- I bought Gungor’s new album and I like it a whole lot. I think Ghosts Upon the Earth might be my favorite though.
- I am loving the bright sounds of Sun Shy by the band Dresses. You can listen to the full album here.
- One of the playlists I made for the trip from Texas to North Carolina has become one of my go-tos. Enjoy:
below are some of my favorites from classes that are also more readily available to recommend.
- The Rule of St. Benedict
- Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson. This is a beautiful and challenging memoir that is less about agrarian faith in itself, and more widely applicable than you might think. There is also profound a ministerial/community dimension to this book as well, which doesn’t always happen in the memoir genre.
- Mudhouse Sabbath, by Lauren Winner. This is my second time reading this little book, for the class that Dr. Winner is teaching, no less. Winner’s work has profoundly shaped my spiritual life, and I am still agape that I get to take her class.
- On the Incarnation, by St. Athanasius. I mean, Athanasius does all the things in this relatively short work. His focus here is on the Word manifest in Christ, focusing not only on his death and resurrection, but on how God-in-the-flesh redeems and heals us by his very nature. I think this is one of the most accessible primary theological texts to just pick up, and I highly recommend it to you.
keeping the poetry close at hand has been crucial this month, and I am glad to say that I am surrounded by people who appreciate this kind of thing, too.
- Rilke has been a huge presence, though that’s not quite new.
- I also got to attend a reading by Scott Cairns, and let me just tell you his work is amazing. It is convicting and funny and beautiful all at once. My copy is coming in the mail.
also, be looking for a full review of Addie Zierman’s upcoming memoir When We Were on Fire. YOU GUYS I LOVE THIS BOOK. Addie just gets me, you know? She probably gets you, too. It releases in two weeks. Get is ASAP.
ok. let’s be real. I am relying on all ya’ll to dish up quality blogreading in your own What I’m Into posts, because grad school means that my reader has been, uh, streamlined. aka, I didn’t read blogs this month. hm. Nonetheless:
- I participated in this great synchroblog over at She Loves Magazine, with the prompt “I am from.” It was such a great exercise– I recommend doing one even if you don’t plan on posting it anywhere. Plus the responses are simply gorgeous.
- Why It’s Still Terrible to Be a Hipster, at Thought Catalog. You know, every once in a while, TC does something good. This is actually amazing: When we idealize poverty, we confound simplicity with happiness, and that is both naïve and, more often than not, quite offensive.
- Though this is not strictly a blogpost, fellow Duke Divinity student the Rev. Kara Slade gave an amazing homily on one of the weirdest parables. MAN it is good.
a few good tweets:
Prayer: Don’t worry about the way you “should” pray. Don’t should all over yourself. Just breathe. Be honest with God. And let God listen.
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) September 5, 2013
When Jesus fed the 5000, He didn’t stop to make sure they had the right beliefs before they were fed. Let’s love like Jesus. #ICHC
— Preston Yancey (@prestonyancey) September 20, 2013
- this month’s favored nail color: NYC’s Radio City Rose. Fantastic, versatile color. Essie’s Head Mistress made a comeback, and I am excited to get a replacement of my favorite fall/winter color: Recessionista. Yes, I know it’s a terrible name. And yes, I am the kind of person that buys nail polish on the internet.
- I have exactly one flannel shirt that I have been wearing the crap out of now that the temperature is dropping a bit in North Carolina. Usually paired with bright red lipstick, like Rimmel’s #10. I love that lipstick, you guys. Just don’t leave it in your car. In the sun. Not that I have experience.
- along these same lines, I have been loving on the scarves like mad. Also I turn into an old lady and wear them like a shawl when I am paper-writing. Like a grownup security blanket.
- chukka boots. sorry I’m not sorry. I bought these last year, and have been happy to bring them out again. apparently this says something about me. I just like them. And I like pairing their somewhat androgynous appearance with, guess what? bright red lipstick.
- We are all on the Voxer train now, yes? I have been so richly blessed by this little app, and have loved getting to talk with beautiful people strangely across time and space in using it. For real. Download this thing stat.
- I have loved making my little apartment like home. It was actually a bit more emotional than I expected — getting things on the walls. In some ways, it is easier to avoid homesickness without all those memories staring back at you. As time has gone on, I have really appreciated that I am surrounded by them all.
- Two weeks ago, I went on a [required] overnight silent retreat. I don’t even know if I can stress enough how important and kindof magical it was. I highly recommend engaging in a silent retreat, which is like an extended Sabbath, a sanctified time of silence before God. I was so grateful for the space to listen, to engage, to read, to pray in a set-apart manner. (pssst. searching for “retreat centers” in your state is a good start.)
- This month, I decided to regularly attend the little church just down the road from me: St. Joseph’s. They are good folks, the church is small but lovely, and it just seems like the right thing. I am looking forward to figuring out how to community with this place over the next few years, amidst school and all the rest.
- speaking of community, the Divinity students are learning how to be friends, and it is pretty heartwarming. It is also pretty awkward sometimes. [I know that I am having to stretch social muscles I haven’t had to really use in a while, and maybe I am not alone.] I keep asking myself how did I make friends in college? and laughing because it had to have been a miracle. So far, there have been a number of quality nights with quality people and (usually) quality drinks. I am surrounded by fascinating, wonderful people.
- um, so I got this ‘official’ request in the mail this week AND I CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. I am so thrilled to be a part of Hilary and Preston’s life, on the Big Day in particular. There will be snot-nosed ugly-crying happening. And happy dancing. Maybe at the same time.
What I wish I was into:
- stocking my pantry. haven’t I said this once before? I made headway, but the funny thing is, you have to keep going to the grocery store all the time to have food.
- getting work done on the weekends.
- shaking my caffeine addiction. and other various expensive habits.
Ok, your turn. No, really. What has been going on with you this month? What have you been reading/wearing/doing/whatever? (no but really. send me the best blogposts, whether they are yours or someone else’s. I am out of the loop.)
Linking up with the fantastic Leigh Kramer: