Rev. Rick's Blog

Enjoy this archive of Rev. Rick’s weekly blog posts. The most current post is the first entry on the top row.

Extra, Extra, Read all about it.

Extra, Extra, Read all about it.

            Given what has been going on in our nation, several people in effect have said to me: “I want to stay informed, and I don’t want to bury my head in the sand. But I don’t want to be sucked into a depressing 24/7 news cycle. What would you suggest?”...

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On the road again

On the road again

 My 16 year old daughter, Rachel, my 5 year old daughter Therese, our cat, and I are on the road  from Tulsa to Unity of Roanoke Valley.             I like cross country driving. It brings back memories of the first time I read On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Travels...

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Happy trails until we meet again

Happy trails until we meet again

Growing up I remember our family’s old black and white TV set. It had what now seems like a very small screen in a large brown wooden box.  The set contained a ton of vacuum tubes which produced a prodigious amount of heat.             But this machine was like a...

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Avatar and the “New Normal”

Avatar and the “New Normal”

Revs. Kristen and Brian Grandon are dear friends of mine who until recently were Co-Ministers of Unity in the Hills in Austin, Texas. I asked them to lead one of our Zoom classes on USING UNITY PRINCIPLES IN A PANDEMIC.             They spoke about finding spiritual...

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You can close your eyes, and I still love you

You can close your eyes, and I still love you

My cousin in Boston recently sent me an email which contained the following words:             “…sung from his home in Montana, with his wife and son. It brought tears to my eyes! Not just the lovely music, harmony and lyrics, but the three connected with each other...

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Lessons from a Yogi

Lessons from a Yogi

The yogi who said these profound truths (listed below) was not from India. Rather, he was from Yankee Stadium.             I am talking about Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher, hitter, manager, and "philosopher" for the New York Yankees. I am sad about the delay in...

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Mindfulness for what purpose?

Mindfulness for what purpose?

Rev. John Merz is an Episcopal minister in Brooklyn, NY, and he is the founder of the North Brooklyn Angels. No, the North Brooklyn Angels is not a baseball team. These angels think of themselves as "neighbors helping neighbors." A number of years ago Rev. John and...

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Come, let us reason together

Come, let us reason together

It is interesting to see what is selling like 'hot cakes' on Amazon because of the pandemic. Beyond face masks, disinfectants, and toilet paper, there is a classic book that has jumped up on the charts: "The Decameron."             Written in the middle of the 14th...

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Mission Accomplished! Or was it?

Mission Accomplished! Or was it?

I don't want this blog to be political, and I am certain that the other side of the political aisle has made similar gaffes.             But remember during the early days of the second Iraq War former President George W. Bush stood under a banner on an aircraft...

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Escape from Pandemica

Escape from Pandemica

For many years I have loved a public radio show called Hearts of Space. It was founded by Stephen Hill (with Anna Turner) back in 1973.             Hearts of Space started out on KPFA in Berkeley, California as a late-night show dedicated to New Age-- or as Hill likes...

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Zoom to a cocktail party

Zoom to a cocktail party

  I went to a most wonderful cocktail party this week despite the corona virus.             I can hear some of you saying, "Rick, haven't you heard?; there is a pandemic going on! Are you crazy? What about social distancing? Aren't you setting a bad example for a...

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Where is God in this pandemic?

Where is God in this pandemic?

The death toll is mounting from people with covid-19. Health systems are being stretched to the breaking point. More people are being infected with the virus, and many more people are living in fear for their health. And this does not even take into consideration the...

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Moving beyond fear in a pandemic

Moving beyond fear in a pandemic

It is very easy as you read or listen to the news to become full of fear in the face of this pandemic. I have talked with many people who have been in the grips of fear in recent days. They have experienced waves of fear over health-related issues, fears for their...

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Making a Virtue Out of a Possible Necessity

Making a Virtue Out of a Possible Necessity

The coronavirus has caught our society flat footed. Former UCOT president, Paul Smith, recently posted on Facebook that his doctor tried to get a patient tested for the virus, and it was impossible to get this accomplished.             The coronavirus has had an...

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The power of elimination: Making room is hard to do

The power of elimination: Making room is hard to do

Pop singer Neil Sedaka had a big hit in the 1960s with "Break-in' Up Is Hard To Do." The lyrics went like this: I beg of you don't say goodby Can't we give our love another try? Come on, baby, let's start anew 'Cause breaking up is hard to do             Sedaka's song...

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