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2.28.13 … No matter our age, it seems we are all a little bit scared of the dark …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks,  Avondale Presbyterian Church:

First, I was scared that the labyrinth would not be well lit. It was well it. What a relief.
Second, I worried it would be too cold.  It was 42 degrees, a perfect temp.
Third, as I drove up the side street,  the view of downtown was phenomenal.  So i walked to the top of the garden hill (with the cross) and snapped a few shots … I don’t think a picture will capture it,  but here it is …
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I heard the water in the fountain rushing and the chimes ringing.
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My shadow was very long.
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Even though I had no reason to be fearful, I  was because it was dark and I was alone.   I found my heart was racing just a little bit and I walked much faster than I usually walk when I walk a labyrinth.
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My feet were sweating in my garden clogs!!
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Beautiful walk in the shadows of the night.

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And as I walked, my thoughts went to the Barbara Brown Taylor lecture I attended last winter … Darkness …

No matter our age, it seems we are all a little bit scared of the dark.

Taylor pointed out, though, that in the original story of creation, it was darkness that provided the backdrop for God’s creation of the light…the story says that darkness covered the face of the deep as God stepped up with God’s divine paintbrush to paint the first stroke; darkness was there as a canvas when God began.

And, recounting stories of a smoky underground jazz club where she worked nights while putting herself through seminary, Taylor pointed out that there is a whole other world that happens after dark, a world that many of us never get to see.

She said we need darkness, not only for the life-giving REM cycles that happen in the dark, but for walking outside under a blanket of stars, far enough away from the big city that we can see clearly the Little Dipper and Cassiopeia and Orion, and in seeing the stars clearly through the darkness can, from time to time, see our own lives with a clarity we were missing before.

We need the darkness, she says.  Without it, we can’t hope to see the light.

via 12 | November | 2012 | Talk With the Preacher.

Peace and grace …

Henri Nouwen:  Loved this one today …

We are afraid of emptiness. Spinoza speaks about our “horror vacui,” our horrendous fear of vacancy. We like to occupy-fill up-every empty time and space. We want to be occupied. And if we are not occupied we easily become preoccupied; that is, we fill the empty spaces before we have even reached them. We fill them with our worries, saying, “But what if …”

It is very hard to allow emptiness to exist in our lives. Emptiness requires a willingness not to be in control, a willingness to let something new and unexpected happen. It requires trust, surrender, and openness to guidance. God wants to dwell in our emptiness. But as long as we are afraid of God and God’s actions in our lives, it is unlikely that we will offer our emptiness to God. Let’s pray that we can let go of our fear of God and embrace God as the source of all love.

via Daily Meditation: Letting Go of Our Fear of God.

Southern art, Romantic Spirits Exhibition, Garden and Gun:

Romantic Spirits, a companion exhibit to the book by the same name, will run from March 7 through May 26 at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. From there, it will travel to the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia.

via Romantic Spirits Exhibition | Garden and Gun.

Jennifer Lawrence,  Oscars Interview,  Jack Nicholson , ABC News:  So what does Jack Nicholson have to  do with anything … I’ll be waiting …

Lawrence had just described her big win: “I feel like I can’t even remember. It’s kind of an insane moment and it was just really exciting. It was really just shocking.  It was the first time I’ve ever felt, like, actual shock.”

Out of nowhere, Nicholson, 75, walked into the interview and said to Lawrence, “You did such a beautiful job. I didn’t mean to cross into your interview but I had to congratulate you.”

“You’re being really rude,” Lawrence, 22, joked after thanking him.

They gushed over each others’ movies and said goodbye.

He exited and the actress shouted, “Oh my God,” putting her hands in her face. “Is he still there?”

“I’ll be waiting,” said Nicholson, who popped his head back into the interview as a surprise.

via Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscars Interview Interrupted by Jack Nicholson – ABC News.

Pope Benedict XVI, Twitter, WSJ.com: Tweets Gone, But Not Forgotten …

Along with his papal authority, Pope Benedict XVI relinquishes his twitter handle. WSJ’s Jason Bellini has the story of his not-infallible tweeting career.

via Video – Pope Benedict XVI’s Tweets Gone, But Not Forgotten – WSJ.com.

