Oct. 17th, 2017 08:21 am
[personal profile] missangelique999
I believe there is something else

entirely going on but no single
person can ever know it,
so we fall in love.

It could also be true that what we use
everyday to open cans was something
much nobler, that we’ll never recognize.

I believe the woman sleeping beside me
doesn’t care about what’s going on
outside, and her body is warm
with trust
which is a great beginning.

-matthew rohrer
[personal profile] sparowe

The Greatest of Virtues

Today's MP3

Two essential words deserve special attention– Thank you!

Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of life. It is the greatest of virtues. Studies link it with a variety of positive effects. Grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others; less envious, less materialistic and less self-centered.

Gratitude improves self-esteem and enhances relationships, quality of sleep, and longevity. If it came in pill form, gratitude would be deemed the miracle cure. It’s no wonder that God’s anxiety therapy includes a large, delightful dollop of gratitude.

The anxious heart says, “Lord, if only I had this, that, or the other, I’d be okay.” The grateful heart says, “Oh look! You’ve already given me this, that, and the other. Thank you, God.”

Worry refuses to share the heart with gratitude. One heartfelt thank-you will suck oxygen out of worry’s world. So say it often!

Read more Anxious for Nothing

[personal profile] littlereview
Visiting EM Forster )

I spent Monday decompressing with Cheryl, which was awesome. We picked up Elevation Burgers (and cheese fries and milkshakes) and watched several great British films, including Miss Austen Regrets, which I had never seen (like most Austen biopics, it was sad and a bit too obsessed with men, but also very well acted), and two very longtime Merchant-Ivory favorites, A Room With a View and Maurice.

Apart from a brief trip to the mall to buy the last two Harry Potter rings at the Alex and Ani store, that was our day. After Cheryl went home, I had faux fish sticks for dinner with Paul and Maddy, then we watched Monday night's The Gifted and Sunday night's Madam Secretary because the sports scores were not pleasing us. From the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn on Sunday, some of the indoor animals:

Prospect Park Zoo )

YMI: ODJ -- 16 October 2017

Oct. 16th, 2017 04:28 am
[personal profile] sparowe


October 16, 2017 

You . . . must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching (v.7). 

READ: Titus 2:1-8 

It was a regular Monday evening at a care home. Hamburgers were on the menu, and an 87 year old named Patty was eating hers when she began to choke. But just in the nick of time, another resident came to the rescue and did the Heimlich manoeuver on her—saving the day. That resident was none other than 96 year old Dr. Henry Heimlich himself, the doctor who is widely credited with inventing the procedure. For Patty’s sake, it was a good thing that Dr. Heimlich actually modelled what he taught!

The apostle Paul reminded young Titus that he should model what he taught as well. He urged him to be an example by presenting the Scriptures in a way that was above criticism and a credit to all believers in Jesus: “Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticised” (v.8). Paul noted that his protégé’s teaching would have a lasting impact only if it was backed up by a blameless and consistent lifestyle filled with good works (v.7), for Titus’ life and ministry were always on display.

When writing to Timothy, another young pastor, Paul also told him he should set an example for believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity (1 Timothy 4:12). For these young leaders, every word and action was to be carefully measured so that any basis for slander was removed and the gospel could press on in power (Titus 2:8).

If we desire to reflect Jesus well to others, we too, through the power of Christ’s Spirit (Ephesians 3:16), should pursue a life of integrity that opens the door for others to receive our testimony of Christ. With hearts full of praise to God, may we follow and model Jesus with words and actions that give us the right to be heard by those who need Him.

—Marvin Williams

365-day-plan: Acts 7:1-29

Read John 13:1-11. What did Jesus model for His disciples and for us? 
How comfortable are you in having others follow your example in living for Jesus? What do you need to do differently this week to model what you teach? 

Greetings from Prospect Park

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:01 am
[personal profile] littlereview
We're back in Maryland after Uncle Larry's memorial service, which was lovely and sad -- he was very involved with the Boy Scouts for most of his life, and many of the people he'd befriended and mentored over the years spoke about how important he was to them. Earlier in the day we visited the Prospect Park Zoo, where my mother and her brother used to go with their father as children, and had lunch at the Bagel Pub, which is apparently the hip place to have bagels and was very crowded and very delicious. We stopped for dinner at a Subway near the Maryland House, which was even more crowded and had long waits, and dropped Adam off in College Park on the way home. Since I'm very tired, most on all this tomorrow.

Brooklyn Zoo )

Fiddle practice geekery post

Oct. 15th, 2017 03:26 pm
[personal profile] annathepiper
Put up a fiddle practice report over on my Wordpress blog, here. Notably, I made it a multi-instrument practice today, with both fiddle and winds, because I decided I needed to work on arpeggios not only on the fiddle, but also on the winds, which are the things I'm way more likely to actually play at a session right now. Plus, there's bonus exulting over starting to work out "Ciel d'automne" on the fiddle, since that's arguably one of my top favorite André Brunet tunes.

To this I will add, for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook, and to just put a bit of unique content into this post as well, that our last session was lovely. <3 Dara came with me and noodled around a bit on her own fiddle on the periphery of the circle. But one of my coworkers, Ian, also showed up!

My current team at work is in fact pretty musical. There are two of us who are in actively performing pro bands. There's a third one of us who is more into techno and can do drum beats on suitable equipment. And there's the aforementioned Ian, who is a way better fiddle player than I am, in that he can actually play. ;D

And they'd all been hearing me geek out about Quebecois trad for a while now. But then Ian went to this year's Valley of the Moon, where he got to meet and learn from André, woo! And he came back from that to tell me "so right then about this Quebecois session you go to", because André is awesome like that. So I handed Ian ALL THE DATA, a number of the tunes we are fond of playing, and the appropriate address for this month's session. So Team Venture got to represent. It was great!

iscariot rising sutra

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:49 am
[personal profile] missangelique999
Someone went away / but once they were here / so I don’t die / instead I see a movie / the one about a boy / falling into / the green screen / sky lit up / phosphorescent / spiders and chandeliers / like that one time / near an island / out on the lash / I fell out of you / you laughed / your eyes closed / spread wide / standing open / I asked you / who are you / pretending I am / I did / you said / I’m pretending you / are you / drawing a jacked up heart / across my hand / in every airport / rocking this depression electric / I dry swallow / a video pill / we smoke glitter / until my suit sounds good / I long to be alive / when the world ends / so in love / with someone / I end up / ending everyone

-ben kopel
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