Friday, July 22, 2011

Fingerprints on Friday

This seems to be one of those loud weeks for me, people talking, big trucks, even the rooster that lives on our road (that thinks it's a dog) very hard to find peace...the dust seems dustier, the air is hard to breathe, the sun is hotter than...well, the sun, but I'm looking everywhere for one of God's fingerprints. 

I Chronicles 16:11
I will give you peace and quietness.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fingerprints on Friday

I went to a lake this week, one where all the cool geese like to hang was so peaceful, even with all the splashing about and laughter.  Just a simple joy, a chance to breathe, and made me think of this wish for everyone to find their gift of fingerprints of God in the sand, water or sky. 
Ecclesiastes 3:13
That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil - this is the gift of God.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Taiko Drumming on Tuesday

Taiko drumming is a relatively new art form from Japan, coming to the United States in the 1960's for performances such as this one.  This auditorium was kind of small so I could really feel this music too, and it was so fun to learn about this art form, both ancient and new from Japan, actually coming from the Chinese during the Yayoi period (500 BC -300 AD.)  I think the more interesting version of taiko drumming's beginnings is this story...
According to myth, Taiko was started by Ame no Uzume, a shaman-like female diety.  One day fed up by her brother, the sun goddess hid herself in a cave.  The world became pitch dark and the other dieties tried to appease the sun goddess so that the world would be bright again.  They held a big party in front of the cave, and Ame no Uzume danced an erotic dance, stamping her feet on a wooden tub.  The other dieties laughed and cheered so loudly that the noise provoked the sun goddess to come out of her cave.  And thus, the world saw light again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Macro Monday

Some of the beautiful colors of summer.  Enjoy.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Time Machine for Tuesday

It was like stepping back into time yesterday, not really sure which time, it was all sort of mixed up. At our park, there were so many interesting things for a fun 4th of July celebration...way before the fireworks. There were old tractors and new ones...really classic cars and not so classic (maybe because I remember these!) My dad's classic 1950 Chevy (the black one in the photo) really shined, even though he parked it in the shade. Then there was the "fur trader" who I thought resembled Col. Mustard trying to sound like an old prospector. He informed me that the black coat hanging up was from a bear (dating back to 1880.) I think he should have let the bear keep his coat then, since he was from a time machine.

Who would expect to see this in our park?