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Sunflower Chalice

Anniversaries of Meetings and Partings

“Life is full of meetings and partings. That is the way of it. ”  – Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit A few months from now I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of my ordination as a... [read more]

Sunflower Chalice

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Caute

"In your well-marked footprints now I plant my resolute steps"—Lucretius—Spring blossom in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

I'm currently re-reading Lucretius' sublime poem "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura) and this afternoon I thought I would, like Lucretius, plant my own resolute steps in the... [read more]

Caute

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The Liberal Pulpit

Neither Blame Nor Sympathy

J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (2016) describes the poor southern and midwestern culture that Vance himself comes from – a culture that President Obama had characterized eight years before:“Yo... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

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A Minister’s Musings

Lessons From (and for ) the Circus of Life

This is the text of the reflection I offered on Sunday, March 19th, 2017, at the congregation I serve, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  This is the version from the 11:15... [read more]

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Caute

Words and Transgressions 1—Fallacy of the Alchemists

READINGS: Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. ”Potted biography of Maurice O'Connor Drury (1907–1976) constructed fro... [read more]

Caute

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The Liberal Pulpit

Sorrow Carves the Container for Joy

The Blues, part 3“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your he... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

Nevertheless, She Persisted

NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTEDRev. Kit Ketcham, March 12, 2017 PUUF            I have never thought of myself as a persister.   I wasan adve... [read more]

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Bytes of Grass

Tell me all your thoughts on God

The one-hit wonder band Dishwalla’s song “Counting Blue Cars” might be an anthem for all who wonder about the big question of “God? ”: Tell me all your thoughts on God... [read more]

Bytes of Grass

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RadicalHapa

Feminist Journey

I am who I am in part due to male privilege, unearned benefits and opportunities that I’ve had more access to than women and transgender persons. Every day as part of my religious life, I ref... [read more]

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A Minister’s Musings

The Best Place to Hide From God

This is the text of the reflection I offered on Sunday, March 5, 2017, to the congregation I serve -- Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist.  As always, you can listen to it if ... [read more]

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Thousand Voices

WHERE Is Spirituality?

Some of you know that in September of last year I was 6000 miles away in Transylvania, visiting sites that are sacred to our Unitarian Universalist religious history. There were many fascinating le... [read more]

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Rev. John Morehouse

Be Who You Are

Many of us have had what is called a sophomoric crisis, me included. What is a sophomoric crisis you ask? As the Latin hints at it is when we think we know more than we do and begin to question ou... [read more]

Rev. John Morehouse

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Thousand Voices

Embodied Spirituality

“You do not have to be good,” says poet Mary Oliver. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body l... [read more]

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thelivelytradition

Simple Messaging for Trump Supporters

Forget converting them ! The goal is to neutralize them by diminishing their enthusiasm. Many people liked Trump because he was (1) wealthy (2) a success at business and therefore (3) beyond corrup... [read more]

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Rev. Cyn

The Painful Steps to Justice

When I came to Jackson, MI in 2004, it took me a while to realize how unsupported the LGBTQ community felt here. During my seminary years, all my LGBTQ friends and colleagues were entirely out of t... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

Standing on the Side of Love: a sermon

STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVERev. Kit Ketcham, PUUF, Feb. 12, 2017            LOVE!   When I was a kid in Sunday School, I learned th... [read more]

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik

Sanctuary

WORDS SPOKEN AT A VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF A CITY COUNCIL DECISION TO DECLARE OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, AS A SANCTUARY CITY 2017-FEB-7 My name is Reverend Thomas, lead minister at the Olympia UU Congregation... [read more]

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PeaceBang

Fetus Worshipers All Over Again

In January of 2001 I stood on the steps of the Maryland State House and referred to George Bush as the “semi-elected” president and to his anti-choice friends as “fetus worshipers... [read more]

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thelivelytradition

10 Actions for Avoiding Protest Burn-Out

Article by Cynthia L. Landrum With all the Executive Orders fling fast and furious, there's a lot for progressives to respond to rightnow, and one of the things I've been worried about is protest... [read more]

thelivelytradition

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RevThom

Considering Economic Protest (1st post in the series)

