the ladies with weird symbols in their names take the music cake this time around, ya’ll.
Emeli Sandé. This girl can saang. You might have heard “Next to Me” on the radio, but this whole album is gold.
and OH MAN. Anaïs Mitchell. Word. Seth Haines wouldn’t shut up about her on Twitter, and I’m glad. She is a storyteller with just a haunting voice. Finding literary allusions in her music is a fun game; and the folk-opera rendering of the myth of Orpheus is just breathtaking:
- honestly? not much besides class things. But? I think Thomas Aquinas’s Question on Acedia in 2a2ae of the Summa Theologica should be handed out with Kathleen Norris’s Acedia & Me. Last week’s reading and discussion made me weep from truth: both the facing of my own sin, as well as hope for finding a way out.
- [also, still reading Shauna Niequist’s Bread & Wine. I’m resisting finishing this book, because I always want there to be another chapter. Look for some reflections and reactions on it soon!]
- [also also: re-reading Lauren Winner’s Still. Because my heart needs it again. So. That.]
*pops knuckles.* here we go:
- for you struggling with the darkness, Seth’s Shadow of a Doubt. And for you writers and other creators out there, his Writing Peace (Among Other Things) which made me think of Makoto Fujimuras writing on creation as being generative.
- for the one hurt by a friend, Emily Maynard’s When Words Cut Deep, for you swear-mouths like me, Why I Like Swearing.
- for practical and soulful tips, 10 Real-Talk Blog Tips Part II over at Joy the Baker’s.
- for grace in darkness and broken fragments and words we don’t have, Kiefer’s loss.
- for the one who craves unity and trust again, Micha’s Beyond the Fog.
- for those with a complicated relationship with their tradition, Luke’s On Conviction Versus Tradition.
- for a prayer and shout to all your sisters, Jenna’s A Freedom Letter to My Sisters.
- for loving yourself in everyday chaos, Kelly’s Everyday Chaos.
- for learning to love our LGBT brothers and sisters…even when we thought we were doing that already, Alise’s Choosing Words Carefully. (and Justin’s “Christians: 4 tips for talking to your gay friends.” so much grace here, no matter where you fall.)
- for you with a faith that doesn’t feel right now, Amber’s What if I Don’t Feel God.
- for any of you in or anticipating a “between space,” Connor’s Gap Season.
- for those ashamed of the stupid things Christians sometimes do, but fiercely believe in the good news of Christ, Rachel’s Ashamed. And for those who can’t seem to shake the doubt this season, her Holy Week for Doubters.
- for when “just give me Jesus” doesn’t seem to be enough, Addie’s God-Shaped Hole.
- for the one facing or afraid of risk, Emily Joy’s This is the Part Where We Lose the Keys.
- for gritty Incarnation, Micah’s The God Who Bleeds.
- for vulnerability in the midst of fiery advocacy, Dianna’s Carrying the Banner: In Which I am Brutally Honest.
- for small-big miracles and small-big faithfulness, Preston’s When This is About Piss and the Eucharist & When It Is Holy Wednesday.
- The Trinity Mission’s Morning and Evening Prayer ministry. This is a lovely little service that records a morning and evening prayer for participation around the world. If you’re like me, some days just reading the prayers by yourself leaves wanting. It was an online ministry like this that brought me back to shore a few years ago, so I have major respect for things like this.
- Brian Hirschy’s photography. Breathtaking.
- My friend Dylan’s tumblr, which is a strange-amazing combination of leather craft and beautiful photography. One of my favorites:
- A new found-typography project from my designer friend Andy Anzolitto. (AKA Erica’s gentleman-caller. Power couple, much? While you’re at it, follow him on instagram. He’s a good one.)
- Mindy Project is stealing my heart, still.
- Ok, maybe I haven’t written off Grey’s like I thought I would.
- I haven’t watched the final episode of 30Rock yet (denial), but I’m considering starting the series over and slowly watching them all again. (withdrawals).
- FINALLY started watching Arrested Development for the first time. Oh. My. Word.
- Not TV, but I saw Silver Linings Playbook, and now I understand the hype. So good.
- Essie’s tart deco. aka my favorite coral nail polish. [currently on the lookout for the perfect topcoat. tell me yours in the comments?]
