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3.3.14 … I cheated … Homeless Jesus … “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.” … ” the stories we tell ourselves about animals totally color how we see them. “Emotion matters. Imagination matters, and we are free to spin whatever stories we want about them.” The wild animals, he says, ‘always have no comment.'” …

MegaBus, Monarch of the Glen, Netflix bingeing, spoilers, Katrina:  On my bus … bingeing on Monarch … but I cheated … I am on Series 3 and I read the spoilers for the rest of the series.  I do not like the way the story goes after Series 3.  I like Katrina way too much.

“Homeless Jesus”, St. Alban’s, Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, DavidsonNews.net: 

Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz sits on the bench next to his work. (Via sculpturebytps.com)

McCoy and Macon discussed different ideas in recent years until they came upon Schmalz’s work. Both use the word “serendipity” to describe how they discovered it. Macon said McCoy “stumbled upon it. … Once found, that became the thing.”

“At the end of the day, this was the most compelling,” Macon added.

Schmalz has said the piece was inspired by a gospel passage, Matthew: 25. “This sculpture is a representation that suggests Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. The Christ figure is shrouded in a blanket … the only indication that it is Jesus is the visible wounds on the feet. The life-size version of the work has enough room that someone is able to sit on the bench.”

The fact that the sculpture was surrounded by controversy made it all the more interesting, Macon said. And that also caught the attention of Buck and others at St. Alban’s.

The juxtaposition of the sculpture and relatively new building “reminds us what (the church) is all about,” Buck said.

So on Friday, McCoy, Buck and a small crew of other workers brought “Homeless Jesus” to its new home.

Said Macon: “It’s extraordinarily appropriate. … It certainly is thought-provoking and inspirational. I don’t think it’s disturbing, but it gives you pause.”

via ‘Homeless Jesus’ finds a home, in front of St. Alban’s  | DavidsonNews.net.

William Martin, Do not ask your children to strive for extraord…., Goodreads:  Just liked this one.

Do not ask your children

to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable,

but it is the way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder

and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting

tomatoes, apples and pears.

Show them how to cry

when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure

in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.

― William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

via Goodreads | Quote by William Martin: Do not ask your children to strive for extraord….

Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed?, Krulwich Wonders, NPR:  The pictures are fun, but this is an interesting analysis of the effect of media and changing perceptions.

via ▶ Animals at Play – YouTube.

Thirteen years later, polar bears hadn’t changed, but our sense of them had. By 2007, most people had seen scenes of weak, starving bears struggling to stay on shrinking hunks of melting ice. The earth was warming and polar bears had no place to go. Suddenly, they were vulnerable, heading to extinction. Animals, says Mooallem are “free-roaming Rorschachs.” We see them through the heavy filter of our own feelings, our own needs. And our filter for polar bears had flipped. Animals who’d once been proud and vicious had become “delicate, drowning” victims, lonely animals — who now just might need the companionship of a friendly husky — who might come to a backyard, looking for a hug.

Jon Mooallem believes that the stories we tell ourselves about animals totally color how we see them. “Emotion matters. Imagination matters, and we are free to spin whatever stories we want about them.” The wild animals, he says, “always have no comment.”

via Polar Bear Flip-Flop: People Hated, Then Loved These Photos. What Changed? : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR.


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