Posts Tagged ‘Ash Wednesday

06
Mar
19

3.6.19 … “Mamma mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you? Mamma mia, does it show again, My my, just how much I’ve missed you?“

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (1/40), Myers Park Methodist Church Francis Chapel – Charlotte NC, Myers Park Baptist Church-Charlotte NC, Ash Wednesday, Lenten Practices, List making, kith/kin:

So I’m planning my forty 2019 Lenten Labyrinth Walks and this pops into my head ….

Mamma mia, here I go again

My my, how can I resist you?

Mamma mia, does it show again

My my, just how much I’ve missed you?

And at 10 my Davidson roommate and labyrinth walking buddy calls … she’s already walked at Epiphany Catholic Church in Anchorage KY (near Louisville).

I’ve been wondering if anyone else walks daily or weekly during Lent. With the adoption of Lent by many mainstream Protestant denominations there has been a steady increase of including spiritual disciplines and practices in faith formation.

Lent is a good time to begin a new practice of daily or weekly labyrinth walking. The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress differentiates a practice from a discipline. She says,

“A practice is more flexible than a discipline. A discipline is usually done at a certain time each day. There are specific methods or techniques to enter into it. The practice of labyrinth walking is guided by what you need from the walk. … Use a labyrinth when it calls you. When you want the benefits of a quiet mind, a prayerful heart, a release from controlling behavior, find your way to a labyrinth.” (Artress, 2006, pg. 6)

At Harmony Grove UMC, where I coordinate the Labyrinth Ministry, on occasions I have issued the following invitation.

Start Something New for Lent

“This year don’t give something up for Lent. This year start something new: the spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth daily or weekly.

Source: Ministry Matters™ | Labyrinth Walks for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter,https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4736/labyrinth-walks-for-lent-holy-week-and-easter

So what else will I do?

1. I will take 40 labyrinth walks

2. I will use multiple devotionals including the Henry Nouwen book and study guide being used by my church and the Myers Park Methodist Lent devotional booklet.

3. I will attend worship at my church.

4. I will pay attention to what my friends post. And ask questions and respond.

5. I will make 40 lists: Lenten Practices and Disciplines, List of lists, gratitude, labyrinth resources, Lenten devotional resources. (This counts as one list)

With pleasant anticipation, I dressed in my Chartres Cathedral polyester silk like scarf and headed out. “Mamma mia, here I go again.”

As I drove to my labyrinth chosen for Walk 1/40, I received telephone call number two from a friend, which in this case happens to be my sister, informing me that she was walking a labyrinth today on Ash Wednesday. And she sent me a picture and told me that her walk at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Marietta GA had been, “Very Cold. I walked in one foot in front of the other and out backward. Tricky for me. Had to balance and really concentrate.”

(And yes, even our shadows resemble each other!)

Today’s walk was hopefully going to be in the Francis Chapel at Myers Park Methodist Church, the location of my very first Ash Wednesday walk in 2012. Although I knew that there was a delay in opening this new in door permanent stone labyrinth to the public, I still hoped that I would be able to walk privately today as I did several weeks ago with my friend Toni. But that was not to be; the labyrinth and the chapel are inaccessible due to the continued construction in connection with the installation of the new organ.

So I quickly regrouped and headed to Myers Park Baptist Church.

Today‘s walk was a very sensory-filled walk, especially sounds and physical feelings. I heard a jackhammer, a truck backing up, a worker making a whooping noise which I assumed was to alert another worker of danger, and the chimes announcing 11:30 AM at Queens College. I also noticed the cold as it was about 40°. There was a light breeze in blindingly bright sunshine. I always enjoy walking in and out of the sunshine, and today the sun shining live all but one corner of the labyrinth.

A few other observations… The lost child’s princess headband stuck in the lamp sculpture and the very bedraggled rosemary along the edge.

Toward the end I want, I realized that the breeze a very cool breeze, was picking up and I was actually cold. My hands felt icy cold.

After my luck, I continued on my way to my church First Presbyterian Church at Charlotte which was hosting a lunch at noon followed by a Ash Wednesday a position of ashes service says in the small and intimate Good Samaritan Ben Long Fresco Lobby.

