Friday, December 6, 2013
I think we are getting back to our normal time .
Getting up that is. The week has been a jump into
my life. No day of rest until the Sabbath.
It has gone well and now is the weekend.
Advent Sunday #2.
Advent Sunday #1 was spent in London at the
Candlelight Advent service at Westminster Abbey.
4:00 pm. Dusk 4:30 pm. Completely dark.
You couldn't take photos in the service.
The choir of young boys and men ,
the ones who sang at Prince William's
wedding, lifted my heart up to the top of the high
ceiling.Very high. I was silenced by the beauty.
I was stilled in my heart. God's presence.
This week I have been so deeply moved by these
Advent devotions from Biola University here.
I can't wait to see the next day's painting, music,
and reading. It has been a long time since this sort
of hunger for beauty has been kindled. Please take
a look and read on each day. A feast awaits.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
We are back.
Would turn around and go back over the ocean tomorrow.
BUT Christmas is coming and a graduation ( daughter-in-law to be
a PA) and it seemed like Monday all day.
Seems like we already had Christmas in the UK and two days in Paris.
I did have two turkey sandwiches on the trip.
Delicious. Both had stuffing and cranberries.
More soon when my brain is on the right day!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I sold a book on Amazon and had an email asking why I charged
more for the postage than what it costs to send it.
Well,I got an attitude.
You know how that goes. Something else to do and deal with.
Well, I had to find where Amazon suggests the 3.00 plus 99 cents.
I sent an email and she responded. We went back and forth for about
5 emails, turning into conversation! A wonderful one.
Well, now I am smiling. I had sold her an Anne Graham
Lotz's Bible Study book.
Ended up blessing each other at the very end.
Heading out at the end of the week for Thanksgiving week.
The days are marching towards our suitcases very fast.
Have a very good time with family and friends and turkey.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Words from THE LIVING PAGE:
Playfulness: an awareness of the formative power of the local environment,
human and natural, and stability.
Wendell Berry's idea of the importance of "knowing where ( we are ) , and the
pleasures and pains of being there."
Timefulness: Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier, Living Gently in a Violent
World, the sense of having all the time one needs, unhurried,
the cadence of Glory.
Nuancefulness: coined by Calvin Seerveld, the awareness that there is a
stratum of truth beyond fact. Beauty.
Words to live in.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Crystal blue sky as I look out the kitchen window.
My heart is lighter.
All hotel rooms booked for the trip plus to my daughter in law's graduation
in December from Grad School.
Now to plan our days. Any tips for jet lag?
We saw Macbeth yesterday. It was filmed at the Manchester International
Festival and took place in a desconsecrated church. The setting added to
the performance. The performances by Kenneth Branagh and Alex
Kingston ( Macbeth and Lady Macbeth) brought a record sell out
in July in 9 minutes. Watch a trailer here.
In the opening scene, the battle scenes are in the wide center aisle
which is covered with dirt. It rains so now it is covered with mud for the
rest of the play. You are in everything from mud to daggers to sleep walking
to witches and the high ambition of Macbeth.
Tremendous acting for the famous scenes:
Lady Macbeth's "Out damn spot" as guilt devours her. She is sleepwalking and
still washing blood off her arms and hands. Kingston plays it with torment.
Macbeth hears her howl then the news of her death. He starts out with
"Tomorrow, tomorrow..." and the camera fixes on his face. His composure
breaks down to such pain that he barely whispers the last words: signifying nothing.
There is a beauty beyond words in their performances of the beautiful poetry
of their lines. We see Macbeth lay hold of his own glory and ransack Scotland
to a culture of evil. I couldn't help thinking of our current days with the violence
in our land. Very good well written review here.