Every dollar you spend you spend is a vote for Trump. Every dollar you spend is a vote for the Republican-led congress. This is a striking statement, but I believe it to be true in two ways. First,... [read more]

RevThom

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Celestial Lands

Petitional Protest Legitimizes Power

There are four primary directions of protest that I see enacted in American Society.   For purposes of this article, I am separating them so that they can be seen, knowing that in the real world t... [read more]

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Bytes of Grass

Entitlement

People often struggle with the word “entitlement. ” What does it mean? Do I have it? Here’s an example. I was investigating an online eyeglass store this week and looked at the re... [read more]

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The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

#73 Will Her Methodist Faith Help HRC Make a Comeback?

In a rare glimpse of mettle since she conceded the race to Donald Trump last November, Hillary Clinton showed up …Continue reading → [read more]

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Rev. John Morehouse

Reclaiming Prophecy in Troubled Times

I had the honor of moderating a conversation between the Norwalk Policy Chief and representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement at a breakfast held on MLK Day. The event was full of speeches ... [read more]

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Planting God Communities

Rejoice and Resist: A Post-Inaugural Sermon

Rejoice and Resist Sermon at Unitarian Universalist Church of Bartlesville, Jan. 22, 2017 Rev. Ron Robinson So here we are. I started writing this sermon at noon on Friday as the inauguration was u... [read more]

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Celestial Lands

The People Have No Inherent Authority

There is a myth that underlies much of American society, and this myth is the greatest support to those who wield authority in our country.   It is the myth that “We The People of these United S... [read more]

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Sunflower Chalice

The Courage to be Uncomfortable

None of us like being uncomfortable.  Our recent frigid weather reminded many of just how much we do not like being cold. Being physically uncomfortable, even on the walk from the house to the car... [read more]

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RevThom

Sermon: Renewed to Life

Opening Words The poet and priest John Banister Tabb composed these words about being renewed to life.             Out of the dusk a shadow, ... [read more]

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik

Make America Wake Again

Oh, the Trump train is boarding, and all the powerful schemers are climbing abord. They are going to a land called America Great Again and they think we all will go with them.  But they are co... [read more]

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

Finding Courage

In the early evening on December 1st, 1955, a woman leaving work sat on a bus in Montgomery. In the early evening, a tired woman leaving work sat down on a seat on a bus in Montgomery. In the early... [read more]

A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

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The Reverend Dr.

Stand by This Faith, Rally, March

Love trumps hate, really and truly. .. but we need to plan for the long game, and we cannot merely play at it for an election cycle; the stakes are too high and we need to be in it to win it. .. an... [read more]

The Reverend Dr.

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iMinister

The Major Cost of Entering MInistry

The UU World published an article on this topic here,   It's a very important issue which affects our future as a denomination, but it doesn't talk about an important part of the problem. Th... [read more]

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

Moral Integrity

There was a recent story in the news about Republican Governor Baker falling in line behind Trump’s administration by not condemning the appointment of Stephen Bannon, a so-called Alt Righ... [read more]

A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

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The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

#72 Trump’s White Evangelical Voters: What Were They Thinking?

Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton is likely to clinch the U. S. Presidency. Before we progressives return to our pre-election routines, we might …Continue reading → [read more]

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MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Chuck A. was the first abuser, starting when I was 12.

Coming to realize that my rage toward candidate and abuser Donald Trump is also rage at my parents' acquaintance Chuck A. (not an uncle and not the delightful and winning Chuck Law), who started g... [read more]

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Planting God Communities

Freely Following Jesus: A sermon on Unitarian Universalist Christianity

“Freely Following Jesus” UU Church of Bartlesville, Oct. 9, 2016 Rev. Ron Robinson A week ago today I spoke to the Atheist Community of Tulsa. It was about our area of north Tulsa and its strug... [read more]

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Rev. Cyn

Standing, Rolling, Dancing, Singing, Praying, Preaching, Acting on the Side of Love

At our the preceding Ministry Days preceding the UU General Assembly, ableist language was used in worship to the extent that UUMA Board Member Josh Pawelek issued this response:Clearly there is ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

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UU PLANET Ministry and Media

#StateofEmergence Tweet Cheat Sheet

Due to the threat of severe weather, the Public Witness has been moved to the Convention Center. The event will now be held in the Convention Center – Battelle South. Staying dry inside at #S... [read more]

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Introducing the new UU Talks Project!

