Thursday, August 18, 2011

Awesome/Not Awesome

AWESOME

 +++This article by Rachel held Evans--What she'll do to keep from going crazy during the 2012 election season. 

+++I recently found Kinfolk Magazine (one of the contributors--Carissa Gallo-- is the niece of dear friends). I love the images, the words, and this little video that they have on their "manifesto" page is really lovely.  I mostly love these words, "We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love....Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends."

+++And in the same vein, I've been longing to get my hands on a copy of Tim Chester's new book, A Meal with Jesus.  And tonight (I'm adding this AWESOME at the end of the day) a friend who just finished reading it, lent me his copy.  The subtitle for the book is this:  Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table.  Dishes, and then a little reading before bed. 

+++Have you heard of the KeepCup?  It's a barista standard reusable coffee cup that you can design yourself (even if you don't buy one, it's fun to go play around with all the color combos--I guess I don't get out much).

+++A little girl's letter to her parents about why she was running away CRACKS me up, but the article about it has me thinking.  I'm guilty...many times over (not that I haven't already seen therapy sessions in my kids' futures).

+++I found this absolutely gorgeous blog.  The pictures "move" and I sure can't figure out how it's done, but I know I love it.  Take a peek at this cinemagraph and this one.

+++Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Long Good-bye says in an interview about her book, "In my mother’s final months of life—she died in 2008 at the age of 55—I drove back and forth from my home in Brooklyn to hers in Connecticut, and then from her home to the hospital, listening to music – either my iPod or the "Fairfield Fox" radio station, as I think it was called. And so my grief came to have a kind of soundtrack. Some of the songs were a little cheesy and old, others were songs on albums just coming out, such as Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago. Mostly it was while listening to music driving alone at night through the wintry New York streets or through the dry desert in Texas that I connected to the sublimity of loss – its largeness, the way it can bring us face to face with our deeper human condition. Our lives are so minute and our love so monumental (to each of us, at least). Songs were one of the ways I could experience both beauty and anguish at the same time, and in that way they helped me find a path through sorrow.

I love that bit at the end.  You can see her playlist here if you want to.  

+++And speaking of music, this simple, happy little song

NOT AWESOME

+++the kids start back to school two weeks from today.  I'm not ready for that.  Time, please slow down a tad.

+++I saw Kanon Tipton on the Today Show the other day.  The whole thing made me uneasy.  Sure, it's pretty cute that a 21-month old little boy can mimic his dad like that, but now that he's 4 and getting up to preach (or is it scream and jump around?) and people are calling him a preacher and actually listening to him as if he has something profitable to say about life and sin...well, he doesn't even know what he's saying, and I don't think I'd really keep encouraging that if I were his parent.  It's just a form of play (and that's fine... at home), but it shouldn't be called a God-given talent and put on display in front of a congregation.