Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:51 pm PDT

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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]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

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]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

A new day? Many of them, I hope

P { margin-bottom: 0. 08in; } It just happened that when I started divinity school in 2009, my blogging stopped dead. And why not? I was experiencing a new city—and that city was del... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

On losing my vision

Today is Friday.   On Monday, I will have the cataract in my right eye removed.   In its place, a plastic lens will be placed in my eye.   The surgeon tells me she will be correcting... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

I don't mourn its passing

Youngstown, Ohio is featured in this month's Inc. magazine. Youngstown! The city with poisoned air, in the heart of the Steel Valley. Famous for nearly a hundred unsolved bombing murders (which... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Virginia, we hardly knew ye

We approach the end of the state of Virginia’s Treason, Secession, and Shooting-Yourself-in-the-Knee Month. Bob Mc Donnell, the Virginia governor who decreed the festivities, has gone on to boos... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

The Marble Man, 145 Years Later

It’s Day 12 of Virginia’s Bad Ideas and Treason Month. Today is the actual anniversary of the end of the Old Dominion’s ancien régime, and since any number of pallid politicos are having th... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Confederate History Month, Day 11, and Golden Tomatoes

Confederate History Month continues.   I am reminded of a classmate from the Virginia boarding school I attended.   I visited her Norfolk home and was shown into a drawing room with a por... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Santa Claus, is there REALLY a Virginia?

I have wanted to resume blogging, but as time passed by, asked myself: what topic really deserves being the one to break silence for?   But Gail Collins tells us, as kings of stupid begin to l... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Detour >>>>>>>>>

One way Chicago 790 miles Meadville Lombard Theological School New students this way [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

The entering div student's first sermon

Felling the need to post something to prove I'm still here, I am posting my very first sermon ever, which I delivered last Sunday at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester. If you've visited ... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Naming names, I: News from Swaziland

From Lydia: Mangalisa Maphalala is my Swazi name. Mangalisa means surprise. I requested it specially. I think my host family was somewhat perplexed about why I would request that name. Amusing... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Is this synchronicity, or what?

Yesterday I took the #4 subway train from Jerome Avenue, and last week Bill Bratton resigned as top cop in Los Angeles. As we used to say in San Francisco, rolling our eyes and nodding meaningfull... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Ancient thoughts

Observe the Days that come from Zeus, all in their right order. . . explain them to your workers . . . the eleventh day, and the twelfth too,are both very good daysfor shearing sheep or for reaping... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Religious Freedom Thought for the Day

Probably no two lawyers in the United States understand our Constitution alike. To allow a few men to tell what the Constitution means, and to hang for treason all who refuse to accept the opinions... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

On behalf of Ferrous, Eric, Popper, Sherlock, Boudicca, LeWeasel, and Tequila, I give thanks

For this great news about their cousins. Yes, yes, the domestic ferret and the blackfooted ferret are not the same. But after living with some of these wonderful animals, it was one day sobering t... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

How I would defend marriage

A few months ago, marriage equality was a hot topic here in New York State, and Albany UU minister Sam Trumbore's blog reports on it today. Orthodox commenters on his blog have predictably thrown ... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

The JK Wedding Dance Video has an Act II

"Defense of marriage" has taken on a new meaning and in one of those only-on-the-internet stories, Jill and Kevin found themselves in it. (You have surely seen pictures of the wounded... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Advice from my dad

My dad was a keen observer of my birthdays. Whatever happened on my birthday would be a great observation of it. The year I turned 15 I received a letter from the governor of Texas, congratulating... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

A letter from Eddie

Eddie Barnes: a name from the past. I met Eddie in grade school. His dad ran the village's only pharmacy. Yes! It had a soda counter, when you could get a cherry or chocolate Coke, made step b... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

What makes you a Catholic if you don't accept Catholic teachings?

The Talk to Action blog today discusses the Catholic Church's "art of constructive schism. " Guest blogger Frank Cocozzelli writes about the ways in which ultra-conservative element... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Not because it was easy but because it was hard

The past several days have been filled with moon landing memories. Bookstore C has displays of commemorative newspapers, magazines, and other ways to part people from their money. Mira Costa tell... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

One of the best photos ever taken

This stunning photograph of a bubble at the instant of breaking is for real. Many, many more in the same series -- with info on how they were taken -- can be found here. If you look carefully, yo... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

What was I thinking? Chapter 37,592

Yesterday I found a stack of photographs from the 1975 dedication of the Poland, Ohio time capsule (at that time my mother was president of the Poland Historical Society). They were in a just-disc... [read more]

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Working Latinas

Latina Workerby Doren Robbins Then I notice through a triple-Americano-awakening moment,in the mall food court, a young Latina cleaning around by the chrome railat Sbarro Pizza. Maybe a Guatemalan,... [read more]

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