Friday, March 25, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Volume 35

The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.

It's been a week of catching up on reading, blogwise and otherwise. Some nice gems have been waiting patiently for me — I hope you like them as much as I did!

Happy Friday!


Quoted on my friend Mandie's blog:

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Of course, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is famous for her five-stage model for grief counseling.

And in case you missed it, last week Jennifer Fulwiler wrote what she calls her "annual meltdown" on The 5 Stages of Daylight Saving Time.

From the Denial stage:

Every year I try to find a loophole that would prevent me from observing the time change. I’ve tried to have my home declared part of Arizona, but the powers that be in the City of Austin seem to be part of the Daylight Saving Time conspiracy.
Brilliant. Not unlike the sun that, in a few weeks, will be setting at 10:00 p.m.


A few years ago, my friend Andrej moved with his family from Michigan to South Atlanta to live and work with the people there. Soon after they arrived, Andrej set up a bike ministry to help the neighborhood kids learn skills as they work on donated second-hand bicycles, and work toward owning bikes of their own.

Here's a great post from his blog, telling the story of getting pulled over by police on his tricycle. (Be sure to check out the rest of the site, including their goals and values. Of course, if you feel so inclined, consider helping out financially.)


My friend Dan is writing a series of articles tackling the paradoxes and tensions of Christian faith.

Dan teaches philosophy at a local college. As a Lenten practice, he's reading through Emil Brunner's Dogmatics, and posting quotes from the book along with his reflections. His posts are heady, yet worshipful (paradoxically). I'm enjoying reading his work, because he invites the reader to simultaneously wrestle with those paradoxes and become comfortable with them — another paradox!

One of those paradoxes is that God is revealed, yet veiled. Dan begins that discussion in the post Don't Talk to Strangers, and continues it in The Naked God and The Veiled God.


Earlier this week, I read two articles that contained homonym misuses. (I know, I've talked about my issues with this before.)

It's easier to overlook grammar mistakes in the writing of amateur bloggers, but these errors were on the websites of major publications. To me, that's a more serious infraction, since the author's work has theoretically been seen by at least one editor.

In these articles, I saw two common homonym misuses: peak (vs. peek) and discrete (vs. discreet). Not to be pedantic, but peak is the crest of a mountain — if you mean "to look quickly," use peek. And discrete means contained — if you mean "quiet and confidential," use descreet.

Not to be pedantic, of course.


Next month, I'm reviewing a book called Health, Wealth & Happiness. Every time I pick up the book or even catch sight of the title, I get the chorus of Time, Love and Tenderness stuck in my head. And I've never even been a Michael Bolton fan.

This memory of mine is sometimes a curse.


And finally, a time-lapse video of Arizona (and a little Utah):

Landscapes: Volume One from Dustin Farrell on Vimeo.


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