Archive for February, 2016

27
Feb
16

2.27.16 … RIP Bart the Bassett 2001-2016 …

 

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“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 17/40), Davidson College Labyrinth – Davidson NC, Hobart Park:

Another gorgeous day
Black crow cawing
Strong full sun
Cool weather
Lamppost lion, a witch and wardrobe lamppost
Worn bench
Camellias
Small airplane circling
Moss cross second quadrant 4th row , and in petals
Thinking about yesterday meanings of the six petals of the center. Mine are: physical, emotional, relational/social, spiritual, religious (my relationship with God via Christ) and time… Past and future (and when I stand at the center i am in the moment.)
I circle the petals twice, once looking inward, once looking outward.
Breathing
Construction noises

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Goodbye to one of our beloved beasts …

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2.27.16

26
Feb
16

2.26.16 … minerals (healing), vegetable, animal, human, angles and the last one is the unknown (beyond the grasp of the human mind) …

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“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 16/40), Morningstar Lutheran Chapel – Mint Hill NC:

bright sun,

chimes,

chapel with red doors,

old cemetery,

legacy labyrinth in memory of Shannon Kennedy,

 debris on the path

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A new brochure!

“The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to ourselves into the light that calls from within. In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness.”

We are all on the path precisely where we need to be.

It can be a path of prayer, reduce stress, and self knowledge, help us move through transitions in life, quiet the mind, give solace, peace, clarity, celebration, give comfort and solace to the weary soul.

There are three “r”s to walking the labyrinth: releasing as you walk in, receiving in the center, and returning – taking your experience back out into the world.

In the center are six petals. They can stand for many things. One thought is: starting on the left are minerals (healing), vegetable, animal, human, angles and the last one is the unknown (beyond the grasp of the human mind).

 

2.26.16

Potter more,  29 signs,  Hermione and Ron, Harry Potter:  I missed most of the signs …

You may think that this famous romance only kicked off after several years of Hogwarts and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, but we like to think the signs were always there…

Source: Pottermore – 29 signs that Hermione liked Ron from the start

Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research, The New York Times: 

“Sounds like a prison camp,” Dr. Willenbring said softly, leaning forward in his chair to pass a box of tissues. Continue reading the main story Sign Up for the Science Times Newsletter Every week, we’ll bring you stories that capture the wonders of the human body, nature and the cosmos. He began explaining the neuroscience of alcohol and drug dependence, 60 percent of which, he said, is attributable to a person’s genetic makeup. Listening intently, the young patient seemed relieved at the idea that his previous failures in rehab might reflect more than a lack of will. Dr. Willenbring, 66, has repeated this talk hundreds of times. But while scientifically unassailable, it is not what patients usually hear at addiction treatment centers. Rehabilitation programs largely adhere to the 12-step principles of the 80-year-old Alcoholics Anonymous and its offshoot, Narcotics Anonymous. Addicts have a moral and spiritual defect, they are told; they must abstain from alcohol and drugs and surrender to a higher power to escape substance abuse. This treatment is typically delivered through group therapy led by counselors whose main qualification is their own completion of the program. In some states, drug counselors with only a high school degree may treat patients, according to a 2012 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Dr. Willenbring says he believes this approach ignores the most recent research on the subject, a judgment he is well qualified to make. From 2004 to 2009, he was the director of treatment research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and he oversaw dozens of studies proving the efficacy of medications and new behavioral therapies to treat drinking problems.

Source: For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research – The New York Times

 Yosemite,  Waterfall Firefall, The New York Times, serendipity:

 

For a few weeks in February if the conditions are just right, for about 10 minutes around sunset, one waterfall in Yosemite National Park looks more like its opposite — a firefall. Visitors who flocked to the park this week, many with cameras in tow, have not been disappointed by the glowing transformation of Horsetail Fall, which flows from El Capitan. “In the over 20 years I have been photographing the firefall and leading workshops there in Yosemite, I have never seen a more spectacular one,” said Michael Mariant, a photographer from Morro Bay, Calif., who leads teaching trips to Yosemite. The phenomenon occurs only if there has been enough snow and rain in the Sierra Mountains to fuel the waterfall, if the skies are clear and if the setting sun strikes the water at an angle that creates the illusion of lava.

Source: At Yosemite, a Waterfall Turns Into a Firefall – The New York Times

UNC professor,  credits,  first use of ‘shit happens’, The Daily Tar Heel: 

If you go on Wikipedia and look at ‘shit happens,’ you see my name,” Eble said. It started as a class assignment. Every semester, Eble asks her students to write down new catch phrases on index cards that she collects and compiles into a list.

And on the list from 1983 is first alleged recorded use of “shit happens.” “A female student turned in ‘shit happens,’ and wrote this: ‘When informed that he flunked the test, the guy replied, ‘That shit happens.’’” Although that student remains anonymous, Eble has gained more recognition for coining the phrase than she’d like to take credit for. “This gets brought up every so often,” she said. “Will this never die? I didn’t come up with it — it just so happened that my list was the earliest citation. And now it’s become sort of an urban myth.”

Source: UNC professor credited with first use of ‘shit happens’ :: The Daily Tar Heel

Mussels with White Wine Recipe – Bon Appétit, favorite meals:

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Mussels With White Wine

Spoon some aioli on a piece of toast, dunk it in the broth, and eat it along with the white wine-soaked mussels. Repeat. Ingredients

SERVINGS:

4 Lemon

Aioli

1 large egg yolk

1 garlic clove, finely grated

1 tsp (or more) fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Mussels

2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup white wine

4 pounds mussels, debearded, scrubbed

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Sliced country-style bread, toasted (for serving)

Lemon Aioli Whisk egg yolk, garlic, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, drizzle in vegetable oil, then olive oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until aioli is emulsified. Do Ahead: Aioli can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

Mussels Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it begins to darken, about 2 minutes. Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add mussels and 1/2 cup water to pot, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mussels open (discard any that do not open), 10–12 minutes. Ladle mussels and broth into shallow bowls and top with thyme; serve with bread and lemon aioli. Recipe by Dawn Perry Photograph by Gentl & Hyers

Nutritional Content Calories (kcal) 640 Fat (g) 33 Saturated Fat (g) 5

Source: Mussels with White Wine Recipe – Bon Appétit

Urban birding, David Lindo,  ‘sexy’ pastime, Love Nature:  I have several birding friends.  Now I know it is a  ‘sexy’ pastime’!!

