Thursday, March 29, 2007

Storybook Bible Challenge!

Dan Cruver (seen above reading to his family from a favorite book) has started a challenge on his blog--how many photos can he collect of parents reading The Jesus Storybook Bible to their children? Can you help? He already has quite a few there, it'd be fun to get some more! If you want to join in the fun click here for his email address and to send along the photo... alternatively send to me and I can forward to him and post them here, too!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

30 million cups of tea

Just heard about a campaign afoot to make a triangle of Manhattan forever England... Little Britain in The Big Apple campaign.

Richard Branson, Mike Myers, Paul Smith are all backing it. They're hoping it'll be in Greenwich village, where Tea & Sympathy is (opened by Nick Perry 17 years ago--they've served over 30m cups of tea!) and A Salt & Battery (a fish and chip shop next door). Close to Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Soho House, Manhattan outpost of the London club.

I'm all for it. It's essential to have a place in NYC to get the perfect cup of tea (aside from your own kitchen). As we Brits well know, a nice cup of tea is the solution to all sorts of important things--a good deal more than you might imagine.

If you want to see a funny "party political broadcast" spoof--plus ensure you always have a nice cup of tea waiting for you in the Big Apple click here.

Monday, March 26, 2007

diasies, God, children

[painting by ellie, age 8]

Here's one of my favorite passages of all time, by the great Gilbert Keith (so that's what those letters stood for) Chesterton:

"The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again," and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun, and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore."--G K Chesteron Orthodoxy.

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