March 31, 2004

Kellis’s easter eggs

My friend Kelli won 3 kilos of chocolate in a bet.
She and Randall have doubled the chocolote
and are giving away easter eggs with an easter message
to kids in West Auckland, through a local foodbank.
Good on her
I like it when people take positive initiatives.

Let’s be people who do more
than bemoan the fact that easter
has been reduced to chocolate eggs and bunnies.

Reminds me also of the eggs that sold last year at the Warehouse.
Several wee eggs arranged in cross shape.
On the cardboard backing was the easter story,
a picture to colour and an address
where they could send away for more easter info.

Great idea.
Need more of it!

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 11:27 AM

March 30, 2004

… and art that makes me sigh “yes”

This exhibition by Judy McIntosh Wilson
was fantastic.

Kayli and I wandered amongst the shells and stones.
We talked about how it reminded us of the sun
and the sea.
How it made us think of God
and forever.

There is such therapy in nature
such therapy in art.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:19 PM

Art that makes me smile

I like art that makes me smile.

I encountered such a piece yesterday.

A ceramic in the Essential Forms exhibition
NZ piece with lines that flowed.
I walked around it
and followed the lines
and smiled.

Then walked around again
And smiled again.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:15 PM

Re-creation

Had a fabulous day off yesterday.

Paul was in Christchurch for a couple of days.

We enjoyed good food, good coffee, good wine, good company.

In cafes, bookshops, a gallery, a candlelit conservatory.

Wonderful how sustaining, how refreshing it is
to be with good people
doing relaxed and relaxing things
together.

Hmm
Good

PS Next time, you must come too, Kathryn!

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:09 PM

March 19, 2004

A small yet grand discovery

The calendar in our toilet
shows two famous philosophers
observing a small snail, saying
A small yet grand discovery

May my life be sufficiently slow
that I get to make those
small yet grand discoveries
– seeing things for myself,
and taking a moment to appreciate them.

(The fore-mentioned philosophers
are Pooh and Piglet)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:56 PM

March 17, 2004

The Stepford Wives

I read The Stepford Wives on Monday.
(Day off, trip to the library, 125 page book)

It’s by Ira Levin
the same guy who wrote,
“The Boys from Brazil”.

So I anticipated some menace,
an element of all being not as it seemed.

Unfortunately
I began to read the essay
that was printed before the story.
Such things should come
with a built in warning system …
“Alert, alert, this document
will destroy all elements of suspense.
Alert, Alert, this document
will give the plot away”.

Needless to say
I stopped reading the critical essay
and moved onto the story itself.

And here I should make my own warning:
“Alert, alert, this document
will destroy all elements of suspense.
Alert, Alert, this document
will give the plot away”.

It was written in the early 1970s,
when feminism was beginning to rise,
beginning to hit the middle classes.

A sad reflection on males
(one of whom moves from
semi-feminist
to wanting his wife to be a
(robotic!) sex goddess
-meticulous maid combination
after just one men’s group meeting.)
Sad!

The women
on the other hand
had to be done away with.
And replaced by fore-mentioned robotic versions
(bigger busts, and an insane desire for housework).

They were too strong
and stroppy otherwise.

A good read, I enjoyed it.
Entertaining, light, deep.
– interesting combination!

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 11:19 AM

March 16, 2004

My shoes

I met with a woman today
who attended the same secondary school as me.
She was perhaps five years behind me.
She remembered me.
More specifically she remembered my shoes.

And they were good shoes.

Last Footwear Company,
hand made to my foot’s measurements.
Reddish-brown leather,
Like T-bar without the T.

My Mum gave me the money
for a normal pair of school shoes,
and I added my hard earned
(twin-checking films at a photo processing lab)
after school money to upgrade
to the best shoes in the world.

I still really like them
and mourn their loss!
(don’t laugh I do!
I drool whenever I pass
the Last Footwear Company.
Steve has to restrain me.)

I have a similar pair now,
Reddish-brown leather,
Like T-bar without the T,
from Colorado.
Almost as good.
Also been resoled once.
They have walked many long miles
on the pavements of Onehunga
and Christchurch.

Want to know what was printed on the sole of the world’s best shoes?

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Posted by Lynne Taylor at 09:36 PM

March 14, 2004

An encouraging moment…

One of the things that
deeply encourages me
is when people are prepared to step
(or to live)
outside their comfort zones
for the sake of the others.

A survey I was involved with recently
asked people what they thought of
a denominational newspaper.
I was heartened when I read comments
from elderly people saying,
“I want to see more in this paper
of interest to children and teenagers”.

People can get exceedingly
caught up in their own needs and desires.
It is always refreshing
when they are prepared
to consider other’s needs, concerns and well-being.

(PS Why did the word well-being amuse me today?)

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Posted by Lynne Taylor at 07:45 PM

I like to concatenate

Just saved myself lots of work
by concatenating in Excel.
I was categorising churches
according to whether they are urban or rural,
and their average weekly attendance.

Nice to be able to click and drag
rather than having to re-enter data.

See, computers do save us time
(yeah right).

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 07:37 PM

March 11, 2004

The Passion

Steve went to “The Passion” on Tuesday.
He’s preparing to preach a series on
Meeting Mel’s Jesus.
His reflections on the movie can be found here.
(Note – it was there. Has now been embargoed awaiting print in Reality on April 19. It’ll be back up then)

I confess,
I wasn’t at all disappointed that he went on his own,
when I was at work.
To be honest, I don’t really want to go.
Movies for me are about escapism and recreation
and I’m certain neither of those
would be my experience at “The Passion”.

But at the same time it is
one person’s portrayal of the story
that holds centre stage in my Christian faith.
So I think I will see it at some stage,
when I’m feeling brave!

I prefer the version of the Nicene Creed
where it says,
“He suffered, died and was buried”

To the one that says,
“He suffered death and was buried”

I have always preferred that former version.
In fact I remember as a teenager
feeling very disappointed when it changed
with the new edition of my church’s
Anglican (Episcopalian) Prayer Book.

Because the reality is that Jesus did suffer.
He must have.
Not just the indignity of death,
but the pain that was due to the way that he died
and the cruelty he endured before death.

But I have yet to see for myself
whether that is what is portrayed in “The Passion”.

When I go, I shall endeavour to go
(bravely, and) with an open mind.

I’ve only spoken to a handful of people
who have seen the movie.
I like the fact that it has encouraged them
to reread the Bible story for themselves
so as to be able to assess the “accuracy” of the movie.
That’s very good!
Very Berean!

I like the fact it’s in Aramaic.
It was after all!
And we westerners don’t have a mortgage on the Bible.
As The Mutton Birds remind us (ironically!)
(The Queen’s English wasn’t,
despite what one Texan senator believed,
“good enough for Jesus Christ”).

(Want to listen? mp3 of “Queen’s English” here)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 08:43 PM