Friday, October 25, 2013

7 Quick Takes: autumn in Austin, hilarious dog videos, words I wrote -- and didn't write -- this week and more!

Autumn has arrived in Austin, thanks be to God!

lovely mums from a sweet woman


  by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild, 
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; 
To-morrow's wind, if it be wild, 
Should waste them all. 
The crows above the forest call;         
To-morrow they may form and go. 
O hushed October morning mild, 
Begin the hours of this day slow, 
Make the day seem to us less brief. 
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,         
Beguile us in the way you know; 
Release one leaf at break of day; 
At noon release another leaf; 
One from our trees, one far away; 
Retard the sun with gentle mist;         
Enchant the land with amethyst. 
Slow, slow! 
For the grapes' sake, if they were all, 
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost, 
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—         
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

Words I wrote online this week:

  • The roads that break us at Catapult* magazine: A report from the convoluted infrastructure of Austin, TX for the Wheels issue.  Also, a frank confession of my issue with road rage. tiny stories bonus features this week because it never happened.  Yep, just one week after declaring my intention for this series to be taken seriously, I just skipped a week.  Well, in my defense, I've been working three jobs this month.  Plus, the whole mom and wife gig so something had to give, right?  

This week I'm cooking up a fun Halloween-themed edition of tiny stories, so get off my case already!  (oh, you're not upset?  your world didn't stop because I slacked off here at the blog? well, okay, then.)
Good words online from other people this week:
  • George MacDonald and the "meaning" of your art at Diary of an Arts Pastor: Words both clear and beautiful from MacDonald for all of us who wish to be true imaginers. "Not what he pleases, but what he can. If he be not a true man, he will draw evil out of the best; we need not mind how he treats any work of art! If he be a true man, he will imagine true things: what matter whether I meant them or not?..."
  • Now We Are Five by David Sedaris at the New Yorker: David Sedaris wrote an essay in The New Yorker about his sister Tiffany, and her recent passing.
  • By the way, I enjoy weekly link posts.  One of my favorites -- the one I got this cool model car photograph link -- is the weekly {bits & pieces} post at Like Mother, Like Daughter.
We're headed out this weekend to our third Christ Church parish retreat!  So fun to be able to spend large amounts of time with people we want to know better.  Also, quality opportunities for good laughs, raucous sport, meaningful learning, and memorable baptisms in the lake. Excited!
This is hilarious.  Enjoy!



A beauty and grace-filled weekend for us all, dear ones.

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