Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Perfect for Today.

I spent a most lovely mid-day on my front porch. I recently lost my Bible so I have been reading from a new translation: The Living Bible.

"Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony.  Let the peace of heart which comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his body. And always be thankful." Col. 3: 14-15

The peace of God is mysteriously covering me today.  It has been quite a challenging/frustrating couples of weeks.  God is ever faithful and patient.  I am coming into a great time of healing and rebuilding.  I can't wait for things to be better, but I am so grateful for Jesus Christ who will never leave me. Ever.  

I was talking to a friend last night about God being ever brighter through the darkest of dark times.  These are the times that He needs to provide that strength in me.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman: A Gentleman & A Scholar

Paul Newman died today at the age of 83.  I can't think of a more perfect man....allowing that he was intensely in love with Jesus Christ.  He had so many admirable qualities:
1. Intensely handsome.  I, honestly, think Paul Newman in his younger years and through our his life is the most handsome man I have ever seen.
2. Piercing Blue eyes & perfect teeth.
3. He was well educated.  He was at Yale with Marlon Brando and James Dean.
4. He was a gifted actor: one Oscar, one Emmy and two Golden Globes. Plus two honaray Oscars. Butch Cassidy & The Sting are my favorites of his.
5. He was a philanthropist. Through Newman's Own he gave away over $175 million to building camps for kids with Cancer.
6. He aged gracefully and became even more handsome.
7. Acting was not his life.  He was passionate about racing cars.
8. He did not act like a spoiled Celebrity.
9. He was married and was faithful to his second wife, Joanne Woodward, for over 50 years.

Paul was in a league of his own.  Wish there were more men like him these days.  He will be missed.

Yes Please!

Except Straight and w/o the silly purse.

More in New York

1. I was so enamored with rooftops in NY.  They are so fun to hang out on & pretty to look at.

2. Cafe Lalo with John and Mia.  Nice relaxing night in the City, catching up on life.  Such beauty and character in NY. I love that place, esp with weather like that.

3. Spent an afternoon in Bryant Park...they were rebuilding the lawn after Fashion Week.  Then spent sometime with Crystal Bell.  Showed her around SOHO and talked of her adventures and frustrations in NY.  God has so much in store for that girl.  She is quite talented. Also we saw Jennifer Hudson in Penn Station.

4. The Met

So incredible. I wish I could go more often. It is so expansive and so well kept, of course.  I had a great time with Phil talking about the best ways to show/give charity to those less fortunate and taking in magnificent works of art and ancient worlds.  I saw some fabulous jewerly that was made thousands of years ago, in the time of Pharaohs, in the Near East and in greek/roman times.  Amazing details and beautiful stones.  It was such a treat to see how well they are preserved from so long ago.  Also I ate a hot dog for the first time in 10 years.  I was so staving and it was alright.  I hope not to do it again for another 10 years.

The Met has a roof top garden, which surprisingly I have never been up to.  It was incredible and a bit romantic (up top Central Park).  They had some delightful/oversized pieces of art.  This one reminds me of Romeo & Juliet.

This one was so interesting. If you looked straight on you felt that you were looking right through it, but it was a reflection.
Jeff Koons: Cheeky.
Incredible views of the city.  It was the lovelyist of days.  Perfect weather.

5. Dinner Party in Bushwick

Dear friend Philip William Crosby works for Charity:water and lives in Bushwish, Brooklyn. He is such a character.  He invited a few friends over and we all cooked up a fantastic dinner.

On the menu:
1. Salad with Philip made dressing.
2. Organic Spaghetti.
3. Homemade Sauce also Philip. 
4. Bruchetta & Bread, which was to die for.
5. Cream Puffs, Steph Young.
6. Homemade Brownies with Marshmellow icing, Alex's girl.
7. Haagen Daas: Coffee & Carmel Cone, Myself (Naturally)

 As the photo denotes...the party consisted of mostly tall persons. I got to meet some swell new girls...Hannah and Emma.  My dear friend Cheryl was there as my counterpart in shortness but the rest of the lovely ladies were quite tall.  Most of them 5'10 to 6'2.

6. Had such a great time in NYC.  It was relaxing which was nice.  Did a lot of walking and praying. I am blessed.

La-La-Laiza Via Matt

I love Photography.
Esp when it is crisp and clear. 
Matt Addington is a great Photographer.
Laiza is gorgeous and fun.
Breath of fresh air.

Moving Day!

