Literature engenders wild and independent thought. It prepares the
mind—as prayer cultivates the heart—for epiphany. Epiphany is the chief
enemy of intellectual orthodoxy, and reductionism, and rote procedure.
Our groom says the funniest thing these days, besides being nervous about dancing at the reception, that they will miss the First Lady and James Taylor by one night at the hotel they are spending their Wedding Night! ( in town to raise funds for the DNC in Sept)They are missing them by one night but the hotel should still be buzzing from it.
Here is James Taylor with his son, Ben, (mother is Carly Simon) in Raleigh last March. Missed that concert! We saw James Taylor in his early days in Chapel Hill. ( the 70's)
I am on Winter Break but it is not vacation except Emma and I did get to see the Coco Chanel Exhibit at The Mint Museum here in Charlotte. This is a Cocktail Suit with ruffles peeking out and rhinestones. It makes me want to dress up! Soon we will at the Weddings!
Today : Wedding haircuts. Yesterday : my husband. Yesterday: #3 son who also had a job interview today. Good reason! Groom got his earlier last week ~~ it should be a good length by the time he stands to meet his bride. ( super short for his profession.)
Odysseus went on his adventures in The Odyssey everywhere I went today, even to the hair salon. Our hairdresser ( Korean) told Emma and me about her mother back in Korea and her childhood. As she cut Emma's hair, she saw me reading but didn't ask WHAT book, then went on to say ALL about her two favorite childhood books: Heidi and "that red head girl" (Anne of Green Gables...which I told her about seeing Anne's house on P.E.I.). I could sort of picture a little Korean girl reading about Heidi and Anne being swept into the same things we were. She was there in the Alps and on Prince Edward Island. I remember one of my sons saying Heidi was his favorite book. He always did that whenever a book tickled his soul and he lived within it.......... He has many, many favorite books!!
( the beginning of The Book of Hours by Gerhard Groote)
He's Dutch and lived in the 14th century. At such a tumulous time ( Black Plaque and the Hundred Year's War ), he started the Brethren of the Common Life movement that started schools and translations of the Bible and strong biblical preaching.
He had a multigenerational plan. He understood that it had taken a very
long time for Western civilization to get into the mess that it was in
and that no man or movement, no matter how potent or effective, would be
able to turn things around overnight. That was why the heart and soul
of his plan was to disseminate the Scriptures and build schools. His
covenantal theology had led him to have a generational vision, one that
enabled him to invest in a future he would likely never see on
this earth. Who went to these schools?
Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Melancthon, Bucer, and Beza.
Thinking about Gratitude as I read Ann's A Holy Experience today and now ,again, I think about how I am not a list person. Gratitude just came upon me this afternoon as I read an email from the oldest son saying: "Here's my work number if you need to get a hold of me." ( mind you, it is almost 5:00 , the end of the day)
I replied ," What happened to your cell?"
"Died. Going to get a new one tonight."
You know how something just hits you and you can see clearer.
I just THANKED God for a son who at 28, married and still thinks " what if they had to get a hold of me. " Very thoughtful and conscientious.
That was my Mom. That was how she trained 8 children always to stay in touch with her, to think beyond themselves , especially if we were going out of town.
The gratitude went back two generations in my mind and heart, flew up to the Lord in Praise, and now I am comforted by thinking about my Mom ( deceased) right before Valentine's Day!
It is a lost art: Letter Writing. It costs more to mail a handmade and handwritten Valentine or letter. Postage went up 1 cent but somehow that may be a tipping point. Definitely fast and cheaper to email or FB message or get a response.
Look what took my fancy today. It costs $25.00, if you are interested in supporting the ARTS and love to write letters, this is for you!
Even after a March 3rd wedding, I am already inspired. I will post my entry come mid-March.
Letters To Home
What would you say to your childhood home?
It's been awhile, and the house you grew up in is starting to
wonder about you... If your childhood home could hear you, what would
you say? It might have been...
Up in the low 70's here today. The daffodils are out early, peeking out and holding up their yellow bonnets. I love the winter sunsets that a peek through bare trees. The light is different.Winter light. Poets capture that light in words and make us see the light.
I am teaching my students one of the hardest poetry structures: Dactyl Hexameter. It is the language structure of Homer in The Odyssey. They are writing a poem on a Greek myth or hero plus will wear a mask that they design to wear at the recitation.
Today we went to a living poet: Wendell Berry to be inspired. They wrote what each stanza meant in their journals.
How To Be a Poet
by Wendell Berry
(to remind myself)
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.
The first stanza: "patience joins time to eternity." My daughter said , " that is like when we go to the beach and it is timeless. We have to find that in where we write and how we write." The second stanza: " there are no unsacred places..." New thought for some. "Stay away from screens... 3-D dimensioned life..." Can they do that? This is not a 3-D movie. Real life. The third stanza: " out of the silence....like prayers..." One student drew this. I was silent by the beauty of her drawing.