Author Archives: sarahyork

Rolling Away the Stone

I have had several requests this week from Unitarian Universalist colleagues who are planning virtual services for Easter and want to use a responsive reading that is published in the UU Hymnal. Apparently there is an issue with permission for virtual services that does not apply to regular Sunday services. Anyway, I just read the [...]

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Fifty Golden Years

So here we are, March 21, 1970, getting married. If you look closely at the photo, you will see that Chuck has on one brown shoe and one black one. This snapshot taken by a friend is our only photo because something went wrong with the camera Chuck has in his hand. It looks like [...]

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March Madness

(This post was written as an op-ed submission for the local newspaper.) I went to the local Publix at the usual time, shortly before 9:00 a.m.  My first stop was for my favorite bakery bread. There wasn’t any. I will make my own bread, I thought. Then I headed for produce, where there was no [...]

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We Need the Eggs

Donald Trump’s escalated display of erratic, delusional, and childish behavior reminds me of a joke told by Woody Allen. This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need [...]

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Shedding

I have been here before—preparing for the yard-sale of the century, I mean. Getting ready to leave my home, unsure of what is next. Decluttering so that prospective buyers can walk through the house without tripping on the dog toys. It’s a great exercise in paring down, in letting go of the superfluous, in shedding [...]

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump: It’s a No-Brainer

I have been thinking a lot about the two major candidates in the 2016 Presidential race, and here are a few of my observations as I compare them on some of the issues. I am a woman who has lived through and benefited from over fifty years of progress in Women’s Rights. When I entered [...]

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Ash Wednesday

This is a selection from my book, Into the Wilderness, which is available from Apollo Ranch Institute Press: http://apolloranchinstitutepress.com/books/   Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still.                     –T.S. Eliot   I thought Ash Wednesday was the title of a poem by T.S. Eliot until I learned about the [...]

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Kidding Season Part II: Chickadee

Chickadee & Wren Our friend Louise knew that kidding season had started on our farm in February with a difficult birthing that required veterinary assistance. “Y’all deserved an easy birth,” she said, when she heard that our goat, Chickadee, had just had an uneventful kidding. An easy birth means the doe had a few hours [...]

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Kidding Season Part I: Phoebe

Most goats are very considerate about having their babies during waking hours for their human companions. In fact, in five years of camping out near the barn on our motor home, with a baby monitor tuned in to the birthing stall, I had not once been awakened to the grunting sounds of a doe in [...]

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A pre-blog blog from a non-blogging blogger

“When did you stop blogging? I thought maybe you had died.” These were sobering words from a reader who had visited my web site and wanted to talk to me about my book Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death. I didn’t really stop, I told him. I just took a sabbatical. So [...]

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