In times of grief, this message hit home…
Neil Gaiman says:
I do not believe that all books will or should migrate onto screens: as Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them. They belong in libraries, just as libraries have already become places you can go to get access to ebooks, and audiobooks and DVDs and web content.
Do wake and pray
Don’t turn on the devices
Do look outside at the colored light
Don’t start to think about work
Do turn on the kettle
Don’t get dressed right away
Do pick up a book of poetry
Don’t complain to anyone nearby
Do stretch your body
Don’t think about politics
Do give thanks for another day
Don’t follow anyone else’s advice
Do create a morning ritual
Don’t resist gazing into your teacup
Do choose to be connected to life
Don’t think twice about going to the canvas
Do revel in the time you have created
Do it today
Xo ~ Shiloh Sophia
If we don’t set boundaries
we will break the invisible ones connected to self honor.
What does your morning ritual include?
I know that I have been missing, but life occurs (and poo poo too)…
Anyway, I signed this pledge today:
and I walked most of the property today…
Starting at the south property line:
the property line is almost in the middle of the driveway across the street. turning around and facing east, toward the back of the property and the ravine. I then walked North to the far north corner of the lot, looking back to the south
I walked along the north fence line, looking southagain from the north fence linethis is the start of the ravine, note you cannot see the fence line along the road due to the elevation.along the north fence line, facing to the back of the property. It goes WAY back, past the brown weeds to a fence line. no that is not a cow, it is a puppy (??) named Gunner, who belongs to Amanda’ sister April. Looking east to the back of the property at the brush pile on the edge of the ravine. standing on the edge of the ravine, looking eastRavine and more ravine on the edge of the ravine looking east along the south property line. ravineStanding along the south property line, looking toward the north and the neighbors. This is probably where the house will be located.
On the east property line, looking northon the east property line, looking northeaston the east property line, looking southeast
on the east property line looking south.
From the Leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
At this Extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people fo color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment, and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.
And against actions taken to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the thread of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.
We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.
As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.
The time is now.
The Rev. Peter Morales and the Hon. Tom Andrews
Add your name to the Declaration of Conscience: uua.org/declaration