Updated February 2013
NEWS local and international news, local weather.
OTHER miscellaneous sites of use.
Arts and culture
- From the Front of the Choir — Choral director Chris Rowbury on choral singing
- Iron Tongue of Midnight — Critic Lisa Hirsch on classical music
- Letter Writers Alliance — People who still write letters.
- Renewable Music — Composer Daniel Wolf on new music.
- The Rest Is Noise — Critic Alex Ross on new music.
- Children and Books Children’s librarian Abby Kingsbury on libraries and cats (no updates since 2016).
- Indran Amirthanayagam, poet A trilingual poet living abroad (no updates since 2015).
- Warp, Weft, and Way Chinese philosophy blog
- Botany Photo of the Day — Pretty plant pics from UBC
- Fish Island Ah, those were the days.
- Flowscapes Carol Steinfeld on ecological pollution prevention issues and more.
- Better Rail Travel Advocates for more passenger rail in U.S.
Politics and news
- Freelancer’s Union blog My union.
- Heretic, Rebel, a Thing To Flout Liberal religion, dissent, labor, and leftist politics in the U.S.
- Our Bodies, Our Blog Boston Women’s Health Collective blog.
RE and education
- Religious Education Association Progressive religious education since 1903
- Thinking, Learning, Teaching Doctoral student Joe Chee on education
- Boy in the Bands Rev. Scott Wells on Universalism and liberal Christianity.
- Century Blogs Blog network of The Christian Century magazine.
- Congregational Consulting Former Alban experts hold forth (look at the sidebar).
- East of Midnight Kim Hampton’s refreshing take on liberal religion.
- Faces in the Mirror Rabbi Michael, an old friend.
- Forbidden Gospels April DeConick on non-canonical Christian texts
- Journal of Childhood and Religion Online academic journal
- Margari Aziza — Infrequent posts “on the intersection of religion, race, and gender” from a black Muslim woman
- Quaker Theology Online periodical
- Rose Garden Yoga Elizabeth Goodman, yoga teacher and philosopher.
- UUpdates Unitarian Universalist blog aggregator.
- Wild Hunt Mostly news and analysis relating to Neo-Paganism.
- Ansible David Langford’s venerable fanzine
- Charlie’s Diary Charles Stross and friends
- Fantasy and Science FictionAuthor e-interviews
- Locus Trade magazine for the sf field.
- Will Shetterly Science fiction author and leftist.
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Where I serve as associate minister of religious education.
- Unitarian Universalist Association The denomination with which I am affiliated.
- Biographies of famous Unitarians, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalists Best of several UU bio sites.
- LREDA Liberal Religious Educator’s Association.
- Friends General Conference Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the un-programmed tradition.
- Quaker Universalist Fellowship Site for Friends with universalist leanings.
- Reform Judaism With links to the synagogue arm of the movement, as well as rabbis, schools, etc.
- Quaker Theology Online journal.
- Pluralism Project World religions in your home town.
- New Religious Movements Uneven quality, facts not always checked, criteria for what constitutes a NRM too loose. Still the best Web site on this topic
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau Older standard text with good search engine.
- The works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Along with other RWE information.
- Emily Dickinson Includes links to Dickinson’s poetry.
- Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, multiple editions.
- "Unitarian Christianity" Seminal sermon by William Ellery Channing, 1819.
- "Divinity School Address” R. W. Emerson: the Transcendentalist revolution hits Unitarianism, 1838.
- "The Transient and Permanent in Christianity" Theodore Parker’s 1841 sermon.
- "Treatise on Atonement" Hosea Ballou defines Universalism, 1805.
- 101 Zen Stories The 1919 collection compiled by Nyogen Senzaki.
- Sacred texts of the world’s religions Fairly comprehensive selection of texts.
- Bible browser Bible search engine with New Revised Standard Version and King James.
- Koran An older translation with decent search engine. Another translation.
- Theoi Greek Mythology Ancient texts on Greek goddesses and gods.
- Barbara Pym Society
- Poetry Daily High-quality poem each day.
- Project Gutenberg 16,000 books online, all free.
- Pudd’nhead Wilson The masterpiece by Mark Twain.
- Young readers texts Public domain texts from UVA.
- Art of the States Mostly U.S. classical music from the past 30 years.
- Digitization project at UCSB Early wax cylinder redordings online.
- Musica Antiqua Renaissance instruments Pix and sound samples.
- Pan pipes Pipe lengths for a three-octave pan pipe.
- U B U W E B Avant garde music, art, literature.
- abc Tune collections Links to lots of collections of music in abc notation.
- Berkeley Sacred Harp Weekly singing in the Bay area.
- Huapala Traditional Hawai’ian, and hapa haole, meles and songs; mostly lyrics, some audio files.
- IWW Little Red Song Book Fan the flames of discontent. Download a .doc file. Watch out for pop-up windows.
- NEFFA New England Folk Festival Association, info about annual festival and other events.
- Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival
- Rise Up Singing national site Site from the authors of the popular song book.
- San Francisco Free Folk Festival
- Sacred Harp singing Singing from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp.
- Shape note singing More Sacred Harp and other shape note resources.
- Special characters and symbols in HTML Complete table.
- San Jose Mercury News News of the Peninsula and South Bay.
- BBC News International perspective.
- Christian Science Monitor
- NY Slime, er Times
- San Mateo weather National Weather Service data and forecast.
- San Mateo Patch
- Gmaps Pedometer Calculate distance of walking/running/biking routes using Google Maps.
- Inflation calculator Using CPI data from Historical Statistics of the United States and Statistical Abstracts of the U.S.
- Political Compass
- Walk Score Walkable neighborhoods, based on Google Maps.
- Wayback Machine Web archive from 1996-present. (Example: archives of my Web site from 2005-2006 and from 2006-2011.
- Bay Area Hiker Hikes in the South Bay area.
- Bay Area Hiker More Bay Area Hiker
- Bay Area Ridge Trail Partially completed trail following ridges around SF Bay; incl. maps.
- Bay Trail Partially completed trail around San Francisco Bay; incl. maps.
- Flatwater canoeing in SF area
- Newark Slough put-in In Don Edwards NWR.
- Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto Hot birding sites on the Penninsula.
- Northern Calif. birding Digest of birding email lists for Northern Calif.
- San Francisco Field Ornithologists
- San Mateo County birding
- Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Refuge in the San Francisco Bay. Maps for Alviso (far south end) and Fremont. Checklist.
- Silicon Vally Birders
- South Bay Birders Unlimited Info for Santa Clara County, tide charts, maps, links, etc.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “All About Birds” More than you want to know about 589 North American species, and more.