Friday, November 27, 2015

Power Quote of the Day: Hatred and Belief


Illustration of a guy afraid of the dark on Halloween night.

"People react with hatred when their beliefs are threatened, because their beliefs are the way they cope with the fear of the unknown.* Rather than face the terror of their true ignorance, they attack that which threatens their coping mechanism. People identify with their beliefs and thus identify with the survival effort of those beliefs as well."

Arthur B. Hancock, The Game of God (1993)

*Just to be clear, we are ALL in the same boat. This quote is not a judgment; rather, it is simply a pronouncement of what simply is. At least, that's how I read it, especially in context. Thanks.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Power Quote of the Day: Goals

"Never set realistic goals; you can get a realistic* life without setting goals for it." 
Grant Cardone from The 10X Rule, 2011

Set your sights higher than mediocrity. You've too much talent and too many gifts to shut the rest of us out. Create power goals, take massive action. Don't be shy.

The world needs everything you have to offer.

*The four most deadly words in the English language: Come now, be realistic.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Today's Power Quote: Fear and Success

"Man clamors for the freedom to express himself and for knowing what he wants. But once offered these conditions, he becomes frightened." Robert C. Murphy

Sometimes we wallow in failure while fearing success. Why? It's easier.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Red Cups Do Not Equal Red Devils..A Starbucks Truth

The so called controversy over Starbucks' red cup, the one without the Christmas symbols, has taken a new turn....

Many prominent right wing Christians are claiming liberals are secretly behind the outcry over the red cups. Why? They want to make fundamentalist Christians look stupid.

Liberals do not need to help the process.

Remember, the holidays are about spreading love and joy, not whining about unimportant symbols, most of which are of pagan origin anyway.

With the number of homeless families and individuals, including US veterans, on the rise, perhaps spreading both joy and food may be the proper approach, not cry baby antics.

Spread the joy!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Quote of the Day, Sorta....

I think it was author Joe Vitale in one of his books where I read this quote. I like it, so I'm sharing it:

Tourists see; travelers seek.

If it wasn't you, Mr. Vitale, sorry. ha


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Questioning the Answer

Today I was honored to present:

Pardon Me, Are You Awake Yet?
Seven Spiritual Questions to Get You Up and Going!

Rev. Richard Kent Matthews
Christ Light Unity
September 20, 2015

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The Spiritual Quest is not about The Answer, but the Question.
  1. Do you recognize the Eternal Mystery and the depth of your own ignorance?
  2. Do you have a genuine sense of awe whenever you consider the universe and the fact you exist within it?
  3. Do you fully appreciate your life?
  4. Are you grateful for your entire journey to this point?
  5. Do you understand that ethics is not a set of rules, but a way of life?
  6. Are you open to learning and discovering new things every moment?
  7. What kind of meaning or mission have you created for yourself?
“Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why; yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of everyday life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others.”

Albert Einstein


Up front!

Service closing… Video

Guest musicians Jeff and Senae...



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Volunteering: The Way to True Satisfaction, Joy, and Just Plain Fun!

Another Ride Connection trip for the folks at Town Center Village in Clackamas, Oregon, just south of Portland. We hopped over to the Oregon Zoo aboard TriMet's Blue and Green lines, plus a short stint on the Red line upon our return.

Everyone got a bite to eat and to see the elephants. That was the highlight of the trip.

Thanks, everyone, for allowing me to be your volunteer escort today.

(Your community needs you. Consider finding a way, or another way, to volunteer.)

Video
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More photos
On the train with activities director Sam B.

Waiting under the 'Zoo' tree for me to escort them home..




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pardon Me, Are You Awake Yet?

Spiritual growth…

What the heck does that even mean? Well, let's find out together.

Rev. Richard Kent Matthews presents:


Pardon Me, Are You Awake Yet? 
Seven Spiritual Questions to Get You Up and Going…
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205 SE 181st Ave., Gresham, Oregon
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m.



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Can Science and Spirit Ever See Eye to Eye? Yes!

