weekend reflections v.2

planning// Being in the middle of the semester means that my life is quite regimented. I’ve been attempting to just keep my schedule straight between school, work, and fun (who knew that one had to schedule fun?). But the holidays are coming up, and once my assignments for the quarter are done, I’ll be able to leave for a month, to celebrate, to see dear friends. On hard days, the promise of Christmas break keeps me going.

thinking// Obviously I’m thinking about things like church history, canon law and translating hebrew. But in my spare time, I’ve been preparing for the new Murder on the Orient Express movie (Kenneth Branagh! Judy Dench!). Although I’m not quite excited about Poirot’s new mustache, I’m ecstatic about everything else. I’ve watched both the Albert Finney and David Suchet versions, and I have to track down my print copy before next week.

being// I’m trying very hard to schedule a weekly Sabbath, and to do things other than just work and classwork. Last week was not terribly restful but this weekend should have a bit more space for rest and reading. Monday is the semester’s quiet day, meaning more reading, and more sleep than usual.

creating// I’m finishing a small design and coding project. I forgot how much I loved coding, and I’m hoping to find a few more coding projects in the future.

 

Happy weekend, my friends!

Poetry on Proverbs 1:10-16

“My son, don’t let sinners entice you. Don’t go when they say: ‘Come with us. Let’s set up a deadly ambush. Let’s secretly wait for the innocent just for fun. Let’s swallow up the living like the grave–whole, like those who go down into the pit. We’ll find all sort of precious wealth; we’ll fill our houses with plunder. Throw in your lot with us; we’ll fill our houses with plunder. Throw in your lot with us; we’ll share our money. 

My son, don’t go on the path with them; keep your feet from their way, because their feet run to evil; they hurry to spill blood.” Proverbs 1:10-16

Sometimes fairytales tell us
that villains are evil,
hideous and warped.
Witches,
evil men with maniacal
laughs, stepmothers.

An extortion to avoid evil
caricatures, showing
perhaps a root form,
but not the vowels,
embellishments
the accent marks.

In Hebrew, sometimes
a root is (almost)
undecipherable because
grammatical rules swarm
round it, a mask.

To say evil has a mask is
still to simplify. And in
simplification, more danger
like prophetic tales
from fathers
“my son…”

But my teacher says
you have to know the grammar
to find the root
you have to
know
the root to have
a stab at
the what changed.

Poetry on Proverbs 1:8-9

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction; don’t neglect your mother’s teaching; for they are a graceful wreath on your head, and beads for your neck” Proverbs 1:8-9

Young, free,
you can’t tell me.

We burst out of our families’ bosoms
at eighteen, ready
to to take on the world.

They tried to tell us,
some wisdom,
some foolishness.
But all the same

they tried to tell us.

Perhaps we thought
“Honor thy mother and father!”
meant obedience.

Maybe, as we grow up
we find it didn’t matter what
they said
…they won’t remember

but what mattered
what we both
remember?

is that we took time to listen.

(A new writing project that I’m working on.)

Monday Inspiration {18}

Happy Monday! I’m not sure if it’s the cooler weather lately, or the extra-long weekend, but I’m really excited about the fact that it’s September. Because it’s September, that also means that it’s time for back-to-school everything.

Tomorrow is the beginning of first quarter, so it is the very beginning of my school year. While I’ve been in classes all of August, this will be the first time I’ll have classes like Church History and New Testament throughout the week.

I’m spending today finishing copious amounts of assigned reading, but before I start in on that, here’s a few things I’m enjoying.

  1. To begin on a slightly sober note–a lot of horrible things have been happening in the world. On top of natural disasters, political disasters, and more, this week saw the release of the Nashville Statement by evangelical leaders. The statement heaps yet more condemnation upon those in the LGBTQIA community who are beautiful, loved, children of God. In response to this, The Liturgists released this statement, of which I am a proud signatory.

  2. I am preordering the newest Flavia de Luce novel, which I am so. excited. about. If you haven’t read the series, it’s about a young chemist in post-war Britain, who, while trying to survive her older sisters and odd father, solves mysteries! Bradley’s series has managed to be both touching, suspenseful, and hilarious, and I admittedly have spent most of the year pining over the fact that I’ve finished them.The first book in the series is Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which I highly recommend starting with. Currently, the ebook is only $4.99, which is a great deal for a new addiction!

  3. This video, reenacted at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, shows how much effort it took    for a young lady of fashion to get dressed in the 18th century. Imagine being unable to get dressed without the assistance of someone else? It’s a fascinating look at a life we are far(ther) removed from. (Also, I would like that dress, thank you.)

  4. I’ve talked before about how much I LOVE the Lizzie Bennett Diaries (a modern-day, vlog adaptation of Pride and Prejudice). I’ve been re-watching them thanks to the fact that it’s their 5 year anniversary, and in honor of that, the Facebook page is reposting them every week.

  5. These corgi flower pots are the cutest things ever. I am currently working on making a windowsill garden in my dorm room, and I am very much tempted by the fact that my windowsill could be full of animals with succulents…

Happy Monday, friends!

(p.s. the Amazon links in this post are affiliate links, so if you purchase something, I get a tiny percentage of that money.)