Little Celebrations #9: Liturgical Quotables


The seasons have cycled for billions of years. The sun journeys ever toward the next way station on the calendar, bringing light ever new and warmth ever welcome to the land. In the same spirit we gather weekly to greet, share our own warmth, and reflect on the greatness that surrounds us. We celebrate and […]

Educated by a Rumpy Cat


He’s the cutest kitten you ever saw, at least until he stands up. Then you see something’s not right. He doesn’t quite look like a kitten. Maybe like a gerbil. Or like his name, “Little Bear.” About every six months, my better half, Kate, fosters a litter of kittens from the local animal shelter. It’s […]

Little Celebrations #8: Liturgical Quotables


We arrive here out of many walks of life. We wear clothing of different patterns and our feet go in boots or shoes or sandals. Some read magazines, others read novels, still others read technical works or works of history. But gathered in community our hearts beat together, we laugh together, our tears are of […]

A Neil deGrasse Tyson “Religion” Blooper

Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks as host of the Apollo 40th anniversary celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum, Monday, July 20, 2009 in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

I love Neil deGrasse Tyson. I love his wit and enthusiasm, particularly because he usually combines them with impeccable logic and factual accuracy. I say “usually” because if you watch carefully, you can catch even Neil deGrasse Tyson in a blooper now and then. Case in point is an otherwise excellent lecture he delivered in […]

Little Celebrations #7: Liturgical Quotables


We are conceived in mystery to walk a narrow path: doubt on the one side, wonder on the other, faith which sustains and reason which guides. In gathering as a religion, we support one another, challenge one another, learn from one another, help one another remember what is too easy to forget. * * * […]