Autumnal-Halloween Edition

I do not know if the colors are just more lovely/intense this year or that my perception of them is heightened. I suspect it is the former. Thank you, Lord, who Hallows souls of women and men, to be free from decay and death.
Here are more beautifully dying leaves and some toadstools for Halloween.

Help Still Desperately Needed for the Pakistan Earthquake Survivors

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
Here is another article from the BBC that illustrates the desperate need and totally inadequate response to this disaster. In comparison to responses to disasters in our own country, our contribution is but a very small drop in the bucket, further illustrating just how highly elevated our standard of living is and just how much it costs to maintain it when others in other countries struggle on with just the bare minimum and very often not even that. I do not mean to ignore the suffering of people in America, but simply ask for help for those in even greater need also. In addition, aid distributed though a Christian organization is a great witness to the Muslim world, which rightly or wrongly feels so often on the wrong end of the stick.
There are links to donate in the article and at the top right of this site.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Imagism and a Beautiful, Sad Reflection from Over the Rhine

In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
-Ezra Pound
Pound said that this piece began as poem of over thirty lines. Half a year later he cut it in half. This was the final product. A distillation of the image experienced down to its very essence and, hence, a classic example of Imagism.
I am not a huge devotee of Imagism, being rather verbose myself, put I can see its power as a sort of extreme poetry to convey one image with intensity which can work to create all sort of conotations and connections in readers. The second line of this poem works for me because I like the dark, almost pensive, trunks of trees after a rain. And while that association for me is largely positive, I can see how bright, windblown leaves against that background can be used to describe the alienation of people in a subway station.
I told you I tend to verbosity.
I bring up Imagism at all simply to introduce an Imagistic experiment of sorts with one of my latest photos. If my pixilation was more dense I might have taken it further.
brightanddark.jpg&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspbrightanddark2.jpg&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspbrightanddark 3.jpg&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspbrightanddark 5.jpg
Here is a lovely bit of writing form Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine about their farm in the Autumn and the death of a beloved pet and time with friends and time with friends at Christmas.

Tracks in the Player-Two That Speak Straight to Me, One That Could Start Speaking Anytime the Good Lord Is Willing

I was a big fan of Eden Burning’s first CD, Vinegar and Brown Paper, with its jigs and reels and meaningful reflections on human frailty, God’s faithfulness, poverty, community. I then got Mirth and Matter, which did not seem to do too much for me. Last year I downloaded a best of CD for a small, voluntarydonation..
…which you should do right now if you like Celtic-inflected, thoughtful, Christian folk-pop. Could I have had any more adjectives. Here is the link.
At any rate the CD languished in my car until the last two weeks, since when it has been in almost constant rotation. The two songs speaking most powerfully to me just now have their lyrics reprinted below. The one I am waiting on the good Lord for is here. Brilliant.

Continue reading

Your Help is Needed-Kashmir Quake More Devastating than Initially Thought

quake tents.jpg
This story from the BBC details how the logistics getting aid to the quake zone is worse than last year’s Tsunami. 50,000+ people have died and that total is expected to rise. Moreover, the harsh himalayan winter is on the way.
Please help. Far fewer countries are sending aid to this disaster. In addition to my links at the top of my blog, there are some additional ones in BBC article.