Posts Tagged ‘A Wrinkle in Time


3.2.20 … “These religious trappings are pressed, sometimes awkwardly, into the service of L’Engle’s idiosyncratic brand of spirituality, which is layered with science and secular humanism and incorporates many personal quirks, including her use of the Hebrew-derived “El” as a name for God.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (6/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, MorningStar Lutheran Chapel-Mint Hill NC, 2020 Lenten Lists:

Today I will discuss Madeleine L’Engle.

Several years ago in a class, the leader asked people to list chronologically their images of God, beginning with their very first image as a child. This was my list:

Images of God

  1. Senior pastor at my childhood Presbyterian Church, Dr. Vernon Boyles
  2. A mysterious concept of time and time warped which I think I got from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time
  3. Love.
  4. Love in Motion and Relationship over eternity

As I entered the chapel’s grounds, I stopped and took a picture of the front of the chapel. I often miss the front because I circle around to the parking area on the other side. But today I just wanted to say hello to the lovely little chapel. I then parked and entered the graveyard where I saw and heard the chimes.

I spied the labyrinth, and it was kind of sad because it was gray and brown looking. There’s a good bit of moss in the boundaries but that moss has not turned bright green like some of the other labyrinths in Charlotte. I found that strange. One thing about the labyrinth here is that the graveyard always has flowers, seasonal fake flowers, but they make me smile. I hope that the families come visit frequently. It really is a lovely old graveyard.

There is a new Prayer Meditation Garden, and there there were several camellias blooming. And someone has put in a wind feature.

One of my favorite things about this labyrinth is the center area. It is large enough to force you to spend a little time there, and I like the etched morning star at the very middle. Today someone has moved one of the painted rocks from the side area to the center.

And as for number 2 above … God as revealed to me as an 8 year old through Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, a friend in my class sent me the article referenced below.

Source: Madeleine L’Engle’s Christianity | by Ruth Franklin | The New York Review of Books, ‪‬

These religious trappings are pressed, sometimes awkwardly, into the service of L’Engle’s idiosyncratic brand of spirituality, which is layered with science and secular humanism and incorporates many personal quirks, including her use of the Hebrew-derived “El” as a name for God. At the root of all her writing is her vision of Christianity as a religion of love. Her God is not the fearsome (in her interpretation) God of the Old Testament but the forgiving, welcoming Jesus. “What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension,” she writes in Penguins and Golden Calves, a book inspired by her journey, at age seventy-four, to Antarctica, where the purity of the landscape leads her to fulminate against the degradations she perceives in American culture—casual sex, pornography—and to reassert her credo:
To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because a tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn.
It is through harnessing her own power to love that Meg must fight evil: love of her father (which needs only the slightest shift to be read as love of the Father) and love of her brother Charles Wallace, who is named for L’Engle’s own father, Charles Wadsworth Camp, and her father-in-law, Wallace Collin Franklin, to whom Wrinkle is jointly dedicated. The book is, essentially, a paean to fathers and children.

I guess I’m not the only one.

Blessings to all who tesser…


3.7.19 … bar bet traditions … let others choose what i give up … So if I let you choose what I should give up, what would you choose? … probably not popsicles, pumpkin seeds and meatballs …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, List making, St. John’s Episcopal Church – Charlotte NC, 2019 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (2/40), Lenten Lists, Fr. James Martin:

My friend Toni asked me to help fold and put up the loaner Chartres canvas labyrinth and the church’s new 5 circuit children’s labyrinth. So I arrived early and got in my walk before the agreed upon time. It was set up beautifully with small tea candles around the circumference. It was perfectly quiet.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Fr. James Martin, giving things up: I really enjoy Fr. James Martin. And I love it that his Jewish college roomate Rob has chosen what he gives up for Lent. And it all began with a bar bet! This year Rob has deemed that he give up Popsicles, pumpkin seeds and meatballs.

Since then, for over 20 years my friend Rob has phoned me every Ash Wednesday to assign me a Lenten sacrifice. The sacrifices have grown easier over the years since Rob is running out of things for me to give up. For a few years he favored spices. One Lent I was suppose to avoid anything with oregano. It sounded easy until it dawned on me that pizza was out of the question for six weeks. Having another person choose your sacrifice adds an extra dimension to Lent. Since my penance is not within my control, it feels a little more spiritual. As with far more serious struggles in life, like an illness or the loss of a job, things outside our control are the most difficult to deal with. They are, in traditional Christian theology, crosses that eventually need to be accepted, much as Jesus finally accepted his cross.