The Lobby is worth visiting ..,

Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan was chosen as the subject of the fresco because it deals with a fundamental question of a center city church: “Who is our neighbor?” It symbolizes the mission of First Presbyterian Church to be a witness “For Christ in the Heart of Charlotte” to the thousands of people who live and work in downtown Charlotte.

Immediately upon entering the front doors of the Fellowship Hall, a dramatic image of the Samaritan bending over a beaten and bloodied stranger serves as an important reminder of the intimate relationship between the teachings of Christ and the work we are called to do. It measures 8 feet high and 28 feet long and is painted in the true fresco style of the 15th century masters.

Source: First Presbyterian Church — Ben Long Fine Art,
http://www.benlongfineart.com/first-presbyterian-church

I sat at the luncheon with Pen Perry, our senior minister. And as with the anticipated, we discussed our traditions around Ash Wednesday and Lent. I was significantly older than anyone else at the table, and my traditions around Lent did not happen until after I was 50 years old.

After the luncheon, we proceeded into the Good Samaritan Lobby which was set up intentionally with Pen being included in the community rather than “preaching” from the pulpit. The service was short and impactful, and I left with the ash cross on my hand. When I looked down shortly afterwards, I realized that the mark had at all but disappeared and all I could see was my very wrinkled and old looking hand. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” … Actually this line is not in the Bible, but derives from Genesis 3:19 – “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

After telling one of my children that I had attended an Ash Wednesday Service, he immediately sent me this article. I think mainline denominations are reaching out to nontraditional millennials in both traditional ways reimagined and nontraditional ways in nontraditional places. And funny that my son picked up on this story on the twitter feed of the blogger “Bar Stool Sports” …

If you needed ashes for Ash Wednesday, many churches made it convenient to get it while still going about your normal day’s routine.

On what is a special religious day for Christians, many churches offered “Ashes to Go,” for example, at bus and train stations in the D.C. area, something that is becoming more and more common in today’s fast-paced culture of express delivery, instant meals and live-streaming TV.

In one such instance Wednesday, at the Shady Grove Metro station in Rockville, ashes became available starting at 7 a.m. for those getting on and off their train.

The “Ashes to Go” initiative was launched over a decade ago by an episcopal church in St. Louis. The goal is to pull religion from the pews and bring the Holy Spirit into regular, busy places.

Source: Churches offer ‘Ashes to Go’ for Ash Wednesday at bus, train stations in D.C. area | WJLA, http://wjla.com/news/local/churches-offer-ashes-to-go-ash-wednesday-dc-area

I ran across this article in Presbyterian Outlook recently.

While some Protestants still struggle with what to make of Lent (“Isn’t that a Catholic thing?”), increasingly Presbyterian congregations are seeking creative approaches for making the season meaningful – including giving people opportunities to explore spiritual practices and to bring depth and a sense of community to the weeks leading to Easter.

The practices are varied — from the program Lent 4.5, which focuses on simplicity and caring for the earth; to study groups in which a congregation reads a book together (recent examples include theologian Richard Lischer’s “Stations of the Heart,” about lessons learned through the death of his son, and “Daring Greatly,” in which research scientist Brené Brown explores the value of vulnerability and imperfection); to the exploration of ancient spiritual practices. Last year, for example, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina, offered a series of study sessions called “Practicing Life into Wholeness” — exploring spiritual practices including centering prayer, lectio divina and the daily examen.

Source: Lent is for Presbyterians, too: Creative, connectional disciplines – The Presbyterian Outlook, https://pres-outlook.org/2015/02/lent-presbyterians-creative-connectional-disciplines/

And this from my good friend Mary Bowman at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian here in Charlotte:

In the simplest terms, Lent is 40 days set aside to prepare for Easter – beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Holy Saturday (the Saturday before Easter).

Ash Wednesday, also known as the imposition of ashes, derives its name from the practice of placing ashes in the shape of a cross on our foreheads as a reminder that we are temporary beings and it is only God who can conquer death and give the gift of eternal life. In other words, we remember we are finite and sinful (a bit of a mess) and we need God.

Lent, which comes from the Greek word for “fortieth,” is a time for us to focus on our relationship with God and draw closer through self-reflection and spiritual activities such as prayer, meditation, repentance/confession, worship, fasting (giving up something), Scripture reading, serving others, etc. These spiritual “disciplines” allow us to open ourselves to God so we can grow in our faith, in our gratitude for God’s undeserved love, and in our own self-understanding as children of God.

