Author: Randy Partain

Ruminations: Timer

I know the picture doesn’t clarify, but that hourglass is set to 10:15am. And that congregant is realizing that worship is about to start at its new time! 

If you’ve served as a delegate for General Assembly, you probably know that there are usually several things … read more.

Ruminations: Ravine

We recently played a game called Ravine at our Wednesday evening Meaningful Play group. The premise is that the players have been marooned on an island and need to work together to survive until they are rescued.

Ravine is a fairly quick card game, but it … read more.

Summer Worship Time Change

Beginning July 3, our UUCC Summer Worship will start at 10:15AM. We hope that this earlier time will keep us in the cooler part of the morning and allow families to plan for greater enjoyment of summertime activities.

Stay tuned for more details about our exciting … read more.

The Journey Continues

After our very successful five-week introductory sessions, The Journey spiritual development curriculum will launch in September for a 12-session, 24-week, small group experience. This spiritual development expedition explores Intentional Living, Elements of Integrity, Radical Alignment with our Personal Guiding Principles, Authenticity, and Overcoming Obstructions in … read more.

Ruminations: Pride

You may have seen me on the news last Saturday. Channel 3 at 6 and 11. They used one small piece of a longer conversation about the Cleveland Pride March. That interview never would have happened if I hadn’t decided to care for myself.

I loved … read more.

Ruminations: Fencepost

I saw a curious thing the other day. A fence had been damaged. Really it was one fencepost. The post was uprooted from the ground, and yet it hadn’t fallen over. The other fenceposts around it were still deeply planted, so the damaged fencepost was … read more.

Ruminations: Deer

Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi, of Ukraine

A few people have poked a little fun at me for being fascinated by families of deer casually wandering through the neighborhood.

Those deer are a menace. They’ll eat your entire garden if you’re not careful!

Or, even more ominous: Deer are dangerous! … read more.

Ruminations: Beloved

Many years ago—almost three decades now—I played role-playing games every week with a group of friends. I say “friends,” but that’s not the word I’d use for all of them. One player in particular, Jeff, was generally disliked by everyone else.

We talked about Jeff behind … read more.

Ruminations: Ibuprofen

At some point, our medicine cabinet got stocked with a bottle of every possible over the counter pain killer. I almost never use them, so it’s easy to forget about them.

It’s not that I’m opposed to medicine. I’m a strong believer in treating (and preventing) … read more.

Ruminations: Table

Last July, I ordered a game table for what would be our new home. I chose a creator on Etsy with great reviews and paid for a custom table, anticipating delivery about eight weeks later.

I promise you that I’m not complaining about anything that followed, … read more.