Source: Priest Lets Friend Choose His Sacrifice for Lent : NPR,

So if I let you choose what I should give up, what would you choose?

An interesting thought, don’t you think?

Lenten Lists:

Daily emails and notifications

1. Henri Nouwen Society

2. Daily OM

3. Audible Daily Deal

4. Gifts in OpenHands

5. Morning Brew

6. Daily Report

7. Charlotte Five

8. Time: The Brief

9. TheSkimm

10. DTH at a glance

11. ThrillList

12. Next Vacay

13. Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

14. The Charlotte Observer: Daily Headlines

15. Medium Daily Digest

16. Recode Daily

17. TPG

18. NYT: Morning

19. WSJ

20. Atlas Obscura

21. Flipboard Politics Rundown

Wow … I need to tidy up what I let into my life every day.


And I look back on my day and what I thought about … a little of this and a little of that …

Walking: Great article!

“Gros discusses the centrality of walking in the lives of Nietzsche, Rimbaud, Kant, Rousseau, and Thoreau. Likewise, Rebecca Solnit has profiled the essential walks of literary figures such as William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, and Gary Snyder in her book Wanderlust, which argues for the necessity of walking in our own age, when doing so is almost entirely unnecessary most of the time. As great walkers of the past and present have made abundantly clear—anecdotally at least—we observe a significant link between walking and creative thinking.”

Source: How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known | Open Culture,

Quotes, Mrs. Who, “A Wrinkle in Time”: I’ve grown fond of quotes, but can’t remember one long enough to express myself in quotes.

The three of them approach the haunted house and don’t find Mrs. Whatsit, but instead a friend of hers, Mrs. Who, inside. Mrs. Who is a plump, cheerful little woman with enormous glasses, sewing away at the stolen sheets to make them into ghosts for the haunted house. Mrs. Who often expresses herself by quoting great authors, frequently in different languages. When Charles asks Mrs. Who if she knows Calvin, she says, “He wasn’t my idea, Charlsie, but I think he’s a good one.” Mrs. Who then mentions that Mr. Murry needs their help, though it’s not yet time, and tells them all to go home to dinner.

Blockbuster, Bend OR, end of an era: so how many Friday and Saturday nights did I spend picking out a movie at Blockbuster?

The last Blockbuster in Australia will close its doors this month, which means there will only be one Blockbuster left in the entire world….Bend, OR …

Source: The last chapter of Blockbuster’s story | MNN – Mother Nature Network,


6.19.18 … 7 books I love: no explanations, no reviews, just the covers …

Social Media Challenges:

I was nominated to post the covers of 7 books I love: no explanations, no reviews, just the covers. Each time I post a cover, I will invite a friend to take up the challenge as well.









3.19.18 … “A long life is a blessing when it is well lived and leads to gratitude, wisdom, and sanctity. But some people can live truly full lives even when their years are few. As we see so many young people die of cancer and AIDS let us do everything possible to show our friends that, though their lives may be short, they are of infinite value.” – Henri Nouwen

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (34/40), Morning Star Lutheran Chapel – Mathews NC, Henri Nouwen, A Wrinkle in Time:

I really love this little chapel. So on my way to the labyrinth, I stopped and took a picture of the front. As soon as I opened my car door, I heard the birds singing. And then when I moved my car down and parked, I saw a very large bird. Was it a falcon, a hawk, an owl? It had a big wingspan, but I am not sure what it was. I may do a little research on birds later.

It was damp and cool today. Maybe 55°. The moss sprouts that I noticed the other day were brown today. That was the first thing I noticed when I came around the corner and saw the labyrinth. The chimes were ringing ever so calmly. And there was a train horn in the distance. Again, I am going to have to get out a map of the train lines in Charlotte.

I heard two geese flying overhead because they demanded I look up. And when I looked up and saw them, their necks extended out gracefully. I’m amazed at how elegant they look given the awkwardness of their honk.

The daffodils in this sacred garden are beyond peak. And today, everything has a wintry look. In weeks before, it seemed much farther along in the greening process. The daffodils here contrast to some of the most beautiful daffodils I have ever seen this morning. I think I will look up different types of daffodils as well today. One of the things I have noticed about myself is that I notice details, i.e. different types of daffodils, and not just that daffodils are in bloom or daffodils that are abundantly In bloom. I note that some are especially beautiful, and some are especially dead as the ones in this garden.

