Posts Tagged ‘quotes


12.15.18 … It was a joke … happy pilgrims? …

Camino de Santiago, Pilgrim’s Mass:

It was a joke. The idea came during the Christmas Eve mass. We bought half a kilo of Mary Jane and dropped it inside the censer. We are sure that people have left the Cathedral happier than ever.

Source: Two Altar Boys Were Arrested For Putting Weed In The Censer-Burner

Creative Mornings CLT: I attended my first Creative Mornings CLT and it was inspiring!

Incredibly inspiring and engrossing presentation by Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, director of the Leading on Opportunity Task Force, at today’s Creative Morning CLT. Plus the usual fun, music and creative inspiration. #CLTisCreative

Charlotte 250:

But the story is more interesting than that. The way that Charlotte came into being was unusual for the time and illustrates the spirit and vision that have so often been a part of Charlotte and of Mecklenburg County.

About 1750, European settlers began to come down from Pennsylvania into the western part of the Royal Colony of North Carolina. Within a dozen years these settlers formed a new county and called it Mecklenburg after the birthplace of their Queen Charlotte Sophia, who had come to England from Mecklenburg Strelitz, Germany. Seven men were appointed to purchase land and build a courthouse, then levy a tax to repay themselves. But there were not enough people in the new county to pay the expense, so they waited. For four years.

Then, in January 1767, they did something extraordinary.

Instead of just constructing an inexpensive courthouse on cheap land, three of the commissioners put up their own money and bought some of the best land in the county. It was 360 acres on the main road on a high hill and cost £90, a fortune at the time. There they built a courthouse raised up on pillars with market space below. Around it they laid out a town and began to sell lots.

The General Assembly met on Nov. 7, 1768, and five days later Thomas Polk introduced a bill to officially establish the Town of Charlotte. The bill passed both houses of the legislature on Nov. 23. Colonial Governor William Tryon signed it into law on Dec. 3.

Source: Charlotte began on a big gamble – and a loss | Charlotte Observer,
“Sotomayor often interrupts a lawyer by saying “I’m sorry,” even though her tone suggests she isn’t actually sorry, the AP story reports. And Gorsuch often tells a lawyer  he needs help understanding something, although “he’s often saying he’s not buying what the lawyer is selling,” the story concludes.

AP did a count for its story, published on Monday. Sotomayor said she is sorry 98 times last term and 30 times so far this term. And Gorsuch used various forms of “help me out” 25 times last term and 10 times this term.”

Lonnie Holley:

I spent 10 minutes in March of 2016 talking one on one with Lonnie Holley. It was a memorable conversation about true art, triggered by a discussion of the beauty of the brass water pipes behind us.

Congratulations on your recognition as a musician by the New Yorker!

Lonnie Holley, “MITH”

“Lonnie Holley was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in the pre-civil-rights-era South. For decades, he was perhaps best known for his trenchant and transfixing sculptures, which were often assembled from found objects. Then, in 2012, he began formally releasing music. His work is rooted in experimental and noise traditions, but it also contains an excess of love and imagination.”

The Ten Best Albums of 2018,

National Film Registry:

“The movies chosen are instead meant to reflect American culture as compositions of consequence.”

Source: Latest Entries to the National Film Registry Admit More Diverse Styles, Stories : NPR,
Obituary, Ruby Clay, E. Rivers Elementary School – Atlanta GA:
RIP, Mrs. Clay, my wonderful amazing third grade teacher. I had planned to reach out to her and tell her thank you for all she did for me as a third grader.
“Ruby loved education and having an impact on the lives of children.  She especially loved reading and the impact it could have in children’s lives. She taught for over 30 years as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist.”
Source: Obituary for Ruby H. Clay | Donaldson Funeral Home, P. A. (Laurel),

12.14.18 … “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

Christmas Tradition # 9: Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.” a.k.a. “A Christmas Carol” (1843)

When I was in my early 30s, I realized that all three of the Lindsey siblings had a love and fascination with Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and I knew where it it came from. My father was cast as Scrooge in the school play in second grade at Spring Street School in Atlanta. So Scrooge and “Bah Humbug” was a much a part of my cultural Christmas as Santa and “Ho, ho, ho!”

So how has this been incorporated into my celebration. I‘ve got at least 10 versions of the book, from reprints of the first edition, board book versions for toddlers, abridged early reader versions, graphic novel versions to just straight up paperback copies. I’ve got multiple audio readings including a copy of a BBC dramatic reading. I’ve seen theatrical versions in Atlanta, Louisville, Chicago and Charlotte. And then there are the film adaptations.

