Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Domestic Divas

Ilex and her best friend Adalaine are house/dog sitting for Ben and Shannon this week. When they came over here yesterday, (decked out in two of Shan's many darling aprons), to borrow an ingredient for a salad they were making, I decided that a photo shoot was definitely in order! I think they are having a blast being "on their own" keeping house in the little "cottage".

Domestic Divas

Domestic Divas

Well, not too serious after all.



Back to back


Back to Back

They faced each other...


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nature is only the Image

Swoosh of Grass

Nature is mortal; we shall out-live her. When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive. Nature is only the image, the symbol; but it is the symbol Scripture invites me to use. We are summoned to pass in through Nature, beyond her into that splendour which she fitfully reflects.
And in there, in beyond Nature, we shall eat of the tree of life. At present, if we are reborn in Christ, the spirit receives life from Him at a thousand removes--
The faint, far-off results of those energies which God's creative rapture implanted in matter when He made the worlds are what we now call Physical pleasures;and even thus filtered, they are too much for our present management. What would it be to taste at the fountainhead that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? The whole man is to drink joy from the fountain of joy.

C. S. Lewis in "The Weight of Glory"

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


This is the prize winner of the contest sponsored by Power Line blog to illustrate the debt issue our country is facing. I think it's worth watching and passing along. Watching squirrels somehow makes the topic easier to visualize. Justin, the producer of this short video, has done a great job and been chosen as number 1 from over 200 entries. More of the top entries can be seen here.

They asked Justin to share his thoughts on the contest and his video:

"When I first heard of the contest, I found it hard to believe that anyone would put up such a great prize to offer creatives a chance to dramatize the debt crisis. Most people don’t want to think about debt or the dangers it holds. Wars and environmentalism have attracted most of the attention of creative people in our culture–and not usually for a good result. But when you consider what debt can do and has done to nations throughout history, we’d be fools to not recognize our country’s solvency as the single greatest issue we face today. In my piece, I wanted to not just show how bad the problem is- which is in itself a noble effort since 15 trillion is hard for most to comprehend–but I sought to convey how we got to this point, and our choices moving forward."