As I walked out, I noticed that someone has moved the painted stones in the garden. That may be a fun thing to watch. Maybe I should move one.

The birds sang to me as I walked in, the chimes gently paced me as I walked the labyrinth, a woodpecker kept time for me, and the birds sang again to me on the way out.

I told you last week that I cut my hair. It is very short, but there is no treated hair left on my head. It is what it is.

I’ve also been thinking about themes. This is my seventh year of walking labyrinths for Lent. And although I think that I have pulled together some common threads other years, this year, I really want to look at the sum total of my walks and see if I can find a theme or at least multiple but recurrent themes.

And that is why I mentioned my hair. I am both coming to terms with being gray, joyfully accepting that I can still try new things, and moving on.

And here are a few things that have come my way the last few days …

Some people live long lives, some die very young. Is a long life better than a short life? What truly counts is not the length of our lives but their quality. Jesus was in his early thirties when he was killed. Thèrése de Lisieux was in her twenties when she died. Anne Frank was a teenager when she lost her life. But their short lives continue to bear fruit long after their deaths.

A long life is a blessing when it is well lived and leads to gratitude, wisdom, and sanctity. But some people can live truly full lives even when their years are few. As we see so many young people die of cancer and AIDS let us do everything possible to show our friends that, though their lives may be short, they are of infinite value.

Source: Henri Nouwen Society | The Infinite Value of Life – Henri Nouwen Society,

It strikes me that “A Wrinkle in Time” is a Lenten story. Christians give themselves intentional space during Lent to reflect not only on our sin sickness, but also on the hurt we suffer because of the sin sickness of others. Lent is a time to be honest about our fragility, our imperfections and our wounds. Lent reminds us that God’s light conquered sin’s darkness when Jesus was crucified and then rose again. In Jesus’ wounds, we find healing. In our own wounds, we experience the love of God. May our wounds be the places where God’s light can enter in and heal.

Source: Lent: Reckoning with wounds – The Presbyterian Outlook,



3.13.18 .., “Every day we have opportunities to reconnect with God through an encounter with nature, whether an ordinary sunrise, a starling on a power line, a tree in a park, or a cloud in the sky. This spirituality doesn’t depend on education or belief. It almost entirely depends on our capacity for simple presence.” – Richard Rohr … Does an encounter with sprouting moss count?

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (29/40), Morning Star Lutheran Chapel – Mathews NC, A Wrinkle in Time, Unalakleet AK:

I’m not a big fan of DST. It just doesn’t add that much to my day and it takes me a while to adjust. But one nice that I can walk a little later and enjoy the sun as it goes low in the sky. It was about 50° and there was a light breeze. Today I walked at 7 pm again, and the sun was making beautiful long shadows across the labyrinth. And the chimes were ringing and the birds are singing loudly at this labyrinth today.

I noticed that the moss is sprouting. Does moss sprout like grass? At some point they power washed this labyrinth. Moss has begun to grow in the boundaries]. And today the moss was sprouting, or so it appeared.

One of my favorite things this winter has been my purchase of a Moviepass. Several times a week I open the MoviePass app and select a movie. Today, I am considering Annihilation or a second viewing of either Black Panther or A Wrinkle in a Time. I’m leaning toward A Wrinkle in Time.

My oldest son is living in Unalakleet Alaska this winter. The Iditarod goes through and the dog teams went through yesterday and today. Jack posted a picture of the lead team. I love it that he is all in to experiencing Alaska. I love adventures. And I love it that my children have adventurous spirits. And then tonight he sent a traffic sign that had been altered for the Iditarod. It’s funny.

I missed a turn on the path today. It may have been when I sat down to take a picture of the sprouting moss.

But that’s OK…

And this from Richard Rohr’s daily email on March 6, 2018:

Every day we have opportunities to reconnect with God through an encounter with nature, whether an ordinary sunrise, a starling on a power line, a tree in a park, or a cloud in the sky. This spirituality doesn’t depend on education or belief. It almost entirely depends on our capacity for simple presence. Often those without formal education and “unbelievers” do this better than a lot of us. I have met many like this who put me to shame.

Source: ‪‬

Does an encounter with sprouting moss count?