If you are someone who likes to count things, you may realize that there are more than 40 days between Ash Wednesday (March 6) and Easter (April 21). During this serious time of reflection and preparation for Good Friday and Easter, we continue to have mini-Easters (which are Sundays) where we continue to celebrate all the Jesus has done for us. If you are counting the days, the Sundays don’t count because they are an important reminder of the ultimate story.

Source: Our Blog – Lent 101: Let Us Prepare Together, http://www.selwynpres.org/our-blog/lent-101-let-us-prepare-together/

And I must add this:

“Did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?” I am in a wildly different place than when I wrote those words as part of an Ash Wednesday blessing six years ago, in what would turn out to be my last Lent with Gary. And I can say now: I know what God can do with dust. And I am learning still. As the season of Lent arrives, what blessing do you need to claim from the ashes?

BLESSING THE DUST

All those days

you felt like dust,

like dirt,

as if all you had to do

was turn your face

toward the wind

and be scattered

to the four corners

or swept away

by the smallest breath

as insubstantial—

did you not know

what the Holy One

can do with dust?

This is the day

we freely say

we are scorched.

This is the hour

we are marked

by what has made it

through the burning.

This is the moment

we ask for the blessing

that lives within

the ancient ashes,

that makes its home

inside the soil of

this sacred earth.

So let us be marked

not for sorrow.

And let us be marked

not for shame.

Let us be marked

not for false humility

or for thinking

we are less

than we are

but for claiming

what God can do

within the dust,

within the dirt,

within the stuff

of which the world

is made

and the stars that blaze

in our bones

and the galaxies that spiral

inside the smudge

we bear.

—Jan Richardson

from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

Image: “Ash Wednesday Cross” © Jan Richardson

janrichardsonimages.com

Mamma mia, here I go again

My my, how can I resist you?

Mamma mia, does it show again

My my, just how much I’ve missed you?

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust …

3.6.19

14
Feb
18

2.14.18 … “God’s messages in the grey dust are quite simple: Be mine. I am yours. Love forever.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (1/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day:

Today is Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. And today is my first 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walk. I always like it when I walk at Avondale Presbyterian because this labyrinth is the location of my first labyrinth walk with my friend Mary in 2011.

Sights and sounds …

The first thing I notice is that the huge old oak that dominated this Sacred Garden is gone and the entire garden seems bare. It feels more wintry today than it did the last time I walked in the “dead of winter,” and I am walking in more a wilderness than a garden.

The chimes are ringing and the birds are singing. It is overcast… feels like snow… damp. I hear the sounds of several garbage trucks. It’s garbage truck day in the neighborhood behind the church…

It will be fun to watch the re-creation of this garden between now, February 14, and Easter Sunday, April 1.

The brightest thing is the moss. I search for a moss cross. I always do this since Ann pointed one out to me on the Davidson College labyrinth years ago.

My Lenten labyrinth walk tradition started in 2012 when I went to the Imposition of Ashes Service at Selwyn Presbyterian Church where my good friend Mary was a recently ordained pastor. It was my first time to experience the imposition of ashes in a Presbyterian Church. At that service, they requested that you not necessarily give up something but that you take up a practice, and it was there that my Lenten labyrinth walks began. So today, I looked up to see what time the service was as it has always been in the evening in past years, and to my great sadness it was at 7:45 AM this morning. I plan to go to my own Presbyterian Church at noon, so I will participate in its imposition of ashes Service. (In 2013 I prepared a note which tells my history of walking labyrinths. I first walked in 2011, first walked as a Lenten practice in 2012 and have continued to walk regularly and during Lent since then. https://teaguenc.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/5-28-13-walk-with-me/)

Today is also Valentine’s Day. I always enjoy James Howell’s email messages. Today’s was especially good.

“Valentine’s Day is about love, or at least love that hopes to become love. Ash Wednesday is about love, and even the smallest hint of love for God growing and becoming real, viable, meaningful and enriching. The way to life in any relationship involves losing something, giving up something. When I married Lisa, I gave up a lot of other options for how to spend my time, and with whom; I gave up the notion that I could do whatever I wanted whenever. A happy sacrifice, a joyful embrace of a narrower life. So it is when we fall in love with God, when we commit ourselves in love to God. Our options narrow. Our time is entirely impacted. We ask not What do I want? but What does God want? After you get the hang of this, it dawns on you that What God wants is, surprise surprise, what I really wanted deep in my soul all along.

