Interior Landscaping

Rare is the person who cannot appreciate the beauty of nature, especially in its wild, untouched forms and settings.  It is blindness when the beauty of a creature cannot be appreciated.  Such beauty exists in the flower il-flower, the forest, the mountain, the stream, and the animal.  There is the harsh beauty of the desert, and, I suppose, of the arctic as well.  Nature’s gifts of beauty are to be found in all climates, temperate and tropical.  Just step outside, open your eyes and marvel at the creation around you!

There is also a “natural” beauty that is created by human endeavor.  An idea or vision can transform the natural landscape of creation into works of art.   Here, we have the cultivation of something previously barren, or wild, into something habitable and enjoyable, and equally pleasing to the senses.

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A Real Artist

Style and creativity.  I like these things, and I believe most people do.  Being a bit of a snob, my own sensibilities cringe at the mingling of plaids and stripes put together in someone’s attire.  I generally feel ill when I encounter kitsch that is put forward as proper household or exterior decor.  Therefore, I appreciate someone who knows how to put things together in a pleasing and creative manner.  It is especially appreciated when you know well such a creative person:  a real artist (not an artiste).  In this brief posting, let me introduce to you Andrea Fordice.  She is a multitalented artist, and now she adds to her resume, iconographer.  She is parishioner at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tacoma, Washington — the parish I am blessed to serve as an assisting priest. Read the rest of this entry »

A Change of Season – A Reason for Thanksgiving

I love the summer, and I dread its passing.  I try to ignore the signs, but there are too many to ignore.  There are natural witnesses which declare warm, longer day’s passing.  The appearance of one of my favorite flowers, dahlias, announces the close of summer and the coming of autumn.  The appearance of another, smaller bloom, cyclomen, also bears this news of passing and change.  So, all is sealed and set in place.  I cannot stop the orbit of earth around the sun.

acos-dahlia      acos-cyclomen

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