Tag: beauty


Beauty’s becoming – a meditation on gain and loss


Whidbey Island Late-summer Tomatoes Our culture confuses beauty and glamor. They are different. Glamor sells, whereas beauty inspires.  Britney Spears may sell but Vanessa Redgrave inspires. Glamor is flawless whereas beauty can be centered in the very flaws of a thing, of a person, of a situation, of a life....

Imperfections


Our imperfections make us gorgeous. Wabi-sabi is a “word-view” from Japanese aesthetics which centers on the willing acceptance of transience and imperfection.  It is often used in ceramics when something “goes wrong” but, actually makes the pot stunning precisely because of the “mistake.”  The notion comes from the Buddhist teachings...

Heavy with Hope


Kai-the-dog is 12 years old today, New Year’s Day.  He is slowing down, rising off the carpet with a heaviness of years and on aching muscles. The same thing is happening to me.  We are getting old together. Who new!? A parishioner in my curacy in Charlottesville once said of...

pink on grey


There is something about sitting on the seaside which can be immensely healing.  The tide rolls in and then out in its dance of magnetism within the cosmos. One feels quite appropriately small.  And it is healing to feel small, since the permission to rest seems delivered alongside feeling small...

God cross-legged and heavy


The Colorado mountains are a constant companion in Denver. With crisp, white peaks that rest on mountains and more mountains: range after range after range -like waves with white-tops in a tumultuous frozen sea. I see the mountains from my desk through double windows in my cathedral office and I...

clay


  LaFond, oxidation purple , 2012, quartz As a potter, I know how fragile clay is when it has yet to be fired in a kiln.  It may indeed be the most beautiful vase, with sweeping handles like the legs of a ballerina and a neck like that of a...

the fires of suffering and transformation


As a potter, I know how fragile clay is when it has yet to be fired in a kiln.  It may indeed be the most beautiful vase, with sweeping handles like the legs of a ballerina and a neck like that of a swan.  It may sit on a foot,...

pinks and blues


This mosaic image of Jesus in The National Cathedral has long been one of my favorites.  But since moving to Denver, it has taken on a new importance because the pinks and blues surrounding Jesus are easily recognizable to anyone who lives here.  This is an evening Denver sky. We...

bits of beuty as a healing agent


    Ohi Chozaemon IX (1901-1986)  Japan, 1955, Earthenware Tea Bowl Denver Museum of Art Not to long ago I found that I had nothing scheduled in my calendar from 12:30-1:30 on a Wednesday. I remember being confused by the space.  What do I do?  Should I not be having...

Creativity and Imago Dei


In my new rental, the pottery studio extends off the oratory - a room set aside for silence, sitting, praying and decorated almost entirely by icons.  I love that this is the case because of the way pottery seems to extend from the relationship I have with God and the...