Boundless Love in New York City

Great idea and positive social response when the touch is a simple way and a simple sign of friendship.  Photographer Richard Rinaldi sees the beauty of diversity, connections and closeness.  A photographer's vision.  The imagination in flight, the heart in touch with reality,  wanting to symbolize we are all connected. Some people are upset with Rinaldi's suggested closeness, and strangers kissing can do the opposite of creating sacredness of connection; it can imply that intimacy, while we all hunger for it as Rinaldi and many theologians have said, has very little value by the fact that it can be "given" to everyone. Can we kiss everyone without becoming connected? How deep do you want the connection to be?  Can you undo intimacy?  Are you ready for the level of intimacy you choose?A kiss is a different level of connectedness than a touch.  An embrace has spiritual levels.  We must remember that every touch carries a meaning to the heart.Let us see the beauty in this photo.  Let us consider that we are spiritual beings and levels of intimacy must always be carefully considered for the value and meaning.  It must be considered, because a life without both meaning and value, looses an understanding of the sacredness of intimacy.  I for one find many of his images beautiful and inspiring. Inspiration, according to early christian traditional theology, is one thing that ALWAYS leads to healing.Philosophy and art integrated--which is called theology--is a bit more clear to me when I see this CBS video; that philosophy of early christianity (pre institution) that argued that we seek to be inspired, are all called by the elusive Divine to be inspired, and the video reveals what has always had the potential to inspire humanity towards love and healing...the "right" image (i.e.  here we see  tenderness). Tenderness is a manifestation of the "etherial", normally called the Divine or Transcendence into God's warm presence. ...more

Land messages a place of sense

Kathy Dunn it has been many years and yet it does seem like yesterday. Amazing how your writing ...more

Tonight I Am Angry

I received the divorce papers in the mail and I can't help but feel angry. Who is he to walk out on this marriage and leave me a single mother with four children?  But the thing that makes me the maddest is that he left me with the responsibility of two car notes and all the bills with a part time job!!! What right does he have to leave me with the burden of paying for two cars while he went out and got another car?  Why didn't he just take over the note on his truck that is sitting in my driveway?! ...more
I know how you feel.  I too am leaning on God for comfort peace and direction.  Hang in ...more

We Supass Death, Promise!

Dear July,

  We are officially in the second half of the year and It stuns me how time so gracefully slips through our lives like water in our hands. We have seen the seasons change from bundling layers while  shoveling snow covered grounds, to running out the door rushing toward the sounds of the ice cream truck in efforts to get a sweet cool treat against the heat. We have said good bye to the wind nibbling our ears, and smiled while welcoming the suns kisses on our skin. ...more

Being Single ≠ Being Broken

This past weekend, I attended our church conference's Annual Camp Meeting.  This is a time during the year when church members from churches all over our conference (TX, AR, OK, LA, NM)  gather together in Athens, TX for worship.  You get to see people you haven't seen since the previous year, and meet new faces as well....more

An Exclusive Excerpt of Finding Mr. Righteous

A few months ago my first book, Finding Mr. Righteous, was released on Kindle and hardcover.  A Christian-in-name-only, I dated freely in spite of my insecurities. An Atheist. A Catholic. A Quaker. A Preacher. A Jew. Some gave me the answers I yearned for, while others left me with more questions....more

Unseen

From my personal blog.My laughter echoed into the frightened silence on the other end of the phone.“Oh, come on,” I said, not realizing that the lack of response wasn’t forced. “It’s funny now, but all that stuff you said when we were kids was a joke, right?”Again, there was only silence. Finally, he said, “I don’t like to talk about that anymore. It was scary.”“Right,” I said, still laughing. I finally realized he wasn’t, nor was he working to hold any humor back. “Wait, are you serious?”...more

Living with less

I always had the impression that I was pretty good at spring-cleaning. Never had any qualms about throwing away bags full of the old papers and pamphlets, conference materials, note pads from previous work interviews, and business cards that had somehow accumulated in the drawers of my nightstands....more

365 Reflections - Reflection 2

I am sure at times others wonder what keeps us creative folks from just doing our thing. "C'mon Lisa, how hard is it to just write?"  I've only committed to once a day and only ten minutes at that. Well dear reader, there are obstacles  - big and small. This morning for instance, I was settled in at my desk with hot tea and toast and I had to install updates before my computer allowed the free form of thoughts. I could not postpone the updates anymore and rather than being afraid of a forced shut down while I am reflecting, I took the time to restart....more