Happy Saturday! (7 Quick Takes)

What I've been up to lately: places, people, books, podcasts, music, links & more for your weekend downtime.

(1) gorgeous family wedding

 On Sunday, our nephew Ben married his sweetheart Ronnie on a beautiful lake in upstate NY. (photo credit: Tiffany Hall Folk)

On Sunday, our nephew Ben married his sweetheart Ronnie on a beautiful lake in upstate NY. (photo credit: Tiffany Hall Folk)

 We loved every minute!

We loved every minute!



(3) books I'm reading

Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett (recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy)

Chicago: A Novel by Brian Doyle (chose after listening to this podcast)

A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997 by Wendell Berry (An Ordinary Time selection for our church's reading group.)

 We carry the Wendell Berry poems with us everywhere we go this summer. Here Brian's reading during our hike at  Kent Falls State Park .

We carry the Wendell Berry poems with us everywhere we go this summer. Here Brian's reading during our hike at Kent Falls State Park.


(4) siblings & their Mom

 More from the wedding. We're just missing Brian's brother Jim in this sweet family photo.

More from the wedding. We're just missing Brian's brother Jim in this sweet family photo.


(5) art & faith-related links I love

Nick Offerman On How He Got Involved With Wendell Berry. Find a way to see the documentary Mr. Offerman is promoting in this clip. We did, and it was worth every minute. | via Englewood Review of Books

Art, Conflict & Remembering: Travelling Exhibition of the Bogside Artists. It's been a year since we toured Ireland (see links from our trip below) and I will never forget the murals of the Bogside Artists in Derry/Londonderry. This exhibition should be excellent.

Prayercast videos. A friend working in a difficult part of the world sent me one of these links recently. The videos have helped me pray more intelligently about all parts of the world. Sign up to receive a weekly email to help you join in prayer with the world for the world.

New Film Trailer for Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. This book and this movie are definitely going into the queue for our church's reading group for next spring. | via Englewood Review of Books

The Cosmic Glory of Sufjan Stevens' Planetarium - I'm so excited to listen to this new album from a truly inspired musician. Make sure you click on the music video at the end of the post. | via Think Christian


(6) blog posts from this week in the archives

2016 - Ireland! (A year ago on July 14th we returned from our month in Ireland. All the posts with all the photos.)

2015 - Monday morning thoughts: Dancing bear act, crash helmets, and a Doxology (a stream-of-consciousness meditation on the Anglican liturgy)

2012 - 5 pieces of art inspired by the great American road trip

2010 - "Sometimes we have to change jobs in order to maintain our vocation." - Eugene Peterson (If I'd known in 2010 we were on the brink of so much change, I probably wouldn't have believed it. A prophetic post...)

2008 - Transforming Culture Symposium #1: THE GOSPEL (Andy Crouch) (You could also title this series The Origins of Tamara's Mind Blown.)

2006 - The summer our town flooded - here, here, and here (another life-changing event, captured in the earliest days of this blog)

1 year ago in Ireland

I HAVE SEEN LANDSCAPES, NOTABLY IN THE MOURNE MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHWARDS WHICH UNDER A PARTICULAR LIGHT MADE ME FEEL THAT AT ANY MOMENT A GIANT MIGHT RAISE HIS HEAD OVER THE NEXT RIDGE,' HE WROTE IN HIS ESSAY ON STORIES. WHILE LIVING IN ENGLAND HE SPOKE OF THE MAGIC OF NORTHERN IRELAND: 'I YEARN TO SEE COUNTY DOWN IN THE SNOW, ONE ALMOST EXPECTS TO SEE A MARCH OF DWARFS DASHING PAST. HOW I LONG TO BREAK INTO A WORLD WHERE SUCH THINGS WERE TRUE." - C.S. LEWIS


(7) fun friend photos from this week


May your weekend include sunshine, beauty and a good laugh, friends. Peace...

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