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The Reconciliation

It’s been a really long day, but before I go to bed I thought I’d share with you this painting by Maria Lassnig that I recently saw at P.S. 1, which is part of the MOMA. It’s called The Reconciliation. I think it pairs well with a little Iron & Wine.

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Thousand Word Fridays

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23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

Parker Benbow

Illustrator 
Murfreesboro, TN

www.parkerbenbow.com
Diocese of Tennessee

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Thousand Word Fridays: Til the flooding subside

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Photo by Jason Sierra (2014)

He stood,

and waited,

his back to me.

listening me into stillness

and waiting for the flooding to subside.

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Thousand Word Fridays: From Strength to Strength

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Jason Sierra (Pen and Ink, Watercolor, Digital, 2010)

Every possible mistake.

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Thousand Word Fridays: Face to Face with a Thin Place

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Jason Sierra (Digital Collage, February 2014)

The sound that thin places make

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Thousand Word Fridays: Fire on the Mountain

Jason Sierra (2014, Collage)

Jason Sierra (2014, Collage)

I see fire – Ed Sheeran

If the buffalo in my head…

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The other day, here at The Daily Cake, we received a fascinating comment.  I realize it is spam but it made me laugh….a lot.  Any idea how this was created as a comment and what it could mean (if it wasn’t meant to be complete nonsense)? Continue reading

Life

As I watch this trailer my heart is breaking and mending cyclically in a way that only Spike Jonze makes possible. It’s partially the music in his movies with voices that verge on tears, partially the monsters he creates and then makes you love, and partially the willingness to hold nothing back. But all together it makes for something untouchable.

While I, of course, haven’t actually seen the movie (it opens Nov. 20), “Her” crosses a frontier that probably makes a lot of us uncomfortable. Begging the questions: what is love? and how do we love?,  it also asks the bigger question, what is life?

Between technological advances, medical and political debates and extraterrestrial exploration the question is a relevant one. What is Life? How do we define it? Does it have to be carbon based? Does it have to die? Does it have to be “conscious” in the way we are conscious? or does it simply have to be? And once we have defined it, what does it mean to honor it? 

I’m uninterested in sparking a debate here on abortion or various forms of research, what I am interested in is how definitions of life restrict or expand our understanding of the infinite creativity present in the creation. If God truly is “I am,” that is, being itself, than everything that exists both reflects and honors that foundation.

So while I may pity Theodor Twombly in “Her,” I also hear Samantha discovering, beautifully discovering, the life that is already hers. She is perhaps  not so far off into our future, how will we receive her? Alive?

(A good friend, the Rev. Dr. Lucas Mix who is both Episcopal Priest and astrobiologist will be studying the definition of life in both theology and science through Harvard’s biology department over the next couple years. I’ll try to interject insights from him from time to time as his research progresses)

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Garden of Glass

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Tiffany’s does Doctor Seuss (Visiting Dale Chihuly’s new gallery/museum in Seattle)

Not So Saintly

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Adapted from a woodcut of Saint Francis, this is a more realistic interpretation of my own relationship to wild birds.