Category: Book culture

  • Free book about mosses

    Everything you wanted to know about mosses in a free ebook, written in a style understandable by laypeople: Bryophyte Ecology by Janice Glime et al. I’m especially enjoying the chapters about the other organisms that live in mosses (tardigrades! slime molds!) and bryophyte phenology. Maybe it’s more than you really want to know about mosses,…

  • New book by UU poet

    Award-winning Unitarian Universalist poet Everett Hoagland has just published The Music: New and Selected Poems, 1973-2023. I use his American Book Award-winning collection The Ways as readings in worship services all the time. But that’s a s…

  • Way more books were challenged in 2023

    The American Library Association (ALA) issued a press release on Thursday about the rise in attempted book bans last year. The ALA tells us: “The number of titles targeted for censorship surged 65 percent in 2023 compared to 2022, reaching the highest levels ever documented by the ALA. The new numbers released today show efforts…

  • Noted without comment

    It may not surprise you that the data show that people who regularly participate in faith communities are likely to live years longer than those who do no. People connected to communities of shared purpose are less lonely, more motivated, more hopeful, and more fulfilled. Even still, I don’t know anyone who ever joined a…

  • Noted without comment

    “‘Of course, I did it!’ she blazed.’And why not?… It’s all right to talk about respectability if you’ve been educated so you can get by and be respectable, but when you have nothing back of you, you have to take things as they come….” A character being interrogated by the fictional lawyer Perry Mason, in…