Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: February 2007

Destination: Iceland…

I love these new “slide shows” that photographers do these days. Here is one of the best I’ve come across. It is done by a group of photographers in Iceland, using Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop and QuickTime. Plus a lot of sensitivity, imagination and skill.

If you can’t pick up for a trip to Iceland, I expect this show will do.

Destination: Iceland

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Giving Stuff Away…

Our move to a smaller place is about 11 months away. We are now unearthing and divesting ourselves of a 20 years accumulation of various treasures, stuff … and mysteries (what in the world is that?).

For the most part it is hard work. In some cases it is a joy. And every once in awhile it is painful. (For instance, I have some very nice fishing gear that I would like to share with someone who both needs it and will love it. I don’t want to sell it. What to do with that?)

But we have turned our backs on the yard sale thing. Surely we would like and could put to good use the money, but for whatever reason, we weren’t cut out for that. We are discovering an unexpected joy in giving stuff away to organizations that share it with the homeless, the poor, the needy, the defeated. A good, dependable charity will dispose of our things at a reasonable price, then channel the funds to help folks who need help. Or even better, share warm sweaters, blankets and other blessings with those who desperately need them.

The things go from our house with our silent prayers and best wishes. Some of them will even carry with them, completely without pretense, special memories.

My Gift…

We watch many films, thanks to our DVD mail program. (Blockbuster)

May I suggest three we watched – and talked about for days? (One mark of a great film)

1. The Road Home (China)

2. The Mother (British, I think)

3. Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s version)

You Can’t Go Home Again…

You know that point in your life when you realize that the house that you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? Even though you have some place where you can put your stuff that idea of home is gone.You won’t have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for your kids, for the family you start, it’s like a cycle or something. Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people who miss the same imaginary place.

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Humor and Bewilderment…

Fiona Robyn shares an interesting insight:

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.

Freeman Dyson

As Good As It might Get…

It’s going to be a long, long political season. Much too long.

As the candidates begin to spar and redefine and flip-flop, enjoy it. This is just the preliminary fun time. Ordinary folks aren’t mad or bored yet.

They will be. Me too.