Tuesday, September 30, 2003

(seen at NeoTheo(b)logue)

"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."

J.R.R. Tolkein

Monday, September 29, 2003

(seen from Wendy Cooper in this post)

our lives are full of noise
too much information
too many messages that don't add up to any coherent while
all competing for our attention we can't find signal or make
any sense of our lives

and so we go into the dessert to escape the noise

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Belief or disbelief is rooted in the avoidance of artificiality.

Friday, September 26, 2003

(seen at TheyBlinked in this post)

many get lost in the pursuit of,
or the desire to hold onto,
being first.

no one fights to be last

Thursday, September 25, 2003

(seen from Clay.Humanclay.ca)

I'll Be Found

I guess I'll stay stranded
along this winding road
watching those who pass me by
holding on to the slim hope of being found
I'll wait to find if this will last forever
But it won't

I'm being searched for
I'm know I'll be found
I'm not alone in this fight
I'm gonna win this round

I guess I'll burn in the flames
surrounding this firey house
watching those who wonder why
I'm holding on to the slim chance of being found
I'll wait to find if this will last forever
But it won't

I'm being searched for
I'm know I'll be found
I'm not alone in this fight
I'm gonna win this round

I guess I'll get poured on
walking in this cold wet rain
ignoring all those stupid lies
holding on to the slim chance of being found
I'll wait to find if this will last forever
But it won't

I'm being searched for
I'm know I'll be found
I'm not alone in this fight
I'm gonna win this round

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Forgiveness can only happen from a position of strength in weakness.

(seen from OPEN MIC NIGHT)

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

Melody Beattie

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

(seen at wanderer :: worshipper :: lover of leaving)

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.

from "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke, et al.

(a poem I wrote yesterday)


The future always frightens me
For my past is growing dim,
As a novel generation
Presses onward every day;
When in this very pregnant pause
Ambivalence just swells my soul,
And at the point of lost control,
Something has to give.

While much of late has paralyzed
The edge which opens me,
As each decision estranges all
That pulls myself together:
Will maybe some, or maybe none,
Or maybe all gain rest,
Or will I never really know
How torn I always am?

Monday, September 22, 2003

(seen at Le Sabot Post-Moderne)

I'm beginning to see parallels between coming to love and understand another culture and understand a member of the opposite sex.

[read the rest here]

(seen from The Cathy J Weblog)

"Our personal name is at one and the same time the most common element in our identity and the most distinctive... Naming is honoring. Naming is choosing."

--from Leap Over a Wall : Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians
by Eugene H. Peterson

Disagreement or negativity is not always hate, just as agreement or positivity is not always love.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

(seen at TheyBlinked)

Unfortunately, we have only a little control over which narratives master us. But it'd be worth trying...

(seen in this post at The Invisible Sun)

"...there are only two difficult questions. One is sex. Sexuality has to do with intimacy and power; the Bible, so it seems to me, intends covenanted sex and not promiscuity or exploitation. The other hard question is money, for money is about freedom and control, and the Bible is for convenantal economics that are not promiscuous or exploitive. It strikes me as odd - but predictable - that conservatives, people who tend to stress evangelism, care a lot about covenantal sexuality but seem strangely naive about promiscuous, self-indulgent economics. Coversely liberals, who seem to care about social action, have some sense of covenantal economics but tend to mumble about sex."

--quoted by Jamie Howison, an Anglican Priest from Winnipeg

Thursday, September 18, 2003

(a poem I wrote this morning)


Peers apart face to face, reflected
Perfectly; pieces together side by side,
Balanced unsteadily; here and there perspectives
Turn, doubly mirrored; for and against
Positions match, singly twinned;

Twins identical, both becoming all or
Nothing; partners equal, neither allowing two
Or one; segregated images, distinct without
Difference sometimes blend; distant intimates, contempt
Or humility always follow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

(seen at wanderer :: worshipper :: lover of leaving)

Change isn’t that unusual. Change is happening all the time … but when a lot of change is concentrated in a short amount of time, the landscape never looks the same again. Structures that used to help us and maps that used to describe reality suddenly are tourist attractions and artefacts ... to look at with a mixture of sadness and humour and they can’t be taken as seriously as they were before."

-- Brian Mclaren

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

[Note: the following may offend some.]

Distinction and Difference

Traditionally, marriage has been distinctly heterosexual, because it acknowledges the relationship between the genders. Therefore, for opponents of gay marriage, homosexual relationships seem badly constructed for the label of marriage; while for proponents, this is only a distinction without a difference.

To unpack the logic surroundiing these perspectives, ponder the following analogy:

-suppose that two rapes occur, one using contraception, the other not.

-assume society only recognized the latter as rape, calling it "explicitly open, honest and natural", while the former was considered "explicitly closed, contrived and artificial".