There is a commonly-held idea that there are far fewer bird species to be found in the city than in the countryside. But that’s not your experience, is it? Well it’s not true, full stop. I think people do not expect to see wildlife in urban areas, so they don’t see it. It’s all about opening your mind to the idea of seeing wildlife and to imagine the city as how a bird would see it. So for me, buildings become cliffs and even the trees I see around become scattered woodland and even a small patch of reed bed or a small lake can replicate what you’d find in the outer countryside, so I expect to see the same sort of things—albeit in lesser numbers usually . . . The UK had just under 600 species recorded from whenever they started recording back in the early 1900s and nearly 400 species have been seen in London. So I don’t see being in an urban area as a block to enjoying birds and wildlife.

Source: Urban birding: Expert David Lindo explains how and why to take up this ‘sexy’ pastime | Love Nature

 

 

25
Feb
16

2.25.16 … You are now entering the mission field …

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“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 15/40), All Saints Episcopal Church -Gastonia  NC, Shakespeare and rosemary, Sandy Hook massacre: 

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Cold wind
Bright sunshine
Rosemary… Shakespeare quote
Quiet
Butterfly motif
Brilliant blue sky with bright white clouds
Dead leaves on the path which rustle when you walk through
Prayers for the children of Sandy Hook to whom this labyrinth dedicated

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As I walked I rubbed some rosemary in my hands and I thought about Shakespeare’s quote …

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“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Source: Quote by William Shakespeare: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray …”

And I smiled  as I exited All Saints’ parking lot. 🙂

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2.25.16

Fireball,  Atlantic Ocean,  Feb. 6, 2016:

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On Feb. 6, at about 14:00 UTC, a tiny chunk of interplanetary material plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and burned up—likely exploding—about 30 kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean. The energy released was equivalent to the detonation of 13,000 tons of TNT, making this the largest such event since the (much larger) Chelyabinsk blast in February 2013. OK, so first, off: Don’t panic! As impacts go, this was pretty small.* After all, you didn’t even hear about until weeks after it occurred. Events this size aren’t too big a concern. Had it happened over a populated area it, would’ve rattled some windows and probably terrified a lot of people, but I don’t think it would’ve done any real damage.

Source: Fireball over Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 6, 2016.

Singing show tunes,  fight off dementia,  study – NY Daily News:

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The hills are alive with the sound of music, which could help people with Alzheimer’s stave off the effects of the debilitating disease. A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes. Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just listened. Among the songs sung during 50-minute sessions were hits from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music.” The most improvement was among those sufferers with moderate to severe dementia.

Source: Singing show tunes helps fight off dementia: study – NY Daily News

 

Psychic Archeology, Atlas Obscura:

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Despite its many skeptics, the concept of psychic archeology proved impossible to dislodge from the discipline’s fringes, reappearing in sensational cases every few decades with Frederick Bligh Bond cited as its founding authority. Archaeologist Philip Rahtz famously called Glastonbury “the mecca of all irrationality,” a paradise for “hippies, weirdos, drop-outs, and psychos.” The fringe practice pioneered at Glastonbury has spread to tourist sites around the world; countless cities promote entertaining ghost tours based on purported revelations from the dead. Encountering a “presence” from the past can be far more engaging for some visitors than reading a history book. The knowledge that it’s part of a rehearsed spectacle competes with the thrill of a first-hand experience to produce a tantalizing sense of possibility. Bond tried to bring that sense of expansive possibility into the realm of scientific fact. His standard of proof was different from that of spiritualists in his time, and probably from most modern ghost tours: psychic archeology was supposed to go beyond sensational apparitions to develop a deep and meaningful connection with “that greater field of thought and experience which we term the Past.”

Source: Psychic Archeology, Or How to Dig Up the Dead With Their Own Advice | Atlas Obscura

 

Justice Scalia, International Order of St. Hubertus, secretive society of elite hunters, The Washington Post:

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After Scalia’s death, Poindexter told reporters that he met Scalia at a “sports group” gathering in Washington. The U.S. chapter of the International Order of St. Hubertus lists a suite on M Street NW in the District as its headquarters, although the address is only a mailbox in a United Parcel Service store. [How St. Hubert’s encounter with a deer inspired the society] The International Order of St. Hubertus, according to its website, is a “true knightly order in the historical tradition.” In 1695, Count Franz Anton von Sporck founded the society in Bohemia, which is in modern-day Czech Repu

Source: Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters – The Washington Post

 

24
Feb
16

2.24.16 … “A walk on the labyrinth can give you the opportunity to “contribute” and ” take action” through prayer and meditation” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 13/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, daffodils, tulip trees:

Absolutely bizarre weather

When I left my house 30 minutes ago, it was pouring. And extremely windy. It is now bright sunshine, 71° and still very breezy.

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and a new brochure …

Calling all Walkers

Have you ever felt that you would like to contribute to a cause or take action to solve a problem but you didn’t know how or what to do? A walk on the labyrinth can give you the opportunity to “contribute” and ” take action” through prayer and meditation.

 

dampness,
in and out of the shadows,
ring of the chimes in the chime tower,
ever faintly the rushing water of the fountain,
rustling of the trees,
broken twigs,
(sign of how bad the storm was, It was not enough to bring down large limbs)
standing water in several areas of the Sacred Garden.

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Tulip trees are in bloom! Are they the first sign of spring every year.

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After my walk, I drove home in search of daffodils. They are late this year in Charlotte and I only found them a few places.

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And when I arrive back, it is pouring, again.

2.24.16

Montreat, Montreat Gate:

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Poor gate. Again.

 

The Guggenheim,  109 Free Modern Art Books Online, Open Culture:

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The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Open CultureBack in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge. We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes. Anyone interested in the history of the Guggenheim will want to spend time with a collection called “The Syllabus.” It contains five books by Hilla Rebay, the museum’s first director and curator. Together, they let you take a close look at the art originally housed in the Guggenheim when the museum first opened its doors in 1939.

