Taking small, reserved steps, I heard the crumbling of soft leaves under my bare feet. [Read more…] about What is Possible for Body and Beautiful?- Part 2
In a long ago Bible study, Dave and I met weekly with a trusted group of friends. For a season, we read excerpts from thought-provoking authors, including C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Mother Teresa. Within the group, conversation was organic and refreshingly unpredictable; pointed questions were welcome, as was lighthearted laughter.
From that study, I clearly remember reading the following quote from Sir Isaac Newton that opened one of the early chapters of the study.
“In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s goodness.”
Today, these words spur me to ponder the relevance of small things. [Read more…] about What is Possible for Body and Beautiful?
My Vogue came in the mail on Tuesday. It is a grandiose salute to all things style, and the fact that it’s the 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition makes it special — heavy and thick, full of photos imbued with colors and patterns that capture the reader’s attention with every turn of the page. I look at some of these models and think they are alluring, but mostly skinny. Like scary skinny.
As the “Thou shalt not judge” voice confronts my thoughts, I realize why I battle with the images in my fashion magazine. It is impossible to separate ourselves from our bodies? [Read more…] about On Vogue and Sanctification
I was in need of jamming to a little Jay-Z in the middle of my tired hump day routine, so with the kids down for summer pseudo-quiet time, I reached for my headphones, stretched out on my side of the bed, and indulged.
I journaled this: “Do you feel the pulse of the sound? The rhythm that compels you to nod your head and maybe even tap your foot to the bass? “Who’s Gonna Run This Town Tonight?” There are beats that literally force our bodies to do a little bounce, and the consistency of the vibrations move us. We can stand two-legged, bone-tired, in front of an overflowing sink full of dishes, and the right song can prompt our bodies into motion. Today, Beyoncé’s man has the power to change my disposition from powerless to powerful. Bored to interested. Awake to the world that is swirling around me.”
Awake. Alert. Ready for Action. [Read more…] about My Girls Gonna Run This Town Tonight
The following poem, “Ode,” was written by Elizabeth Alexander. Alongside Maya Angelou, she is arguably the most prolific African American female poet of our time. In this poem, she affirms truth about women, specifically mothers — about who we are and what we do.