Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Scattered summer scenes.

  • Late night circles around campfires. 
  • New Bible with plenty of room to write all over the margins and magical pens.
  • Long work days. 
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Discipleship" sacked out under a tree with the smell of fresh cut grass, ripe blackberries, and exclamation marks dancing around in my head.
  • Dark drives homes with all the windows rolled down and fresh cut hay everywhere.
  • Days so busy I don't even have time to check my email. Oh horrors.
  • George Herbert. Oh yes.
  • Revisiting Latin.
  • Vacuuming the dust out of my room. Always. My life obsession.
  • Summer colds.
  • Laying on the floor past midnight writing retarded poetry.
  • Reading Chaim Potok write to my soul while my nieces giggle in the pool.
  • Stars. Everywhere. Almost every night. Swoon.
  • Cool sunrises and hot sunsets.
  • Exhaustion. 
  • Roadtrips with wheat fields.
  • Matt Chandler.
  • Shakespeare plays with chocolate, wine, and Havarti.
  • Struggles with an imperfect world and very messed up personage (namely, me).
  • Good talks with my people. Never quite enough time.
  • Serious baptism feasting (I mean really serious partying) all because of my new, handsome, perfect nephew. Seeing him and my bro as a dad for the first time = weep fest.  
  • Missing all of the Olympics. :-P Oh well.
  • Flickering hope to write and blog more regularly. And eat more blackberries.


Happy Homemaker said...

Sounds like you're using your time well!

-E- said...

Is that the new Norton Critical Edition of the Bible you're referring to? If so, I'm jealous!

Bethany said...

Nope. Just got another version of the ESV that has a lot of room for writing and marking things up. It also doesn't have the their headings interrupting the text (they are off to the side instead of smack in the middle in bold).

Also, just got the Latin/English Biblia Sacra. Pretty excited.

I haven't heard of the Norton Critical Edition of the Bible??

Edith said...

Sounds like a beautiful growing summer. I relate to many of the items. I got a new Bible last year; isn't it amazing how reading the words in a fresh typeface helps one see them better?

I'm unsure what this says about me, but the item that really jumped off my screen was "Vacuuming the dust out of my room." The dust and I also have a longterm relationship of mutual contempt and cunning. ; )

-E- said...

Oh, you should check it out. It just came out in April. You might not like it as a Christian, though, because it's more of a Bible-as-Literature thing.

Bethany said...

Edith, I'm glad someone understands about the vacuuming thing. ;-)

E, are you talking about this edition?

The Bible is the most beautiful amazing piece of literature in the world, so it certainly should be studied as such. It's also the Word of God, which makes the study all the more exciting and thrilling! And to be approached with humility and eagerness. :-)

Thanks for telling me about this edition. I've enjoyed reading about it.