Source: The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Open Culture

 

 

WAZE GPS direction voice Morgan Freeman, http://www.ajc.com:  got it!

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The voice of God can tell you how to navigate traffic. Well, you can hear the voice of the man who has probably portrayed God more than any other actor. Like Kevin Hart and Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, Morgan Freeman is lending his voice to Google’s navigation app Waze is part of the promotion for a new movie. >> Read more trending stories “Far and away one of the most requested voices by Wazers, U.S drivers will now be able to have Mr. Freeman as their new executive copilot,” Waze said in a release Monday. Hart lent his voice to the app to promote “Ride Along” in 2013.

Source: You can finally get GPS directions from Morgan Freeman | www.ajc.com

 

Salisbury Cathedral UK,   ‘The Kiss’ Sculpture,  Texters Keep Bumping Into It;

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NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – A British cathedral sought to reassure visitors on Monday that they could still view a massive sculpture following a Facebook post by the statue’s creator saying the church had moved it because people kept bumping into it while texting. The Salisbury Cathedral, located about 90 miles outside of London, said in a tweet on Monday under the Twitter handle @SalisburyCath: “Don’t worry, you can still see ‘The Kiss’ at theCathedral. We’ve moved the sculpture onto the lawn #Relationships.” “The Kiss” is a 20-foot sculpture of clasping hands by artist Sophie Ryder. On Tuesday, Ryder posted a video on Facebook of a crane moving the statue, with the comment “We had to move ‘the kiss’ because people were walking through texting and said they bumped their heads! Oh well!!”

Source: Cathedral Moves Sculpture Because Texters Keep Bumping Into It

 

 

 

 

23
Feb
16

2.23.16 … “You are on the path … Exactly where you are meant to be right now..”

image“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 13/40), Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

It is cold, 49°, and damp.

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But nonetheless, I’m excited because Myers Park Baptist Church has a new brochure in their box. I find brochures extremely helpful.

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On the back of the brochure is a poem it to Carolyn Joy Adams. The poem really goes hand-in-hand with Martin’s view of the Lazarus story that I noted yesterday:

You are on the path … Exactly where you are meant to be right now..

2.23.16
Wordsworth, ‘The Daffodils’:  A friend who lives in Lyon FR posted pics of daffodils with this poem. I’m still waiting for daffodils here.

The view from my ‘writing chalet’ reminds me of lines from Mr. Wordsworth’s wonderful poem, ‘The Daffodils’:

“I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills

When all at once I saw a cloud

A host of golden daffodils…

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance…”

There may not be 10,000, but this writer is abundantly thankful for these sweet signs of spring

 

 Stephen Curry Is Not Alone, Medium:

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2008, following a sophomore season performance that led the tiny, largely unknown Davidson College on an incredible run to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, Michael Kruse wrote a profile on Steph for Charlotte Magazine. Even then, before the NBA, while Steph was still a student athlete, Kruse noticed something different: “Stephen points when he’s on the court. He points at his teammates when they pass him the ball and it leads to a score, he points to fans in the stands, he even pointed at his parents after he hit an important three-pointer late in the Gonzaga game in the tournament. What he says with the pointing on the court is something he actually told me on the phone one evening many months later. ‘It’s not just me.’… There was “of”-ness…the relationship between the people in the stands and the kid wearing the No. 30 jersey was not one of wanton, arm’s-length idolatry. There was not the typical, expected separation

Source: Stephen Curry Is Not Alone — Medium

 

18 Hidden iPhone Features:

See a map of everywhere you’ve been Guess what? Your phone is tracking everywhere you go in the background, and there’s a hidden map of your whereabouts lurking in your settings. To check it out, Go to Settings > Privacy > Locations Services > System Services > Frequent Locations and click on any of the listed locations. It even shows you dates and approximate timestamps. Respond to texts without unlocking your phone Rather than go through the trouble to unlock your phone just to respond with an “OK,” just swipe left and hit “Reply” to type your response. Turn the keyboard into a trackpad Pressing down and holding anywhere on the keyboard while you’re typing on a 6s activates a trackpad, where the letters disappear and you can move freely around your text, which makes editing or modifying whatever you’re writing a whole lot easier. Slyly ditch never-ending group text conversations Group texting is great… until it’s not. To rid yourself of the the ongoing deluge of messages, you can see yourself out by tapping “Details” and scrolling down to where it says “Leave This Conversation.” You’re welcome.

Source: 18 Hidden iPhone Features

Lake Norman NC, The History of Lake Norman – Our State Magazine:

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Lake Norman’s original purpose was to provide fresh water and flood control for the region. Fifty years later, the lake has transformed into a statewide destination, and the story of what lies beneath its waters continues to fascinate.

The planning for Lake Norman began long before 1963. A Duke Power Company forester named Carl Blades walked every inch of those bottomlands, talking to the reluctant farmers who didn’t understand what was coming. The project meant moving cemeteries and homes. In 1957 plans were announced for building the dam at the historic Cowans Ford where Revolutionary War Gen. William Lee Davidson was killed. Gov. Luther Hodges visited in September 1959 to blast the first dynamite for the dam. Bishop Nolan Harmon of the Methodist Church was there to pray, “May the land lost prove prosperity gained.” But the idea was first introduced in 1895, after the world’s first hydroelectric plant was built at Niagara Falls. William States Lee, a young engineer from South Carolina, was there working on the project and reportedly said, “Why can’t we do this back home on the Catawba River?” In 1905, Lee and his friend Dr. Walker Gill Wiley met with James Buchanan “Buck” Duke, North Carolina’s tobacco and textile giant. When Lee and Wiley explained the idea of damming the Catawba River for power, Duke gave them a check for $50,000 to begin the Catawba Power Company (later Southern Power, finally named Duke Power). Lee’s great-grandson, States Lee, stands on a lake pier and recalls adventures with his father, Bill, who served as chief engineer for the lake and later as president and CEO of Duke. States and Bill surveyed the area, climbing through a hollow with pokeberries and briars. When Bill took out a 16-penny nail and hammered it into the base of a pine tree, he told States, then 6, what would happen. “When this lake fills up, it will be two feet below this tree. Now we know where to build our pier.”

