Category Archives: history

If You Aren’t in over Your Head—A UU Sermon

The following is taken from a service I led at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Also included are all readings that were used. OPENING WORDS My Moral Life (by Mark Halliday) Two years hence. When … Continue reading

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A List of Wonderful Things about 2017

If 2017 was better than 2016, it was only a matter of degrees. We didn’t have to relive the skullfuckery of Election Night, but we had to confront its spray-tanned aftermath. Travel bans, tax bills, neo-Nazis…all things 2016 doomed us … Continue reading

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The Presidents, Ranked

I like making lists. It's fun. It also forces a lot of critical thinking and soul-searching. Why rank Thing A over Thing B? How does one judge greatness–by quality or personal connection? Can I explain my choices as more than … Continue reading

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Smile, Chuck! (Day 25, 2017)

Day 25 of National Poetry Writing Month. Smile, Chuck! Someone is taking a picture freezing this moment  for millions who have never and will never be in the room with you but who want to understand why so many love  and … Continue reading

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Easter Poem (Day 16, 2017)

Today is the sixteenth day of NaPoWriMo. Easter Poem There were twelve apostles which, let’s be honest, is too many people to consider them all  close friends.  Someone will eventually feel  under-appreciated  and go elsewhere. The Messiah knew someone was getting … Continue reading

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For Mia, Whom I Love (Day 15, 2017)

My daughter Mia, adopted eight years ago today, will be nine in June. For Mia, Whom I Love You won’t remember it but your first post-adoption  poop happened while we napped on the sofa in suite 1504 of the Somerset … Continue reading

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Bad Reviews (Day 14, 2017)

Today is the fourteenth day of National Poetry Writing Month.  It is also the 152nd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Bad Reviewa John Wilkes Booth  couldn’t resist showing off, couldn’t just shoot a guy and run. No, he had to jump  … Continue reading

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