6.9.14 … Ordinary Time: Today, the Monday after Pentecost, is the beginning of the longest of all the Christian seasons: Ordinary Time …

James Howell, Ordinary Time:  From James Howell’ emails:

Today, the Monday after Pentecost, is the beginning of the longest of all the Christian seasons: Ordinary Time.

And yet, no time is “ordinary,” as in “average,” as in “he’s an ordinary-looking guy.” Time is precious, and unfathomably valuable, God’s marvelous gift to us of our days and years, time given so we might know and love and serve God. Christian time is punctuated by the grand festivals of Christmas and Easter, when God changed everything. And our lives are punctuated by huge days when everything changes: you graduate, you marry, you learn you have cancer, she dies, he leaves, a child is born.

But most of our days are a bit ordinary – and what I want to do with these emails during Ordinary Time is to think about how to connect deeply with God when it isn’t Holy Week or Ash Wednesday or Christmas Day or Pentecost. I hope you will read, and ponder, and talk with God – and maybe with somebody else. Sharing this journey into God with others is a rich blessing.

Cape Town Guide,  Gazelle with Porcini and Asian-Inspired Tapas, Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine:


The lush Cavalli Wine & Stud Farm, a half-hour from the city’s center, has an art gallery and food that looks like art. At Equus, Henrico Grobbelaar cooks refined South African dishes like gazelle with porcini; for dessert, lemon tart with meringue. Strand Rd. (R44), Somerset West; cavalliestate.com


Peter Tempelhoff, chef at the famous Greenhouse in the suburbs, has opened a place in town. At Mondiall, the food is simple (cheeseburgers and chocolate sundaes). Alfred Mall, V&A Waterfront; mondiall.co.za.

The Pot Luck Club

The biggest name in the South African dining scene is avant-garde chef Luke Dale-Roberts. At his new place, he cooks Asian-inspired tapas (oysters with ponzu-dashi jelly). 375 Albert Rd., Woodstock; thepotluckclub.co.za.


This wine bar in a butcher shop pours around 30 bottlings from up-and-coming South African producers. 81 Church St.; publik.co.za.

via Cape Town Guide: Where to Find Gazelle with Porcini and Asian-Inspired Tapas – Hungry Crowd | Food & Wine.

 The Atlanta Opera, The Metropolitan Opera in Atlanta:  I remember my parents gong to see The metropolitan Opera in Atlanta and they always wore formal attire.  It was magical to watch them go out the door  …

Atlanta’s taste for opera began in the early years of the 1900’s with the Metropolitan Opera’s annual week-long tour to Atlanta. Performing at the Auditorium-Armory, the fabulous Fox Theatre and finally the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, the Metropolitan Opera’s annual tour was a major social event.

Every night of the week featured the performance of a different opera starring opera legends including Enrico Caruso, Marian Anderson and later, Luciano Pavarotti. The audience included a who’s who of Atlantans and was celebrated with posh parties at the Georgian Terrace, Piedmont Driving Club and other upscale venues. In the late 1970’s, the Metropolitan Opera stopped touring to Atlanta, leaving a void in the region.

via The Atlanta Opera | Our History.




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