According to IMDb, there are at least 202 film adaptations:

“These are many examples from among the varied film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.” a.k.a. “A Christmas Carol” (1843). This list starts with the finest film adaptation, and has the rest of these selections in release-or-production-year order. It consists of traditional versions (that is, ones that each include a character named ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ and are set wholly in 19th century England) and also (with and without spirits) other parodies and variations of or takes on this story.

Source: Various “A Christmas Carol” Film Adaptations (Also Includes Films with Non-Traditional Stories) – IMDb,

Besides the Christmas stories that are Biblical in origin, Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic telling of A Christmas Carol remains one of the longest-running, most-adapted, and most-relevant holiday tales to date. More than 170 years after the infamous miser-turned-do-gooder Ebenezer Scrooge entered our culture for the first time, there are still quite a few folks out there who could do with taking this timeless lesson to heart. I’d suggest they take the time to do what I did and watch 20 or so adaptations of A Christmas Carol until the moral sinks in, but the good-willed among you who don’t need a lesson from the spirits can check out our ranked list to see which version is most worthy of your time.

From the silent film that’s the oldest known theatrical adaptation in existence to the latest contemporary computer-animated feature film, A Christmas Carol has been presented in a number of different media over the decades. Each generation has enjoyed its own iteration of the classic tale, but our current generation has the unprecedented ability to access each and every one of those adaptations at a whim. With that in mind, here are 20 that should be on your watchlist.

Source: A Christmas Carol Adaptations Ranked from Worst to Best | College,

My favorites? I’m partial to Alastair Sim (1951), George C Scott (1984), Patrick Stewart (1991) and Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” (1988). I’m not fond of the 2009 computer-animated version that starred Jim Carrey. I also like the Muppet version and several animated versions.

I have watched two more versions this year: 1. “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (2017) with Dan Stevens which I recommend (“This 2017 addition to the canon of A Christmas Carol takes a different tack in that it follows Dickens himself, played by Dan Stevens, on his journey toward writing and publishing the timeless tale. Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and the familiar Ghosts of Christmas still make an appearance, but from a skewed perspective that takes quite a few liberties with Dickens’ life. In other words, it’s a fictionalized tale about a remarkable writer of fiction, and one that seems to borrow from the canon than it adds to it.”); and 2. “Mister Scrooge To See You” (2013), the Christian evangelical version which I do not recommend.

But my family incorporates “A Christmas Carol” into the holiday with more than just readings, film and theater. I decorate with it. My Christmas Village is a “Dickens’ Village,” and years ago I found a wonderful set of hand painted cloth figure ornaments by Gladys Boalt. (See below for that story. ) And I gifted some to my brother.

So clearly my family’s focus on the story is not unique. I googled “A Christmas Carol cultural significance.” And I found this:

This was Dickens’ main reason for writing A Christmas Carol. He wanted his readers to realise that, if they continued to deny poor children the necessities of life – such as food, shelter, warm clothing, healthcare and an education – they would grow up to become dangerous, violent adults. The child born in a workhouse who was not as fortunate as Oliver Twist, or the impoverished child who didn’t die young like Little Nell, would grow up to become another Bill Sikes, Fagin, Little Em’ly or Daniel Quilp.

Source: BBC – Culture – How did A Christmas Carol come to be?,

And this …


The book had two significant impacts on western culture. It is often said that Dickens invented the modern Christmas (there is even an upcoming film called The Man Who Invented Christmas, about the writing of the tale). That is an overstatement, but Dickens did help revitalize Christmas and set the foundation for the modern image of Christmas.

Christmas, as a celebration, has waxed and waned since the fourth century. In the 1640s, a movement within the Presbyterian Church, in Scotland, evolved into the Westminster Director (AKA Directory for Public Worship) which prohibited the celebration of Christmas and other festival days under the idea that the Bible only called for the observation of the Sabbath as a holy day.

“Ordered – that in the Directory for the Sabbath-day something be expressed against parish feasts, commonly called by the name of rushbearings, whitsunales, wakes, as profane and superstitious.” “Ordered – Being the only standing holy day under the new Testament to be kept by all the churches of Christ.” “Consider of something concerning holy days and holy places, and what course may be thought upon for the relief of servants (to meet to-morrow in the afternoon) wakes, and feasts, whitsunales, rushbearings, and garlands, and all such like superstitious customs.”

