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January 2022 Archives by Barbara

In December I promised to share more on Robert Bly, Amercian author, anti-war activist, who launched a men’s movement. Bly passed away November 2021, at  94.  Later I realized Bly had not visited UUFKC.  I had confused him with writer, Michael Pyle.

The latter and a group of writers held workshops at OIT and UUFKC. (To be shared another time.) Those visits were quite a coup for the Basin.  And if one wants to understand Monarch butterflies, read Pyle.  In addition to his writing he journeyed an entire migration route with these natural wonders.

Bly’s 1990 book, IRON JOHN: A BOOK ABOUT MEN, followed a career as celebrated poet and literary figure.  IRON JOHN made Bly, as they say, “a household name” . *  About 1995 or 1996 UUFKC men, cross-generational, met to discuss IRON JOHN.  

Michael Carlson of The Guardian wrote of Bly,  “Influential American poet with an abiding interest in mysticism and the nature of masculinity”.

He continued,  “Bly may be remembered, like the two most enduring of original Transcendentalists, for facets of his work other than poetry. Just as Ralph Waldo Emerson’s legacy  is as an essayist, the influence of Bly’s essays on poetic theory and his many translations have resonated with readers and his fellow poets.  He’s likely to be seen as a 20th century parallel to Henry David Thoreau, as he made his mark with civil disobedience, and later, with a hugely popular prose work…the denaturing effects of civilisation”. ** 

Over decades Emerson and Thoreau have often been  UUFKC  Sunday service topics.

IRON JOHN was on the NY Times best seller list 62 weeks. “Bly remains one of the most hotly debated American artists of the past half-century.”  ***

*   The Week, 10 Dec. 2021   **  M. Carlson, The Guardian  ***  Tom Butler-Bowdon

###–Barbara H. Turk, Archivist

Cheerfulness, June 2016 Archives


by Barbara Turk

Our service March 13th saw cheerfulness, in abundance. Later I thought a stranger would have pondered that it was, in truth, a worship service. (We did call it, “Laughing at the Human Condition”!) I considered it a most enriching worship service, and then I found the following:

“Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.”


And thanks to German art historian Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1847-1937).

Anticipating our July through August-2016 hiatus, may you THRIVE in cheerfulness, and be most generous with spreading it about.

As we UU’s claim Ralph Waldo Emerson to be “ours”, the following may prove to be a great send-off to us for this summer.

The Nature Conservancy’s 2008 purchase of 14,600-acres of forest property in the New York Adirondack Mountains, “came with a crown jewel: Follensby Pond, the idyllic locale where Ralph Waldo Emerson and nine of his intellectual contemporaries spent a contemplative summer in 1858.

“Their expedition, which included artists, poets, scientists, and doctors, constructed a simple, “Philosophers’ Camp” on the pond’s shore, and spent their days in discussions, exploration and creative endeavors. Emerson penned a long poem about, ‘The Adirondacs’ , rejoicing in the freedom of escaping everyday life for a while”.

(Nature Conservancy magazine Feb/March 2016)

May you find a Follensby Pond in your Summer-2016 adventures.

Happy C H E E R F U L Summer

“Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled.”