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Overwhelmed by beauty

A few examples:
  • Midwest in the fall: the myriad of colors of the trees and plants
  • The forthcoming Over The Rhine record The Long Surrender (1/11/11)
  • The spider and web outside our bedroom window

Rockford derailment

Rockford Register-Star coverage here.



If anyone knows any info that can help please email tbona@rrstar.com
My husband, Thomas, did an awesome job on this story about the "boy businessman." Rockford represent! http://tinyurl.com/cx6qao

Writer's Block: And the Oscar Goes To

What movie, whether it was nominated by the Academy or not, gets your personal vote for Best Picture of 2008?


I think Slumdog was my favorite of last year's films. But the Academy really screwed up IMHO. Films that should have been nominated for Best Picture that weren't: Dark Knight, Wall-E, In Bruges.

And this video should convince you that Benjamin Button isn't that great of a film. Just a film with some good performances. Not anything worth 13 nominations.

And if Tomei wins tonight and Winslet doesn't = Tomei - 2 Oscars, Winslet - 0 Oscars.

But I'll still watch tonight, if only for the dresses and to see how Jackman does as host.

Inauguration

I'm starting to get chills.

Made to be God's Joy?

Good wisdom from the Church of the Saviour blog, Inward/Outward:

"I want to believe in the possibilities of joy. I want to believe, even in the dark and dread of this particular winter, that joy is abundantly accessible, and not only if I find the right places to dig for it (drill, baby, drill!), but that we are actually created to BE it. That joy is our primary identity.

Well, anyone with half an eye open can see that the stuff we call “reality” is a bit darker, a bit gloomier than what we usually think of as joy. That we are made to bask in God’s joy—to BE God’s joy—can be difficult to believe. But let’s say we did begin to believe it, even in spurts, and then maybe for a couple of minutes on several mornings in a row for starters, what would happen then? What would it require of us? What would it give to us? Would anxious striving cease? Would we see/act/listen differently? Would our inner fists begin to unfold like the petals of a long-dreamed-of flower into something of rare beauty? Would we be so intrigued by one another’s quirks and oddities that we’d yearn to know, really know, each other and the very things that used to set our teeth on edge?"

I think I might go outside and watch the sunrise on this unseasonably warm morning.

Writer's Block: Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Thanksgiving is almost here in the U.S., heralding the start of the holiday season and the first of many meals where you might be confronted with a traditional dish that you happen to find disgusting. What holiday food do you hate to see on the table?


  • Canned cranberry sauce is a travesty. If I make can the recipe on the back, so can you.

  • I also don't understand putting marshmallows on sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are just fine with some butter and brown sugar.

  • I also could live without the green bean casserole. Overcooked green beans with deep fried onions. Pass.

    I'm ok

    Nearly every day I hear of someone close to us who has been effected by this economy. Today I heard that someone who has been very helpful to me lost her job on Friday.

    I'm not sure what the right response is in these times. I *think* it might be a call to not whine as much and to help take care of those who are hurting. And to listen to music that keeps my head straight.

    Bruce Cockburn's "Fascist Architecture" is a song I thought of today:

    Bloody nose and burning eyes
    Raised in laughter to the skies
    I've been in trouble but I'm ok
    Been through the wringer but I'm ok
    Walls are falling and I'm ok
    Under the mercy and I'm ok


    Let's be merciful to each other.

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