In 1660, when Charles I recovered the throne from those dastardly puritan parliamentarians, the Westminster Director was purged and Christmas was allowed to return, but it was muted.

The puritan Presbyterians took their bah humbug spirit to America and celebration of holy days other than the Sabbath was prohibited. Only in 1788 did they amend their standards to allow observation of “days of fasting and thanksgiving, as the extraordinary dispensations of divine providence may direct, we judge both scriptural and rational.” At the time of publication of A Christmas Carol, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Congregationalists in America were still begrudgingly tolerated mild acknowledgement of Christmas as a holiday.

Other religious groups were much more open to the celebration, but this fragmentation meant there was no common imagination of Christmas. Dickens drew such a vivid portrait idealizing Christmas traditions and practices and then distributed that depiction around the world. Readers were captivated and wanted their own piece of that world. He created a market for Christmas stories that would later make Santa Claus a household name. While certainly not shying from the Christian origins of the holiday, Dickens showed that the spirit of Christmas was one that could be shared by believers and non-believers alike – essentially creating the secular Christmas.

The other significant impact is the one Dickens set out to make when he wrote the story. At that Manchester speech, Dickens had spoken of ignorance and want. He was horrified by a world in which the poor and suffering were ignored and taken advantage of. He was horrified by the child labor situation in his country. When he has the Ghost of Christmas Present open his robe to reveal the two tiny children, Ignorance and Want, at his feet, Dickens was positing a progressive idea – the idea that employers are responsible for the welfare of their employees – that those who had benefited had a debt to those who had not. He states this more broadly when he has the ghost of Marley say:

“It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world—oh, woe is me!—and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!”

But the example Dickens uses is Scrooge’s responsibility to care for the well-being of his employee, Bob Cratchit, and Bob Cratchit’s family – particularly the infirm child, Tiny Tim.


Source: How “A Christmas Carol” Came to Be Such a Massively Important Cultural Touchstone,

And this …

[BEGIN QUOTE] The story was a foundational text for the distinctly Victorian version of Christmas which remains familiar today, with roast bird, festive cheer and homiletic tone.

Both the novella and this newspaper grew out of a period of intense political and economic turbulence. Rampant industrialisation was transforming Britain’s landscape; increasingly globalised trade had created new pressures, pitting established interests against a restive and maltreated working class. While The Economist was clear in its aim to champion free trade and classical liberalism, the ideological bent of “A Christmas Carol” was more equivocal.

Many of the Victorian readers who drove the book’s initial popularity were drawn by its amenability to Biblical allegory, more than any perceived political message. By the Edwardian era, it was largely read as a whimsical children’s story. It was only in the 20th century that “A Christmas Carol” was taken up by literary critics who attempted to parse its political subtext. Its economic ideas are valuable, too. [BEGIN QUOTE]

Source: The economic sensibilities of “A Christmas Carol” – Ghost Domestic Product,

And Charlotte has a new event:

Take a break from shopping and come sip some cider with us and celebrate the true spirit of the holidays. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (, Charlotte Center for Literary Arts (, and Charlotte Film Society ( are partnering on a terrific new event this year: a read-aloud of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, paired with a film screening of the book’s famous 1951 adaptation starring Alastair Sim.

Source: Caroling, Cider, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! | ImaginOn,’-christmas-carol

So using Dickens’ closing words:

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”


There is a side story about the Gladys Boalt hand painted ornaments. I first saw them when I was visiting NYC with my sister in 1983. They were an “exclusive” to a small quilt shop. We both fell in love with them. She bought Scrooge, but I was too poor or too cheap or both.

An experienced needleworker and fabric store owner, Gladys Boalt had already been creating wonderful boutique items for an exclusive New York shop when she was asked to try her hand at creating soft-sculpture Christmas ornaments. More than twenty years later Ms. Boalt is the proud creator of an exclusive line of historically accurate, highly-detailed figural ornaments that are so inspired, they have even been chosen to adorn the White House Christmas tree. 

Each Boalt ornament is a small work of art involving as many as fifty separate steps. Completely hand-sewn by talented members of Ms. Boalt’s New England women’s cooperative, the little figures and tiny costumes are complete with authentic period details. Gladys Boalt personally hand paints every face, then signs and dates each piece.

Source: Gladys Boalt Collection,

Now skip forward almost 20 years … I was living in Chicago and I visiting with new neighbors, Kate and Ralph Russell, and Kate had the Gladys Boalt A Christmas Carol ornaments! I had never seen them again. She had bought them while on her honeymoon during the same time period in NYC in the same quilt shop that I had originally seen them, and she knew the shop’s name, The Gazebo. So with the modern Internet I was able to find the shop and they still sold them. But in addition, there were exclusive retailers in Chicago and Atlanta. So I got my set of the ornaments.

