MARCH 2012

Wednesday, March 14	Another of our Socrates’ Café meetings – bring suggestions of topics to discuss.
Wednesday, March 28	Sam Jano, PhD, will speak about the Difference Between Religion and Spirituality.  Dr. Jano is from Syria, and he will also answer questions we have about what is happening there.
Other speakers coming soon include playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, Rev. Meg Riley from the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
Wednesday, May 23		BUUF ANNUAL MEETING
 The next meeting of the BUUF Steering Committee will be on
MARCH 14 at 8:00 p.m. after the regular meeting.
This is the current refreshments list.  As you can see, there are still 4 blank spots!  If you could fill one or more, tell Louise Markve.
March 14	Marie Smith	April 25	_______________________
March 28	__________________________	May 9	_______________________
April 11	__________________________	May 23	_______________________

The annual meeting of the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be held Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center.  If you wish to be able to participate and vote, our Treasurer must have your annual dues of $10.
If you have business to bring to the BUUF, please contact Richard Dean, President or Louise Markve, Secretary.
The BUUF meeting on April 11 will be BUUF member Erin Walsh speaking about the History of UU Music.
Prairie Star District Annual Conference April 13-15 in Bloomington.
At the beginning of our December 14 meeting, Richard Dean asked each of us what we’re reading now.  The variety of books and other publications was amazing!  We’re preparing a list of current BUUF recommendations.  Tell us what you’d recommend by email to or phone Marie at 763.295.3732.
Marie Smith has read another Sara Paretsky V.I. Warshawski mystery, Killing Orders.  Not edifying, but enjoyable.  Here’s an example of her prose:  “The house looked like Frank Lloyd Wright building with a genetic malfunction – it had kept reproducing wings and layers in all directions until someone gave it chemotherapy and stopped the process.”  Can’t get much better than that!
Wednesday, February 8.   Travel As A Spiritual Practice, Presented by Leslie Mills.
At the 2010 UU General Assembly, held in Minneapolis, the delegates debates whether to hold the 2012 GA in Arizona or to boycott the state because of their onerous immigration laws.  It was decided to hold the GA there to assist organizations working against discrimination.  A UU minister from Arizona asked delegates to go to Phoenix to witness, and Leslie Mills responded.  This dehumanizing law violates one of our Principles – The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person.  Leslie participated in the National Day of Non-Compliance, part of the UUA Standing On The Side of Love campaign, and was jailed for her efforts.  We all benefited from hearing first-hand what it’s like to be in jail.  Leslie suffered through some horrible conditions
She also spoke about traveling in Mexico.  In the marketplace, it’s very crowded; individual space is rare.  It’s very unusual to touch strangers in the USA.  Leslie spoke about what she left behind – things, pets, cell phone, personal transportation, ready money, everything and everybody familiar.  What she gained was making connections outside the familiar, leaving her comfort zone, and leaving behind assumptions about how the world works.
Leslie also spoke about how NAFTA changed the ownership of farmland in Mexico from communal to individual; it could be sold, impoverishing the farmers.  Leslie blogs on and  The UUCM website has a link.
Wednesday, February 22.	What’s New In the Universe?, Presented by Dana Bahr.
Dana told us that every day people are making discoveries in science – like the chameleons in Madagascar that are no bigger than a match head.  People blame science for things, but science is experiments and observations.  People use or misuse this information.
Dana’s pictures of nebulae, showing the formation of stars and galaxies, were awe-inspiring.  He also touched on space exploration.  What an evening!
LUKE’S CORNER: Notes from the Markves’ Recent Trip 
The first stop on our way to Florida was in Decorah, Iowa, where we visited Dag and Sharon.  Dag is a retired herpetologist.  Recently he has found that the inherited shape of the mouth of one group of snakes changed when the group changed its diet due to forced migration.  I have been thinking about the implications of that.
