The biggest limiting factor for me (ever) preaching at a Unitarian Universalist church is not theology — really — but physical distance. I refuse to get a car to get to church, whether to visit, supply, or potentially pastor. I don’t need one in the rest of my daily life. (Friends I’m visiting may ask,… Continue reading “Suburban Nation”
A little good news — after many, many months of big credit card payments, I am now making payments that are greater than the once customary 5% per month. At this rate, I will pay my poor-pastorate debt in 18 more months. It can be done. Just a little encouragement.
I’ll keep this simple — by the time an organic apple comes from California to DC, it isn’t organic anymore. It’s an apple-flavored ball of diesel fuel. There are radical responses — the hundred mile diet, for one — but shopping at farmers’ markets and abstaining from out-of-season fruit is a better use of petroleum… Continue reading Eat locally
I’ve been teased for my interest in Esperanto, tofu, Universalism, Linux, and all manner of reformist “improvements” that (I know) causes some people to roll their eyes. Now I have a new one that might preserve my wrists: the Dvorak keyboard, and with it the possibility of becoming a touch-typist. This little article took ages… Continue reading The Dvorak keyboard
I’m convinced that consumerism is the great distracter in America today. Why decry the many erosions of personal liberties, civil behavior, or quality of life when I can buy a sharp new outfit. The Style Network is my favorite venue for shadows and delusion. What’s yours? But there’s a solution: an unpopular, collective solution. But… Continue reading What not to buy, what to buy instead
I feel myself pulled towards vegetarianism. I know the quality of the pull, seeing as it got me in the ministry, got me to Washington, and got me a husband. I suspect it’s just a matter of time, but I’m making no promises. There are the ethical, health, and sustainability reasons, and I think I’m… Continue reading Transitioning to vegetarianism?
I’m mad as hell at the subtle-ish not-about-the-military ad by the US Army that had a young African American man hoping to get an education, with plans to be an engineer, and taking up his role “to be a man.” The Lord preserve him and all like him. And det’s hope this new recruit doesn’t… Continue reading No way to get an education
I do read non-religious blogs. The newest one’s I’ve added to the news feeder are: Planet Ubuntu: “a window into the world, work and lives of Ubuntu community members and developers,” Ubuntu Linux being the operating system I love oh so much. Apartment Therapy, a light style blog. Tree Hugger, a sometimes grim blog about… Continue reading Current blog reading
Did two things in the last twenty-four hours that I hope helps me reclaim more time. Removed all the games from my computer. I don’t even like free cell, and yet I’ve played it several times this week. Started using the Hipster PDA again. (Previously, it was “my research” mr “my sermon file”.) That is,… Continue reading Two quick efficiency moves this morning
A key premise in my life is that sane, progressive people need to stay healthy, debt-free, focused, and mutually-supportive or we’re never going to make it. Read a lot of the projects I’ve mentioned or pointed to on this blog in supportive of this goal. As a group, we need to be lean, efficient, and… Continue reading The tickler file