3.9.18 … I am Meg …

#MoviePass … and now for Month 3:

3/9 A Wrinkle in Time. For those of you who know me, you know this was a must see for me. Part of me says, meh, but part of me really liked it.

As an adaptation of my favorite childhood book, there are things I thought didn’t make sense. The book seems timeless to me and this adaptation seemed clearly set in 2017. A good example is the “mean girls” emphasis. That was not who gave Meg a hard time in the the opening scenes of the book. It was a boy.

As someone who saw herself as Meg when I first read the book as an 8 year old, I found Meg true to the spirit of Meg. Meg as mixed race child worked, and her parents as a mixed race couple worked. Although not part of Meg in the book and notably not set up as an issue in the movie, these facts subliminally set the stage for the themes of love having no boundaries/love is color blind. (I will note that this is definitely part of the pr spin of the movie.) However, leaving the twin brothers out and having Charles Wallace as adopted left a hole in the family, implied to me that was why Charles Wallace was different, and thus dynamics didn’t quite work.

The “Mrs” characters were forced into Oprah, Reese and Mindy. And I blame the screenwriters and producers and directors. I think they could have worked better and truer to the book. But my guess is if you are not a lover of the book, then that will not be an issue.

My biggest disappointment was that I don’t think they developed the dad or Charles Wallace. I thought it was going right but I think the movie shortchanged them both.

Now I will get my copy and check a few things out. But overall, the message was true. I enjoyed it.. #awrinkleintime #iammegmurray #lovewins

Next up … Red Sparrow, 12 Strong, Phantom Thread, Get Out

Soon … Padmaavat, Christopher Robin, Mary Poppins Returns

Maybe … Samson, Alpha, Ready Player One, Ant Man and Wasp

Probably not .. Alita, Juraissic World, A Quiet Place, Fifty Shades Freed, Annihilation, Isle of Dogs, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Month 2: 5 movies in 28 days; 14 movies in 2 months.

2/26 Dunkirk … I have never been a war movie fan, but that was impactful. says, “To watch it is to feel beleaguered.” Ditto that.

2/21 Peter Rabbit … The only thing good about the movie was listening to the two elementary age kids behind me laugh hysterically. That made me realize how much I look forward to taking kids, grandkids I’m assuming, to the movies when I’m a wee bit older.

Note: listening to the mom analyze every trailer with her kids beforehand was also quite interesting.

2/19. Black Panther … I’m not a fan of the Marvel movies, but I really liked it. And although I spent the first half angry at all the stereotypes, in the end, the message was what I hope: peace through unity without borders. And thank you to those who told me to stay to the VERY end, and I mean the very end.

2/16 The 15:17 to Paris … interesting backstory. Flashback style gets tiring. However, in the end, because the movie makes me have a truly emotional response, in this case, crying, i conclude it has done it’s job. Having the actual heroes in real life act as themselves in the movie is very interesting. I am still processing that.

2/12 I, Tonya — I, Tonya was interesting. Ultimately, it’s a movie about what is truth. And who gets to tell your story. But there are so many sick, crass and violent people in the film that you realize there is really something horribly wrong with a whole part of society in the US.

Month 1: 9 movies in 30 days

2/8 The Darkest Hour … really enjoyed this film and now I will see it again with a friend and her parents!

2/7 Lady Bird — I loved that I could relate to both the daughter and the mom. Cried some, laughed some. Excellent film!

2/5 Star Wars … just because

2/3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — still processing …

2/2 The Post — LOVED it!

1/28 The Shape of Water — WEIRD

1/26 Molly’s Game —- loved it

1/10 The Greatest Showman … enjoyed, really liked some of the music

1/9 Pitch Perfect 3 … didn’t walk out


3.3.18 … “Whoever you are, walking the labyrinth has something to offer you. Such a journey into and out of the labyrinth touches our sorrows and brings out our joys.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (18/40), Boiling Springs Baptist Church – Boiling Springs NC, A Wrinkle in Time:

As I travel home from Atlanta, I listened to A Wrinkle in Time. The audio version has a new introduction by the director of the new film version that comes out next weekend. I found this quote from Ava DuVernay’s introduction to “A Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In Edition (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) very interesting:

And across my social-media feeds, I find not only wide and varied reactions to the story of A Wrinkle in Time itself but a wide and varied group of people offering said reactions. Through profile pictures, I can see who is writing me, and it is a delight. People from every walk of life. Every age group. Every race and culture. People over sixty years old to sixteen-year-olds. People with and without children. Folks in school and people who have never been to school, as with one woman who confided that she taught herself to read at age twenty-seven by using A Wrinkle in Time. People of all economic backgrounds. In every continent of the world. One of the most moving messages came from a forty-two-year-old man in the Philippines, who wrote of how the exploration of the unknown in the book changed his way of viewing his own existence. This is not just a kids’ book. This book has no limits. But this book is especially meaningful to human beings between the ages of eight to twelve. Because this is a magical story and those ages are a magical time! A time to discover who we are in our own minds, and in our own hearts. A time to listen and learn and think and wonder. A time to start to decide for ourselves how we want to walk through this world. As we follow Meg’s journey, we think about our own.

Ms. DuVernay is the director of the Disney adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Here is an interesting review. Ava DuVernay’s Fiercely Feminine Vision for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ – The New York Times,

As I listened to the story, I thought to myself that I had no idea who would play Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. I knew Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling were cast. I had to look it up.

Before I left Atlanta, I had decided I would find another new-to-me labyrinth. The one I picked was in Boiling Springs, NC. As I drove through the countryside north of Gaffney SC, I was amazed at how quickly I felt the rhythm of the countryside. Bradford pears were everywhere. I have noticed over the last few years how common they are in Charlotte, and even Atlanta. But in this rural area, it was alarming. I have seen several articles recently that talked about how invasive Bradford pears are in the region. I hope they are not doing harm to our beautiful area.


Tim Porter, the city’s arborist, said a member of the neighborhood’s homeowner’s association contacted the city about the health and safety of the trees. He said thousands of Bradford Pears were planted in city neighborhoods in the 1980s and ’90s, but the trees are nearing the end of their lifespan.

They are known for their white flowers in the spring, as well as their unpleasant smell when they are blooming. They are not native to the United States.

“They were the go-to street trees,” Porter said. “But they are within this 30-year range, and they are now falling apart. They are naturally weak-wooded. The wood is very heavy and they grow to a point where they can’t support themselves.”

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City removes about two-dozen Bradford Pears | Charlotte Observer,

The next thing I noticed was the mountains in the distance. They were really beautiful. I also noticed cows, horses and a big tractor trailer rig. And then I noticed the Grassy Pond Arena and long fences similar to ones seen in Kentucky Blue Grass Country. I had to wonder if I was in horse country.

Oh, how I would love to have a camera on the roof of my car so that I could just click off pictures of things that interest me. I saw several rural church marquees with fun messages. I saw one sign with this quote from Philippians 3:13: forget what is behind, reach for what is ahead …

I am near Gardner Webb University. What is Gardner Webb University’s history?

This labyrinth was at Boiling Springs Baptist Church, a large Baptist Church. I always wonder when more fundamental denominations adopt a labyrinth. I grew up with family in a small Georgia town who attended a Baptist church. And I know that anything associated with Catholicism, or viewed as “high” church, was challenging, if nor scary to them. So I find it exciting that labyrinths have been adopted by so many different faith traditions. What is it about slowing down for a few minutes and walking, while praying and meditating, that is so universal?

It is a beautiful day with blue sky. But it is cooler than expected and there is a strong breeze. At the Danniel Green Memorial ballfield next-door, I hear two young men practicing baseball and the thud/ping of a metal bat.

A found this information on the Boiling Springs Baptist Church website:

Whoever you are, walking the labyrinth has something to offer you. Such a journey into and out of the labyrinth touches our sorrows and brings out our joys. If a creative or work project is facing you, walking can get your creative juices flowing. When you are struggling with grief or anger or a physical challenge or illness, walking the labyrinth can point the way to healing and wholeness. If you desire a way to pray or meditate that engages your body as well as your soul, the labyrinth can be such a way. When you just want reflective time away from a busy life, the labyrinth can offer you time out. The labyrinth, as you can discover, holds up a mirror, reflecting back to us not only the light of our finest selves but also whatever restrains us from shining forth.

SOURCE: PRAYER LABYRINTH – Boiling Springs Baptist Church,

Anyone ever been on an Easter hayride? I have to admit I found that advertisement interesting, nothing like a hayride journey through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. So, in essence, a hayride stations of the cross?


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