It's here and I am so ready for this.  You don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to move it.  I have been packing and moving things for the past 5 days and tomorrow is the BIG day for furniture.

God has been so my provider through all of this. I have been blessed immensely.

Thank you Creator for your graciousness toward me and your ability to never leave me.
I Love you.

Foolish for Fashion

Really? Wow. Really. Fashion cracks me up sometimes. It is funny what people will do in the name of fashion and I admit that from time to time I have give into trends that are ridiculous (i.e. pegging my pants in junior high, hideously tye-dyed shirts in the 90's, and a few years ago cutting up my tee shirt to hang off my shoulder) but somethings I (hope) I just won't do.  These are examples of what the h*ll are you thinking.  At least they are good for a laugh.
Are you trying to pass for a sheep?
Did you just pick up the rug off your floor and cut armholes in it?

And my favorite.....Do you realize that the crotch is below your knees?  I can't fathom that anyone finds this look attractive.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Last Few Days....

Some thoughts & events from the last few days (PA & NY).

1. My Grandmother's Funeral.  She was cremated so there was no open casket which was fine with me cause it always creeps me out.  My mom has been up there for a while and she is such a strong women.  I don't know hows she handles it all.  I can tell that she is exhausted. She basically put the funeral together herself.  She is so selfless. She is kinda fragile and I don't want her to break. She didn't cry through the funeral and gave a elegant and brief talk about her mother.  I love my mom a lot. I was glad to be there just to help her a little.
2. Sometimes I think I am cold hearted because I hardly ever cry and if I do it's over my personal life.  I feel quite selfish and emotional-less.
3. Took a bus from Philly to NYC and got dropped off in the middle of Chinatown. And it was insane.  I have never felt so disoriented in my life.  I was in the middle of about a million Chinese people.  Not that this is a bad thing, but I could not find the Metro to save my life and no one could speak Engrish.  I went in circles for a about a half an hour before a darling girl pointed me in the right direction.
4. Had dinner at SEA in Brooklyn with John, Mia and Phil.  Fantastic Time had.
5. Spent the day with John in Greenwich Village and SOHO.  It was an interesting day.  It was a brooding day.  I wish I could post some pictures.  It was overcast and the clouds were brooding. It felt like when you heart is so heavy that it dripping with tears, but you haven't bust out crying yet.

John & I had a great day wandering around.  We didn't talk much, just enjoyed the company.  He had a Russian K-3 16mm camera and took some footage of the City.

6. Visited Paradox and got to see some friends.  Talked about truly knowing who God is and not our misconceived perceptions of Him.  And how this translates into how we think God sees us and therefore how we view ourselves.  It was actually a pretty deep topic that I will spend sometime today reflecting on.
7. Still finding it hard to be in social situations. So weird.
8. Today I am off for a run then heading to Central Park for some reading and prayer!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Killing Me Softly

I saw a girl today with five fresh cuts on her arm.
I can't handle this stuff.
God we need your comfort and healing.

Laiza. It's your Birthday.

To a special gem in my life: Lazia. Happy Birthday Darling. 
You are exceptionally beautiful and love life....whether happy or sad you live life in the moment.  You have grown up before my eyes and the sky is limit as to who you are growing into.  I am glad to have you in my life and can't wait for another year with you.


Forever ago I had a birthday.  My (then) new friend Matt Addington came over and took some pictures of the festivites.  It was a grand time and I so appreicated everyone that came out.

If you want to see more pictures by Matt please view:
He is quite talented and will be going places...like Iraq in Nov.

A Spin on Charming.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Favorite Song: Passion Pit-Sleepy Head
Favorite Book: Compassion, Justice, & the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor
Favorite Store: Mitzi & Romano, ATL
Favorite Activity: Sliding down massive rocks
Favorite Joke: Why doesn't a women need a watch? Because there is a clock on the stove. Ha.
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 8:11
Favorite Look:

I love the moment of laughter.

Happy Birthday Rachel.

These just make me laugh.  Times around the dinner table with these people are priceless.

Gosh Time to Catch Up....

3. This beautiful girl and her sister came over for the night.  We watched Hook.  It was Epic.  I hope they never grow up.
4. Asheville.

I got to work in Asheville.  It was a really grand time.  I got to drive from ATL through the mountains and it was really very beautiful.  We also got to go to an incredible waterfall and a sliding rock.  Although the water was below freezing it was a blast.
Skipping rocks.

Getting ready to go for it....
....and there ya go. So Fun.