Friends, I’m excited share some more details about the new UU Talks project and to get you excited to: participate as a host congregation brainstorming ideas for speakers and if able, to help... [read more]

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RadicalHapa

Oregon’s White Struggle

   Unfolding yet again in Oregon is an epic struggle of White Americans fighting for their soul.  Unsurprisingly the media shares little of the white supremacist and xenophobic ideol... [read more]

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Just Wondering

Keep to the Path: In Response to Vandalism

About a week ago, Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation joined Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country in displaying a Black Lives Matter banner on our campus. Our banner symbo... [read more]

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The Reverend Dr.

Church Yoga

Like a goodly number of women in my particular demographic, I have my certification as a yoga instructor. I was certified more than a decade ago, when the Scorpion was a far easier pose for me than... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Choose Carefully! As published in Sunday Eunice News on November 30, 2014

As the holiday season begins, our television stations, movie theaters and sales racks are filled with touching holiday stories that melt the heart, and sometimes, make you think about how you could... [read more]

Our Inherent Worth

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Our Inherent Worth

Leaders Take Care of their People: Commentary Published in Sunday Eunice News on November 16, 2014

Every Veterans Day, I participate in local celebrations to remember and to honor military mentors who taught me how to be a successful Army officer, and later, a successful public school teacher. T... [read more]

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Auspicious Jots

It's like that thing when something does you know

I have a bad case of CRS. It's better than Alzheimers but worse than just being a dingbat. CRS for you youth who don't have to worry yourselves with these sorts of problems is Can't Remember Stu... [read more]

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Carrots and Ginger

Mrs. McNeil Music of Ithaca’s Top 5 ways to support local music:

5. Get the Door: If a musician walks past you carrying an amp/ drum/ bass-cabinet/harp grab the door for them. That stuff’s heavy, and it’s nice to know you care. 4. Get it Live: Planning a wed... [read more]

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Carrots and Ginger

This is Why

Note inside card given to me by the first and third same-gender couples ever to receive a marriage license in Bradford County PA at their joint wedding on Wednesday:"Having our wedding cerem... [read more]

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Auspicious Jots

Ransom Note

Dear Bliss Failure,We have taken custody of your happiness. Your neglect of it was unconscionable. We will not disclose its location. If you want it, get off your sorry procrastinating selfish lard... [read more]

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Just Wondering

Millennials and Unitarian Universalist Identity: A Reaction to Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley

I recently attended a barbecue at the home of a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. As he offered a blessing for the meal, the host gave thanks for the eras of ministry represented in the gath... [read more]

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ministrare

女性に喜んでもらえる告白

女性からすれば、男性から告白をされると嬉しいものです。 自分が気になっている、または好意を持っている男性のほうから告白されたら、最高... [read more]

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ministrare

恋愛に向けて気持ちが動く

口の悪い女性だと、男性に対して「あの人ムリ!」なんて平気で言っちゃいますよね。 そうなると、その時点でその男女は恋愛に至る可能性が無... [read more]

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MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

My right to privacy, and yours

An college class exercise involving SCOTUS Justice Scalia was an interesting assignment for the students who did it.    An interesting by-product is recognizing that Scalia apparently thi... [read more]

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Phil’s Little Blog on the Prairie

To Life!

After a hiatus of a few years, I’m finally getting around to finishing my small group ministry project. With this entry I’ve finally completed the set of small group ministry session pl... [read more]

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The Church of the Twenty-First Century

[This is a  draft of a sermon I’m delivering in Fargo, North Dakota this Sunday. I haven’t preached in ages, so I’m a bit rusty. Hope I manage to get my point across. ] Headline,... [read more]

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Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Hello again, naturally

Long time since I've posted.   Physics continues to outrun politics, but there is a glimmer of hope for solidarity--inter-racially, intergenerationally, and interfaith. Not enough people yet ... [read more]

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iMinister

Beloved Community?

