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Great post. Whilst often frustrated with our politicians lack of grace or leading on behalf of the whole community, a brief drive through the area which are their bedrock of electoral support provides a quick and unwelcome reminder that they are hamstrung by the electorate, particularly in areas which are almost universally orange or green. The familial and societal reinforcement of entrenched grievances and fears of "the other", often without the tempering of personal experience or friendship across the political divide, is a really hard nut to crack. The whole thing is a positive feedback loop which needs to be broken if we are to move forward. We need an outpouring of Grace in our ghetto communities, and we have to continue to think creatively how to bring that about. Those of us living in comfortable middle class suburbs are ill equipped to persuade those with different life experiences and backgrounds.
Very reminiscent of The Tune (wonder what it'd sound like if it had one!) - which is only a "very good" thing. :-)
“But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?' Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself. 'My son, my son,' said Aslan. 'I know. Grief is great.”
Thanks for this. Magician's Nephew is my fave. I find Lewis' Theodicy in it very helpful (Digory's mother dying). Also, and pertinent to my next point “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” Interesting Yin and Yang in Hebrews 11. Might be worth digging into further in a future post. The righteous/just live by faith, which at times leads them to risk a great deal, and sometimes resulted in torture and death (as you have pointed out), but not sure if I'd call "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" recklessness, any more than I would with Jesus' obedience to death. I don't think we're supposed to be reckless with our lives any more than we are supposed to be with the planet. Surely the issue is that we're supposed to be obedient (by faith). The same faith at times leads others to safety. Examples in Hebrews 11 of the latter are Enoch (who escaped death), Noah (who built a big boat to protect his family), Moses (whose parents hid him in a basket for protection, and who subsequently gained protection for a time by being presented as Pharoah's son), Israel which was protected in Passover and subsequently led to safety through the sea from their oppressors, and Rahab who escaped the death that others around her suffered.
Fantastic. Great shots, nice soundtrack. Looks like it was just great. Thanks for posting.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on Flipside Weekend 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Yep. Great performances indeed. Interesting to hear how the timing/speed drifts at times (?dylan-imposed) yet at all times they stay together. I didn't have the bootleg and I imagine this is better quality, but the commercial recording falls short of the high fidelity claim on the cover. That doesn't get in the way of it being a worthy addition to the collection, and one I'll keep coming back to.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2016 on DYLAN & PETTY - LIVE IN RADIO '86 at SOUL SURMISE
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Slicer loves physics, and the window it opens on the cosmos and the world we inhabit [Did I mention that before? ;-)]. In my excitement, I even momentarily reverted to that old 3rd person thing... I don't understand the maths, and have only a cursory understanding of the significance, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
The Slicer is now following Lstitzinger
Feb 5, 2016
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If I'm not mistaken, Minnie Marks hadn't yet cleared 20 years on the planet when she travelled from her native Oz to Ireland to be introduced and interviewed by this cringey Balcony presenter... But the meat in the sandwich is worth waiting for. Funny how the blues can cause a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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...If I could walk away from me?" I'm just back from a weekend spent with a community that I'm part of. It's really an extended family, where you don't yet know all your relatives really well. Our political views vary, our religious views vary, and our ages vary considerably, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
desperation, dislocation, separation, condemnation, revelation, in temptation, Isolation, desolation - if only that was a live option....
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2016 on TOMORROW IN FITZROY 17.1.16 at SOUL SURMISE
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22 year old Ivy Ford has caught my notice, and many people are sitting up and paying attention in the Chicago blues scene. Why is she grabbing hold of a guitar to play blues? In her own words "The Blues and I just have a certain understanding, it’s the roots;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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Here's an accessible TED talk on the Higgs and other fields, string theory, multiverse, and the possibility that we might be reaching an end to further knowledge of physics. (Let's hope not, but still... to hear a particle physicist say it...). In the meantime we are hanging in the balance,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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I'm sure you've heard of Mississippi Mud Pie. Even a sliver is pretty indulgent. Well here's a different kind of Mississippi mud, straight from the delta. If you're looking for some dirty blues guitar, and/or a 21st Century update on Dylan's Masters of War, or commentary on Western business dealings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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Second in this new series of young female blues upstarts is this bit of sweetness from Arum Rae. She is being credited by some as creating a new genre somewhere between "blues pop" and "cyber soul." She has a serious voice and might even be making a serious theological point... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
The Slicer is now following Paul Bowman
Jan 4, 2016
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Over Christmas, my daughter was given a goldfish as a housewarming present for her student flat. Given that there are 2 cats in the house, we think the future looks a little bleak for inter-pet relationships... and goldfish lifespan. I can just imagine the conversation between the 2 cats. One... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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More than we expected. More than we deserved. "The trumpet child will blow his horn Will blast the sky till it's reborn With Gabriel's power and Satchmo's grace He will surprise the human race The trumpet he will use to blow Is being fashioned out of fire The mouthpiece is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
This one just missed Slicer's recent list by a whisker. Love the way they redeemed the song, and particularly loved the change Angela spotted too. Just let down by a lacklustre performance on the Red vid (in my opinion). They should definitely redo this.
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"...is no more sorrow, no grief and no pain." Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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is close proximity. "Christmas is a rockin' time Put your body next to mine" Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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...is a stockingful of blues. So here's some stuffin' for yer stockin' Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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"... is some post-punk glossolalia." Doesn't look like Frosty's coming out to play this Christmas, so here's a bit of artsy fluff from 80s/90s post-punk band The Cocteau Twins. Liz Fraser's diction was famously usually garbled - using her quirky haunting vocal inflections like another instrument, so much so that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being
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"...is the answer to important questions." So, indulge me. I've always loved the original by the Waterboys, and Mike Scott didn't pitch this as a Christmas song. However, with the repeating notion of stars above, and the aching desire for relationship, it works as a Christmas song for me. And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Slicer's Slivers of Being