Sunday, 25 June 2017, 01:48 pm PDT

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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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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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what's beautiful?

If you search for "Beauty" in Google Images, what do you get? Page after page of beautiful women. On the 4th search page there's a sunset. On the 5th search page there's a polar be... [read more]

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new website

I've just posted a major overhaul of my Rev Ricky. com website. check it out. Back in September I bought a new Apple computer. The operating system that came with the new computer would no longe... [read more]

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If I Were a Real UU...

A homily for Lent. Delivered, Ash Wednesday, 2010 Valley Vespers, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills Christmas Day. Thanksgiving. Fourth of July. I don’t know if Ash Wednesday ... [read more]

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Hilton Long Beach Boycott

A picture from the picket line on Saturday, February 13, part of the Young Adult Urban Ministry weekend. The ironic thing is that this is the hotel the PSWD has contracted with to host our 2011 Dis... [read more]

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Young adult urban ministry weekend

I'm still glowing from a really exciting weekend spent with 22 young adult unitarian universalists at First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles. Jointly sponsored as a program of the UULMCA and the Pac... [read more]

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email from an Islamic reader

An Islamic reader posted a long comment on a recent post with a lot of theological questions (rhetorical questions). Rather than respond in the comments to that post where it wasn't really releva... [read more]

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Love Doesn't Take Sides

My homily for "Standing on the Side of Love" worship service, Valentine's Day, 2010 Of course I’m standing on the side of love. I’m not a hater. I love everybody. It’s the ot... [read more]

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Happiness Isn’t Everything

A Sermon by Rev. Ricky Hoyt Delivered January 31, 2010 First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CANEWSLETTER BLURBWhy do recent studies tell us that people are happier in Louisiana than in... [read more]

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Insomnia

I couldn't sleep last night so I lay there trying to come up with the longest word I could think of where all the letters come in alphabetical order. I came up with "almost". Can you... [read more]

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at last a pic of my new car

Here you go [read more]

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wet car

It's raining today in Los Angeles. And I needed to drive up to Santa Clarita for a church meeting. I was worried about taking my new car in the rain because it's a soft-top convertible, and I'... [read more]

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new library

Silver Lake has a new library: a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. It's super close to our home - just the other side of the lake. And a gorgeous mid-century modern style building, mode... [read more]

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My car is cuter than yours

I first saw these little two seater "Smart" cars in Amsterdam and have wanted one ever since. They are adorable first of all. And they make perfect sense for urban driving. It took... [read more]

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Rest in Peace

My Homily from Wednesday evening's "Valley Vesper" service on the theme of rest. I just got back from a week’s vacation. Peleg and I took a cruise down the West Coast of Mexico. ... [read more]

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The Fun Theory

Love This:The Fun Theory Encourage people to do easy, good-for-them and good-for-the-world things (like taking the stairs, recycling, not littering) by making the activity fun. Apparently good hea... [read more]

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federal hate crimes legislation passes

The Federal government has now added sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability to the categories of persons covered by hate crimes penalties. I have mixed feelings. Hate crimes laws add ... [read more]

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flu by any other name would leave me beat

It's been a bad couple of weeks for my physical health. First we had the local fires filling the air with smoke and ash. For a couple of days there at the end of August it was really thick. Pub... [read more]

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language for a proposed CA Constitutional amendment

I really wish they would have waited, but here's the language submitted to the California Attorney General by Love, Honor, Cherish, (and a coalition of other groups) seeking to over turn Propositi... [read more]

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public transportation commuter

I rode the bus to work today. I walked down the hill from my house to West Silver Lake Drive. waited 25 minutes at the bus stop. Then paid $1. 25 and rode the bus for less than 15 minutes to the... [read more]

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Maine ballot language

I just saw the actual ballot language that voters in Maine will see in their voting booths on November 3. Consider your response carefully:"Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-... [read more]

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iLove my iPhone

I love the way it syncs with my laptop computer address book and calendar. I love the built-in GPS. Three times already (I got it about 6 weeks ago) I've been in the car with an address but no d... [read more]

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a moral obligation to care for the sick.

In my previous post on the healthcare debate I was reacting not to any proposed policy but rather the tone and tactics of the discussion. (How I wish it actually were a discussion. ) I was very p... [read more]

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If I'd only twitter'd

My cleaning lady showed up at the house this morning and told me she had seen a great crowd of cyclists in Griffith Park this morning. She wondered if I had been among them and had looked for me, ... [read more]

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