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Source: The History of Lake Norman – Our State Magazine

 

Davidson College on Instagram,  “Foggy morning on campus 👀”;

 

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Source: Davidson College on Instagram

 

 

Mont Saint-Michel FR, Dailyoverview:

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Mont Saint-Michel is a commune located one kilometer off the coast of Normandy, France. Over the past 600 years, the island has functioned as a prominent monastery (accessible to pilgrims only during low tide), a French fortification that withstood England attacks during the Hundred Years’ War, and a prison. Today, Saint-Michel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. 48°38′10″N 1°30′41″W

 

http://www.dailyoverview.com

22
Feb
16

2.22.16 … ”To become the person we are meant to be we may have to overcome our “stuckness” and our fear of change.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 12/40), Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC:

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Noisy … A neighbor to this church is power washing something, no, he is using a circular saw. As I said it is very noisy. But it is always noisy at this labyrinth because it is right next to Tyvola Road. And somewhere nearby are train tracks because I hear very loud train horns.  And it is also noisy because the path is made of pebbles. Crunch, crunch, crunch.

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Winter … There is no sign of spring today, and at this labyrinth, there are dead fall leaves on the lawn. And the sky is overcast.

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I wonder if grass would have been cheaper. I really need to create an advice column on what makes for a perfect labyrinth.  One thing for sure is that the path needs to be even so that you don’t lose your balance when walking and and the area needs to be buffered from auditory and visual distractions. SIlence is nice. One basic requirement would be that you could walk barefoot. If you can’t, then there is a problem.

Research Lazarus and Bethany …

Jesus: A Pilgrimage: Chapter 18 – Bethany

Fr. Martin makes another point about this story. He wonders, “Why does Jesus shout?” “John’s Gospel says that Jesus spoke in a phonē megalē, a great voice.” We are used to hearing that God speaks to us quietly and that we need silence to hear Him, but Jesus shouts to Lazarus to “come forth”. Fr. Martin says, “Sometimes, however, God needs to speak more loudly” and that “God may need to get our attention… so that the dead parts of us can hear”. For Fr. Martin, “Lazarus’s tomb became the place to leave behind whatever I no longer needed, whatever kept me from new life”. Jesus last words in the story of Lazarus are “unbind him and let him go”. Jesus wants us to be unbound, and freed from our sins and our past. Our sins bring us to a spiritual death and Jesus wants to bring us back, he wants us to be fully alive. Fr. Martin says “Unbind him, and let him go is an invitation to all of us who are freed from old patterns and unhealthy behaviors. Untie him and let him be who he is meant to be.” To become the person we are meant to be we may have to overcome our “stuckness” and our fear of change. At the end of the chapter Fr. Martin tells us “I asked God to take away everything that kept me from becoming the person God wanted me to be. And I asked God for new life.” Then he left the tomb.

Source: Jesus: A Pilgrimage: Chapter 18 – Bethany

2.22.16

 

Dutch,  George Orwell’s Birthday,  Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras, BuzzFeed News: this is from 2013, but worth a chuckle!

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On Tuesday, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, Dutch art duo Front404 explained on their website.

“George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.”

Source: Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday By Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras – BuzzFeed News

French Phrases Hidden in English Words, Mental Floss

Even if you speak French you may never have noticed them.

Source: French Phrases Hidden in English Words | Mental Floss

 

CARTOON, Harper Lee, Scott Stantis, Yellowhammer News:

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Longtime Alabama resident Scott Stantis is widely viewed as one of the best — if not the best — editorial cartoonists in the country. At one point he was the staff cartoonist for The Birmingham News. And although he’s now at The Chicago Tribune, which is one of the most high profile jobs in his field, Stantis still flies back to Alabama to get his driver’s license renewed. As long as he keeps coming back home — and cranking out cartoons like the one above — we’ll keep claiming him. Stantis’ latest masterpiece is a tribute to Alabama author Harper Lee, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 89.

Source: CARTOON: This Alabamian’s touching tribute to Harper Lee will warm your heart – Yellowhammer News

 

 

20
Feb
16

2.20.16 … “In the Fullness of Time” …

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Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 11/40), The Cathedral of St. Philip – Atlanta Georgia:

What a difference a day can make.
Today it is 54° and cloudy
And it feels like 45°.

Moisture on the labyrinth

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Production labyrinths … Setting makes all the difference!

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Birds chirping
Windows to the Lanier House

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Bench

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4–7 – 8 breathing … An interesting practice on a labyrinth.
Loud helicopter and loud traffic on Peachtree Road
And I pondered the meaning of “In the Fullness of Time”

1What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forcesa of the world. 4But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.b 6Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,c Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Source: Galatians 4 NIV

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Pilgrimage and Chartres Labyrinth Walk;

Walk with us (Labyrinth architect and author Gernot Candolini and musician Jennifer Brandon) from Paris to Chartres. Join for the week May 9th – 15th 2016.
Folder and information letter: candolini@tele2.at

 

La Orden Real de Sant Yago,  Pilgrims to Santiago, Tampa’s Ybor City Neighborhood Historic District:

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This interesting sign about La Orden Real de Sant Yago to protect the Pilgrims to Santiago is located in Tampa’s Ybor City Neighborhood. A good reminder of how special the Camino was and still remains. — at Ybor City Historic District.

Bloomers, Harper Lee:

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Bloomers: Many, but not all of you, know that in the way that creative life can often surprise, Harper Lee was one of you. One of us. You might be as surprised as I am that she played a large role in my recent return to the streets of Bloom County– streets inspired by those of Maycomb. When I retired Opus from the Sunday comics some years ago, Harper let me know her displeasure, with all the southern, gracious elegance we knew her for. See the letter below. I’ve waited until her passing to show it. We came to exchange many similar notes… including one in which she grudgingly forgives me for my retirement (irony alert). Imagine my 14 year-old self — freshly savoring the first reading of Mockingbird and sending Miss Lee a fan letter in 1970 — being told about another fan letter returning my way almost 40 years distant. Life is wonderful and strange and wistful and happy at the same time. And I’m happy to share this with all of you today.

