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2018 Newsletter #3

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Luke Cage SS02. I liked it better than its first season, and better than The Defenders or Iron Fist. I still think that Jessica Jones and Daredevil have stronger antagonists. Listening to: Lauren Daigle’s new hit single, “You Say”. I love how real Daigle gets with her lyrics. She just launched the lyric video this week too so if you’re a mega-fan, you can begin memorizing the lines (lyric video here). Eating: the most amazing British confection I’ve never heard of before — a Victoria sandwich (for the uninitiated like me, it’s buttercream frosting and strawberry preserves sandwiched between layers of sponge cake). Next time, I’ll take photos to share. Visiting: a British-themed tea house that serves you generous portions (see above comment about food) and tea by the pot. I want to go back next time on a rainy day, snag a seat by a window early, and bring …

2018 Newsletter #2

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Probably more Netflix than I ought. I need to spend more time reading. Listening to: I’ve started listening to Podcasts on my phone. I’ve found several great lectures online by Fr. Timothy Gallagher (I’ve blogged about him here before), and it’s nice to see what else he’s been working on. Eating: the most amazing confection I’ve never heard of before, a Victoria sandwich; and scones the size of a hamburger!!! Both available from a little tea shop (British-themed) in our part of the city. The tea was quite good too. I’m looking forward to going back. Visiting: A new (to me) park down by the riverfront. We went for an evening event but I’d love to go back and stroll along the riverside paths. The haze around the river valley is lovely to behold. InstaBrowsing: Feminine Reverence, and similar. I also have been looking at Pinterest for ideas on making …

2018 Newsletter #1

Thanks for checking out my blog today. It’s often easier to write than it is to phone or email friends, family and followers individually, so… here’s my attempt at keeping in touch despite the vagaries of life. To that end, here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Good Morning Call SS01 and SS02; Nailed It; Sugar Rush; Real Genius (for the nostalgia); Ready Player One. Japanese soaps are one of my favorite things to watch on Netflix because I like the formality of the culture and some of the relationship values which feel lost in Western culture (I.e. it’s clean because good girls don’t fornicate, to put it bluntly). With this manga-based soap in particular, the romance was sweet and clean, both of which I appreciate. I also enjoy cooking competitions. Neither of these two really captured the human element in the way that MasterChef or The Great British Baking Show does. Listening to: Lauren Daigle’s new …

Art Days 01: Egyptian Archaeology

Recently, my family and I had the opportunity to see the underwater archaeological exhibit, Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. The exhibit, which is self-paced, featured a number of artifacts recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean, off the coast of the Nile Delta, in a city comparable to the mythology of Atlantis. This stele is an example of one of the treasures recovered and holds a rich history behind those hieroglyphs which reveals that this lost city, Heracleion, was a major port in Ancient Egypt, both for trade, for taxes, and as a religious center. The exhibit had an optional film (1 hour) which was a wonderful overview of the excavation process by Franck Goddio and his team in Aboukir Bay, Egypt. One of my favorite pieces from the collection was this statue: Nudity, or partial nudity, seemed to be a unifying factor amongst multiple statues in the exhibit, showing the exemplary idealization of the feminine form, but what I found particularly fascinating about this statue is the artistic mastery of depicting sheer fabric out …

0:365 Photography Challenge

An Instagram friend of mine has been taking daily photos for forever it seems. Instagram is such an awesome way to discover new and exciting photography. Some of my own favorites include travel photographers, nature photographers, and foodies. Back in my high school days, I took a semester-long course in photography and worked in a dark room, develop my own film, etc., and an interest was born. Lewis Hine and his labor photography has always been a favorite of mine, amongst other b&w artists of the period. I’ve never had a high-quality camera though. Throwaways, then a basic single-click and no preview screen. Then my first (and only) digital camera. For a few years, that allowed me to capture some everyday moments, but it was never portable enough for random moments. Sadly, it finally died on me this spring (constantly shuts down despite fresh batteries). There is a happy ending however. As an early birthday gift, my husband got me my first smartphone and it has a camera. Hurrah! So, with an Instagram account, and …

Happy Easter

Christ is risen! May the grace of God go with you today as we begin this Easter season together, celebrating His resurrection. All of creation rejoices in a reflection of the new birth He has promised to those who believe in Him and are faithful to the end.