I know, I keep saying there is just enough time for everything we truly want and need to do, but I have to admit that at this time of year I always catch myself wondering where the time has gone.
Can it be that Advent is nearly here? It’s coming. It’s coming. It’s Advent, after all.
I’m also rapidly approaching my blogging one year anniversary in early December and I’m not even blogging as much as I want to. To say nothing of not getting much fiber and textile work done.
But! I have been doing some oh, so, inspirational reading as I prepare for my first Doctor of Ministry classes. I’ve finished Van Gogh and God by Cliff Edwards. I’ve picked this book up before and thought it looked boring. No color pictures in a book about an artist? But it is very interesting and has me now wanting a van Gogh to hang in my house. Dream on… But there are some nice prints and reproductions available.
Then I read Catherine Kapikian’s Art in Service of the Sacred. What fun it was to pop the accompanying DVD into my computer and look at some of Cathy’s amazing artwork. The section on creative process is especially fascinating to me. Cathy was one of my professors during my Master’s work and will be the professor for my first D.Min. class. I’m really looking forward to working with her again.
She’s the professor who said we would all be able to draw self portraits at the end of her class, and she was right. I should dig mine out and post it. I think I still have it.
Now I’m reading Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch. This book is jam packed with one liners of the type you would like to put after your e-mail signature. The problem would be how to choose. His elucidation of improvisation and play in the process of creativity makes me want to get together a group of people to improvise with. He’s keeping my head popping with ideas, that I’ll probably forget before I get them down, but how exciting is that?
Tonight I went surfing looking for some artwork on the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids in Matthew 25, which I’ll be preaching on this Sunday and ran across an old friend. I don’t actually know Jan Richardson, but one of her books was very formative for me when I was first entering ministry. She now has a couple of websites, and one especially on Advent. I will be checking the archives on that one as I think visually about the upcoming season.
‘Started a new project today that cannot be shown…..’tis the season!
Oh! And I did something new and different yesterday. I worked the election polls; something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. What fun it was watching people come to vote and helping them get checked in. It was especially moving to see all the first-time voters. Very gratifying, but I was definitely tired by the time we finished up and our precinct totals were recorded and reported.
It felt like being a tiny part of making history.
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