We will again visit the UU Church of Orlando on Sunday, March 4.  Last year we ran into a fellow graduate of my seminary class of 1961.  What might I expect this year?
By Luke Markve
BUUF Bridge Group Forming – If you’re interested, contact Richard Dean or Jim Gabrielson.
Sharing ideas, finding resources and support for parents/caregivers of those with ADD/ADHD and related issues – 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. – Buffalo Community Center Board Room.  Contact Elizabeth Muellerleile at 612.889.3239.
The Prairie Star District 2012 Annual Conference will be April 13 to 15 in Bloomington, Minnesota.  The theme will be, “Lessons from War & Peace: Stories of Hope, Faith and Courage.”
As our country is engaged in war on the other side of the globe, every one of us is affected by the enormous emotional and financial burden of sending our young people into battle.  Many of us have served our military, or have family members proudly serving now.  Or perhaps we have just been horrified by the articles in the paper about the rising suicide rate among veterans.  We invite you to join us for a deeper exploration of the costs of war, how to heal from it, and how we, as people of faith, can become instruments of peace in our everyday lives.
In addition to examining this profoundly moving theme, you can benefit from workshops designed to strengthen your congregation, deepen your social justice work, and enrich you on a personal level.  Folksinger Ann Reed is offering a songwriting workshop, and we welcome back several popular presenters on topics such as writing, spirituality, and solving congregational conflict.  You will take part in CONscience (a youth con), and programming for children will be provided.  Come and experience some of the PSD’s top talent, culminating with the joy of shared worship and musical celebration on Sunday morning.
For more information about the conference schedule and workshops, visit  Registration is open now.  Register early to take advantage of reduced registration costs.  The District Office can provide a hardcopy of conference information – phone 612-870-4823 to make a request.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is asking us to focus on how UUSC upholds the inherent worth and dignity of every person through their Environmental Justice Program, specifically through protecting the human right to water.  All people have a right to safe, sufficient, affordable, accessible water for daily human needs.  In the United States and internationally, UUSC and its partners are working to defend this right.  Suggested reading for this day is Cynthia Barnett’s Blue Revolution:  Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.
Americans see water as abundant and cheap.  We turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon.  We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what is now our largest crop – the lawn.  Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food, and produces our electricity.  And most don’t realize these freshwater sources are in deep trouble.
Cynthia Barnett argues that the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive:  a water ethic for America.  Just as the green movement helped build awareness about energy and sustainability, so a blue movement will reconnect Americans to their water, helping us value and conserve our most life-giving resource.  Avoiding past mistakes, living within our water means, and turning to “local water” as we do local foods are all a part of this new, blue revolution.
With the launch of the Choose Compassionate Consumption campaign, UUSC supporters jointed together to form a powerful block of consumer advocates.
In October, we targeted Hershey and the use of child labor in chocolate production, sending more than 1,100 letters to Hershey, along with samples of a competitor’s fair-trade chocolate.  In November and December, UUSC supporters generated approximately $15,000 in sales for the Southern Agricultural Alternatives Cooperative, a socially responsible pecan-processing cooperative that creates jobs in southwest Georgia.
Now, let’s use our power to make a positive difference in the lives of restaurant workers by choosing where to eat based on how restaurants treat their employees!  The U.S. restaurant industry employs over 10 million workers nationwide and is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the U.S. economy.  But sadly, the restaurant industry also has a very high rate of workers’-rights violations.
That’s why the Restaurant opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), a UUSC partner organization, has released the ROC National Diner’s Guide 2012: A Consumer Guide on the Working Conditions of American Restaurants.  The guide rates restaurants throughout the country based on how they treat their workers, listing responsible restaurants where you can eat knowing that your server can afford to pay the rent and your cook isn’t working while sick.  Download the guide today through
Maija Zaeska sent us this…
Observations on Growing Older
. Your kids are becoming you…and you don’t like them…but your grandchildren are perfect!
. Going out is good.  Coming home is better!
