Here is this week’s list of blog posts, photographs and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
The explanation for the figure on this tree is something I haven’t figured out yet. (Photo credit – Usien.)
Oprah and Zoe. How do you respond to people who assume that you share their religious beliefs and are dismissive when they discover the truth?
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. – Susan B. Anthony in an address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1896). If only she and I had been born into the same generation. We would have so much to discuss!
Torches on the Earth. There’s something soul-soothing about watching a day unfold into night.
You Can Talk to Me. I hope this catches on. Sometimes it’s nice when friendly extroverts start up a conversation.
From Let Love:
You too are enough, you too are perfect in your imperfection.
That knowledge is all the momentum you’re ever going to need. If you’re looking for answers, for meaning or purpose, for a way to change or to gather hope, for a bit of peace or a little faith, then look in the mirror. The answer is you. You are what you’ve been looking for. You are where change, hope and faith live and breathe.
That Ringing Sound. Is this the future of story-telling? It reminds me of stories I grew up hearing from other kids.
A Post-Apocalyptic Society and How it Can Save Us. My brother, Aaron, sent this to me. Read it even if you have no interest in this genre. The yearnings it describes are, if not universal, then at least extremely common.
I haven’t read any new books in the last week or two. What have you been reading?
What a wonderful offering! I really liked these for many reasons. The past week I saw a church billboard (you know the ones..and I truly hate them) that said “they will know we are christians by our love” and immediately I thought of some of my ‘christian’ friends and their views towards homosexuality and gays. Not what I would consider ‘love’. Many christians just don’t think!! Yes, we all have the freedom to express our thoughts, but sometimes it would be better to keep your thoughts to yourself.
Are you going to get one of those T-shirts? Very cute!
I just LOVED the post apocalyptic article! I wish I could meet her in person and give her a big hug. She really touched something in me with that article! Thanks for sharing it!
You’re welcome, Teresa.
I wish you could see what it’s like in Canada. The prevailing culture up here is far more accepting. There are still churches like the ones you described, of course, but they don’t seem to have as much influence as they do in the US.I’m very tempted to get one of those shirts. Maybe I’ll pick one up before the next Ohio visit? 😀
“How do you respond to people who assume that you share their religious beliefs and are dismissive when they discover the truth?”
I have stopped talking to people much about those things. But when I do, my response is to just not disclose anything else to them. I don’t want the conflict, and they don’t to hear it, so why go there. I just smile and let them talk and eventually the topic changes. They lose out cause they don’t really know me as they think they do, but who cares anyway. and then I find myself with reasons to not spend time with them much anymore, of if I have to, I keep it superficial.
It’s sad but sometimes this is the best thing to do.