tag : bright yellow-green apples: March 2006

"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

catchup



All visitors welcome

Apologies for the lack of updates of late - as if you really missed them! The home computer's been broken, and never gets beyond the welcome message before freezing. Apparently this is a virus, though I feel really short-changed by the lack of dripping screen blood and copying of my email address book by worms. I demand a proper virus.

Well, this past handful of weeks have been unusually social. I waved off Mary again, after a lovely weekend playing tour guide to my home area – introducing her to family, locale sights, and friends (thanks to Martin, Heather, and, later, Ed, for a charming day spent looking for ducks, eating chip mountains, and watching Daddy G’s alarming forehead on videos), of all which she proceeded to describe as "cute". Kudos. Though this is topped by Yvonne, who came up to visit and see the Derby sights with her charming fiancée Nathan a few weeks ago, who coos and extols the virtues of my "perfect little life".

It only remains for me to step thoroughly into the mainstream and declare that When You Wasn’t Famous is not only The Street’s best single to date, but also a fine bit of pop music. Even if the title is as deceiving as Justin Timberlake’s Like I Love You, in promising witheringly ironic personal sarcasm and instead delivering some jolly dittyish humour.

Friday, March 03, 2006

lent: dust and reflection



We're currently in Lent, whatever that means for you. I often find it can easily become a bit aimless - though I am trying some structured devotions, including prayers from an old Catholic spiritual book, that I found in Matlock's Save The Children, called The Key of Heaven. And so am grateful for a some helpful defining by Maggi Dawn:

"If our Lenten Fast is understood well, it will relieve us of the need to try harder, achieve more, feel worthy. It will ground us in the firm and unshakeable knowledge that we are human - we are but dust, and to dust we shall return - but that to be human is enough, under the loving gaze of God."

Keep an eye on Hopeful Imagination, as they're running special daily reflections for the season and you're likely to find some interesting and clever responces to the spiritual themes Lent throws up in each of us.

I'd also reccomend these reflections on the Wilderness pictures, by Stanley Spencer, sensitively ad intelligently depicting Jesus' 40 days in the desert.