- I know I’ve talked up Mary Kay a lot to the point of my mom [in all seriousness] asking me if I had secretly become a consultant. But I’m honestly that in love. Their Sunset lipstick is a great deep-pink-to-coral go-to and magically fits with whatever you’re wearing. I’ve never understood blush as a product until I found their cream blush, and I use their cream eye color every day because it’s so natural and fresh and doesn’t come off. I’ve just started using their skin care line, and so far, so good.
- I know I’ve posted this lipstick before, but I just wanted to let you know that Sephora’s Royal Raspberry still works in springtime. And is still fabulous. I know you were worried.
- Coral. Teal. Yellow. Repeat.
- This cheapo-but-fabulous satchel from Target. Internet, if you can find me a replica of this that will not fall apart in 3 wears, lemme know.
- Started taking care of my hair for the first time since like, graduation. Cut, color, health. [Thinking of doing something drastic. Stay tuned.]
- Watching all the Vatican action at the office. Pretty sure I have a Pope Crush. Am I allowed to say that?
- Erica‘s solo show at the Croft Art Gallery on Austin in Waco. (Confusing, I know.) She is so, so talented. She is a thoughtful, process-oriented painter, and it is amazing to hear her talk about her work, and to see other people enjoy it. Watch out, world.
- taking blog pics with Maggie Emerson-soon-be-Griffin! check out my About page. You’ll see the one that beat out this gem:
- did a bit of pup-sitting over spring break:
- I got to meet Christy and Dan McFerren! Such a sweet and soul-good time talking with them, in Waco of all places. Love it.
- Inspired by Bread & Wine, not to mention two of my besties who are gifted at hospitality (coughPreston&Aliacoughcough) I decided to gather people I love around my table a few times this month (and I wrangled Alia into popping down to the Wac to help out/make the most brilliant seafood risotto of my life. I’m even too extroverted to cook alone. Help meeeee.) I hope to keep bringing friends together while I’m still in Waco. It’s one of my favorite things, but I find it takes practice, as a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants girl. I’m paying attention to what it means to create safe and welcoming space.
- I rediscovered my love for midweek Eucharist at St. Paul’s. It’s a beautiful time to re-center, to show up with expectation, to quiet down for once. And the scenery doesn’t hurt:
- This year, I was fortunate to spend all of Holy Week with St. Paul’s. It was so good to be able to participate in the same space with the same people all week–leaning into the darkness, washing one another’s feet, sitting in doubt, waiting for the Alleluia-shout. By the time Easter Vigil happened on Holy Saturday, I was a nervous wreck for the anticipation. It is the most beautiful, most mysterious, most-questions-rightly-unanswered liturgy of the year. I exhort anyone who has never attended to do so next year: I know at least Episcopalians/Anglicans and Catholics do it, check it out.
- Made a couple more trips to Dallas to visit this girl:
- …including Easter. Such a fun, short trip. I am a big fan of Alia’s tribe, which I think speaks a lot of her. They know how to feast and how to invite people into their world, which can be difficult for an age bracket that can tend to be self-centered and defensive. Erica was able to join later in the evening when things were dying down, but we headed back to Alia’s new pad above a gallery in Oak Cliff. It was so fun to spend a touch of time with these two immensely talented ladies from different spheres of my life. I’m immensely blessed to have them.
- so, this is happening:
Welcome @antoniaterrazas to the Deeper Church crew! If you’re not following her yet, now’s the time!
— A Deeper Church (@ADeeperChurch) March 30, 2013
…maybe I lost my $h!t in the middle of a seedy movie theater rest area in Waco. It’s fine. I’m so, so thrilled to be joining that team. I have long admired the way of the Deeper Story/Church/Family community, to say the least.
what I wish I was into:
- Providing you with quotes from each of the recommended links.
- getting up the gumption to join the church-gym in town with a friend.
- having a camera.
- going back to before I was a coffee snob. Since I don’t work in a coffee-shop anymore, my taste should have gone backwards again, right? wrong. it’s terribly inconvenient. looking into investing in a Chemex system, which is not terribly outrageous, all things considered.
- hardcore researching scholarship $$$.
- actually downsizing, rather than throwing out a box of stuff but then somehow filling up my life with new stuff. le sigh.
- figuring out how to live in North Carolina. I alternate between obsessive research and putting my head in the sand.
Linking up today with Leigh’s What I’m Into series, which I love.
Your turn! What are you reading/wearing/doing/loving?