minimalist — a random bird on a post


When I hoped I feared,
Since I hoped I dared;
Everywhere alone
As a church remain;
Spectre cannot harm,
Serpent cannot charm;
He deposes doom,
Who hath suffered him.

Emily Dickinson

I know I’ve been posting an awful lot of birds lately; believe me, I’m the first one to go “huh?”.

Indulge me with one more. I just love this little guy sitting on a post in the middle of the ocean. Do birds ponder their existence? Who knows!

I’ve been pondering quite a bit lately, so that might explain why I’m drawn to these kinds of images. Anyway, it’s those two opening lines I’ve highlighted that speak to me here. They capture both the fear of daring to do something, and the hope it brings.

Check out other interpretations of the minimalist theme at the Weekly Photo Challenge.

what’s with all these bird pics lately?

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I dunno. They’re just there. Maybe it’s the Holy Spirit messing with me a little. He knows I get a kick out of that.

Anyway…the birds. This heron has been a lone wolf around these parts as far as I can remember. One day he showed up and hasn’t left. Just the one. Well, once there were two, but usually it’s one. I can say this, he’s faithful to his little spot. There’s a branch that has made something like a sandbar in this little lake, and every morning he’s out there like a sentinel, just hanging out.

This morning was the first real cold morning of the season. The lake, on these mornings, reminds me of a scene out of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” when the narrator describes “the sullen waters of the tarn.” That’s my literary background creeping in on a gloomy morning.

Add the bird and you get a little character in there. There’s something about him that I like. Maybe it’s his constancy. Or his style. He’s pretty regal as he stands there, motionless. Or maybe it’s because he seems a little out of place. Maybe, he’s just hanging out there because he knows I appreciate him for no other reason than he’s there every morning.

There’s something to be said for presence.

descent…another weekly photo challenge


On our most recent vacation to the beach, my husband and I sat on the deck from late afternoon well into the night as our week was coming to an end. We’re way past the age of frolicking in the surf until our mothers call us inside, so we were content to sit in the balmy breeze of late summer and just be.

Be together.

Be silent.

Be still.

It’s hard to do. But there’s a tipping point when you become drunk from the sensuality of the experience as you watch the descent of the sun. I’m talking about all the senses first exploding, then complementing each other, delicately, subtly. And you know peace.

another train wreck at Catholic Weekend, and a review

Check out this week’s Catholic Weekend with the usual crew of friends, minus Steve, who was out galavanting at football homecomings. You’d think he was a bandgeek or something.

So many things to talk about in this week’s show, and one of them is for my nieces and nephews – a fun animated film that had me laughing, and I’m an old curmudgeon.

Most of today’s movie-going audience is primed for the blockbuster Pixar films, but there’s a place for simple story lines and cute animated characters. A good story engages children’s imaginations, and this movie, Under Wraps, will do it. That’s why it’s my Pick of the Week.

And just in time for Halloween, too, if you’re looking for something to stick with the scary theme, but not so scary that the little ones can’t watch.

wrapsUnder Wraps tells the story of a not-too-typical family of archeologists who happen to be struggling with some very typical family drama: a teen-aged daughter too connected to her cell phone to interact with the family, and an adventurous younger son who wants very much to fit in and prove that he can contribute to the family, but falters a little because of his clumsiness.

Add an unlikely villain, an accidental Mummy’s Curse — complete with hilarious Mummy King, and some zombie parents who keep losing body parts, and you’ve got about an hour’s worth of family entertainment.

Pass the popcorn.

Check out other family-friendly fare at Arc Entertainment.

DIRECTOR Gordon Crum
CAST Brooke Shields, Drake Bell, Matthew Lillard
STUDIO 2014 Arc Entertainment

the wall


A little illustration for The Wall. Not really a big fan of Pink Floyd, but there you have it — the human condition and all that.

Part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art.

I took this photo at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Something about it struck me … the strength of the wall is still sustaining itself, though it’s been chipped away by time and the elements. It makes me think about the human condition — we are survivors, no?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

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Yeah. It’s a stretch to find refraction here. Maybe if you look at the pine straw. Hard. Or if you look around the edges of the pads. That’s probably more an example of surface tension than it is refraction.

What can I say? It’s a totally gratuitous shot from the tiny botanical garden in town. I’ll follow the rules better next week.