There’s so much going on right now that it’s hard for me to gather everything into one coherent thought. These will have to do, in no particular order:
- My birthday was this weekend, and I had a blast. Good friends, good food, lots of down time, some floating in our pool, and Wii game-playing with my BFFs. Haven’t done that in a long time.
- Nick had an “episode” in church on Sunday and we wound up going home so he could rest. He used to get vertigo attacks and carried medication for it – hasn’t had them in a long time. Sunday’s event wasn’t a full-blown vertigo attack, but it left him really nauseated and feeling very tired. He stayed home from work two days last week and is still feeling a little punk, so he’s seeing the doctor today to make sure there isn’t anything serious going on. I’m praying for him, because he won’t let me go to the doctor with him. (Well, I’m praying for him anyway, but especially because I can’t go ask my questions in person. No, I don’t have any control issues. Why do you ask??)
- I volunteered to send some things to Andrew Thornton for the goodie bags he’s putting together as part of the upcoming weekend retreat with Gail Crosman Moore. The earrings I came up with involved individually fold-formed leaf elements in copper, each one heat patina’d and sealed with a hand-rubbed wax sealant – and I think they turned out really well, even though my hands are very tired! I liked them so well that I’m making a whole bunch more for the Etsy shop, with a few modifications. Here are the ones I sent to Andrew, all ready to go:
- We didn’t watch the entire RNC convention – we recorded it and watched the speeches we were particularly interested to hear, and we’re doing the same for the DNC. Mostly, I think those things are huge echo chambers where people get affirmation about what they already believe, and as I’ve said before, that kind of interaction doesn’t really interest me. I think the debates will be far more interesting, when the candidates will have to speak directly to and about their respective plans and will have an opportunity to address the things they don’t agree with from their opponent. That said, as a resident of San Antonio I was particularly frustrated by Julian Castro’s speech last night, which I read this morning. Under his leadership, San Antonio has become one of the cities in the US where it is illegal to give food or money to homeless people on the street. The reason? The City opened a large government-run community shelter, and they want to “encourage” local support there rather than on the streets. Our church had a large and thriving homeless ministry that fed and ministered to hundreds of people every month under a highway overpass, and had dozens and dozens of committed volunteers who regularly served – and we’re no longer allowed to do it. It’s the perfect example of government thinking it can do things better than when individuals come together to do things themselves. There are still homeless people on the streets of San Antonio, and we can’t serve them. There’s something wrong with that.
- Donald Miller, an author I really like, posted something on his Facebook page this morning that left me a little baffled. He said, “People need lots of encouragement and affirmation to become their true selves.” Well, yes. But they also need to be lovingly challenged to become their best selves. Left to our own devices, our “true” selves are often selfish and thoughtless and hurtful – it’s the nature of sin. Have you ever seen a room full of two-year-olds? Love without truth isn’t loving, just like truth without love is a baseball bat to the spirit.
- On Friday, I got to meet Tracy from The Girls at Rusted Gingham. We met with some other vendors from the upcoming Rusted Gingham Barn Sale (are you coming??) and had lunch together. We also checked out Woodley Cottage at Bracken Village, where the lovely Jennifer has assembled an amazing collection of truly beautiful things. And she is an absolute wizard with chalk paint. Wow. The lunch was terrific, although I stuck my foot (well, maybe even both feet) in my mouth when I completely unintentionally insulted one of the other ladies. It was one of those moments where the words left my lips and I could see them floating across the table. They were neon, flashing “danger, danger”, and before I could turn to actually watch them crash and burn, I heard the leaden silence of their impact. And into that silence, the unintended target lobbed back grace and humor and the silence dissipated, and the shards of my words were miraculously swept up and tossed away without having done any damage. I was horrified and relieved and grateful all at once. So amazed to be part of this community of women.
- My online friend Dawn Blair has started cutting cabochons for herself – she’s always made some of the most amazing wire-wrapped jewelry, but cutting her own stones takes her to a whole new level. If you aren’t familiar with her work, you need to get a cup of coffee and go check out her work on Flickr. I ordered two cabochons from her this morning (I love supporting artist friends!!) and found out that one of them was inspired by a piece I made and gave to her a couple of years ago. She then shared with me several stunning pieces she made that directly resulted from inspiration she got from my piece. When things like that happen, especially so unexpectedly, there’s a tangible sense of the seed planting and fruit reaping that God expects us to be about. A friend of mine has been writing recently about legacy and what we leave behind, and I was deeply moved to see echoes of myself in the work of someone whose own work I admire so much.
Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.
– Romans 13:8-10 (The Message)