The way to this surprise, the Church cares enough to tell us, is repentance. How fitting – to repent on the day of love. A corny movie way back featured the memorable line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Love is quick to say I am sorry, and to shift direction in order to love, to deepen and improve the relationship.

So let us begin, today, to have a holy Lent, a season of growing love, of repentance, of daring to grieve what is out of sync with God in our minds, hearts and lives, of living into the hard questions of what needs changing, not to grovel before an intimidating God, but to soar to holy friendship with a loving, intimate God.

God’s messages in the grey dust are quite simple: Be mine. I am yours. Love forever.”

Source: Prayer: Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day, http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Prayer–Ash-Wednesday—Valentine-s-Day.html?soid=1104220709083&aid=1C0AnWc3noY

If any would like to walk with me, and I walk 40 walks during the Season, please reach out to me. I love company.

Blessings!

01
Mar
17

3.1.17 … I just saw a redbird and that makes me think of several friends who associate the presence of redbirds with those who have left …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 1/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

A storm is brewing today. It makes the somberness of the First Day of Lent even more felt.

We have had an early spring in Charlotte. So the usual wintry feel of the first walk is just not here. The storm that is coming makes it feel a little more dark.

The chimes in the tower are clanging in the wind.

I just saw a redbird and that makes me think of several friends who associate the presence of redbirds with those who have left. I’m thinking of you, Elizabeth and Diane.

I’m taking up several practices:

a) The first is a repeat of my annual practice for the past five years, walking labyrinths 40 times during the Lenten season. b) The next is to give away 40 bags of household goods and clothing c) the third is to read a book I recently purchased for $.99, 52 Words Every Christian Should Know. I hope these readings can be incorporated into my walks. I plan to read a 7-8 of these so that I have completed this book by Easter. The words that I will be looking at this week focus on our understanding of God and include glory, holiness, sovereignty and omniscience (OK, Siri dictated omniscience as “I’m the shit.”) d) and finally, on my way over to my first walk, I chuckled. Many associate Lent with fasting, and I am considering not eating every day until I had walked a labyrinth. OK, maybe not.

And once again, I attended Selwyn Presbyterian Church’s Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes Service. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

If you are nearby, please join me on my walks.

3.1.17

15
Feb
16

2.15.16 … “If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don’t know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 6/40), Ash Wednesday Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte:

a cold walk, but a good one. Typical weather in the South: 32 and raining …

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Ash Wednesday;

Here’s my image of Ash Wednesday: If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don’t know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet. The water and words from our baptism plus the earth and words from our funerals have come from the past and future to meet us in the present. And in that meeting we are reminded of the promises of God: That we are God’s, that there is no sin, no darkness, and yes, no grave that God will not come to find us in and love us back to life. That where two or more are gathered, Christ is with us. These promises outlast our earthly bodies and the limits of time.

Source: a little reading for Fat Tuesday/Ash Wednesday (from Accidental Saints)

Gua Sha:  I did this today!  I’ll let you know how it goes

Baker started with what was, without a doubt, the best massage of my life. I consider myself to have a fairly high pain tolerance, so I prefer a very deep massage, and this did not disappoint. I could actually feel her working the knots out of my back with her hands. But that was just the beginning. She retreated for a moment, returning with a tool that she began scraping up and down my back. Since I was face-down on the massage table, I couldn’t see anything, but I pictured her rubbing a small, hand-held dish up and down my back. “Gua means to scrape or scratch,” she explained, moving the instrument down and away from my spine. “Sha means sand, because the sha rash that comes up is like a sand-like texture right on the skin.” Again, she warned me, “This will look dramatic.” The sensation was unlike anything I ever experienced before. I wouldn’t call it painful, but it was definitely intense, and I don’t think it’s a treatment that everyone will enjoy. She dug the tool into the muscles of my back, moving it around my shoulder blades and along my spine, applying pressure until the knots that built up over the past months dissolved. I felt better instantly. As she finished the treatment, I asked to see this “magical” tool that offered so much relief. Baker showed me a bottle cap, slightly larger than the one you’d twist off a bottle of Snapple. I was amazed.