. When people say you look “great,” they add “for your age.”
. When you needed the discount, you paid full price.  Now you get discounts on everything – movies, hotels, flights – but you’re too tired to use them.
. You forget names, but it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!
. The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is now 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.
. Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don’t remember.
. The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
. Your spouse sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he or she does in bed.  It’s called their “pre-sleep.”
. Remember when your mother said, “Wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident?”  Now you bring clean underwear in case you have an accident!
. You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch.
. You tend to use more four-letter words:  what?  when?
. You read 100 pages in a book before you realize you’ve already read it.
. What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
. Everybody whispers.
But old is good in some things:  old songs, old movies, and best of all old friends.
If you have something to share, be sure to send it to Marie Smith:  telephone 763-295-3732, email  It could be a few sentences or a few paragraphs long, and it could be on just about any topic.  Let’s see how many creative folks besides Richard and Luke we have in our membership! ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞
March is Women’s History Month, Irish American Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Berries and Cherries Month, National Craft Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Noodle Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, Red Cross Month, Child Life Month, Social Workers Month, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Deep Vein Thrombosis Month, Deaf History Month, Exotic Winter Fruit Month, Leeks and Green Onions Month, Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month, Humorists Are Artists Month, International Ideas Month, National Umbrella Month, Save Your Vision Month, Sing With Your Child Month, Small Press Month, National Kite Month, and Youth Art Month (among others!).
March 7 is Purim, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman (see the bible, Book of Esther).  Give the gifts of food and drink, give charity to the poor, have a celebratory meal, drink wine, wear masks and costumes.
March 9 is Hola Mohalla, a Sikh Olympics event that lasts for a week. Camp out (in Minnesota?), enjoy music and poetry.
March 12 is Girl Scouts Day – their 100th birthday this year.
March 14 is National Pi Day – because it’s 3.14, the value of pi.
March 15 is Everything You Think is Wrong Day and the Ides of March
March 16 is Freedom of Information Day and St. Urho’s Day
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and National Quilting Day
March 18 is the 47th anniversary of the first walk in space
March 20 is the Spring Equinox.  In Iran it’s called Nowruz.  It’s a holy day for the Baha’i and for the Nizari Ismaili Muslims.  In Egypt, the public holiday is called Sham El Nessim.  In many Arab countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the March equinox.  It’s also International Sun-Earth Day.
March 22 is National Goof Off Day
March 23 is Near Miss Day
March 24 is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
March 25 is Feast of the Annunciation
March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
March 29 is the Festival of Smoke and Mirrors
March 30 is I Am in Control Day – remember Alexander Haig as Secretary of State when President Reagan was shot?
March 31 is National Clam on the Half Shell Day
April 1 is April Fool’s Day and Palm Sunday
April 6 is National Walk to Work Day, and Passover begins at sundown
April 8 is Easter Sunday and Hanamatsuri or the Flower Festival, birthday of Siddhartha Gautama
April 16 is Patriot’s Day
April 22 is Earth Day in the  USA
If you’re free on Thursday at 2 p.m., join Luke Markve’s Quality Group at Wild March Golf Club.  Everyone is welcome.
Richard Dean, President,  
Luke Markve, Vice President (763-682-4616,
Louise Markve, Secretary                Jack Waldhauer, Treasurer
Committees and chairs:  Budget and Finance, Jack Waldhauer; Caring, Dorothy Hawker; Denominational Affairs, Betty Waldhauer; Fellowship, Louise Markve; Facilities, Polly O’Brien; Historian, Betty Waldhauer; Newsletter, Marie Smith; Outreach, Duncan Fowler; Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corrine Miller; Social Action, Jim Gabrielson; Long Range Planning, Duncan Fowler, Luke Markve, Marie Smith and Jack Waldhauer.
We welcome everyone to our group, whatever your race, ethnic origin, religious perspective, sexual orientation, political philosophy, or economic condition.