The blueness of blue, The youness of you. I thought it was sky But it really is sun, The dazzling blue That strikes my eyes through; It’s light from the sun That’s soaked in and spewed. How blue is the sky? How blue is the sea? How deep and how bright Is the blueness today? It’s bluer than true, It’s truer than due, In light of the shadow That crosses my heart (The shadow falls longer Than what...
Reading 'The Great Gatsby' in Beijing →
Perhaps no work of fiction has returned to me more often over the past eight years in China than F. Scott Fitzgerald’s slippery tale of James Gatz of North Dakota. I’ve stood in Shanghai, bathed in the lights of a new skyline, and thought of Gatsby’s glimpse of New York, with “the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps.”
Darling you never know It started years ago When...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed →
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. And it’s the 40-hour workweek that keeps us that way.
Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart....– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (via pavorst)
We are put on this planet only once, and to limit ourselves to the familiar is a...– Roger Ebert (via rarararambles)
Apartment in the City
A window is lit On the thirtieth floor, One in a thousand Nocturnal lights She listens hard Between her ears (Horns and skids And siren cries) The room recedes With bated breath; She hears her cue, Resumes to type. One day, she thinks, I’ll sit in mine, with Windows for walls, Up terribly high. Five years later of...
Calling All Christians →
sacred | secular calling(s?) First, a Christian’s highest calling is to abide in communion with Christ. Second, all Christians also share a set of common callings. These are the many commands of Scripture that apply to all of God’s children in every time and place. These include instructions to love one another, pray for those who persecute you, forgive those who wrong you, give to those in...