With a final warning as to the visual state of my back, Baker left the room so I could survey the damage and get dressed. I approached the mirror with trepidation and noticed spots of purple and red blooming along the tops of my shoulders. I turned around and for the full effect: bruise-like paths spread down and way from my spine and along the bones of my shoulder blades. Frankly, I looked like I’d been beaten, even though I felt amazing. I felt capable of running a marathon (realistically, jogging around the block a few times), but Baker advised against that: “Your body needs to recover,” she reminded me. “It needs to have time to stabilize and recover, because [gua sha] is a treatment.”

This ancient therapy touted by Gwyneth Paltrow feels a lot better than it looks.

Source: The Shockingly Grotesque, Yet Incredible Results of Gua Sha Massage

 

10
Feb
16

2.10.16 … “We are back in the garden, where our desire was birthed, where our need was born. Our need for a savior …”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 1/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte, Ash Wednesday, Lent history:

for the fifth year, I walk for Lent  I’m always amazed where it takes me …

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It is a cold, crisp wintry day. The birds are chirping the sun is shining fountain water is flowing.

 

And this is my first 2016 Lenten Walk …

In the information box there is a poem which I read as I walked

A new beginning the flight has been wiped clean,
A new beginning

We are back in the garden, where our desire was birthed, where our need was born. Our need for a savior …

My mind wanders … Why 40 days when actually 46?

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter? | USCatholic.org
“The 40 days of Lent” has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday.

Already at the Council of Nicea in 325 the bishops spoke of the quadragesima paschae (Latin for “40 days before Easter”) as the well-established custom. At that time Lent began on the sixth Sunday before Easter and ended at dusk on Holy Thursday—40 days. But the council also forbade fasting, kneeling, and any other acts of sorrow and penance on Sundays, even in Lent. So only 34 of the 40 days were for fasting.

Since Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days after his Baptism, Christians in the fifth century wanted literally 40 days of penance before Easter. The first step was to add Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the “paschal fast,” to make 36 fasting days.

The second step occurred over the course of the next few centuries in Rome. In addition to baptizing new Christians at Easter, the practice of welcoming back on Holy Thursday those who were baptized but who had committed serious sins became popular. Just as those to be baptized entered into final and intense preparation during Lent, those to be reconciled were expected to do likewise. But the first day of Lent—a Sunday—was already full, with Eucharist, a penitential procession through the city, and the rite of election for those to be baptized.

So those to be reconciled on Holy Thursday gathered on the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent. Wednesday (along with Friday) was already a day of fasting throughout the year, so it was appropriate to gather the penitents on that day. Borrowing a sacred sign from the scriptures, the bishop sprinkled ashes on the heads of the penitents, which they wore (without washing) until Holy Thursday as a sign of their sorrow.

This sacred sign was so attractive that even those who were not in a state of serious sin began to ask for ashes on the Wednesday before Lent. By the 11th century the pope recommended to all the bishops that ashes be distributed to anyone who sought them on that day, which became, of course, Ash Wednesday.

Here then, were four more days of fasting and penance: Ash Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before the first Sunday of Lent, bringing the total to 40. So today, while the season of Lent (Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday) is technically 44 days, the number of days for penance and fasting before Easter is still 40: 44 days minus 6 Sundays equals 38, plus Good Friday and Holy Saturday equals 40.

Flickr image cc by DennisSylvesterHurd

– See more at: http://www.uscatholic.org/node/425#.dpuf

And as I leave the garden, I notice the effects of the winter on the rhododendrons …

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… and I realize how much I love walking daily at this time of year because I get to see CREATION come alive.

AND I have found a Little Free Library to gift some of my books!! image

Ashes to Ashes, Christian History, Ash Wednesday Evening Service, Selwyn Presbyterian Church: I attended my 4th Ash Wednesday Evening Service at Selwyn where I see my dear friend Mary. Of course I posted just to have it show up to remind me and then the service was about praying, giving, attending to get the attention of others when God knows your heart.  Dust to dust …

 