NBA records, Davidson College,  Stephen Curry, kudos:  Kudos, Steph!

NEW YORK — Stephen Curry rose for another jumper, and by then even the Knicks probably figured it would go in.

Curry had hardly missed in a scintillating second half of the NBA’s most electric performance this season, the crowd cheering even before the ball left his hands.

Felton’s blocked shot led to J.R. Smith’s tiebreaking basket with 1:10 left, and the Knicks overcame Curry’s NBA season-high 54 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-105 on Wednesday night.

Curry was 18 of 28 from the field, finishing one 3-pointer shy of the NBA record with 11 in 13 attempts, in a performance that had the crowd hanging on his every shot. But the Knicks and Felton finally stopped him with 1:28 to play and the score tied at 105.

“My main thing is to keep playing. Like I said, once a guy gets it going like that, there’s nothing I can really do. I’ve still got to stay in my mindset, still play my game, and I was still able to come up with some big plays at the end,” Felton said. “We all came up with some big plays to get that win.”

via Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks – Recap – February 27, 2013 – ESPN.

Lasso, slippers,  Gaspard Tiné-Berès & Ruben Valensi, Kickstarter:  They are so cute!

Each Lasso slipper is made from a single piece of felt, with a leather sole. The flat pattern is shaped simply by sewing the provided lace through the corresponding precut holes. They are delivered flat-packed with laces of your choice and only take a few minutes to assemble.

So we started to look for a manufacturer and found the Sellerie Parisienne, at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in the Parisian suburbs, a social enterprise that provides work opportunities for people with special needs. It offered all the skills needed to manufacture, package and ship Lasso to the customer. The die was cast! It took a lot more discussions, coffees, pints, sewing and sweat to establish Lasso: a young, social and responsible brand.

Nike must be smacking their corporate heads that they didn’t think of this first. The Lasso Slipper is essentially the simplest concept of a shoe, with sturdy material and a laces holding it all together — much like a pre-sole version of Nike’s Footscape.

via Lasso Slipper: A Flat-Pack Wool-Felt Slipper You Can Assemble Yourself | The Crosby Press – BETA.

Pope Benedict, resignation

BBC News (UK) @BBCNews

Pope on resignation: “I took this step in full awareness of its gravity” but “with profound serenity of spirit”. LIVE

bbc.in/YYiuP6

Chiditarod,  Shopping Cart Race, Chicago’s Urban Iditarod & Epic Food Drive:  Fun …

Dress Up. Cause Chaos. DO GOOD.

Chiditarod Shopping Cart Race

Chiditarod (think Iditarod) is Chicago’s Epic Urban Iditarod. A charity food drive, beauty pageant, costumed shopping cart race, talent show, fundraiser and chaos generator all in one. And probably the world’s largest mobile food drive, benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

via Chiditarod Shopping Cart Race | Chicago’s Urban Iditarod & Epic Food Drive.

TEDTalks, food:  have I mentioned how much I enjoy TED …

Five of the conference’s most palatable PowerPoints

via TED’s Most Gluttonous – Drink – Thrillist Nation.

Sir Ravi The Juggler, Stanford Student,  Rubik’s Cube, juggling, NPR,  YouTube, random:  very random …

 

Sir Ravi The Juggler – YouTube.

Bowles-Simpson II. The Sequester , Forbes:  We shall see …

Simpson and Bowles, who chaired a 2010 White House deficit reduction panel, presented a broad framework aimed at reducing the debt to “below” 70 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 10 years. The debt/GDP ratio has become a favorite new target for both Democrats and Republicans though, naturally, they disagree on what it should be.

Many Democrats and some progressives want to aim for about 73 percent of GDP, which is what it is today. Many Republicans and other deficit hawks are shooting for about 60 percent, which was the upper bound of member state deficits set by the creators of the Eurozone (not that it’s done them much good). For context, the Congressional Budget Office figures that under the most likely fiscal scenario, th

via Bowles-Simpson II: A New Plan To Avoid The Sequester – Forbes.


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