Gladys Boalt ornaments are completely handmade in the USA. The designs are traditional, as interpreted by Gladys Boalt. All Boalt Ornaments share certain unique characteristics. Some of these include:

  • Individually handpainted and hand-shaped faces with incredible detailing that gives characterization to muslin and stuffing.

  • Sewn and painted body detail.

  • Sewn, painted and applied clothing, always in the style of the period or of the story book characterization.

  • Every Boalt ornament is signed and copyright dated.

  • The charm of all ornaments is at least partially found in their existence in memory, as well as their elusiveness, appearing, as they do, out of hiding each year to make Christmas memories.

Source: Our Products : WeedHouse, Gladys Boalt Ornaments,

And I found this:


11.23.18 … “For in grief nothing ‘stays put.’ Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?” – C.S. Lewis

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden @ Hobart Park – Davidson NC:

Today is Black Friday. I had no interest in real shopping or cyber shopping. I made my favorite breakfast and read the paper. I did the sudoku puzzle and read a book.

And then I dragged Albert to Davidson to walk its labyrinth.

As I entered the town I noticed the yellow ribbons everywhere. Patrick Braxton-Andrew, one of Davidson’s own, was killed October 28 in Mexico. He grew up here, he went to college here, and he taught and lived here as adult. The drug cartel thought he was a DEA agent. My heart aches for his family. I did not know him, but I pray for peace for his family, his friends and his many communities. Here are some links:

And then I smiled. As I turned onto Main Street I saw the trees aglow with color. I had to pinch myself. I sometimes think it really can’t be as beautiful as a I remember it. Today it was.

The labyrinth walk was quick. I heard the rustling leaves and enjoyed the zen fountain which I am sure will be turned off soon. I don’t think Albert much liked the walk …

But all in all a nice day to enjoy the labyrinth.

And here is a quote I found on grief and the labyrinth. It was posted by Matthew McEwen at Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth Public Group | FacebookFacebook › groups › Chartres-Cathedral-… on November 16, 2018.

I am taking a course on grief, and discovered that there are a number of counselors who use a labyrinth in their practice. I attended this event by Oasis (York Region, Ontario, Canada).

I also recently finished reading “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis. Here’s a comment from that book that links his experience with grief & labyrinths: “Tonight all the hells of young grief have opened up again; the mad words, the bitter resentment, the fluttering in the stomach, the nightmare unreality, the wallowed-in tears. For in grief nothing ‘stays put.’ Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?”

Happy Thanksgiving to all …



10.27.18 … even if you feel nothing, see nothing …

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Morning Star Lutheran Chapel, Mathews NC:

It has been raining for a day and today it is blustery and wet again.

I’m spending the day visiting labyrinths. I had considered a day drive to Asheville to see the fall leaves, but I don’t think today would be a good day.

So here are a few shots of this favorite labyrinth.

And since I did some research this summer on Julian of Norwich and am a bit melancholy today, I found this in my saved quotes file:

“Pray, even if you feel nothing, see nothing. For when you are dry, empty, sick, or weak. At such a time is your prayer most pleasing to God, even though you may find little joy in it. This is true of all believing prayer.” – Julian of Norwich



8.14.18 … “who lived in pilgrimage from right now to the wondrous not yet”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ – Charlotte NC:

My labyrinth walking companion and I ventured across town to this lovely labyrinth. It was a second walk for me and a first for Toni.

As we walked in under the chime tower, the intentionality of every aspect of the garden jumped at me: the memorial bricks in the walkways, the 3 distinct circular areas, the memorial benches, the multitude of random cairns (intentional and random, an oxymoron?), the vine arbors, the hiking trails, the vintage baptismal font and, of course, the labyrinth.

Since our last walk together had focused on whether quiet and stillness were necessary for an optimal labyrinth, we reassessed the issue here. Although this church has extensive wooded areas, the noise from Harris Blvd., a virtual highway, was constant, and we as experienced walkers could shut it out. Could a newcomer to labyrinths?

I again noticed all the details here, the stuff. Today the writings on the benches and the cairns, many, many cairns jumped at me. The antique baptismal font is a nice touch. Today it was a mosquito breeder.

I was amazed at the number of engraved bricks. These were important to Toni as she is planning a legacy labyrinth at her church.