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“No,” I said, “it’s a church thing.” And so it is. The origins of our modern Lenten practices go back to the earliest days of the church, when potential converts first underwent a fast of 40 hours before their baptisms at the Easter Vigil—soon extended to a period of prayer, fasting, and contemplation lasting 40 days. (Biblical models for this included Noah’s time on the Ark and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, as well as Israel’s wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.) Sometime around the ninth or tenth century, this 40-day Lenten discipline merged with another service the church had developed several hundred years earlier to help sinners embody their repentance. (The first mention of Ash Wednesday by name is in a seventh-century service book, the Gelasian Sacramentary.) Those who had fallen into what the early church considered serious sin—everything from committing adultery to serving in the military to performing magic and occult practices—after confessing that sin were enrolled in an “order of penitents” until they had made restitution. In many ways, they were treated similarly to converts preparing for baptism, as they sat separately from the rest of the congregation, sometimes dressed in special clothing, and did not participate in the celebration of the Eucharist. Also, they wore ashes on their heads, drawing from the biblical precedent and imagery of verses such as Numbers 19:9,17; Hebrews 9:13; Jeremiah 6: 26; Daniel 9:3; Jonah 3:6; Matthew 11:21, and Luke 10:13.

Source: Ashes to Ashes | Christian History

And i can’t forget to save this A Presbyterian Guide to Ashes:

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I love this Lenten practice:

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Broadway: I saw a really well done play of this in Annapolis MD in 2012 with Joni and  Alex. I’d like to see what Sorkin does with it.

The producer Scott Rudin has acquired stage rights for Harper Lee’s novel and has hired Aaron Sorkin to adapt the story. Bartlett Sher will direct.

“Mr. Rudin isn’t the first producer to bring the story of Atticus and Scout to the stage. The playwright Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been staged countless times in schools and regional theaters across the country. It was staged in London in 2013, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard as Atticus.

It is especially beloved in Ms. Lee’s hometown, Monroeville, Ala., where volunteers have put on the play every spring for the last 26 years. Ms. Lee and her lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, have taken a more active role in the stage production recently, and created a nonprofit, the Mockingbird Company, to produce the play in Monroeville.

But according to her literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, Ms. Lee has long been reluctant to sell the professional stage rights, despite entreaties by playwrights and producers.”

“While Nelle had always had misgivings about anyone who might want to bring ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Broadway — and there have been many approaches over the years — she finally decided that Scott would be the right person to embrace this,” Mr. Nurnberg said in an email, using the name Ms. Lee goes by among family and friends.

Source: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Headed to Broadway – The New York Times

05
Mar
14

3.5.14 … Speakng of Jesus … (and I have a taker for the 4 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies :), so I can give up Girl Scout Cookies) …

Ash Wednesday, Lent, YouTube:

via ▶ Ash Wednesday & Lent in Two Minutes – YouTube.

20 Things to Give Up for Lent:

With that said, I want to offer up 20 things you might consider giving up this Lent. And these are things to give up not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life.

Guilt – I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.

Fear – God is on my side. In him I am more than a conqueror. (see Romans 8)

The need to please everyone – I can’t please everyone anyways. There is only one I need to strive to please.

Envy – I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Impatience – God’s timing is the perfect timing.

Sense of entitlement – The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.

Bitterness and Resentment – The only person I am hurting by holding on to these is myself.

Blame – I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.

Gossip and Negativity – I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic bringing other people down.

Comparison – I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.

Fear of failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.

A spirit of poverty – Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack

Feelings of unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)

Doubt – Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize.

Self-pity – God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.

Excuses – A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.

Lack of counsel – Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.

Pride – Blessed are the humble.

Worry – God is in control and worrying will not help.

via 20 Things to Give Up for Lent.

Diogo Morgado Puts the Carnal in Incarnate But Was Jesus Really A Babe?, The Daily Beast:  Speaking of Jesus …

How many new and different versions of the Jesus story can the medium of film accommodate? Judging by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s new film Son of God, not too many: this is the traditional, predictable, stripped-down niceness taught in Sunday schools and nativity plays. But for a bare-bones presentation of Jesus, there sure seems to be a lot of flesh on screen—and what attractive flesh it is. With carefully styled hair, omnipresent smile, and sparkly eyes that say, “I see into your soul,” Diogo Morgado’s Jesus really puts the carnal in incarnate.

It’s not just me, I assure you: the Portuguese actor playing the Son of God has inspired the twitter hashtag #HotJesus. CNN anchor Carol Costello confessed to “gawking” at the actor. When CNN is getting hot and bothered for Jesus, that in itself is newsworthy.

via Diogo Morgado Puts the Carnal in Incarnate, But Was Jesus Really A Babe? – The Daily Beast.

