Friday, December 18, 2009

"Merry Marketing"

Read this in the Wall Street Journal this morning and had to share it with y'all. It's muy bueno. Theory: the author and Reverend Know-It-All are brothers. Their sense of humor is identical to a fault.

Merry Marketing
By Fr. James Martin, S.J.
And this year what's been irking me are the slogans that companies are deploying in their December ad campaigns that hope to have it both ways: They're using religious themes without actually being religious. Call it faith-based advertising.

[...]The cover of the Land's End catalog, which is bursting with preppy families who apparently divide their time between laughing dementedly, drinking steaming mugs of hot chocolate and petting horses, says: "Make it Merry!" Make what merry? Celebrating the birth of Christ or petting a horse? 


Read the full article here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

the sun without the rain

Such an adorable song.
Makes you want to just blubber with cuteness.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

just a cage of rib bones

To love at all is to be vulnerable.


Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.




If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.



Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.



But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
--C.S. Lewis

Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.  

--C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

where you go; i go

The swan, like the soul of the poet, by the dull world is ill understood. 
--Heine


I love swans. I just love them. I was sitting around pondering them and their beauties today. Just look at them. They're gorgeous, graceful creatures. They look delicate, demure, and feminine.

Yet lying dormant within them are reservoirs of titanic strength that they draw on to fly over 2000 miles.

That's strength. It's a beautiful sort of strength. A strong, quiet type of strength-shy, demure, quiet. Not brash, demanding attention, but simply doing what needs to be done without fuss or complaint. That's the kind of strong I strive/hope/wish/want to be.



And when they find their swan soul-mate, they stick with them for life.
Faithful through thick 'n' thin.
That's a tough, true sort of love.



There's a double beauty whenever a swan swims on a lake with her double thereon. 
--Thomas Hood

Monday, November 30, 2009

Here Comes the Bride

This post is full of girly-ness. Sorry not sorry.

Click on dress for full view.

Mori Lee has the most beautiful wedding dresses I've ever seen. I saw this exact dress at the Chapel of Love at MOA on the Friday after Thanksgiving(I don't really like calling it Black Friday for some reason, so we'll just call it what it is: the Friday after Thanksgiving).

And I may or may not have let out a shriek of delight and joy when I saw this dress.

I may have gasped out of sheer wonder and awe.

Then again I may not have.

The truth remains shrouded in mystery and mysteriousness.

But what I definitely did do was make my friend from work (who I was wandering about with; she was looking for a hard drive from Best Buy-but we ended up finding my future wedding dress. A happy tradeoff? I think yes.) stop for a good couple of minutes and admire the dress while I took a picture-it was with my phone, so it wasn't a very good picture. But, then I snooped about on the Chapel of Love website, and I found the dress!


Sidebar: Who on earth would want to get married in the Mall of America??????

Just sayin'.
But, anyhow, I just wanted to show you my wedding dress! Because it officially is going to be my wedding dress. No, I'm not planning on getting married anytime in the near future. But, as my Boy Scout brother would say: Be Prepared.

I'm Eighteen.

Clocks are ticking.





Bridesmaids' dresses, anyone? ;)

Friday, November 20, 2009

driving through cul-de-sacs of my own

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jane Austen



I was going through my old scripts the other day (I was in Pensive-Reflexive mood. And that's the sort of thing one does in a Pensive-Reflexive mood), and I found these little thoughts written in, around, and all over the margins and covers of my Pride and Prejudice Script.

  • Opposites attract, and must learn to meet in the middle. (E.g., Lizzie and Darcy: Darcy is her soulmate, because they both need each other- he starts out cold & proud, Lizzie starts out rather rash and slightly prideful of her good judgement-his coldness is melted by her "fine eyes," Eyes are windows into the soul, i.e., character. Lizzie's character is on par, and every bit the equal to Darcy's. Lizzie's pride and immature rash judgments are tempered by Darcy's coolness. Lizzie learns to grow up; Darcy learns to loosen up. 
  • Lizzie is searching for a soulmate and refuses to settle for less, despite the opportunities that are presented. She is attracted to Darcy's character only when she finally discovers the strength and virtue of his character.

  • Elizabeth's prejudice springs from her fierce loyalty--identical to the source of Darcy's failings. For example, Miss Bingley is obviously a snob. Therefore, Miss Bingley's warnings about Wickham, which is in fact a good, true warning Lizzie should take note of, is disregarded because it comes from the lips of Miss Bingley. This is prejudice. Although she is a snob, Miss Bingley may in fact be correct in this situation--her snobbishness does not prevent her from being correct about Wickham's character. But, how else is one to judge a person, their actions and words than by one's previous knowledge of them?
  • PRIDE--Choosing not to love out of fear. Out of fear of being rejected, of not being loved back. The antidote to pride: just love. "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
  • To love was why woman was created. [Ed. Note: This was written in reference to Genesis, and how Eve was created to be a companion for Adam. Adam was told to "fill the earth and subdue it" (Genesis 1: 28), but Eve was made for Adam, because Adam was lonely. God said "It is not good for the man to be alone." (Genesis 2:18) So, what did He do? He made a companion for Adam; and since He's God, obviously He's going to give Adam the perfect companion. That perfect companion was Woman. How sweet/adorable/romantic/lovely/beautiful/mind-boggling/earth-shattering/"inconceivable!" is that? Honestly, I think that's just the best thing ever.]
  • Strong characters are attracted by character, not [exterior] beauty. Eyes express strength of character-windows to the soul.
  • People project what they are onto other people.
  • Obstinancy is Darcy's true failing, as is Lizzie's.
  • Lizzie prides herself on being the opposite of Jane: she sees only good in others at all costs; but Lizzie prides herself on seeing all and having no qualms about criticizing what she sees.[Ed. Note--Can I say I find it simply fascinating, delightful, delicious, and quintessentially ironic that Lizzie's real fault is pride! Truly, it is: Lizzie is a clever, intuitive girl-the cleverest and most intuitive in her circle of aquaintance. Therefore, there's a little, wee bit of pride-the knowledge that she is better than everyone else. She prides herself on her ability to read character, and her good judgment. She's spiritually on an entirely different plane than everyone else in her family and her friends, and she's fallen into the trap of pride-the mistake of thinking herself "a cut above the company," as a wise, dashing young gentleman once said. But by the end of the story, Lizzie is a much humbler character. She's still witty, clever, and vivacious; but she has learned wisdom and humility.]
  • Lizzie's attraction to Wickham is a vital ( i.e., physical) attraction. Physical attraction is blind-it sees only one side of the person-the side that the person wants you to see, or the side that you wish to see.
  • Lizzie feels a respect that can lead to love-one must have respect-gratitude. Lizzie does not love Darcy as yet; but then her physical and vital attraction is awakened by Pemberly. I see a beauty & splendor of Darcy's that can rival Wickham's glamour. Only when Darcy's character was proved good did his wealth become attractive."If gratitude and esteem are good foundations of affection, Elizabeth's change of sentiment will be niether improbable nor faulty." --P&P Chapter 46
  • "Never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, as now, when all love must be vain." ---P&P Chapter 46
  • "She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man, who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her."---P&P Chapter 50

    So there you are. I love this story-it is arguably the greatest love story of modern English literature. Jane Austen wrote a masterpiece, and it never ceases to amaze me how much richness and beauty and Truth is contained within the pages of her book. P&P is one of the rare works that is a 'classic' in the full sense of the word-it's themes are universal, undying, and are at the heart of all our stories.

"Even in literature anrt, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."---C. S. Lewisd a