The labyrinth was difficult to see because there was not enough contrast between path and walls. Today the shade/not shade played with me. And it was very difficult to see the path in this light.

I did hear the cicadas and air traffic noises and the constant din of Harris Blvd.

This labyrinth is about 40 minutes from my home, and despite being only 7 circuits, it was well worth a visit because of the clear intentionality by this congregation to make a sacred space.

And I still like this memorial bench:

In loving memory of … who lived in pilgrimage from right now to the wondrous not yet.”


And a few quotes that caught my attention:

I ran across the great intro to labyrinths: Walking into Stillness: Encountering the Labyrinth on Vimeo …

“It may feel like stillness created through movement.”

I ran across the great intro to labyrinths: Walking into Stillness: Encountering the Labyrinth on Vimeo,


And a recent conversation reminded me of Chicago’s oversized softballs …

I get it, Chicago. We are a prideful people who love the things that make us us: The lakefront. Deep-dish pizza. Da Bears. Marshall Field‘s (RIP). And 16-inch softball.

While I will steer away from the argument of which version of softball is best — 12-inch, 14-inch or 16-inch (I’ve played in all three leagues) — what is clear is that 16-inch softball just isn’t worth Nate’s sort of fallout.

Sixteen-inch softball crosses the threshold of what can be considered “reasonable risk.” — Josh Noel

Source: Quit 16-inch softball; your fingers will thank you – Chicago Tribune,


7.31.18 … and to all a good night …

Driving Mama Lindsay …

Today was a little different. We headed out to Westview Cemetery via I 85, the Connector and I 20. Once in Westview, we drove straight to Daddy’s grave. Although I did not ask her, I wonder if it bothers her to know that this will be her last resting place. For those of you who knew my dad, do you get the epitaph? I remember that the lady who took the order did not get it.

After Westview, we headed downtown and took a spin around the Georgia State Capitol. I enjoyed all the statues including the newest of MLKjr. My great grandfather, grandfather and brother have all served in the Georgia Legislature.

After the capitol, we headed north on Peachtree St. I pointed out Edward’s current office building Suntrust Plaza, and I noted the modern lions on the Marquis Building. I’ve never seen a modern take on classic lions.

And then we drove north. I focused my commentary on the churches along our route, first Central Presbyterian near the Capitol, then First Methodist (Ann DeRosa, were you married here?), St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (so may friends were married here), North Avenue Presbyterian Church (my family’s church and where I was married), First Presbyterian Church (where I attended preschool and where I remember going to Christmas Eve services in high school and College) and the small public library nearby, Peachtree Christian Church (beautiful Tiffany windows), and the Temple. We also talked about the Fox Theater and the Woodruff Arts Center.

Then a drive through Brookwood Hills and of course a viewing of 139 Brighton.

Next we went to Arby’s and “enjoyed” their roast beef sandwiches and a coke float.

And finally, back to Lenbrook.



7.14.18 … “Religion, at the mature level, used meditation, contemplation, and silence, recognizing we have to clear away the normal dualistic mind (either/or, black/white) which is not adequate to the mystery.” Source: Richard Rohr: Becoming Stillness – Stillness Speaks, 

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC:

I needed to vent…so instead I walked.

RELEASE…Crows cawing, crunch, crunch, crunch… traffic

RECEIVE … more crows, add cicadas, more traffic

RETURN … and integrate … still agitated.

Well, I tried.

So here is my quote for today:

“Religion, at the mature level, used meditation, contemplation, and silence, recognizing we have to clear away the normal dualistic mind (either/or, black/white) which is not adequate to the mystery.”

Source: Richard Rohr: Becoming Stillness – Stillness Speaks,

Tony Snow, #itsagreatdaytobeawildcat: Tony Snow was a Davidson grad. At our 25th reunion in 2007, Tony spoke at the all alum event. He was able to come because he was on leave (and at this point, he thought he had beat the cancer and was returning to the White House shortly.) We stayed at the Guest House with our kids, and he did also. He was so engaging and seemed genuinely interested in every one he met.

Dana Perino posted this in connection with the 10th anniversary of Tony”s death. It’s worth your time. Source: Dana Perino: Ten years after Tony Snow died much too young, I remember the important things he taught me | Fox News,

And another book recommendation, but I am not sure who recommended it: Susan Rivers’ “The Second Mrs. Hockaday.”

And anyone seen a great movie? I’m still loving my MoviePass, but am wary of surge pricing. MoviePass isn’t paying more.


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