East Of Eden
What an insane news week, right? Tragedy and tears on Monday and by Friday, Boston is locked down and finally, relief and cheers. I spent hours yesterday glued to the news, which is something I haven't done in a very, very long time. I found myself thinking of my blogger buddy Thomas a whole lot. He lives not too far from Boston, and was on high alert from late Thursday until last night. I'm so thankful the suspect was apprehended without further bloodshed, and I will continue to pray the victims of the explosion.
Allison at Rambling Follower wrote a great post called In the Aftermath of Boston: Lessons Relearned By the Wife of a World Trade Center Survivor. She shares:...
I just finished reading my blogger buddy Matt Appling's first book, "Life After Art." Like I just finished it three minutes ago. Upon closing the back cover, I told K, "I want to grab my sketchbook and draw something. I don't know what, exactly, but I want to draw. And I've never felt like that after reading any other book. So... wow."
Yes, "Life After Art" is truly that good. When I ordered it last week, I wan't sure what to expect. I purposely avoided reviews and stories about it. I like going into some things fresh....
My friend Randy passes along a link to the Christian Denomination Selector which can help determine just what type of Christian you are. Evangelical Lutheran? Eastern Orthodox? Wesleyan Methodist? Assemblies of God? Don't mind the cheesy, circa 1999 layout, the quiz actually works and only takes a few minutes. So click here.
Zoe plays Vanna White by displaying my two new book purchases.
After gettiing some positive feedback from last week's Saturday stuff post, I figured I'd do it again today. Funny how totally different my mood is this Saturday, though. While last week I woke up in a mood to do yoga, I'm totally in a lazy, I feel like vegging out mood today. I just got back from Dunkin Donuts and got a big iced chocolate minty coffee and some munchkins for the Munchkin. I also went by CVS and picked up some sorely needed hair products. Now that Zoe has a full head of hair, leave-in conditioners really go quickly around here. Before hitting up the "Relaxed & Natural" aisle, I stopped and plopped a bright orangey-red tube of lipstick...
One of my favorite Mary Mary songs- actually, one of my favorite worship songs, period- was never a hit single. I actually never heard it played on the radio, either. Yet, once I heard it that first time back in 2005, I fell in love. Take a listen.
Read the rest of it here.
A couple of months ago, I read Rosaria Butterfield's conversion story at Christianity Today. She had been a Marxist-leaning lesbian professor until becoming a Christian. By her own admission, this change was a "train wreck."...
I was sorting the mail and saw the above glossy invite flier to attend a community meeting at the local Church of Scientology! While I've been repeatedly invited to Watchtower meetings (just this past Saturday, in fact), various revivals and such, I've never gotten a thing from L. Ron Hubbard's org. I am wondering how I got on their mailing list, though...
Although I frequent Starbuks a whole lot less these days, I'm still a fan.
Friend and supercommenter Aja passes on this op-ed piece from the Christian Post by Russell D. Moore on the call for Christians to boycott Starbucks. Being a Starbucks fan, I had to check it out:...
I haven't done a Twenty Questions in a while, so what better way to kick it off here at East of Eden than with last night's season premiere of "Mad Men"? If for whatever reason you didn't watch it but are planning to, needless to say, don't read any further. Spoilers galore abound.
K is off fishing with some friends this weekend, so it's just me and Z. She hasn't been too naughty- I did get a head butt last night which resulted in a busted lip- so I've had time to bake some Irish soda bread, do yoga, and play puzzles with my little Laila Ali.
I also did some reading that I want to pass along here. First this story about the late great Roger Ebert and his widow Chaz:...
I've been a Billie Holiday fan for years (I like to tuck a white flower behind my ear from time to time and even have a black and white glossy of Lady Day performing hanging in the hall), so I was pleased to read this New York Times piece recommending Madeleine Peyroux's sweet voice:
Last November, my little sister Joscelyne died.
She was 28, married with two kids, Justin and Sophia.
She loved cooking, baking and singing.
She had earned one master's degree, and was in the midst of completing another.
She loved fashion- shoes, dresses, makeup and jewelry.
She was a complete celebrity gossip hound- Kim K, Kanye, Jigga and Beyonce.
She was my little sister, and just like that, our relationship, with all it's ups and downs, stopped. No "fin" with the rolling credits, no happily ever after. Her death handed me an end, but nothing close to a resolution.
Read the rest at BOLD.
I've pretty much finished up Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality, and when I get a chance, I'll share the major points writer Jack Rogers make. I wanted to provide a couple more perspectives on the issue I've read the last few days. First, from Joy at A Deeper Story:
Easter - or Eastertide - is an entire liturgical season, stretching all the way to Pentecost. I mentioned this to our sons last night, as a way of explaining why their pane di Pasqua would not be ready by dinner. "Why doesn't anyone know that?" my 13 year old asked me.
Why indeed? It seems our sons' religious education - both at home and in the parish - has fallen flat.
Susan Stabile, a Catholic-to-Buddhist-back-to-Catholic writer (and a law professor) whose work I only discovered this morning, has written a whole blog post about continuing the celebration.