The world is a womb. Every person is created by experience, partly chosen and partly imposed, always inescapable, always in relationship. Our experience now teaches us a completely new way of thinking about human beings. …


Help! Help! I’m trapped in a movie selection silo designed by people totally unlike me — probably young, male, and technocratic. They like sex, explosions, and torture — often entwined. I usually just fast-forward through this stuff but their monitoring doesn’t register that.

My main theme is “eclectic.” There’s no…


My book of sermons called “Sweetgrass and Cottonwood Smoke” was edited and published by Moosemilk Press, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Edmonton First Unitarian Church run by a committee of volunteers who thought the task would be easier. They added the subtitle, “Lessons on Being Where You Are,” thinking that…


1. List all the bills passed in the last 20 years that made grift possible. For instance, the bill that let corporations pretend to be persons with person privileges.

2. Agree on an order for foreclosing all those bills and then do it.

3. Gerrymander reform — already underway.

4…


Listening to Robert Reich’s explanation about why people are deserting the work force, I realize that I did what he is describing — bailed out by accepting a much less comfortable lifestyle — twenty years ago. But in that twenty years things have gotten much worse along the same lines…


How do I justify watching streamed movies every night? There’s a stigma to that form of narrative, left over from classroom of the Fifties, and yet many of my good insights come from there. At the moment I’m watching “The Beast Must Die” on Acorn.TV which specializes in Brit Commonwealth…


Total Physical Response is an idea that is observable as a baby game, but then become key to learning language because language is learned in both body and mind. Once it was thought language was the thing that separated humans from other mammals, but now we know there is NO…


When the Blackfeet reservation on the Montana side was divided into allotments, two areas were preferred by old-timers because they were still undeveloped and hunting was possible. One location was Heart Butte and the other one was Starr School. The allotment occupied by Juniper Old Person’s family was called “Greasewood,”…


“Medium” as a platform struggles to find a good formula for “excellent writing.” Their problem is cultural: they and most of the people signed up define the quality of writing according to high school writing principles. We used to call it “CAT” — content, appearance, technical skills. As an English…


My premise is that we’re going about the opposition to racism all wrong. We are assuming that the stigma is in the status of the category — color, gender, education, religion, etc. …

Mary Strachan Scriver

Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.

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