Harvard,  Free Online Class, Religious Literacy:

This is one example of the “widespread illiteracy about religion that spans the globe,” said Diane Moore, director of Harvard Divinity School’s Religious Literacy Project to The Huffington Post. To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the masses. The courses are being offered via an online learning platform called edX, which Harvard University launched with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.

Source: Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

 

Harry Potter’ Films Will Screen With a Live Orchestra, Speakeasy – WSJ:

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed up with CineConce to re-release the original films with their scores performed live for audiences. The first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” will kick things off on June 23 at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts, with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing John Williams’s Oscar-nominated score. Other stops throughout the year include San Diego, Nashville, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Mich. and Silicon Valley, Calif.

Source: ‘Harry Potter’ Films Will Screen With a Live Orchestra – Speakeasy – WSJ

 

Benjamin Franklin in London, History Extra:

Historian and author George Goodwin talks to us about his latest book, Benjamin Franklin in London, in an interview that was recorded at the American Founding Father’s former London home

Source: Benjamin Franklin in London | Podcast | History Extra

Danica Patrick,  Lyft:

NASCAR sweetheart Danica Patrick took on a different kind of driver role right here in the Queen City. While dropping subtle hints to her passengers, Patrick gave a few lucky folks a ride. “My boyfriend thinks I’m a horrible driver… ‘Cause I don’t follow the rules, I drive too fast, I ride too close.” “I try and get like 500 miles in on Sundays, and I try to do it under four hours.” And of course, at the end of their ‘lyft’, Danica revealed herself– and there were selfies.

Source: Danica Patrick gives unsuspecting Charlotteans a ‘Loft

 

People Who Wear Crazy Socks Are Smart And Revolutionary, YourTango, crazy socks:

I think I need to get my husband some new socks. I still remember your red socks at my wedding, cousin Mark!

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Men and women who wear crazy, colorful socks are independent, interesting, and successful, at least according to an article in Elite Daily. These socks can be outrageous colors like chartreuse or neon green, or have gigantic eyes, lobsters, flying pigs, or over-frosted cupcakes all over them — as long as they aren’t a dull brown or blue, they can reveal much about the wearer. People who wear crazy socks are telling the world that they refuse to conform to social trends, boldly displaying their playful personalities and unique sensibilities. They’re leading a revolution against uniforms and decorum.

Source: People Who Wear Crazy Socks Are Smart And Revolutionary | YourTango

‘Firefall’, Yosemite Waterfall Looks Like Lava:

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For a short time every February, when conditions are just right, Horsetail Falls in Yosemite gets transformed by a phenomenon known as “firefall.” When the sunlight hits the water just right, the waterfall looks like molten lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. Photographer Sangeeta Dey was there to see and capture the firefall this year, and her above photo has been going viral. “Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a fluid fire,” writes Dey, who also shares her work through Instagram and 500px. “I’ve met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times.” “When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she says. “For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle. When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes. Some people were clapping. And others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years.”

Source: Photos of ‘Firefall’, When a Yosemite Waterfall Looks Like Lava

 

 

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2.19.16 … guide my path, fire my imagination, and open my heart to the deep and penetrating questions of life …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 10/40), Mercer University – Atlanta campus, Atlanta GA:

Perfect weather … 62 and sunny.
Setting sun …
Crunch, crunch, crunch

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I read the first passage in the Meditations For Holy Week  and Walking the Labyrinth today because I just discovered it yesterday. It ended with the suggestion that you ponder who is this Jesus and what difference does he make in my life. In addition there was a prayer and in that prayer I was asked to pray that God would guide my path, fire my imagination. All good things to ponder while I walk.

We may not know the mind of Jesus, but we may trust the presence of God to walk with us through devastating moments and dark nights of the soul that disrupt and change our lives.

Walking the Labyrinth
Today as you walk the labyrinth imagine you are present at the first Palm procession. Put yourself into the story and see the crowds around Jesus walking toward Jerusalem on the way to the Passover festival (see John 12). As you walk along are you ahead of him or behind? What shouts come from your lips? Are you a follower, a reluctant watcher, or a studious observer of Jesus of Nazareth? Notice, as you enter the city, the impact of the processional. What is all the turmoil about? What turmoil has been part of your life lately? What turmoil have you witnessed in the lives of others? Where do you sense God’s presence in these circumstances? As you continue through the labyrinth ponder this question from the crowds with reference to your own life: “Who is this Jesus and what difference does my answer make?”

Prayer: O God, in this Holiest of Weeks, guide my path, fire my imagination, and open my heart to the deep and penetrating questions of life.
http://www.sitemason.com/files/k/kxNC24/holy%20week%20meditation.PDF

Warp Drive,  Atlas Obscura:  This pun was simply waiting to come to life, and one defense contractor made it so ..

 

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Driving down Route 28 in Dulles, Virginia, those with their sensors on full might notice a road sign that promises to catapult them to warp speed, but really it is just a clever attempt by an aerospace company to get people to like them.

Source: Warp Drive | Atlas Obscura

 

 

Lent is for Presbyterians, too: Creative, connectional disciplines , The Presbyterian Outlook:

Disciplines. Some Presbyterians think of Lent not in terms of “giving up” something (Facebook, coffee, alcohol, sweets) but in becoming more committed to practicing a spiritual discipline — including the traditional ones of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “This is not a forced discipline,” said Jennifer Lord, a professor of homiletics and liturgical studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, but discovering “What’s the gift in this?” of a consistent spiritual practice. Some focus on the contemplative — beginning and ending each day with a time of prayer or silent mediation, or praying the liturgy of the hours (set times of devotion throughout the day — done in communion with others praying around the world). Some congregations hold Wednesday night soup suppers with a different charity designated each week to receive donations. Westminster Presbyterian in Durham last year used the weeks of Lent to introduce congregants to six spiritual practices. Since then, some of those practices, particularly silent meditation, have been incorporated into other aspects of church life — such as an Advent study looking at opposites, including chaos and calm; making space and filling space; suffering and joy; darkness and light. “My sense is that sometimes these practices can get connected to a particular faith tradition that might not be our own faith tradition,” so Presbyterians don’t naturally consider them, said Heather Ferguson, Westminster’s director of Christian education. When they learn some of the history, they find “actually it’s rooted much more deeply in our tradition” — so some begin to make space. She has found that silent meditation practices resonate with “a wide variety of people — male and female, older, younger, those with children, those without, empty nesters.” Westminster offers a silent campus during Holy Week — with no committee meetings and with the staff practicing stillness, calm and quiet. Some (including one extrovert from her congregation who lives alone) find the experience of collectively being in centering prayer or sitting in silence with other people to be powerful. Lectio divina — a meditative focus on a particular passage of Scripture — appeals to some who fear they don’t know enough about the Bible to contribute much or feel comfortable in a discussion-based Bible study, Ferguson said. Her hope was that at the end of Lent, “they would walk away with just one little thing they might try” the rest of the year. “Invariably there are a lot of chaotic things going on, either in the news or the lives of people. We try to give them some options for practices they can do that fit with whatever they’re experiencing.”

