• Posts Tagged ‘art’

    lenten journal: onward, christian artists . . .

    by  • March 15, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    “Study the faces of the new tyrants,” Berger says has he begins the last section of his book, Bento’s Sketchbook: How Does the Impulse to Draw Something Begin? What follows is a series of incisive descriptions: They are impeccably dressed and their tailoring is reassuring, like the silhouette of high-security delivery vans. They have...

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    lenten journal: the peripheral vision of faith

    by  • February 25, 2012 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    One of the benefits of my style of organization is the joy of rediscovering things. Move a pile of stuff and find a book you haven’t seen in a long time. Such was my fortune a couple of days ago. We did some rearranging here at the house which set me to cleaning up...

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    lenten journal: allergic reaction

    by  • March 18, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    “Works of art are not born in flashes of the imagination, but in daily fidelity.” — Albert Camus (quoted in Stephen Dunn’s Walking Light) The beginning of pollen season is killing me here. I found the above quote as I was reading Dunn’s book and waiting until it was time to take my next...

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    stop, look, and listen

    by  • October 1, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I went to a workshop this afternoon at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke because I’m taking my kids there in a couple of weeks to see the exhibit called “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.” I have to say I was surprised at how many different ways vinyl records could be made...

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    advent journal: living in black-and-white

    by  • December 20, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Last night our little town of Durham lay in the path of a winter storm working it’s way up the East Coast and we got enough snow to make it feel real. Once the ground was covered, I walked out into the street to take a picture of our house with lights aglow. Because...

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    advent journal: comprehending a metaphor

    by  • December 12, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    These are the words with which my day began: Only a daredevil makes metaphors. To make a metaphor is to walk a tightrope, to be shot out of a cannon, to do aerial somersaults without a net. The trouble with metaphors is that you never know when they’ll let you down. You turn a...

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    a handmade life

    by  • July 2, 2009 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    “It’s what’s inside the words,” she said;“Inside heart there’s an ear and there’s art.” After reading, I couldn’t help but lookfor words among the bread and vegetablesthat made up our simple supper last night,both of us finally home after daysthat felt longer than the time passed.I couldn’t find God in the green beans,or love...

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    lenten journal: the untidy closet of the heart

    by  • February 23, 2008 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    It was an odd place to find a poet. She was seated at the end of a long conference table (the kind that hosted meetings that were anything but poetic) in a room, not much bigger than the table, designed for getting to the point rather than ruminating in metaphor. Yet, there we sat,...

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    the art of living

    by  • January 25, 2008 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I intended to write more this evening, but instead I got to paint. My friend Doug is in town and he is an artist. I asked for a painting lesson, so tonight we sat down in the dining room and he constructed a still life centered around a ceramic Winnie the Pooh I have...

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