Spirit and science are not mutually exclusive. And, we can create a world where all can live in peace. First, a mind set change. This site. http://universespirit.org, may be helpful and useful to you if you are serious about a better heart, and better self, a better world. Here's an excerpt from the Manifesto:



Introduction
In order to have a co-creative community space where people can collaborate and cooperate effectively in their normal day-to-day activities or in their sharing of or search for secular or spiritual truth while discovering, creating and personalizing that truth it is necessary to have a safe and collaborative environment with wise and healthy yet flexible boundaries. A safe and collaborative environment with appropriate boundaries creates the basic social agreements, shared community. culture and values and procedural and organizational flow and harmony essential to effective learning, creating and maintaining healthy individual and communities. And, equally as important this safe and collaborative environment also acts to gracefully manage naturally arising conflicts in secular facts, ideas and spiritual beliefs in an optimized way in order that the community may effectively move in unity toward its stated goals.
Over the last 10 years we have evolved the Open Source Spirituality Manifesto to help us achieve that optimal safe environment for learning, collaboration and cooperation for individual and community secular and spiritual development within the omni-denominational and trans-denominational Evolution Spirituality movement. We have been surprised by how many of the manifesto's principles can be adapted (with a bit of extrapolation,) directly to secular matters within the community as well.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

We Can Still Save the World….But How?

You Can Only Rise to the Level of Your Greatest Fear


Humanity, I Still Believe In You! So Get Off Your Ass and Save This Planet!

Appearances notwithstanding, I know that each of us contains the seed of goodness. Awakening to that reality is the way to change what looks like disaster. How do we awaken? Simple…(but not necessarily easy):

  • Recognize your own beauty. Original sin is a lie.
  • Reclaim your power. You're only weak if you believe it.
  • Rewrite your inner script. You wrote the original, or bought into someone else's.
  • Reduce your personal carbon footprint. You don't need as much stuff in your life as you think.
  • Respond rather than react. Think clearly about your choices, your prejudices, your decisions.
  • Release or at least reduce your fears. You will only rise to the level of your greatest fear.
  • Regain your courage. Boldness has a certain charm to it, you know.
  • Remember that you came here to help the world become its best. This is the secret you've been looking for, by the way.
  • Refuse to let the daily news run your life. In fact, turn it off for a week and see if you've really missed anything. What's truly important will find its way into your consciousness.
  • Rest in the Silence now and then; refresh your relationship with the Source of All That Is. Meditation is a powerful brain-changer, not just a woo-woo Eastern religious practice.
  • Remain upbeat, positive, enthusiastic, and optimistic. Pie in the sky? Hardly. Change your thinking, change your life, and ultimately, change your world.
  • Relax. Reboot. Retrain, if necessary. Regroup. Get it?
The best is yet to come. And you are the reason. It takes commitment, but you're up for it. 

And so am I.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Earth Is a Gift: Save It, or Lose It

“There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to
It's up to you!
accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”

G.K. Chesterton

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Prov. 4:7

The Earth is a gift. And we are slowly destroying Her. No matter your belief system, or religion, or politics, you are obliged to save her, if not for yourself, then for the generations yet to come. Here’s how:


Friday, August 28, 2015

Enlightenment, Or, Coming Back to Where You First Began

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water

The lights are on; are you home?
"You're as blind in all light as in all darkness. Darkness, then, is the beginning of the journey." Guru Da

Some of us may have the idea that spiritual awakening means, suddenly, you can levitate, or walk through walls, or predict someone else’s future. People who are "spiritual" are somehow very different, set apart from the rest of the mundane world, superior in some mystical, galactic way. God or Buddha or Krishna or Yahweh now holds them in special favor, in a brighter light. 

Your everyday world has changed to continual bliss, no more troubles, no more pain. You’re already in heaven. It’s just a matter of sending in your change of address card. Well, this may come as a surprise but people who are spiritually awakened know that the journey has just begun. 

When the spiritual eyes and the spiritual mind open, the one who is waking up realizes that, to this point, little progress has actually been made. It’s back to Square One. The beginning. Kindergarten. Now the real work starts. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Volunteering In Portland, Oregon: My Favorite Thing To Do!

As a Ride Connection Portland volunteer, I got to escort a great group of people from the Hollywood Senior Center here in Portland to the Oregon Historical Society's exhibition of World at War: WWII, plus a Chocolate Cake Baking Contest, in honor of the 150th anniversary and opening of the Oregon State Fair. 

Several of Portland's dignitaries, including Mayor Charlie Hales were showing their faces today. And Mrs. Hales even won a prize for her cake.



Eating the prizes…

Milling about, cake in hand!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Are You a True Christian? Maybe, Maybe Not.

A lot of people call themselves Christian, but when they find out what it actually means, they're not so certain, or even interested any longer.

Just so you know, this is the definition of True Christianity. If you do not fit into the framework, you might wish to refer to yourself in some other way…..(You can call yourself a Chrysler, but unless you're a car of the same name, or a member of the Chrysler family, you are NOT a Chrysler.)





