Trick or Trunk?

Something has been troubling me this year as I noticed more and more places around town promoting “the safe alternative to trick-or-treating” or other similar advertisements. Whether it be churches offering trunk or treating in their parking lots, or malls offering trick-or-treating amongst all their stores; the idea these days seems to be that kids are not safe or treated fairly unless they are herded around, midday, to collect inferior candy. Continue reading

7 Quick Takes – Everyone else is doing it

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I think my first take is that I’m a tad tardy on posting my 7 quick takes. It’s been a long week, what can I say… I’ll do better next time.

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I’m the female 30-something version of Napoleon Dynamite. Really. I’m clumsy as heck, contagiously awkward, quite prefer tater tots, and am fairly certain I’ve spent at least three hours shading an upper lip.

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Happy Halloween to everyone! Unless you’re a real Christian. I know the real Christians don’t celebrate Halloween, they have this interesting Reformation Day/ Trunk or Treat mash-up thing going on. It’s very biblical – I think the Levites started it.

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I’m relieved we now have four guitars at mass these days… instead of just the three.

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Maybe because I don’t have sweet little children to dress, or maybe just because I’m insane, I find myself obsessively accessorizing my iphone. What mood is my iphone in, what does it want to wear today? Hmmm, can’t decide between the Halloween wallpaper w/brown case or fallen leaves w/lime green case. Priorities.

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At dinner with some of my family, two glasses of wine proved fatal to what ordinarily might have been a simple discussion about politics and religion (I know, such benign topics!). Yes, some people get happy and fun; I become an unrelenting arguer. Oh you think Gaddafi deserved it, you think the occupiers may not be all bad, you think the Catholic Church really is simotaneously the Beast and the Whore or Babylon? I OBJECT!!

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So, not only is my city responsible for gifting the world with the would-be girl scout boy, but now we present to you “Tebowing.” Yes, that’s right, planking is passe. Fake, spontaneous prayer in random places is all the rage. Thanks Denver!!

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Hail, Full of Grace…

The Annunciation, by Kim Vandapool

The Annunciation is a powerful concept. No need to unpack it, theologically, here – as much as I want to dissect and expound upon words like kecharitomene…I think I’ll leave all that important heavy lifting stuff to the pros. What is important is that the Blessed Virgin Mary did say yes to such an inconceivable (pun intended) proposal. What is hard to capture, artistically speaking however, in the face of Mary, is her pure fear, surprise, humility, and acceptance of that moment. Once again, I found myself intimidated and unable to move forward at multiple times in this piece as I started, stopped, and returned to it over a period of several years. But eventually I simply accepted it for what it had become (in all its evolution), and with a few finishing touches, called it finito yesterday.

So here is my ambivalent contribution to “The Annunciation” motif. With that, I think it’s only fitting to recall Our Lady’s words in the Magnificat:

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him. He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.