And if someone wished for the rape with contraception to be recognized as rape?
-opponents could point to the use of contraception, depicting it as "sensitive" and therefore not rape

-opponents might consider more potential cases of rape as diluting the definition

-proponents could point to the condition of exploitation as the major element of rape, considering the contraception issue as too narrow

-proponents might consider the present definition as oversimplistic

So which is more important in this analogy: contraception or exploitation? Would it be prudent for those who didn't acknowledge contraception to advise those who did to resist or stop, so their actions would be defined as rape? Would broadly construing exploitation miss any important distinctions of the original definition? In like manner, which is more important to marriage: gender or love? Would it be prudent to encourage two genders to marry, otherwise resist or stop? Would focusing on love miss any strengths of traditional marriage?

The sticking point relates to sexual orientation. One thing that people miss in the original definition of marriage is that the sexual orientation of the two persons is the same. It's easy to overlook, considering that it wasn't an issue previously. However, the main strength of the traditional definition of marriage was the concept of transcending differences, rooted vividly by the distinct capacity of the two genders to complement each other (particularly with reproduction). Sometimes the practical application of this fact obscures this broader sense.

In gay relationships, the sexual orientation of each involved is the same, much like heterosexual relationships. Furthermore, having only one gender involved is an instance of transcending differences (although demonstrated uniquely). Perhaps this natural childlessness mainly illustrates the importance of sacrifice over coveteousness. Contrast this with heterosexual relationships, where the explicit symbol of transcending differences may obscure a lack or fragility of love between the two persons, even though the sexual orientation is the same. Since the obvious can be deceiving here, it appears heterosexual relationships primarily illustrate the importance of depth over superficiality. One type of relationship is distinctive without difference, while the other has difference as a distinctive.

Whatever the significance of either type of relationship, the dynamics are more complex than appears evident at first. In homosexual relationships, the lack of difference in gender or sexual orientation could enable unwavering sacrifice. Moreover, the difference of gender in heterosexual relationships may be more distinctly vulnerable, requiring genuine humility. These nuances should not be lost in any discussion about same-sex marriage (or marriage in general). In any case, the essential element for any commitment must be love for each other above all distinctions.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Justice is only as strong as the weakest person.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

(seen in the Globe and Mail, an article by Norman Spector)

The Dilemma

The good news is that an overwhelming majority believe same-sex unions deserve respect and should be recognized in law. The bad news is that some gays and lesbians, rather than valorizing and expressing pride in their distinctiveness, insist on validation by marriage, a traditionally heterosexual institution.
The Sticking Point

Though it's been under attack from many directions (mostly straight), all Canadians have an interest in finding ways to strengthen marriage, given the relationship between poverty and family breakdown. Still, as gays and lesbians correctly note, they too raise kids, not all heterosexual couples have children and society allows senior citizens and infertile men and women to marry.

(seen in the Globe And Mail article Oh, Canada: a divided approach to marriage by JOHN IBBITSON)

In 1988, the Supreme Court struck down the criminal law on abortion.

Parliament, riven by the most divisive moral issue of the day, could not produce a new law that a majority of MPs and senators would support. So today, there is effectively no law at all regarding abortion in Canada, which means abortion is legal.

Exactly the same solution -- if solution is what you would call it -- may be about to befall the issue of same-sex marriage


If so, what would happen then?

In the short term, gay marriage would be legal in some provinces and not in others. Since gay spouses already have equal rights and responsibilities under the law -- thanks to a Supreme Court decision in 1999 extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples -- there would be no serious impairment of gay rights. Same-sex couples could tie the knot in Ontario, British Columbia and probably soon in Quebec -- most of the country, in other words -- and that list would grow as separate court challenges were brought before other provincial appeals courts. Mind you, getting married in Ontario and divorced in Alberta might be an adventure, but lawyers thrive on such things.

Eventually, the issue would land before the Supreme Court, which would probably rule in favour of same-sex marriage. Unless and until that day arrived, we would simply live with a patchwork law

(seen in the Globe And Mail article Gay lobby complacent, law professor warns By KIRK MAKIN)

Gay activists and their lawyers are caught up in celebrating their landmark victory in the Ontario Court of Appeal and have lost sight of the very real possibility that politicians may use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms' notwithstanding clause to reverse it, University of Toronto law professor Kent Roach said.

"I think this is a serious mistake," he told a University of Western Ontario Charter conference.


However, Prof. Roach said advocates of gay marriage have to counteract a wave of anger about the ruling instead of resting in the knowledge that the courts tend to side solidly in their favour.

"Even if you get the biggest win possible in court, you still have continuing work," Prof. Roach said in an interview after his speech.

"I really think the debate would be improved by less incantation of Charter rights and more discussion of what the merits of their case really are."

Friday, September 12, 2003

(seen at Been There...Still There)

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
--Lucretius. Latin poet and philosopher, flourished 1st century BC

Thursday, September 11, 2003

At the extremes, moderation and mediocrity are often confused.

Sometimes the ties that bind cement rifts.


