Spring has arrived where I live, and my cat has his eyes trained on the windows constantly—maybe, just maybe, someday he’ll get to play with one of those twittery, flighty things that jump about out there. He would have no idea what to do with one of them, but the dream lives on.
Around the Web
A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews a Caldecott Medalist
- In A First Time for Everything, Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat looks back on a life-changing tour of Europe as a 13-year-old.
How Does Resurrection Really Matter the Week After?
Ann Voskamp points us to the recognition of resurrection in every day.
- I thought of it much this past Resurrection weekend, and I can’t stop thinking about it:
Somebody I love is hurting excruciatingly, processing grief and loss by suicide, and we talked late last night and I had vivid dreams of people I’ve loved and lost and I woke with my heart aching in raw ways all over again.
Missiles are killing wailing babes and fleeing civilians in Ukraine.
Young families we love, and are on our knees with, are beating back cancer stalking dangerously close with the stench of death.
The Art of the Ebenezer
Jodi Hiser points us to stones of remembrance.
- In the spring of 1758, as the pale yellow primroses trumpeted their arrival, a young pastor sat down to write some poetry. Robert Robinson, a twenty-three-year-old pastor serving at the Calvinist Methodist Chapel in Norfolk, England, had lived his early adult years running away from the haunting guilt of his sin. But God, in His great mercy, had saved this young man, and Robert had decided to give the rest of his life to the ministry of the Gospel.
The Strangeness That Stands Out
Trevin Wax encourages us to keep a strange faith.
- “Keep Louisville Weird” was a bumper sticker I saw frequently the year my wife and I lived in Kentucky with our oldest son. The slogan pointed to something odd and eccentric about the city and its inhabitants; it reveled in the area’s strangeness and nonconformist impulse. Even if the campaign felt at times like it was trying too hard—as if it wanted to capture and brand the weirdness, to make it more consumable—I always liked the pride people took in the city’s personality.
Around the Warren
Théa Rosenberg thinks of what has come before.
- When I have a day to myself—when the chores are tolerably done and all my children are at school—I fill a bag with books, a notebook, and my laptop and set off for downtown. I used to look in the shop windows as I walked, at the strings of patio lights and the window displays draped in sprawling pothos vines. But these days when I walk I look up, toward the upper stories of the century-old brick buildings.
Birthday with the Bard
A.C.S. Bird celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday.
- Early in my marriage, my mother-in-law suggested I might someday like to have her wax bust of Shakespeare. I don’t recall my response; I hope it was gracious, though I’m not optimistic on that point. What I thought was, What on earth would I do with it?
Something to Do with Your Kids
This chalk art project inspired by “Starry Night” is really cool!
Something to Watch
I thought you might enjoy this loveliness today.