The Nicene Creed (4th century)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who has spoken through the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Progressive Christianity is not 'true' Christianity. Still, sometimes it conveys the message of Jesus in a much more gentle, caring, and powerful way than creeds or dogmas. You may disagree.

But no need to argue with me about it. I'm just the messenger.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

No Small Thing: How to Change the World for the Better…In Our Lifetime

How you help the world become a better, more caring place every day, even if you don't realize it…

I heard that walking is great exercise. So I began such a
'Connecting'
program a couple of years ago. It turned out exercise wasn’t the only thing I got from walking. 


Each morning I take a different route. The first morning I noticed that, all along the sidewalk there were little bits and pieces of litter, litter that most people won’t notice because they’re usually in a hurry or paying attention to something else. So, the next morning, I took a pair of gloves and a small plastic shopping bag with me. I picked up a few pieces of the litter. When I retraced my steps on the way home, it appealed to me that now, the sidewalk didn’t have so much litter. It was only a small thing to do, but it made a difference. 


I took a different route the third day. I noticed that there were several people out early, painting over graffiti that had been sprayed onto some of the local buildings. I stopped to ask why they were doing that. They all agreed that in order to keep the community a clean place, doing this job was absolutely necessary. I asked if painting over would stop the graffiti. No, they answered. Only counseling and a community mind change will do that. We’re just doing our part. They were. It was a small thing to do, but it made a difference. 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bring All The Gifts! - The Joy of Giving Without Obligation


"We…tire of those pleasures we take, 
but never of those we give." 
John Pettit-Senn



Growing up in a conservative church background, I remember clearly the demands from the minister that God wanted us all to give as much money to the church as possible, but no less that 10%. He insisted God would be most unhappy if we balked at the idea.

I balked.

Turns out, there is a big difference between tithing and giving. Giving from the heart is voluntary* and joy-filled. Ask yourself, on what do I place a high value? What brings me great joy? Share in those areas. Examples: your children, animals, education, health, global events, hunger, etc. Even your church, if you're being spiritually nourished and not being made to feel guilty about not giving a certain amount. When you feel obliged to give, it’s more like a tax than a gift. Decide in your mind to turn your heart into a giver.

How to know you’re making progress:

  • You get joy and satisfaction from the giving itself and are not so concerned with how it’s received. “Cast your bread upon the waters. . .” Jesus
  • You begin to feel strengthened by your generosity.
  • You become more aware of how others have been adding value to your life and your appreciation increases. (You may even apologize for having been so clueless!)
  • You become more deeply sensitized to the needs of the world.
  • You look for ways to add value for the sheer joy of it.
The Rewards: No need to list them here. You’ll know them when you experience them…and you’ll be both surprised and gladdened! (Note: Giving always begets receiving. It's the LAW.)

*The great teacher Jesus always spoke of giving freely. He did not insist on Abrahamic law-based tithing. In fact, he almost always criticized those who tithed while overlooking the more important elements of the law such as caring for the poor and the infirm. He valued true charity far above giving a percentage of one’s profit to the temple coffers.

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be 
better than you dare to think.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, August 14, 2015

My New Iranian Friend: Meeting the World One Person at a Time


A day without a smile is, well, kinda boring...

Today was a pretty normal day for me at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon. At least, that's how it started.

I got my coffee and found a place in the fairly crowded coffee shop to sit, to write, and to read. At the same long table with me was my friend Arnold, who creates amazing flowers out of napkins and little else. Also, a group of about three or four people gathered 'round him, watching with awe and getting him to chat with them while he worked.

At long tables, you often get to meet new people. Today was my lucky day. Sitting across from me, also watching Arnold do his thing, was Ali*, an Iranian photographer and artist, visiting family in the US, along with his wife, whose name, I fear, has fled my memory, though I do remember thinking it was such a lovely name.

Anyway, I asked Ali about his camera, how good the video capacity was, and so on. We began to chat. I was amazed.

Ali lives in Tehran. He told me it's a big city, about 14 million strong. He said he loves his country and that he hopes we never have to go to war with each other. He also said that, in Tehran, and in Iran generally, the people really like America. Much more than, say, Europe or Australia.  Why? I asked.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What Do Bernie Sanders and Social Democracy Really Have In Common?

There has been a lot of rhetoric around what presidential candidate Bernie Sanders means when he advocates for 'social democracy'. But what is social democracy, exactly? Do you know? Does any average American know? Or do we conflate it with Communism? Karl Marx would not be happy!

