Real clutter is easier to handle than clutter in my mind. Little things and big things bounce around from the front of my attention, then get relegated to the shadows, only to squeeze their way back into the light.
I think I'll just post them here. Perhaps all these disparate pieces of mental stickies will find purpose and meaning living on a blog post...
(Thich Nhat Hahn, No Death, No Fear, 2002, pp. 98)
Another book in the cue for reading is American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell. Recommended by one of my favorite profs, this looks like a meaty, but accessible read. Take a sneak peek HERE. "Based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religious and public life in America, American Grace is an indispensable book about American religious life, essential for understanding our nation today." [back cover]
audeo, audere, ausus sum (verb) - to dare
nox, noctis, noctium (noun) - night
fortis, forte (adj) - brave, strong
res gestae (f. pl.) - revolution!
On the music wish-list:
|winter cold season is coming...|
"More than ever before it is possible to appreciate the fervid quality of religious experience in the late Middle Ages. It was an age marked by unusual religious practices--by flagellants, visionaries, and ascetics--all of whom burned with the intuition that the realm of God was separated from the human by the thinnest of membranes. Like daily life itself, religious practice was earthy and physical. Pain and suffering were vestibules for the holy; miracles were evidence of it." (Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life, by Don Brophy, pp.244-45)
Catherine of Siena is the subject of my capstone research this year. There are a LOT of stickies hanging around about her, that's for sure! I'll share more stickies later.
On the do-list: organize that amazingly chaotic sock drawer!!
So, that's all the clutter for now. Phew!
Until the next time...