Libya; perhaps both sides can lay aside weapons, but i do not know whether that wisdom is theirs.

All love also to you, gentle reader. Have an optimal day! :D
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
6:37 pm
[castleclear]
Evening Devotional
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5bhBSb92LY (Saturday in the Park - Chicago)

With gratitude to Athelind for remembering Max Ehrmann and Desiderata.

Current Mood: hopeful
8:52 am
[athelind]
Feed Your Head: Desiderata
Reading my friends list this morning, I saw one post that immediately made me think of responding with lines from Max Ehrmann's famous poem.

And then I saw another.

And another.

And I realized that I could use a reminder, myself.



Desiderata
Max Ehrmann, 1927

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.


I know that when YouTube has videos available, I usually post them, but, oh my stars and garters, Les Crane's 1972 recording is Pure Concentrate of 1970s Badness. Can't we get Leonard Cohen or someone to do their version?
Please don't link to the parody in the comments.

10:04 am
[castleclear]
A Song some might care for
(I guess I'm in the mood for the music of Bread.) Hope you enjoy and find this uplifting as I do

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGfVOdTiUEc&feature=related
Friday, March 18th, 2011
3:56 pm
[castleclear]
2:53 pm
[castleclear]
Admittedly this is Christian and thus may not have Universal appeal
i came across two interesting sites when looking for the Biblican verse about Love not demanding it's own way. Maybe my memory is garbled on this. Here are two sites I found of interest:

http://academic.udayton.edu/vernelliarandall/poetry/love.htm

http://bible.cc/1_corinthians/1-13.htm

Maybe I am foolish to look for wisdom from a religion wherein the Guru was slain. Perhaps my notion of a benevolent Christ is misguided and ill-informed. I believe I shall spend some time in quiet contemplation reading the writings of Saints who were not slain but who also left their bodies at the appointed hour.

Beloved One(s), Thank You. (that is my prayer this day: thank you.)
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
7:21 pm
[uu_mom]
Sunday, March 13th, 2011
8:34 am
[castleclear]
A Koan and a Subversive Idea
(I may get remanded to the Flowers and Banners Committee, but here goes)

1. Koan - Be IN the World but NOT of it.


2. (possibly or even wholely unrelated to the above Enlightenment koan) Subversive thought or plan: How can we entice Republican men to love their wives better? Women it seems to me have more wisdom and are innately better in-tune to the planet and additionally receive many of the skill sets related to Communication. Traditionally, I believe without any emperical evidence, that women are better able to make peace with one another, while inherently understanding one another's deeply instinctual feelings around maternal care. To that end, we might consider that Planet Earth is herself a bad mother who not only abuses her children directly but incites them to abuse one another. Hence the culture of pain and suffering of Man, doing just what Ma told him. The solution it seems to me is to LOVE the Earth, the Planet, her Oceans, and her many wonderful creations including of course one's self and one another.

Best wishes for a day filled with love


[double posted to my own journal as well as IUUJ]
Friday, March 11th, 2011
5:28 pm
[castleclear]
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
6:38 pm
[castleclear]
Please offer prayers and best wishes
to New Zealand in and among your other wishes and prayers. I imagine everyone on LiveJournal has seen the same notice that I did. If I had disposable income I would employ it. In hopes my own thoughts and prayers can be of benefit. Thank you, IUUJ, for this vehicle.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
8:54 am
[castleclear]
The 100th Anniversary of WOMEN'S DAY
Dudes, guys, unless you have already seen this, prepare to be amazed.

Women, none of this is new information.

(IMO) An AMAZING Performance:
(youtube: EQUALS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkp4t5NYzVM&feature=player_embedded

With my very most sincerest apologies to all women that this is reality for so many women living on our one shared planet. In solidarity, john
Monday, March 7th, 2011
1:19 pm
[castleclear]
Wow! I might be Univeralist Unitarian
I was doing some reading last night and way into the early hours only to discover that the faith that best describes what I believe in is UU. How funny is that? At least Universalist Unitarianism will allow, even possibly encourage me to keep all the pieces and diverse wisdom of the various faiths I have studied and sometimes practiced. It will be personally interesting for me to learn whether I may also attend a Presbyterian-Baptist church (Grace Trinity) and still practice my religion. (I know I'm gonna keep my faith.)

With thanks and gratitude to all the many and several loving Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, Dragaerans, Hindus, Juda-ists, Muslims, Native Americans, Pagans, Satsangis, Wiccans, and of course the science fiction fans, maybe even particularly the first and second generation Star Trek fans.

[note: double-posting to IUUJ also.]

Current Mood: indescribable
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
2:18 pm
[uu_mom]
"In Between: Race in America Today" & Race Discussion
I wanted people who don't read my blog and who care about race, racial issues, and/or ending racism, to know about this post "In Between: Race in America Today" & Race Discussion
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