Friday, April 26, 2013

your photo stories to Practice Resurrection (week 3)

I'd love to include your photo story next week, 
scroll to the bottom of this post to see how you can play along!

"... we should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative new ways: in art, literature, children's games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, special concerts, anything that comes to mind.  this is our greatest festival....This is our greatest day. We should put the flags out.
...if Lent is a time to give things up, Easter ought to be a time to take things up. ...The forty days of the Easter season, until the ascension, ought to be a time to balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something wholesome and fruitful and outgoing and self-giving."
Want to join me, to practice resurrection for Eastertide? Take something up and share it with us.  Maybe a six week dance class?  We want you to show us a picture.  Planting spring flowers (maybe a new variety this year)?  Show us!  Taking a new route to work (maybe taking more time than necessary in honor of the mad farmer)?  Share it!

april 26

My friend Kevin and I are just two burger enthusiasts on mission to find the best burger out there. We decided creating Burger Diaries would be a good way to share our experiences. (Kate Allen, Nashville, Burger Diaries blog)


A weekend road trip to Philly with sisters; some who have always been a part of my life and a couple newly acquired (there will officially be two new Day girls after this summer)(Suzanne Day, Rochester, NY)


It was the first time I ever laughed while cleaning up such a mess! We said "now there is nothing we haven't done!"  (Todd Hill and various staff at Calvary Christian Academy, Philadelphia)


In a dorm full of broke college kids, I have become a pseudo-hairdresser. I started off a little shaky, but am becoming more confident in experimenting with different styles. (Rebekah Cummins, Denton)


See those hands-the first time they touched a keyboard it was a "manual" typewriter, and my fingers got all black when I had to change the ribbon.  I am now the proud owner of a Mac! Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks!  (Nancy G. Hill, Johnson City, NY)


Least Likely Beauty: A new endeavor I am on to capture the beauty I see everywhere, even in the least likely places (or people.) This old mill yard yielded amazing color and structure. Thanks God. (Robin Lake, New Hampshire) 


This week I'm featuring a photo story sent in by someone (whom I happen to know to be quite fabulous, but) wishing to remain anonymous.  Taking up this project -- writing and leaving letters to strangers -- is a beautiful example of practicing resurrection, subverting the status quo of ironic, image-driven, technology-mediated communication.  

I asked our feature contributor to share any resources that inspired him/her to this project:

She's Changing the World One Letter At a Time 

The World Needs More Love Letters

Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month?  If you'd like more inspiration, consider following the collaboration my mom and sister have dreamed up over at Kaley's blog.  With free printables, organizing tips and giveaways they're trying to inspire us all to send handwritten love to others this month:

National Letter Writing Month Challenge at Cha-Ching on a Shoestring


In the last few months I began leaving short, hand-written notes around my city, trusting that God would put them in the right hands, and the recipient would know that they are loved. (contributor's name withheld by request)


Three easy steps to play along our Practice Resurrection photo story series:
1. Take up something new. (one day or fifty days doesn't matter, just one thing that's new or, maybe just unique with this season)
2. Take a picture and write a description in 36 words or less.
3. Share the photo and the 36 word or less caption with me via email or facebook message by Thursday morning each week of the series. 

Who wants to join us?

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