Fulton Co. GA, Campbellton GA, history:

As of January 1, 1932, the Georgia General Assembly folded a bankrupt Campbell County south of Atlanta, of which Campbellton was the County seat, and (also bankrupt) Milton County to the north into Fulton County, then and today among the richest and most populous Counties in the State, to form the odd, elongated, and unwieldy County that’s provided services to all its residents, businesses and taxpayers for more than 80 years.

via Jim Brown.

Together, they were able to use the artifacts to locate key points, including mills, a town square and a city hall building, proving that Campbellton was once an active city in the south Fulton area.

“We’re aware of two different theories as to why the town didn’t survive,” said Brown. “Many early historians state or gather from opinions that the railroad bypassed Campbellton because the residents were against the railroad marring or interrupting their tranquil town or that engineers simply found the land around Fairburn better for construction.”

Brown and Champion speculate that many Campbellton residents literally rolled their houses and buildings, including the city hall building now located in Fairburn, down the nearby Chattahoochee River.

via Neighbor Newspapers – Lost city of south Fulton at center of history mystery.

Heroin in Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine:  Heartbreaking …

“I’m not embarassed of my son,” Deanna Uhler says. “I<br /><br /><br /><br /> was proud of him ’til the last breath he took.” After he died, his girlfriend painted his portrait and gave it to Deanna.<br /><br /><br /><br />

Alex Uhler was a straight-A student, an Eagle Scout, and earned a black belt in Taekwondo. And he was a heroin addict. Why are kids like him, from Charlotte’s wealthy neighborhoods and good schools, turning to the deadliest drugs?

via Heroin in Charlotte – Charlotte Magazine – March 2014 – Charlotte, NC.

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2.14.13 … Valentine’s Day = Generosity Day … simple: reboot Valentines Day as a day of “sharing love with everyone.”

 Valentine’s Day, sand art, Room with a View:  I am not cheating … I had saved this Facebook page for today from a few days ago …

Photo: A Room With A View

A Room With A View

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via A Room With A View.

i heart generosity day, Valentine’s Day, Brene Brown:  Reboot …

I love Generosity Day. The idea is simple: Lets reboot Valentines Day as a day of “sharing love with everyone.” You can read more about the origins of the movement here. I love this idea! For me its really easy to forget about real love on Valentines Day. When I was a tween and teen, the entire day was cringe-worthy. It was always about watching the popular girls get the crappy $1 roses sold at school. When I was was dating and first married to Steve I felt pressure to “get it right” which launched all of my shame gremlins.As a mom its about running to Target at 8PM on 2/13 to rummage through the picked-over cards.  As you can see, my perspective has been about how the day makes me feel. Wheres the LOVE in that?Heres the call to arms hearts:”Give to people on the street.  Tip outrageously.  Help a stranger.  Write a note telling someone how much you appreciate them.  Smile.  Donate more to a cause that means a lot to you.  Take clothes to GoodWill.  Share your toys grownups and kids.  Be patient with yourself and with others.  Replace the toilet paper in the bathroom.  All generous acts count!”

via i heart generosity day with a giveaway, of course

Valentine’s Day,  The Little Prince, Scientific American Blog Network:  “One only sees well with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye.”

Because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.”

And of course, there are those final words of the fox to the prince, as the young man makes up his mind to return to his planet, to reunite once more with the rose that has become his life. “One only sees well with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye. It’s the time that you’ve spent on your rose that makes your rose so important. Men have forgotten this truth. But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…”

It’s a love story for the ages.

via Valentine’s Day on the planet of the Little Prince | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network.

Great American Love Stories, Amazon Books: Great American Love Stories … state by state … Of course I immediately checked to see what the story was for “my” states. 🙂

50 GREAT AMERICAN LOVE STORIES

Who doesn’t love a great story about love? We sure do, and in the spirit of the Valentine season, we’re paying tribute to all the ways love transforms lives. Browse our Editors’ Picks for 50 Great American Love Stories (plus a few dozen more too good not to mention), set in every state of the union. Click on the heart of each state to jump to our selections.

via Amazon Books: Great American Love Stories.

Amazon Books: Great American Love Stories.

By state …

Georgia

Gone with the Wind, 75th Anniversary Edition

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Spirited Scarlett O’Hara meets her match, mischievous Rhett Butler, in everyone’s favorite epic Civil War-era romance.

