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Isabella
As close to Finland as you can get in the US-Michigan UP
"“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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The biggest challenge for these banners is in finding a variety of purple fabrics from light to dark. I wanted red-violet for Lent and blue-violet for Advent. Once again I had to add a wash of paint to slightly alter the color of a couple of the fabrics https://playfulstitching.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/more-church-banners/ Continue reading
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"The biggest challenge for these banners is in finding a variety of purple fabrics from light to dark. I wanted red-violet for Lent and blue-violet for Advent. Once again I had to add a wash of paint to slightly alter the color of a couple of the fabrics" https://playfulstitching.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/more-church-banners/ Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at LOST IN WONDER LOVE AND PRAISE
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Round here she's slipping through my hands, originally uploaded by Lacking Focus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at If Only This Could Be Said
Isabella is now following Laurie Luck
Nov 17, 2014
Isabella is now following Laurie Luck
Nov 17, 2014
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On 17 November 2014 at 4:16 PM... “Gratefulness -being able -Emily, just the way she is -the first snowfall of the winter ” Captured with Momento – http://momentoapp.com Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at OF THE KINGDOM
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Captured on 17 November 2014 at 4:13 PM with Momento – http://momentoapp.com Sent from my iPhone Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at OF THE KINGDOM
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"FAR FROM MEANING OUR OWN SUFFERING DOESN'T MATTER...it’s rather the case that all SUFFERING MATTERS and can unite the afflicted into a giant collective, who might – when they have time to look up from their own sorrows – FEEL PITY FOR ONE ANOTHER. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at If Only This Could Be Said
Thanks so much for your prayers and kind words. I think I am about to embark on another journey where I learn that I don't know nearly as much as I thought....and that it's really impossible to know much truth but LOVE.
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It's 5am and I've got a few songs, a few poems and a few posts rambling around in my brain. On my blog dashboard there is a "Quick Post" to just write something fast and send it off with all the preset formatting, even attachments...but I am stopped short, just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at If Only This Could Be Said
thank you, thank you for this video.
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this has given me some good ideas. I have been in the hospital recently and I have been away from my service dog and away from our normal routine. So you have given me some very valuable way to deal with problems that have developed due to just not practicing and being with someone other than me. The extra special snacks are a great idea sine someone sent me home-made jerky which is not on my approved diet.
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MUSIC, STROKES, HEAT-DISEASE, BELL'S PALSY AND READJUSTING TO AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE Not many people know what has been going on and why this blog, which I had such high hopes for, didn’t quite make it off the ground. I have been blogging, but in other places…like “Mended Hearts Heart Disease... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at If Only This Could Be Said
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9. Not Out of Frivolity -From A Theological Treatise byCzeslaw Milosz Not out of frivolity, most reverend theologians, I busied myself with the secret knowledge of many centuries, but out of the pain in my heart when I looked out at the atrocity of the world. If God is all-powerful,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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7. I Always Liked -From A Theological Treatise byCzeslaw Milosz I always liked Mickiewicz, though I didn’t know why. Then I realized that he was writing in cipher. And that this was a rule of poetry, The distance between what we know and what we reveal. It’s what’s inside the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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6. In Vain -From A Theological Treatise byCzeslaw Milosz Either gods are omnipotent and, judging by the world they created, not good; or they are good, and the world slipped from their hands, and so they are not omnipotent. — The School of Epicurus Six years old. I felt horror... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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5. A Burden -From A Theological Treatise byCzeslaw Milosz Mickiewicz - why dabble with him if he has been sufficiently accommodated to every day use. Changed into a can of preserves which shows, when opened, a flickering film about old Poland. And Roman Catholicism, is it not better to leave... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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4. I Apologize I apologize, most reverend theologians, for a tone not befitting the purple of your robes. I thrash in the bed of my style, searching for a comfortable position, not too sanctimonious, not too mundane. There must be a middle place between abstraction and childishness where one can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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3. I Am Not -From: A Theological Treatise byCzeslaw Milosz I am not, and I do not want to be, a possessor of the truth. Wandering on the outskirts of heresy is about right for me. In order to avoid what people call ‘the serenity of faith,’ Which is, after... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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2. A Poet Who Was Baptized -From A Theological Treatise byCzeslaw Milosz A poet who was baptized in the country church of a Catholic parish. And encountered difficulties with his fellow believers. He tried to guess what was going on in their heads. He suspected an inveterate lesion of humiliation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
