Thursday, July 30, 2009
Go to 1:08 for the horse diving video
I took some girls out for dinner tonight, part of a family that is quite close to the youth group I work with. One of the middle ones, about to go into sixth grade, is completely horse crazy. I never fully went through that stage, as any dreams about having a pony in the front yard were squelched by looking at our rickety yellow picket fence. The conversation invariably turns to horses whenever she's around. On our way out of Longhorn Steakhouse, we passed by a photo of a woman diving off of a platform on a horse. I'd never seen anything so melancholy and beautiful and frightening. The sixth grader calmly informed me that horse diving actually happens and is a legitimate sport. She looked at me with disappointment: "You've seen 'Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken,' right?" No...
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My old roommate Rachel and I went to the Pitchfork music festival in Chicago this past weekend. It was hipsterville, USA, up there. "Hipster," as defined by urbandictionary (it's a really long definition) includes never wanting to be called a hipster: "
Friday, July 24, 2009
The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification is a document created by and agreed to by clerical representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999, as a result of extensive ecumenical dialogue, ostensibly resolving the conflict over the nature of justification which was at the root of the Protestant Reformation.
The Churches acknowledged that the excommunications relating to the doctrine of justification set forth by the Roman Catholic Council of Trent do not apply to the teachings of the Lutheran churches set forth in the text; likewise, the churches acknowledged that the condemnations set forth in the Lutheran Confessions do not apply to the Catholic teachings on justification set forth in the document. Confessional Lutherans, such as the International Lutheran Council and the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference, reject the Declaration.
On July 18, 2006, members of the World Methodist Council, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, voted unanimously to adopt this document as well.
- So the Catholic church is cool with Justification by Faith alone, since 1999. And said sorry for all that excommunication business that happened after the Reformation. This is good to know...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Calliope was the muse of epic poetry.
Clio was the muse of history.
Erato was the muse of love poetry.
Euterpe was the muse of music.
Melpomene was the muse of tragedy.
Polyhymnia was the muse of sacred poetry.
Terpsichore was the muse of dance.
Thalia was the muse of comedy.
Urania was the muse of astronomy.
Monday, July 20, 2009
- from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Quelquun ma dit - Carla Bruni
I'll stop short of saying it's all about this moment, but there are a lot of things about this generation that inform it. Cinematically, romantic comedies are born of a different era, when America was wrapping up the frontier era: If you're not happy in one place, you go find your fortune someplace else, so there's this happily-ever-after thing. I think nowadays you can't escape, so you're forced to have more nuanced, lasting relationships with people. I think people are more comfortable now with not having a happily ever "
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
However, I have a harder time not talking about general human instances of trouble or struggle. These seem normal to me and I expect for everyone to assume that certain bad things are happening with everyone. Everyone has family issues, everyone struggles with their faith in God.
But I still get embarrassed when people talk about my love life. But I still feel like this should be out in the open, to a certain extent. Being seen as a fool is part of life.
A friend at L’Abri told me that the best thing for us would be for our sins to be covered on the evening news every day.
I was raised by two members of a generation and of a culture that treasured secrecy, the value of appearance, and a certain level of politeness and propriety. I have reacted by thinking that most of those things are silly and distracting.
What’s the balance to this?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Support whatever hobbies they're into.
Have a huge family tree on the wall with pictures.
Apologize and ask forgiveness from them.
Save up money to send them to really good schools.
Go to garage sales for their clothes and toys.
Give them toys that help them do other things and are not goals in themselves - like a rebounder, balls, boxes, wheely carts
Let them argue with you and explain why you decide to do things.
If you fight with your husband in front of them, resolve the fight in front of them.
Practice hospitality in front of them, to their friends and to those in need in the church.
Everyone does chores.
Kids cook meals when they're able and interested.
Let them get summer jobs. Or better yet, volunteer to take care of old people in the church.
Make them drive really crappy cars.
Ask other people's advice about raising my kids.
Expose your kids to a wide range of music.
Expose your kids to a wide range of ideas and talk about them.
Expose your kids to a wide range of people - and talk about it.
Send your kids to a non-Christian school.
Let your kids do whatever they want with their hair and talk through the consequences.
Try to do cloth diapers.
Just blend up your own food and feed it to your baby.
Read widely yourself.
If we have a TV, only let them watch movies and public access tv and don't have a tv be the center of any room
Walk around in your underwear and use the right anatomy words.
Have a garden with a compost pile.
one extremely frightening thing that happened last week was that a member of generation 3, close to one year old, would sometimes (i witnessed this twice) get so angry and upset that she would stop breathing while walking towards her mother. her little face would turn purple and she would PASS OUT. her mom would hold her and laugh and blow in her face until she woke up. wtf.