North Carolina

Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier: A wounded Confederate deserter makes a periolous, months-long journey on foot to reunite with his beloved wife.

Also in North Carolina: The NotebookThe Fiery Cross(from the Outlander Series),SerenaThe Hunger GamesTrilogy

Illinois

Endless Love: A Novel (P.S.)

Endless Love by Scott Spencer:This early book from novelist Scott Spencer is still the last word on teenage obsession with passion.

Also in Illinois: The Time Traveler’s WifeWill Grayson, Will Grayson, and Loving Frank

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Valentine’ Day, kith/kin, NODA, Cabo Fish Taco, Charlotte NC:  So what did you do to celebrate VD?  I had the pleasure of having lunch in NODA with two of my faves, two of my kith children.  I always love spending time and seeing the world through their eyes …

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“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten Labyrinth walks:

I almost skipped my labyrinth walk, on the second day of the Lent, but then I thought better of it. And so instead I walked my least favorite of the local public labyrinths.

This one is at Wedgwood Church, “A Liberal Church,” IMG_5681 and is on the way to the dry cleaners,  and  I almost never walk it because it is my least favorite of the labyrinths within striking distance of my home.  I don’t know why it’s my least favorite except that it is very noisy, traffic noisy, not nature noisy or wind chime noisy or construction noisy … just plain old traffic noisy … and walking noisy.  Crunch, crunch …
There’s nothing really wrong with the setting of this labyrinth, except it’s next to an electric pathway. But since we are love the least :),  I’m going to love this labyrinth today.
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It is a gravel walk with brick boundaries. I realize now that the sound of the gravel crunching under my feet while walking, which is often peaceful when there are no other sounds, is very disconcerting when you’re listening to cars, trucks and buses accelerate and brake,  et cetera, et cetera. I even hear the horn of a train in the not too far distance.
I do think it’s very interesting that someone at some point has taken the  effort to put crushed red stone in the  a little corners that exist in the labyrinth’s  layout.
The gravel is a couple of inches deep, enough to cause me to focus on each and every step, fearful that I might lose my balance. This is disconcerting, especially when I think what a wonderful spiritual tool a labyrinth can be for the elderly.  This labyrinth would be a disaster for elderly person.
On a good note, the labyrinth of laid out as a traditional 11 circuit Chartres pattern,  My favorite …
Blessings.
Uptown Charlotte, Ashes to Go, Ash Wednesday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, follow-up, CharlotteObserver.com:

Wearing the ashes “is a marking – no pun intended – of a new life and being reminded of who … we are as children of God,” Rencher said. “Those ashes say: ‘Now, go back into the world and prepare for new life.’ The 40 days of Lent is an opportunity … to journey with Christ.”

On this first day of Lent, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has an answer for Charlotte Christians too busy to make it to an Ash Wednesday service:

“Ashes to Go.”

via Uptown Charlotte church offers ‘Ashes to Go’ for Ash Wednesday | CharlotteObserver.com.

US Airways,  American Airlines, merger, travelers, Charlotte hub, ABC News:

On the up side, the merger will also mean more destinations for the new American Airlines. US Airways passengers will benefit from American’s international routes, particularly in Europe and Latin America. American will be able to access the smaller U.S. cities where US Airways has a large presence. So for example, a US Airways flier who travels abroad from time to time will now be able to earn meaningful miles on those trips.

American Airlines has hubs and or a significant presence in Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles while US Airways has key operations in Phoenix, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. A merger may force the new airline to reduce operations at one or more of these hubs.

via What the US Airways and American Airlines Merger Means For Travelers – ABC News.

random, Japan Trend Shop, Mocoro Robotic Fur Ball Vacuum Cleaner: Should I buy one??  Funnest …

Mocoro Robotic Fur Ball Vacuum Cleaner

This “microfiber hop ball” is one of the funnest in the recent trend for robotic vacuum cleaners in Japan. The Mocoro might sound like a bizarre but sophisticated piece of technology – a colorful “fur” ball that rolls automatically around home cleaning – but actually its beauty lies in its simplicity. All you need to do is clean the furry cover and then let the ball do the rest!

via Japan Trend Shop | Mocoro Robotic Fur Ball Vacuum Cleaner.




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