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2.22.15 … Are you okay? …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks,  Almetto Howie Alexander Labyrinth – McCrorey YMCA/Charlotte NC 4/40:

Are you okay? Soon after i started walking, one of the women leaving the Y’s hosted church asked me if I was OK?  i then realized that if you did not know that there was a labyrinth on the raised area near the parking lot, or  if you did, that you did not know what a labyrinth was, you might be confused by a woman walking in circles.  So I tried to explain to them that I was very much ok and that they should try to walk the labyrinth .
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Before walking, I intentionally looked at each of the symbols painted around the center of the labyrinth 11 circuit Chartres-style labyrinth.  I would like to know more about the symbols.
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I also notice, for the first time, that the lunation’s are scored in the concrete …
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The walk ..
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I always laugh when it approach the center because it looks like a Parcheesi board …
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Sirens  … Three fire engines scream as they pass.
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More church members continue to come out of church. They are almost all African-American women with children. I see very few men, except young adult men. Very interesting in light of Edward’s Ethnic Studies class where he has learned about the role of women in African-American culture.
I have been walking this labyrinth frequently for several years. Today I noticed on the billboard (which I have looked at multiple times) the artist drawing as well as the labyrinth’s logo. It became clear to me that the “Parcheesi board” at the center is a CROSS.  I feel really rather silly.
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And then i notice the quote at the base of the labyrinth:  “With patience persistence and prayer, a God-filled spirit can bring a seed to fruit – Almetto Howie Alexander 2011
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“The labyrinth is my dedication to the Washington Heights community to inspire people of all ages to find a peaceful place to reflect, refocus, heal, meditate, find peace of mind and pray,” says Mrs. Alexander.

via Almetto Howie Alexander Labyrinth: The Mission.

A few other things that struck me today:

We Should All Be Feminists, 6 Books To Give Your Best Friend, lists:

We Should All Be Feminists

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As most of us know, award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDxEuston talk on feminism was recently sampled in Beyoncé’s “Flawless.” Now this compact but passionate speech is available in book form. “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are,” writes Adichie. Girls are brought up “to see each other as competitors… for the attention of men” while boys are raised to prove themselves with their masculinity. Her conclusion: “If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.” Pair this slim but substantive book with Roxane Gay’s best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, both of which illustrate how being outspoken can sometimes also be the best way to be heard.

— Michele Filgate

via 6 Books To Give Your Best Friend.

Paul Durand-Ruel (pioneering art dealer), FT.com:

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aul Durand-Ruel set out to create value for something that no one wanted, and changed the economics of taste for ever. With a brilliant eye and steady nerve, he was the first dealer to make a business from contemporary art, and for years he was the only one who sold, and often the only one who bought, the Impressionists.

viaPaul Durand-Ruel: pioneering art dealer – FT.com.

The Atlantic Magazine’s Mission Statement:  Interesting mission statement for a 158 year old magazine … one of my favorites.

The Atlantic Monthly was first published in 1857 by the renowned lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and fellow poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. They did actually launch with a mission statement back then:

The Atlantic will be the organ of no party or clique, but will honestly endeavor to be the exponent of … the American idea

The Atlantic’s mission statement has since been updated to:

The Atlantic is America’s leading destination for brave thinking and bold ideas that matter. The Atlantic engages its print, online, and live audiences with breakthrough insights into the worlds of politics, business, the arts, and culture. With exceptional talent deployed against the world’s most important and intriguing topics, The Atlantic is the source of opinion, commentary, and analysis for America’s most influential individuals who wish to be challenged, informed, and entertained.

via The Atlantic Magazine’s Mission Statement | Shapes of digital media.

Icehenge:

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An ice Stonehenge, or as five guys from Lake Mills, Wisconsin call it, the “Rock Lake Icehenge” is quite a sight to see as you’re driving down Lake Shore Drive along Rock Lake.

via Five guys built “Icehenge” on a lake and it is beautiful!.


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