Live always at the edge of poetic possibilty, even in the face of severe prose. - Walter Bruggemann

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ABC Wednesday - S

S is for Subway
A few weeks ago I ventured into the Big Apple, New York City, to visit a friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn. I arrived in Grand Central Terminal and hopped on a subway to Brooklyn. As I was waiting for my train I heard music from the platform across the tracks. If you have to spend some extra minutes waiting for the train, this is the way to do it.

Finally my train came but not before I SNAPPED this picture of the musician SANDWICHED between the SUBWAY cars.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

ABC Wednesday - R

R is for RangoliRangoli is an art form in India that uses colored sand to make beautiful designs on the ground. They start out with dots making a geometric pattern and then the dots are filled in with white chalk to make these beautiful designs and flowers. The colored sand completes the design. They're created on the pavement of streets or the dirt right in front of peoples front doors.
Rangoli is created in southern India during the harvest festival of Pongal at the beginning of the new year.

In January of 2007 I visited Astrid Rowe Memorial High School, Hyderabad in the state of
Andrah Pradish, India. I was with Friends of Christ in India an outreach mission program of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, UCC in Fairfield, CT. On our last day they had a rangoli competition, the girls were working very hard on their designs.
This particular rangoli was on the ground in the Khammam district, a very rural and poverty ridden area outside of Hyderabad. We took 30 teenagers on retreat to visit elderly, boys and girls hostels and a leper colony.
In the center of the flowers and the design is usually some sort of dung (don't ask) and marigold petals.
Back at the high school.
Sari old me down helping one girl out with her rangoli.
Happy pongal everyone. For more rockin' R entries see Ms. Nesbitt at ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ABC Wednesday - Q

Q is for Quotidian!

Quotidian is one of my favorite words. I love the way it sounds, it rolls right off of your tongue into a peaceful exhale. It's not a quotidian word for me, in fact I almost never use it when I'm talking and I hardly ever see it in print. It's difficult to place in a sentence. But it's there, and it's a good one.

Quotidian = kwoh - tid - ee - uhn

1. daily: a quotidian report
2. usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs
3. ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry

4. something recurring daily: a quotidian fever

The quotidian endeavors in life give us structure and familiarity. The newspaper delivered at your door, a cup of freshly brewed coffee, a walk with the dog, a call to your mother are a part of what and who you are and, what you hold meaningful in life. Quotidian activities, while they may seem to be rote, ho hum or even boring by virtue of being quotidian can also exemplify the extraordinary. How would we know otherwise?

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

ABC Wednesday - P

P is for President!
America has a new President Barack Hussein Obama

44th President of the United States
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