Tag Archives: Karen Van Fossan

Unitarian Universalists to Host Programs in May

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Iphones, ipads, ipods & Thoreau
Dr. Larry Skogen
Facilitator: Janelle Masters
In the mid-nineteenth century, Thoreau “went to the woods” because he wanted to “live deliberately” and “suck out all the marrow of life.” He said he did it because he didn’t want to come to the end of his life to discover that he had “not lived.” Is Thoreau’s experiment replicable in the twenty-first century where omnipresent iCon­nectors keep us plugged in to a global network of communications and infor­mation? And is there anything we can learn from this experiment that matters in this century?

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Sticky and Confusing

By Karen Van Fossan

Here I sit on the east-bound Em­pire Builder, next to a scowling woman whose duffel bag is en­joying an angry portion of my foot space. She pretended to be asleep across two entire seats – hers and poten­tially mine – before I politely exclaimed, “Excuse me,” and claimed one of the only available seats in this crowded train car. I could have chosen a place by any number of groggy men; I could have awakened other disingenuous female sleepers. But this one I chose simply be­cause her face wasn’t hidden behind one of those popular blankets with the tassels tied together. Continue reading

Spelling I-D-E-N-T-I-T-Y

An energetic and organized person somewhere has proba­bly spelled out the nearly infi­nite ways children can spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day: sledding, ice skating, play­ing with favorite toys, taunting broth­ers and sisters.

Somewhere, toward the end of the list, would be this:

“Trying to find healing and hope in a restrictive residential treatment program for children who, with rare exception, have experi­enced severe abuse and neglect.” Continue reading