I’ve only visited Iowa once in my life, and it was there I had an ominous encounter with a murmuration of starlings. Always vigilant to a “nature wow” encounter, I found myself so close to this murmuration in the dark winter sky, that I ducked and ran for cover, feeling more like Tippi Hedren in […]

Gandhi once called poverty “the worst form of violence.” The opposite of peace. Why did he say that? Let’s take a look at a video that might help us begin to understand. Our narrator is scientist Franz de Waal, and he’s going to walk us through a recent study on fairness…. Economic unfairness—with poverty as […]

Part 1 On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday here at UUCA, we remember the great man and we listen to his resonant voice, how his words at the start of his sermon entitled “The Drum Major Instinct” slowly and precisely fall and are driven home. I don’t know if he ever called himself […]

Happy new year everybody! And we know what inevitably comes up with a new year: new year’s resolutions. My New Year’s resolution is to help all my friends gain ten pounds so I look skinnier. I was going to quit all my bad habits for the new year, but then I remembered that nobody likes […]

A couple of years ago, in the fall of 2015, I found myself winning my Ultimate League tennis matches again and again. Against people who had beat me in previous seasons, too. Soon I learned that I had qualified for the post-season tournament, and I had been added to an initial bracket of 64 contenders […]

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