Terror...Dignifies...Ignorance,...Fear,...Violence,...and Destruction.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Unfortunately, being numb and good is worse than being vibrant and bad sometimes.

True equality requires radical vulnerability.

Reformed does not automatically mean deformed!

Monday, September 08, 2003

(seen at Eden's Dream as dreamt by eric blauer)

"The same blood flows through my veins. The same weakness." -Aragorn

Sunday, September 07, 2003

[ from here to where? ]

Saturday, September 06, 2003

(seen from new rags: the wonder of the gospel of grace)

i am empty and broken
trying to pick up my shattered heart
the wind is blowing but i feel no movement
i've lost the reason for my breath

as the hum
of a neon sign sings a song
to the shadows of 19th avenue
i can feel the darkness pull me in

i'm sitting here
waiting for an answer
that never seems to show its face
and i don't know where to go from here

didn't you see me falling?
didn't you hear me scream?
didn't you see me falling?
into a sea of endless tears

Universal or Orthodox?

Jordon posted recently about the controversy in the Anglican church. (see the article Rowan Williams wrote here. Link provided by Prodigal)

When one keeps everything at arm's length, somehow one seems to end up in the center, good or bad.

The only difference between giving in and giving up is what direction we give.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Darren Friesen liked the GapingVoid.com stuff that's been featured there. Go to Darren's blog at this post to see what caught his eye.

(I originally was referred to Gapingvoid.com through TheyBlinked.)

(seen at Clay.Humanclay.ca)

My Regret

It's out of my control
I don't want to hear
that my life was ending
I feel so alone
I can't stand to think
I was just pretending
that my life was just a wasted sham
I'm all out of breath
but I don't care
cause I'm already gone

I don't want to live in my regret
I don't want to remember what was said
It's something I'll never get over

When the end is so close I can taste it
I can't believe how my life I've wasted
There was so much now it's over

I'm feeling so small
There's no where to hide
I don't know where to run to
I'm blinded I can't see
what I'm leaving behind
I think I'll always wonder
So I'll leave from this place
I'll run where I can
I don't want to be found
I can't ask for help
cause there's no one I know

I don't want to live in my regret
I don't want to remember what was said
It's something I'll never get over

When the end is so close I can taste it
I can't believe how my life I've wasted
There was so much now it's over

How can I pretend that I never knew this
I remember everything that came from it
Maybe I'll come back when
I find out how this all makes sense

I don't want to get used to being gone
I've hid a piece of my soul somewhere along
Something's missing

I don't want to live in my regret
I don't want to remember what was said
It's something I'll never get over

When the end is so close I can taste it
I can't believe how my life I've wasted
There was so much now it's over

I want to start it again from beginning
I need some help from above to start winning
I can't do this alone anymore

With all the crap in my life that keeps me down
I need a voice who can bring me back around
I need life to start over

Sometimes it's not a matter of individual rights versus the common good. It's a problem of bad heretics and stupid conformists.

(seen from Open Mic Night)

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
-- Eric Hoffer

Martyrdom: cleansing the soul by sacrificing the body (The ultimate fast.)

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

(seen at TheyBlinked)

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

~Soren Kierkegaard
:.1813 - 1855

(seen at Pneumatica in the Attempt at Poetry section)

Do we dare to cross the expanse?
-willing to toss ourselves un-armored into the unknown
-not only unprepared but also extremely afraid?

Not even the best- those who have survived-
can explain, foresee, or comfort
those of us embraced by the challenge.

Yet we jump willingly-
and grow exponentially because of this adventure
that lasts longer and goes deeper than we imagine.

Sometimes what is required is a rest
-a rest of the mind that holds our essence
-our experiences, perceptions and memories.

And while those three things battle
we toss aside our cares and take joy in our respite
leaning on each other- waiting and willing to grow together.

(seen at gapingvoid.com)

(seen at monkhouse blog)

Redemption is the promise that anything sacred, if destroyed, can also be rebuilt.

"Too much unity leads to trivia or boredom. Too little unity leads to chaos and disintegration."

(from Care of Persons, Care of Worlds by Larry Kent Graham, pp. 101-2)

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

(seen in the Library News, p. 25)

Paths in space, in time, and from person to person, make the web of life. Often our paths are mechanical and dull, as dictated by the needs of survival. We cross ours with those of anonymous others, without anything remarkable happening. But occasionally, we reach a "station", with which we associate emotions and feelings. Those are special moments in our lives, in which our being comes into focus better than ever. We mark them in our memory and keep going over them, over and over again.

Our lives take place in the perennial cycle of the seasons, at which Nature is always at work. We look around often without paying attention to what we see. But sometimes, slivers of an image stick and become buried in our memory, perhaps without us being aware, only to re-emerge unexpectedly later, after the season is over.
--Gustavo Corelli

[ Gustavo Corelli has an exhibit at the Saskatoon Public Library from October 6 - November 6]