The linked article from The Daily Kos sheds important light on the issue. Best articulation I've found so far.

Read and be informed. You will reign at your next gathering when anyone asks you about Bernie:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/07/1389039/-Bernie-Sanders-is-a-democratic-socialist-but-what-does-that-term-mean#



Monday, August 10, 2015

Powell's Books: Coffee, Chat, Charisma!

Powell's Books in Portland, OR, USA, is always a great place to see and meet interesting people, have a great cup of coffee, peruse great books and just be in the game!! 

It's been my home away from home since 1986.

When you're in Portland, don't miss it.



Watching my bookstore pal Arnold Drake World create his fabulous paper flowers.

More Than 28,000 Portlanders Welcome and Rally for Bernie Sanders

The Sanders campaign broke a one day record, set yesterday in Seattle--even though the rally was rudely interrupted there--by filling Portland's Moda Center with 28,000 Bernie Fans. 

Feel the Bern, Portland….



Saturday, August 1, 2015

God Says…. The Twists and Turns of Biblical Marriage

Let this be a wake up call to all of the Conservative presidential candidates who are so opposed to marriage equality, who are calling for the 'biblical ideal' of marriage in America: 

(Click on image to enlarge)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance To The Music….

While I cannot go into details about it, today brought much relief to me in regard to a very pressing issue that I was not sure would just go away. But it did. 

I am grateful to All That Is and continue to be reminded of abounding grace….

Today I celebrate!





Friday, July 3, 2015

When Dance Music Rocked….

I love old school dance music, especially from the late 70s, early 80s. Here are two of my favorite examples.




(Both of these artists have since passed way. RIP, my friends.)

Instant Replay by Dan Hartman

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 Lover Girl by Teena Marie.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Certainty: The Game of Fools, Or So I'm Told...

Scientist: I am certain there is no god.
Believer: I am certain to the contrary.
Scientist: The only constant is change, therefore nothing is certain.
Believer: You just contradicted yourself.
Scientist: Are you certain?

Certainty seems to be the game of fools. But who knows for certain?

Keep an open mind and an open heart. Surprises are probably guaranteed! 



Friday, June 19, 2015

Joys and Challenges of Working with America's Aging Population - VOA Class - June 19, 2015

I had the privilege of presenting Joys and Challenges of Working with America's Aging Population today at the Portland offices of Volunteers of America.



Thanks to everyone who participated. You are wonderful volunteers.



(Short video clip)






Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Seniors Enjoy Great Music at Old Church, Portland

The Old Church, downtown Portland, offers a summer series of music programs that are free to seniors. 

I had the privilege, as a Ride Connection Ambassador, to escort four lively seniors from the Hollywood (District) Senior Center in NE Portland to hear pianist Phillip Mandel.

The crowd was enthusiastic and I managed to catch the final notes on video. My voice is muffled because I didn't want to disturb anyone, but here is just a taste of Phillip's music. 

Thanks, HSC, for allowing me to be your escort.



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The Group!

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Light of God (Prayer of Protection): Concert Closing Song, Courtyard Fountains...

I had the privilege of sharing my music with the folks at
Courtyard Fountains retirement community in Gresham, Oregon, on June 4, 2015. I share here the closing song, "The Light of God," the music version of The Prayer of Protection, recited in New Thought churches all over North America.

The video is not the best and the solo vocal is a bit muffled. Also, too much fluff at the end, but that's what happens when you video tape it yourself and not as an expert!!

It was a great time and I did get a return invite. So, good for me!


Lyrics: 

The light of God surrounds us
The love of God Enfolds us
The power of God protects us
The presence of God watches over us…
Wherever we are, God is
Wherever we are, God is
Wherever we are, God is…
And all is well.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

REACH Resident Empowerment Expo - Portland, OR 5/30/15

REACH assists Portland residents in need of low income housing.

Short video clips by Richard Kent Matthews, Ride Connection Portland ambassador….




More from REACH Expo…..




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Silvercrest Portland Health Fair - Serving the World, and Loving It!

This was Silvercrest-Portland's health fair day. Several
(Ride Connection Ambassador Richard Kent Matthews)
vendors, including Comcast and Rite Aid showed off their wares. As the Ride Connection ambassador, I was there to help folks understand Portland's magnificent transportation system, including light rail, street car, and modern bus service. (New light rail Orange Line to suburbs opening in Sept 2015.)


Silvercrest is a low income housing community, serving seniors over 62. It's a Salvation Army property.

Comcast brought cookies!!

Short video...