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Tonight while watching the 'Live Nativity' at our church I was struck by the utter simplicity of it all; how concrete and REAL it all was. And I recalled reading (many times) Czeslaw's poem, A Theological Treatise. In particular, these lines "Let reality return to our speech. That is, meaning.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
Thank you reading/watching and for your comment. Most men wouldn't even bother reading it, let alone listening to it, seeing it as a sideways swipe at them. Some might even call file it under feminism or 'female machismo' (don't quite understand the Pope's term, but something might be lost in the translation. (Sure hope he doesn't mean something akin to a certain conservative talk personality's femi-nazi). I, your wife, my daughters, your daughter have been treated as if they are less than; and they have struggled with what they have been told about how they fit into God's creation.. I can guarantee you that and I can guarantee you they have probably told you very little of their doubts if they have told you anything at all. I spoken with young women in conservative churches; I have been a woman is a conservative church where the place of women, the 'theology' of woman is set in stone and the underlying message plants doubts about their whose image they were created and about their wholeness as human beings I think I know you, reading your blogs and comment on other blogs; I feel like I have made your journey journey into orthodoxy and especially into western rite along with you. My journey, like yours was a love story with beauty, tradition, reverence, liturgy, music all resting on the Rock of Truth. My encounter with God, not as a personal experience, but as part of a 'people' of the inheritance' began a journey of a truer conversion than I ever could have imagined. So why do I constantly struggle while you continue to thrive? I have physically returned to my Lutheran roots, but my soul still lives and breathes orthodoxy. Boy am I rambling in far off places; not sure if you even have an inkling about why a poem about the ontological essence of womanhood has to do with this, but it does. I don't know If you have any idea what I am talking about or are even interested in what being woman AND a convert to orthodoxy has anything to do why you flourish found it easy to lay deep roots and for me became a struggle that broke me, is breaking me. If not, just ignore the bulk of my comment and just skip to this- thank you so much for the comment and I am glad to know a man who has taken time to try to understand what is in the heart of a woman. If not, just ignore the bulk of my comment and just skip to this- Thank you so much for the comment and I am glad to know a man who has taken time to try to understand what is in the heart of a woman.
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Extending a comment I made over at Bilgrimage about the nature of sexuality, relationships and complementarianism. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said
I dedicate this poem to my 2 daughters, THE TYPE by Sarah Kay If you grow up the type of woman men want to look at, You can let them look at you. But do not mistake eyes for hands or windows of mirrors. Let them see what a woman looks like; They may never have seen one before If you grow up the type of woman men want to touch, You can let them touch you. Sometimes it not you they are reaching for; Sometimes it is a bottle, a door, a sandwhich, a Pulitzer, another woman; But there hands found you first. Do not mistake yourself for a guardian or a muse or a promise or a victim or a snack. You are a woman; Skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors, not apologies, not excuses. If you grow up the type of woman men want to hold, You can let them hold you. All day they practice keeping their bodies upright. Even after all this evolving It still feels unatural; Still strains the muscles, holds firm the arms and spine. Only some men want to know what if feels like To curl themselves into a question mark Around you; Admit they do not have the answers they thought they would. But some men will want to hold you Like THE ANSWER. You are not THE ANSWER. You are not the problem. You’re not the poem, the punchline or the riddle or the joke. Woman, If you grow up the type of woman men want to love You can let them love you. Being loved is not the same thing as loving. When you fall in love, It is discovering the ocean; After years of puddle-jumping, It is realizing you... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 13, 2013 at HAUNTED BY THE HOLY GHOST
I dedicate this poem to my 2 daughters, THE TYPE by Sarah Kay If you grow up the type of woman men want to look at, You can let them look at you. But do not mistake eyes for hands or windows of mirrors. Let them see what a woman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at If Only This Could Be Said