Category Archives: observations

Advice for the Angry Poet (Day 18, 2018)

Another day of NaPoWriMo. Advice for the Angry Poet you can’t write good poems while rage boils like scorched coffee, filling your mind with bitter smoke and you can’t write good poems while muttering obscenities in a volume somewhere between … Continue reading

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“Where Do I Begin?”: A Sermon

What follows is the script for a service given on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church. Opening Words This weekend has been a reminder—for those who needed it—that teenagers often exhibit more moral courage than supposedly older … Continue reading

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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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“Never What It’s Supposed to Be”: A Sermon

What follows is a sermon I gave at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  Included here are two readings which were part of the service. “Yesterday’s just a memory, and tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.” –Bob … Continue reading

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A Letter of Apology (Day 28, 2017)

Almost done with National Poetry Writing Month. A Letter of Apology I’m sorry you came here for lighthearted levity, bright airy reveries, gentle irreverence free  from the snark and the snarl and the bile, the sickly perverse and the dark and … Continue reading

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