Wednesday, October 31, 2007


A GREAT deal at CB2: I have been looking for appetizer/desert plates for a while now, and have finally found them.

They are only $.50 each!
That's cheaper than the plain glass ones at Ikea ($.99). And they come in both blue and green, though the top face is just white.

The other thing I have to mention is the CUTE elf candle holders! They are adorable, cast iron and only $3.95 each!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Christianity & Art

A woman from church wrote and sent this out this week. I think it's spot on. Enjoy!
The Weekly Encourager - October 19, 2007 - Christian Art

I was surprised by the dismissive attitude of dear Christian friends who had no interest in going to the modern art museum with us because so much of the art would be "non-Christian." They seemed to have jumped to several conclusions at once. Did they make a wise choice, or did they miss an opportunity?

In exploring the question of what makes art Christian or non-Christian, renowned author Madeleine L'Engle says that it's not whether the artist or even the subject matter is Christian, but what God's Spirit does through the art. If the artist has captured something that is true, it resonates with those who are of the truth. She believes "Kandinsky and van Gogh say more than they know in their paintings," whether they were Christians or not. "We may not like that, but we call the work of such artists un-Christian or non-Christian at our own peril. Christ has always worked in ways which have seemed peculiar to many men, even his closest followers. Frequently the disciples failed to understand him. So we need not feel that we have to understand how he works through artists who do not consciously recognize him. Neither should our lack of understanding cause us to assume that he cannot be present in their work."

A second disturbing thing is that so many Christians think that because the artist and art are "Christian" it's good art. Furthermore, they see no need to apply to Christian artists the commonly accepted standards of what makes good music, art, or writing. Our Christian friends who are also professional musicians cringe with us when we hear most of what passes for praise songs on Christian radio. It's an embarrassment to the honor of Christ to have some of that stuff on the air, especially in cases where the music is clearly just an imitation of some worldly style but with "Christian words" pasted on. I consider these falsies particularly disappointing.

As L'Engle states, "A sad fact which nevertheless needs to be faced is that a deeply committed Christian who wants to write stories or paint pictures or compose music to the glory of God simply may not have been given the talent, the gift, which a non-Christian, or even an atheist, may have in abundance. God is no respecter of persons, and this is something we are reluctant to face.

"We would like God's ways to be like our ways, his judgments to be like our judgments. It is hard for us to understand that he lavishly gives enormous talents to people we would consider unworthy, that he chooses his artists with as calm a disregard of surface moral qualifications as he chooses his saints."

copyright 2007 janetamarney

Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art, Wheaton, Illinois: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980, pp. 30-31.

By the way, just do a Google image search for "Christian Art" to find ample evidence of the sad state of affairs in this regard.

Fairfax City Library Book Sale

Fairfax City Regional Library
3915 Chain Bridge Road
Oct 27 - 30
  • Friends of Fairfax City Library TGIF (THANK GOODNESS IT'S FINAL) Booksale
  • 12,000 Books! 95% Donated
  • Fiction, nonfiction, specials
  • Tons of CDs, videos, audio books, classic and collectible LPs.
  • Oct 27-30, 2007
    • Saturday, 10am to 5pm
    • Sunday, noon to 6pm
    • Monday, 4pm to 8:30pm
    • Tuesday, 10am to noon
  • Bargain Prices
    • Saturday and Sunday:
      • Hardbacks $3, Tradepaper $2, Mass market paper $.50
      • Specials individually marked in pencil on first light-colored page
    • Monday: BAG DAY ($5 first bag/$3 additional)
    • Tuesday: FREE TO ALL (bring your own bags and boxes)
  • Great Categories including:
    • Art/architecture, American history, including large collection of Viet Nam era
    • Cooking, gardening and DIY
    • Education, including homeschooling; foreign language, particularly Korean language books
    • Religion/spiritiality; medicine and health
    • Geography/travel
    • Women's issues
  • Tons of high-quality children's books sorted by reading level!
  • SILENT AUCTION including multivolume reference and items that belong together
  • This is our final sale at this location. We'll be moving to our splendid new library just down the street in early 2008.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Kalpana's Fine Soaps

At the Fairfax Fall Festival today, I bought some really delightful soaps. Kalpana's Fine Soaps are are mastered with the finest ingredients of olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and other nourishing vegetable-based oils. Premium oils then unite with exotic fragrances and essential oils to create soaps that are elegant and lush.

I chose Goat Milk & Honey, Wheat Germ & Honey, and Unveil. And I bought a silk washcloth from her as well. They are just beautiful and they exfoliate and buff your skin gently.

I was specially glad to note that when I took the box out to look at my soaps I saw that they were printed with Ps. 106:3 and John 14:6.

Friday, October 05, 2007

George MacDonald on Parenting

Ann Landers

My mom gave me this list of parenting cues that her mom sent to her--I thought I would paste it up here.

Don't Suffer the Little Children (From the Opinion Journal)

Don't Suffer the Little Children
A father of four explains the realist approach to parenting.

Friday, September 7, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

Another school year has sprung itself upon us, which is always an occasion for my wife, a former Detroit public-school teacher, and me to remind ourselves why we home-school. Part of the reason, in addition to my wife's expertise in this area, can be found in Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions," published 20 years ago. Mr. Sowell contrasted the "unconstrained vision" of utopians, who want to radically improve humankind, with the "constrained vision" of realists, who begin with the proposition that man is inherently self-interested, and not moldable into whatever form the high-minded types have in store for us once they get their itchy fingers on the levers of power. Mr. Sowell's book has been influential among conservatives for its compelling explanation of the divide between people who want to reshape us--often via large intrusions on liberty--and those who believe that the purpose of government is to protect institutions (like markets and families) that channel our inherent selfishness into productive behavior. It is also a handy guide for parenting.

While some mothers and fathers stubbornly cling to the utopian beliefs of their childless years, the vision of humans as inherently sinful and selfish resonates with many of us who are parents. Nobody who's stood between a toddler and the last cookie should still harbor a belief in the inherent virtue of mankind. An afternoon at the playground is apt to make one toss out the idealist Rousseau ("man is a compassionate and sensible being") in favor of the more realistic Hobbes ("all mankind [is in] a perpetual and restless desire for power"). As a father of four sons, I've signed on to Mr. Sowell's summation of a parent's duty: "Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late."

For the complete article.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Here's an illustration from a recent commission! More sneak previews for the Fall Sale to come.