What is Beauty?
There are some whose idea of beauty is just too small. We tend to make snap judgments about what is beautiful, and what is not. But beauty can be strong and astringent, disturbing, shocking and dark.
Have you heard of Emma Magazine? It's like Martha Stewart Living, but young and fresh. They call it "A How-To Guide for the Modern Domestic." I got to contribute to their January issue with an illustrated recipe - check out the issue, they make it available for free online.
I recently came across a guy named Sam Mahlstadt's blog, then his book, Creative Theology ($10 for the eBook). The book is wonderful, and it was a huge breath of life-giving air for me to read someone that is passionate about the gift of creativity, and our role in creation.
There are some days I wake up with an extra special passion for my day. I want to do it all - cook really excellent meals, create things with my hands, paint, love on my neighbors and family - today was one of those days. I'm in the beginning of a 36-week study of Genesis. I don't think I've ever spent the time to go through the first two chapters verse by verse with scrutiny.
I love junk wood. Every month my neighborhood has big trash day, and I'm always shocked at the huge heaps of junk that make it out to the curb. My mother is the one who taught me to dumpster dive. I have no shame - I find many treasures from these piles. Out of the monstrous heaps of discarded wood, there is usually one or two pieces that (to me) are beautiful in it's aged and desecrated state.
I recently got an email from a reader that had an 11th anniversary coming up - a special one considering that her husband had a rupture in his brain 2 days before their 10th anniversary last year and they spent it in the neuro ICU as he underwent brain surgery. He's been in an intense year of recovery, but thankfully, he is doing great.
Circles Conference was amazing. Three total days packed with meeting new people, listening to inspiring talks from artists I've long admired, and soaking up some much needed independence. Ismael Burciaga (the event coordinator) has been an online friend for a few years now, but I was totally blown away by him as a person - completely selfless and generous, an amazing host.