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I'm so glad I read this today, when my name day is tomorrow - St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer. Thank you for the thought that "A saint, then, is the most beautiful achievement of the Holy Trinity in all of Creation." I love the verse in Psalms (Ps 90 in KJV) that seems to go along with this, "And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it."
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2016 on golf, beauty and all saints at Second Terrace
I have loved Dillard, too; the last thing I read was For the Time Being. After that, I wrote that I wearied of her always seeking -- I should have noted, always seeing -- and never coming to a knowledge of the Truth. But you are better, and did not say "always" "stops at where she needs to go." One of these times she may keep going. I was still a Protestant when I first read her, and in one of her books I read a passage about her amazement that in church, when God was among us, we could be so careless and nonchalant and unaware. That thought never left me. She became a Roman Catholic for a while. I wonder if she has experienced an Orthodox service.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2016 on annie dillard, here and there at Second Terrace
Well! That was invigorating. Our homily this morning on the Samaritan woman was shorter than the usual, probably because the gospel passage was so long. Our priest said that when he was an altar boy it was their least favorite Sunday of the year because they had to stand so long, but now that he is an adult he hangs on every word. I felt the same way this morning, hearing how the woman's life was changed and she became a worshiper and an evangelist. Christ revealed so much to her - He must have known she had the ears and the heart to hear. I will print out your post because it's also that long that I will benefit by reading it in print form as well. And I want to savor some of the many pithy lines again, like: "[seeking God] is the essence of your rationality" and many others. Thank you, thank you.
Thank you for the tribute and lucid description of the scene. My late husband was a nurse himself, and in his last months we were both loved and cared for by many nurses who, as you say, bore the hands of Christ. It seems that you also were carrying His presence into that blessed place.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2016 on a VA holiday at Second Terrace
I have read the essay, "Politics" etc... printed it off the Internet and bound it -- but it's been a long time, and I would like to revisit it. It will be a joy. Thank you for the reminder and exhortation!!
Yes, I read The Kitchen Madonna - that one didn't make as big an impression on me as the ones about dolls, and even those I feel that I need to read all over again before I can write anything of substance about them. With all that was going on in my life at the time, they were a kind of escape reading -- good literature but not too demanding ;-)
I'm sorry I was too preoccupied to join this discussion in a timely manner, but here I am, late but enthusiastic! Last year about this time I was devouring Rumer Godden's books, especially her children's books. They seemed to be just what I needed during the period when my husband was newly diagnosed with terminal cancer (he died in March this year.) Decades ago, the first books I had read by her were In This House of Brede followed immediately by A Time to Dance. I was fascinated by her, and her books were somehow soothing and nourishing even back then. While I was reading all of those children's books I found a book at the library in which she is interviewed along with other "creators of children's literature," The Pied Pipers by White and Fisher. The discussion is not limited to the children's books, however. She mentions Black Narcissus and how bad she thought the movie was. That was a relief to me, because I have only seen the movie and could not believe she would have written the story as it was portrayed. In the interview she also talks about Episode of Sparrows and how she realized after it was published that she should not have given it a happy ending; it did not fit, and she thought it ruined the story. I still hope that some day I will get my book-reviewing powers back, so that I can figure out what makes her children's books so appealing and satisfying to me. There is good character development (even though they are mostly about dolls!). Another thing I noticed is that the adults are generally portrayed as helpful and understanding people, or at least kind-hearted. It puzzles me that I never discovered them when I had my own children to read to. I think the average child of today, with a short attention span, might find them very long and slow. But I read The Doll's House over the course of a few days with my 11-yr-old granddaughter and that was lovely. Godden said in her interview that it is a murder mystery. The Story of Holly and Ivy I read in one sitting to my 5-yr-old grandson last Christmas, and he was captivated, though it took 40 minutes to get through. I heartily recommend that book for this season of the year, if you don't already know about it. It has so many elements that add up to the perfect Christmas story, in my estimation. Thank you all for adding to my mind's store of Godden fodder. One friend to whom I lent my (unread) copy of China Court thought it excellent, so maybe that will be my next delicious exploration, likely to be sooner because of your reminders of her gifts. And thank you for letting me ramble on here. God bless you!
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