Archive of ‘artists’ category
Am I the only one who missed the San Diego ‘Fireworks Bust’? What words would you use to describe this? Mine are ‘stunning,’ ‘apocalyptic,’ ‘Oh, shoooooooo-tt. Your fireworks went blast.”
Wanta write? Tell a story to entertain youngsters. (Yes, you will need to hide all technical devices and perhaps offer anti-anxiety meds to get them to sit still and listen.) I never knew before the story of the creation of Alice in Wonderland.
Finally, for those who caught the the quote from Spurgeon’s fascinating sermon on Matthew 26, and Jesus’ anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane and want to take 15 (longer if you stop to think about it:-) to read the whole thing, “The Garden of the Soul”
One of the hazards of blogs for readers is that we stop reading full stories of any kind. So today I’m sharing just two Friday Faves; both are short stories.
The first, called “Dos Palabras,” by Isabel Allende, is a delightful Latin American literary piece about the transformational power of words. I had to read it for Spanish class this week, but I leaned heavily in the English translation. I’m including links to both versions, because I’m pretty sure the Spanish version is better:-).
The second story is a Raymond Carver classic, a redemption story about tragedy, hatred, reconciliation and love. (A caution – some strong language used for literary purposes.)
A Small Good Thing
Why not take twenty to thirty minutes to read some good literature today? If you do, please post comments on what you thought of the story or stories. The only thing better than reading is sharing our responses to it. To share comments on the Living Story Facebook page, click
Having experienced some of these losses in the past few months, I’d love to write and write about my response to this article about “losing your voice,”, but since I don’t have that much writing stamina right now, I’ll just suggest you read this article and imagine how someone who thinks about our constant struggle with performance idolatry someone who sees grief as a holy emotion might view this challenge. Losing Voice( If you aren’t aware, Christopher Hitchens is a great writer and perhaps one of the world’s better-known atheists, author of the book, God Is Not Good.)
Getting excited about next week’s Gospel Coalition for women, I’ve been reading blogs from various speakers. I really liked this one by Noel Piper, who stayed at our house with her husband and two children almost 17 years ago during a hurricane, though that’s another story:-). I hope to get to reconnect with her at the conference. That’s Not Fair
In the just plain fascinating category – Monday Dots on a website devoted to helping create great presentations: Garr Reynolds and Jeff Monday
Because we all need cookies sometimes. And these are the.best.ever. Reina Cookies
I realized last week that I couldn’t leave books out of my “faves,” since I’m usually reading several books at one time. All of these books are well worth the time, so pick one and dive in.
Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III em>Cry of the Soul: emotions and the Psalms. A short quote; click to read the rest:
“Fear distorts our perception of ourselves so that we seem weaker than we really are. It distorts the size of our problems so that they seem huge and undefeatable. But perhaps most significantly, fear distorts our picture of God.”
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces, a novel about love, shame, betrayal, and reconciliation. “I was with book as woman is with child.”
Mark Helprin, The Pacific and Other Stories. Helprin, crafter of exquisite stories, writes of restoration and hope. One of my all-time favorite stories, “Monday,” about renewing 9-11 wreckage is in this collection. One great line from the story “Perfection”: “If Ruth could, among the alien corn, begin the line in Judah that led to David, then what was not possible here, and what would not be disallowed?” To read another quote, click here
Chris Cleave,Little Bee, a redemption tale dealing with persecution, freedom, horror and hope…this is a real “heart-stretcher.” One quote:
“I could not stop talking because now I had started my story, it wanted to be finished. We cannot choose where to start and stop. Our stories are the tellers of us. ”
Something for everyone here: chocolate chips, rescue story, stunning paintings, letter to the future church, censorship versus editing.
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History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie
Stunning Rescue Story
Don’t miss these stunning paintings of British royalty
really cool letter to the future church!
for all of us: censorship versus editing