Source: Lent is for Presbyterians, too: Creative, connectional disciplines – The Presbyterian 

 

18
Feb
16

2.18.16 … “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. ” – TS Eliot

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 9/40), Davidson College Labyrinth – Davidson NC, Hobart Park:

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Will have a little bit of time today before meeting Molly for lunch at Kindred. I thought about striking out to find a new labyrinth. But I thought again and decided on such a glorious day it would be very nice to spend a little time on Davidson’s campus.

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The labyrinth is not exactly peaceful right now. There is a major construction project just on the other side of Faculty Drive. As I walk the labyrinth, I noticed several of the construction workers looking at me strangely. I always want to ask them if they’d like to walk. One day I will.

 

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As I completed my walk, I rang the Japanese bell. I’ve taped it. It really does make a nice way to end a walk.

Afterwards, a quick drive around campus.  Hello, Tom!

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 Walking the Labyrinth, Matt Rawle: 

I remember the first time my mind wandered aimlessly

Pacing the turns inwardly while releasing

My fears and transgressions with each step accompanied breath

The Spirit unfettered, wholly showing me the quest

With my feet unbridled,

I idled at the entrance

Penitent and unworthy to tread with God’s presence

Unknowing what’s before me, I bravely try to stride

On the path of my past I hold fast to hide

On the first purple line the silence is deafening

The candle wicks flicker, the only light transpiring

Guiding me pensively toward my first inward turn

With the world now behind me, my thoughts unfurl

Is beauty universally seen alike in all eyes?

Is beauty left to context, morality, or time?

Is beauty a Godly thing, the Trinity’s inner splendor?

Or is it human construct based in race, class, or gender?

Revelations abound drowning out my reality

As the labyrinth’s simple path winds almost seamlessly

Begging the question of what’s melting away

Is it reality or falsity that’s truly giving way?

Source: Walking the Labyrinth – Matt Rawle

 

Ash Wednesday Labyrinth Idea:

From the ashes of this world you were born to journey with God.  Eventually from the gift that is your life,  So will you return to the the ashes of this world. Now, as you receive these ashes tonight,  may you be reminded that  however many or few years available to each of us, Life is short and we do not have too much time To bring joy to the hearts of those who travel this way with us. So be swift to love! Make haste to be kind. In the gifts of grace and peace which Gd offers to all of Gd’s children. Amen.

Source: Ash Wednesday Labyrinth Idea

 Kindred Restaurant, James Beard Award Semifinalist,   Charlotte Magazine:  I’ve been 4 times and I must admit until today, I had something that was fantastic, but I also had something that not great, marginal at best.  So I went again for lunch today and told my waitress Tia of my previous experiences.  She made sure I had an exceptional experience.

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Joe and Katy Kindred opened their Main Street restaurant early last year, quickly gaining national attention when Bon Appetit magazine named them one of 2015’s best new restaurants. With that number seven slot, expectations (and hopes) rose. Charlotte has not had a James Beard Semifinalist since 2009, when Chefs Bruce Moffett and Mark Hibbs (who no longer resides here), both made the list. While many things could change for the Kindreds with today’s announcement, we expect that their priorities won’t be one of them. When I reached out for a response to the breaking news, Joe asked for a little time. The reason: he was on baby watch. The Kindreds not only opened a restaurant that garnered national attention over the last year, they also welcomed their third child, Graydon James, to the family. Graydon’s middle name comes from Joe’s longtime mentor and friend, Chef Jim Noble of Rooster’s. Also unlikely to change: Kindred’s family restaurant mentality. Although the category is titled ‘Best Chef, Southeast,’ Joe is quick to recognize the entire restaurant staff, making it clear he could not have gotten to this point alone. Says Kindred of the news, which he learned at the same time as everyone else: “I’m still just trying to soak it all in. I don’t really think it’s hit yet.” Perhaps it will by this Friday, when Kindred restaurant celebrates its first birthday.

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Source: Kindred Restaurant Named James Beard Award Semifinalist – Charlotte Magazine – March 2016 – Charlotte, NC

A little Lenten history, The Presbyterian Outlook:

For some Presbyterians, celebrating Lent is not intuitive — it may not have been part of their family’s pattern growing up. It is, however, connected to the way in which the Christian celebration of Easter evolved. “What is most helpful for all Christians and Presbyterians in particular to remember is that the time of Lent came into being after Easter was decided upon as an annual celebration,” said Jennifer Lord, a professor of homiletics and liturgical studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. “We think early on that the Christians celebrated Easter, celebrated resurrection, weekly.” The Council of Nicea, in 325, set Easter as an annual celebration tied to the timing of Passover — a link to the Jewish tradition of following the lunar calendar. Easter is set for the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon after the spring equinox. “The development of Lent was to prepare people to be baptized on Easter,” Lord said. At that time, baptism was for adults, and Lent became 40 days of baptismal preparation — counting the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, except for the Sundays in Lent, because “Sunday is always resurrection liturgically,” Lord said. In the Christian tradition, the number 40 is significant, “being this great number, used again and again … 40 in the Old Testament is always signifying time beyond time, this extraordinary time.”

