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Monday, November 13, 2006

This week at DIY fortune cookies.

Meg Barnhouse got a lame fortune cookie in a Chinese restaurant — what kind of fortune is "Where there's a will there's a way"? — so she set out to make her own. (It's an excerpt from her new collection, Did I Say That Out Loud?: Musings from a Questioning Soul.)

In the news, Jane Greer reports that the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame inducted Unitarian Universalist civil rights martyr Viola Liuzzo last month. Liuzzo, a Detroit UU, was killed by the Ku Klux Klan during the Selma voting rights campaign in 1965. (I retold the story of UU involvement in Selma back in 2001 when a recording of Martin Luther King Jr's eulogy for James Reeb, the other UU martyr in Selma, was discovered.)

Don Skinner reports that the University Unitarian Church in Seattle has raised $284,000 for a social justice fund in honor of senior minister Jon Luopa's 25 years at the church. Don also reports that inspectors could not identify the cause of a fire that destroyed the buildings of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York, in September. And Sonja Cohen, keeping watch over Unitarian Universalists in the media, reports that Pluto's defenders are still fighting for the would-be planet — and, closer to home, that the Community Church of New York is considering changing its name to Community Congregation.

Update 11.14.06: A cautionary note to Windows IE users: Apparently IE 7 is making unreadable. Yet another reason to start using the free and standards-compliant Mozilla Firefox!

Update 11.18.06: In order to fix the IE 7 problem, my colleagues and I have had to tweak the site's stylesheet in a way that unfortunately makes things look a little bit wrong in Firefox and Safari. Everyone can now read the articles, but it's far from ideal — and a long-term solution is quite a ways down the road. Bill Gates: you make me cry.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 13 November 2006 at 7:41 AM

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November 14, 2006 02:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm weirded out that Meg Barnhouse gets bourbon chicken in Chinese restaurants. To my mind, Bourbon Chicken is WAY a Cajun thing, not a Chinese thing.

I learned to eat it in New Orleans.

Not a criticism, just sayin'


November 14, 2006 03:24 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ok, that comment is now a whole post at the Chaliceblog.

Steve Caldwell:

November 14, 2006 06:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

I guess that Meg didn't mention the two words that can be added to the end of any fortune cookie message to give it an OWL-related context ... "in bed."



November 15, 2006 01:08 AM | Permalink for this comment

Having left the South thirty years ago, I had never heard of Bourbon chicken until now. But lots of Chinese recipes use sweet, aromatic liqueurs. Bourbon seems a reasonable substitute. Suppose you were cooking and needed some Mei Kuei Lu Chiew, made from rosebuds harvested at dawn from the slopes of the Miao Feng mountains. But the local Safeway was strangely out. Using Bourbon might work perfectly well.

Of course the big payoff would be getting the Chinese in China to love Bourbon chicken. That would support the Kentucky economy for the next thousand years.

Jamie Goodwin:

November 15, 2006 10:10 PM | Permalink for this comment

Never had much luck with FireFox myself.

We are looking into fixing the issue with IE7 right?


November 15, 2006 11:05 PM | Permalink for this comment

A temporary measure is in place that should make the site readable in IE 7 for Windows, although the fix has introduced minor site problems for Firefox users on Windows and Mac and for Safari users on the Mac. A more comprehensive solution, unfortunately, is beyond what we can do anytime soon.

If you still can't read the site using IE 7, try refreshing your browser at least once and then please do let me know.

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