Mingling and enjoying healthy shakes from Stone Tower Church

Monday, May 25, 2015

Remember The Fallen And Those Who Returned - Memorial Day 2015

Today we remember those who have fallen in battle to preserve what we like to call freedom and democracy in the USA.

My wish today it that the Powers That Be become more willing to help those who have returned as much as they are willing to send them to war in the first place. 

Make our Vets the top priority, America. You wouldn't exist without them.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sharing At The Oregon Coast...

Thank you, Unity By The Sea, Lincoln City, Oregon for allowing me to be your featured speaker and musician today. In spite of a couple of mishaps and a touch of improv, we had a grand time.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Join Me At The Oregon Coast!!!


On Sunday, May 17, 2015, I am honored to be the guest speaker and musician for Unity By The Sea,* Lincoln City, Oregon. 


Come join me as I share Music, Message, and Meditation!

Message Title: Gratitude: It's More Than You Think

Saying thank you is fine, but a real 'attitude of gratitude' means more than platitude!! It takes true focus, commitment, and practice. And both the practice…and the benefits…will last a life time.

*1922 NE 17th St. - 541-418-0345


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Earthquake In The Himalayas….2015

Yesterday, a magnitude 7.8 quake hit the region near Katmandu, Nepal, causing death, injury, and widespread damage not only in Nepal, but in India and Tibet as well. Also, a number of hikers were killed due to avalanches near Everest.

We are all One Family. Let us keep those still in harm's way in our thoughts as help continues to pour in from all over the world. 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

War: Playing Scared, Playing Death

Can we ever change the minds and directions of the war mongers? Keep open to the possibility. And keep a song in your heart.


"Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are 
essentially heterosexual hobbies." 
Morrissey, British singer and lyricist




Monday, April 13, 2015

Me Hearties… Annual Ride Connection Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 2015

Today, Ride Connection Portland hosted its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in NE Portland. The theme was, well, pirate-y. The staff came in costume and we were entertained by a group of talent who did fun pirate music and yelled a lot!!

I am a 10-year volunteer with Ride Connection. We're always looking for more volunteers in several capacities including drivers, Ride Ambassadors. and more. 

(I inadvertently said the year is 2012 in one of these clips. Please overlook. Thx.)


Me, about to stuff my face…again!

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Video Shots

(Sorry, no avatar for this one, but the video is here…)








Sunday, April 12, 2015

With An Open Heart… Alan Peterson In Concert

I had the pleasure of hearing my friend Alan Peterson in concert at Abundant Life Center, Vancouver, WA, today. Oh, and some nice cake, too! (12 April 2015)


Friday, April 10, 2015

A Brother Remembered….Five Years Later

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of my beloved brother, Donald Paul Matthews. He died of a massive heart attack in my arms while we were together in his 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck, in the Office Max parking lot, Southeast Portland, Oregon. He was 61.

We had been estranged for several decades. But as his marriage began to dissolve, he turned back to me for solace and comfort. In 2006, he moved to Portland from So. California, stayed in his motor home on my RV pad, and then moved into a house a year later. 

It took a bit of work but after all those years, we finally worked out our challenges. And we realized how much we loved each other.

You are still missed, my brother, my friend…



Don Matthews, Richard Matthews, early 2010, Vancouver, Washington

Saturday, March 14, 2015

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Portland....

We've had a very dry winter. Today, to my joy, rain returned. Not for long, but a nice dose, just the same. Temps are expected into the 70sF in a day or so. Right now, I will enjoy the kind of weather for which we are supposed to be known.

I did errands for the first half of the day without an umbrella. After all that, and it was much, I spent time on Facebook, then updating my YouTube channel. I practiced a few vocals and hit a few ivories.

Finally, I have settled into someone else's music. And now, as I write, with some greats sounds in the background, I can feel the tensions of the day, the fog in the brain, and the gurgling in the gut all melting away. (Oh, Lady Gaga just rang in. I like Gaga. I may be the only 70 year old who does.)

Thankfully, it's still raining.

The universe, it is said, is a combination of math, motion, and music. I believe it. I'm feeling very universal right now.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Creating Miracles, eBook Style




Some folks asked why I haven't written a book. Actually, I have.  

I created a small eBook for Scribd in 2012 but never got around to designing a cover. So, no real promotion. I may change that this year, though. Seems I can get a cover designed online, reasonably, and then get it out to the world.

You get to preview it before the Big Roll Out! Click on the link below and get ready for miracles!

http://bit.ly/1uS6uOJ