Source: A little Lenten history – The Presbyterian Outlook

Lent is for Presbyterians too, creative connectional disciplines, The Presbyterian Outlook:

Disciplines. Some Presbyterians think of Lent not in terms of “giving up” something (Facebook, coffee, alcohol, sweets) but in becoming more committed to practicing a spiritual discipline — including the traditional ones of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “This is not a forced discipline,” said Jennifer Lord, a professor of homiletics and liturgical studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, but discovering “What’s the gift in this?” of a consistent spiritual practice. Some focus on the contemplative — beginning and ending each day with a time of prayer or silent mediation, or praying the liturgy of the hours (set times of devotion throughout the day — done in communion with others praying around the world). Some congregations hold Wednesday night soup suppers with a different charity designated each week to receive donations. Westminster Presbyterian in Durham last year used the weeks of Lent to introduce congregants to six spiritual practices. Since then, some of those practices, particularly silent meditation, have been incorporated into other aspects of church life — such as an Advent study looking at opposites, including chaos and calm; making space and filling space; suffering and joy; darkness and light. “My sense is that sometimes these practices can get connected to a particular faith tradition that might not be our own faith tradition,” so Presbyterians don’t naturally consider them, said Heather Ferguson, Westminster’s director of Christian education. When they learn some of the history, they find “actually it’s rooted much more deeply in our tradition” — so some begin to make space. She has found that silent meditation practices resonate with “a wide variety of people — male and female, older, younger, those with children, those without, empty nesters.” Westminster offers a silent campus during Holy Week — with no committee meetings and with the staff practicing stillness, calm and quiet. Some (including one extrovert from her congregation who lives alone) find the experience of collectively being in centering prayer or sitting in silence with other people to be powerful. Lectio divina — a meditative focus on a particular passage of Scripture — appeals to some who fear they don’t know enough about the Bible to contribute much or feel comfortable in a discussion-based Bible study, Ferguson said. Her hope was that at the end of Lent, “they would walk away with just one little thing they might try” the rest of the year. “Invariably there are a lot of chaotic things going on, either in the news or the lives of people. We try to give them some options for practices they can do that fit with whatever they’re experiencing.”

Source: Lent is for Presbyterians, too: Creative, connectional disciplines – The Presbyterian Outlook

Anatomy of a Scene: Darcy’s (first) Proposal: A look at how three adaptations of Pride and Prejudice handle the first proposal scene.

 

 

But imprinting aside, I believe there’s a reason Colin Firth is the Darcy of our hearts (and it’s not just his lush head of curls, strong chin, or his wet shirt). Firth gets it. He gets what makes Darcy tick and what makes his female audience tick: a throbbing heart trapped under layers of shyness, pretension, and social convention a meter thick. Up until this point Firth gives a relatively restrained performance but in this scene his Darcy literally cannot sit still. When he comes to call on Elizabeth at the Collins’ home, she sits down and invites him to follow suit. He does, for a moment, but he’s immediately up again. He literally cannot sit still: one minute he paces the room and the next turning to face Elizabeth, and then the next turning his back on her. Firth’s performance gives the impression of a man beside himself; a man overcome, undone, and nearly helpless. Ehle’s Elizabeth, by contrast, barely moves, the controlled flash of an eye or tilt of the chin conveying the range of emotions she is experiencing. The actors’ performances, combined with Langton’s skilled blocking, suggest the power dynamics between Lizzie and Darcy. Throughout the scene, Elizabeth is seated while Darcy stands but rather than shoring up Darcy’s power, this contrast undermines it. Darcy may have the higher some interesting standing, but he is still the one literally out of control. Elizabeth can remain seated and still have command of the scene. Firth’s delivery mirrors this indecisive, frenetic action. Several times he opens his mouth to speak before thinking the better of it. By the time he actually does work up the courage, he’s practically gasping. His line delivery, always clipped and abrupt, is hurried here, as if he is trying to push the words out of his mouth to get it all over with.

 

Source: Anatomy of a Scene: Darcy’s (first) Proposal

 

 

 

 

17
Feb
16

2.17.16 … Warning! never Consider the Labyrinth Either As a Game or as a Selfish Exercise. Walk It Sensibly, Slowly, Without Stopping, And With Awareness of Others …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 8/40), Chartres Silk Scarf “Finger Labyrinth” @ Home – Charlotte:

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An interesting “walk”  … I saw my scarf from Chartres Cathedral  which I wear every once in a while, and I thought it might be fun.  So I got out my pictures from Chartres Cathedral. Included in my pictures is a short video I took while walking at Chartres.  It was very interesting because I could hear my footsteps in the cathedral.

As I retraced my Chartres walks, I reread the prayer I read as I walked two years ago.

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I also read the information signs that I saw at the Cathedral.  This one was  especially interesting.  IMG_0433

A few pictures from August 2014 …

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Justice Antonin Scalia, Foundation for Reformed Theology, Dr. James C. Goodloe, funerals: It will be interesting to learn what is said at Justice Scalia’s funeral in light of this letter. Thanks, Bill Wood for sharing.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the following about the funeral of Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and even more about the importance of preaching–especially at a funeral!–preaching the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the eternal life which follows from that. ————————————————————————————–

 

Supreme Court of the United States Washington, D. C. 20543

CHAMBERS OF JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA

September 1, 1998

Dr. James C. Goodloe

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

1627 Monument Avenue

Richmond, Virginia 23220-2925

Dear Dr. Goodloe:

I looked for you unsuccessfully at the luncheon following the funeral yesterday. I wanted to tell you how reverent and inspiring I found the service that you conducted. In my aging years, I have attended so many funerals of prominent people that I consider myself a connoisseur of the genre. When the deceased and his family are nonbelievers, of course, there is not much to be said except praise for the departed who is no more. But even in Christian services conducted for deceased Christians , I am surprised at how often eulogy is the centerpiece of the service, rather than (as it was in your church) the Resurrection of Christ, and the eternal life which follows from that. I am told that, in Roman Catholic canon law, encomiums at funeral Masses are not permitted—though if that is the rule, I have never seen it observed except in the breach. I have always thought there is much to be said for such a prohibition, not only because it spares from embarrassment or dissembling those of us about whom little good can truthfully be said, but also because, even when the deceased was an admirable person—indeed, especially when the deceased was an admirable person—praise for his virtues can cause us to forget that we are praying for, and giving thanks for, God’s inexplicable mercy to a sinner. (My goodness, that seems more like a Presbyterian thought than a Catholic one!)