My mother, who lives in a senior community which is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, told me today that she had a religious question.  What, she asked, was the meaning of the term ... [read more]

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the yes church

banish that earworm

Got a song stuck in your head? Are you driving yourself to distraction because you cannot stop singing “All the Single Ladies,” or “Seasons in the Sun,” or maybe some jingle from a commerc... [read more]

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the yes church

God Made Non-White Farmers, Too

“Maybe God did make farmers, but why’d Dodge [show us primarily] white ones? ” asks Alexis C. Madrigal: “It’s true that whites are the managers of 96 percent of the nation’s farms…Bu... [read more]

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help create peace now...

wrapped in a blue cloud cloth

Langston Hughes writes. .. "Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamers, Bring me all of your heart melodies, That I may wrap them in a blue cloud cloth Away from the too rough fingers of the ... [read more]

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help create peace now...

January 15 - A New Birthday for my Father...

Dear friends,In just a few days, it will be a year since my dad's health crisis. A year ago, on January 15, he was rushed to the hospital for emergency, life-saving surgery and then began a harrow... [read more]

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Rev. Daniel’s Blog

Pro & Con: Should Congress pass the DREAM Act for immigrant children?  | ajc.com

Pro & Con: Should Congress pass the DREAM Act for immigrant children? | ajc. com Interesting take! What do you think? [read more]

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

This is the old blog…

…it’s not the same as the new blog. You have reached the old version of this blog, which was updated from February 23, 2005, through December 31, 2010. Click here for the current versio... [read more]

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

The year ahead: Good things to watch for in Unitarian Universalism

I’m a Universalist at heart, and Universalism is a hope-filled faith, so as I look ahead to 2011 I can’t help but seek out signs of hope within Unitarian Universalism. Here are some of ... [read more]

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Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Climate Change Books

Just the other day I got another request to post a bibliography of some of my climate change readings and recommendations. Below is the list of books along with some comments. If you're going to ... [read more]

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One More Step

new blog location

I've now moved my blog to a personal website: Rev Ricky. com. Click on "blog" from the menu on the welcome page. You will be able to comment on blog posts, subscribe with an RSS f... [read more]

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One More Step

February music

I made a new year’s resolution this year to write a new piece of music every month. Before I became a minister I worked in Human Resources with AIDS Project Los Angeles. And before that I was a... [read more]

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UU Jester

New Court, New Jester

Eight months? Eight months? Really? The stage is empty for eight months. That is truly a pathetic showing-- or non-showing, I guess-- even for the regularly irregular jester. My apologies to the co... [read more]

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Rev. Daniel’s Blog

UU convicted of littering while supplying humanitarian aid

Title: uuworld. org : uu convicted of littering while supplying humanitarian aid You try and do something nice, and what do you get for your trouble? The threat of a $10k fine and a year in jail. C... [read more]

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UU Jester

7 and 1/4 inches per day

Meditation delivered at the services on January 18th, 2009. Today, I’d like to suggest something specific for our meditation. Quiet your minds, settle your bodies, and open your hearts. Today’... [read more]

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Rev. John Crestwell

Beyond Black & White

We can rebirth our country. Indeed we are blessed to have these powerful brains. We can create a new reality, new myths to live by on what it means to be truly human. And we can absolutely chang... [read more]

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Kuan Yin’s Chalice

Ingathering Sunday

Last Sunday was Ingathering Sunday at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Let me say, it was impressive. It was probably the most fun I have ever had at Church either as a minister or as a lay pe... [read more]

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Kuan Yin’s Chalice

I am Back...

Today feels like the first day of school! I am officially the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington Delaware. Let me tell you, I wrote that on the bottom of an e-mail this aft... [read more]

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The Rev’s Review

Review of the Large Church Conference in Louisville, KY, March 13 – 16, 2008 Loehr to Sinkford

Since the annual SXSW music and film festival in Austin, TX is one of my annual pilgrimages, I was much chagrined that it fell precisely on the Large Conference dates. Thankfully, part of Austin s... [read more]

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Rev. John Crestwell

YOU WERE MADE FOR SO MUCH MORE!

You are an innovator, and just as this expansive, growing universe creates each and everyday, you have the capacity to expand beyond your present place to a much more purposed existence. You can ov... [read more]

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