Perhaps the clergymen who conduct relatively secular services are moved by a desire not to offend the nonbelievers in attendance—whose numbers tend to increase in proportion to the prominence of the deceased. What a great mistake. Weddings and funerals (but especially funerals) are the principal occasions left in modern America when you can preach the Good News not just to the faithful, but to those who have never really heard it.

Many thanks, Dr. Goodloe, for a service that did honor to Lewis and homage to God. It was a privilege to sit with your congregation. Best regards.

Sincerely, Antonin Scalia

Source: Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the following about… – Foundation for Reformed Theology

Alexander Hamilton,  the looming high court battle:  Excellent article.

Of course, anyone familiar with Hamilton’s personal life might find it odd to invoke him as the standard for extracting extreme partisanship from the political process. His temper was legendary, as were his many long-standing political battles. He clashed with political enemies and often with allies, including George Washington, who made him the first secretary of the treasury. He once nearly came to duel James Monroe. And after a lifetime of petty political disagreements, Hamilton squared off with Aaron Burr in New Jersey in 1804 (Hamilton, in the musical, quips: “Everything is legal in New Jersey). Burr’s shot struck Hamilton between the ribs and the bullet lodged in his spine. He died, excruciatingly, over the next 24 hours. But even the hotheaded Hamilton seemed to understand the nobility to which the republic’s structure, the Constitution he helped write, calls public servants in particular. And there seems no way he would countenance bald, preemptive usurpation of the president’s appointive power. Maybe he’d even borrow, with a twist, from an admonishment Washington’s character offers him in the musical: Obstructing is easy, senators. Governing is harder.

Source: Alexander Hamilton and the looming high court battle

Who Are We?, The New York Times: Very, very well said …

I find this election bizarre for many reasons but none more than this: If I were given a blank sheet of paper and told to write down America’s three greatest sources of strength, they would be “a culture of entrepreneurship,” “an ethic of pluralism” and the “quality of our governing institutions.” And yet I look at the campaign so far and I hear leading candidates trashing all of them.

America didn’t become the richest country in the world by practicing socialism, or the strongest country by denigrating its governing institutions, or the most talent-filled country by stoking fear of immigrants. It got here via the motto “E Pluribus Unum” — Out of Many, One.

Source: Who Are We? – The New York Times

Vulture, Hamilton, Grammys: Can’t wait to see this … Just don’t know when.

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Watch the Hamilton the Musical performance at The GRAMMYs, because this will be the closest most of us will ever get to actually seeing the show.

Source: Vulture – Watch the Hamilton Performance At the Grammys, Because…

Doodles Using GPS and a Bicycle, Mental Floss:

Canadian artist Stephen Lund has found a way to stay active and create delightful illustrations at the same time. In order to make maps that form specific shapes and pictures, the athletic doodler rides his bicycle through the streets of Canada, choosing specific routes. Using the Strava app, he records his travels so you can see what he’s created. The results illustrate everything from pop culture characters to animals. Last year, the intrepid artist traveled 22,300 kilometers (13,857 miles). You can see more maps from those journeys on his website, GPS Doodles.

Source: Artist Creates Doodles Using GPS and a Bicycle | Mental Floss

Atlanta, Restaurants, Culinary Greats, The New York Times: A whole list of restaurants for me to try on my visits home. Anyone care to join me?

Getting traction as a great restaurant city has been harder. It has been tough to compete with neighbors like Charleston, S.C., New Orleans or that sexy food upstart, Nashville. As a national food contender, Atlanta never had the culinary firepower or customer base of New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. Diners made do with a parade of meals at local or national chains, punctuated by the occasional steak in a pretty room. But now, as the nation’s infatuation with Southern food matures and Atlanta’s recession-battered economy recovers, a city that often looked over its shoulder for culinary validation and inspiration is coming into its own. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Where to Eat in AtlantaFEB. 16, 2016 Cookbooks: ‘Root to Leaf,’ a Field Guide to VegetablesMARCH 30, 2015 The Chef: Anne Quatrano: Grandma Burned the Beans: A Lucky BreakJULY 12, 2006 Travel Guide: Atlanta for KidsAPRIL 29, 2015 Over the last couple of years, a record number of new and independent restaurants have opened. Especially in the urban core — what people here call intown Atlanta — veteran chefs and newcomers alike have taken advantage of cheap rents and a growing cadre of good line cooks who don’t feel the need to prove themselves in bigger ponds.

Source: Atlanta Pulls a Chair to the Table for Culinary Greats – The New York Times

Hymns Mash-Up, “How Great Thou Art”/”It Is Well”/ “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”,  Christian Music Video:

How Great Thou Art” “It Is Well” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Source: Hymns Mash-Up “HoAw Great Thou Art” “It Is Well” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” – Christian Music Video

Stephen Curry Halfcourt Shot, NBA 2016 All Star Game:

Source: NBA on TNT – Stephen Curry Halfcourt Shot

Neil Reid, 14 Atlanta architects you should know about,  www.myajc.com: I did not know a friend’s childhood home was a Neil Reid! So many fun memories there.

Neel Reid (1885-1926): Reid was the first name in residential architecture in the early 20th century. His early career took him many places, including stints in Atlanta and Europe. After settling in Atlanta in 1909, his firm quickly found its niche in designing mansions in a variety of styles – often taking inspiration from places Reid saw in Europe. His name is practically a brand in Buckhead. Check out: the Shelton-Walden House (pictured); the Muse’s Building; Butler Street YMCA. (Special to the AJC)

Source: 14 Atlanta architects you should know about | www.myajc.com

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences, grammar, childhood memories,  NPR Ed : NPR:  I loved doing this in elementary school.

When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar. If you weren’t taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools. And while it was once commonplace, many people today don’t even know what it is. So let’s start with the basics. “It’s a fairly simple idea,” says Kitty Burns Florey, the author of Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences. “I like to call it a picture of language. It really does draw a picture of what language looks like.”

Source: A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences : NPR Ed : NPR

 




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