There have been some great posts up on some of my favourite non-LJ blogs over the last few weeks. Here they are, corralled into a handy post, for you to check out too.
Five totally not rocket science tips for reducing your footprint at eek.ology
A beautiful post with five simple, logical and pleasant ways to make your life a little more environmentally friendly. They will probably also make you a more social and well rounded person (turn off the TV and go share a meal with your friends? Heck yes!).
Will our suffering be vindicated? at Winged Keel and Crumpet
Short comment on a beautifully selected excerpt from a recent interview with Archbishop Rowan Williams on senseless suffering. This is worth reading and considering regardless of what you think of Rowan William’s opinions on the whole.
When I was a girl, I read about girls: #1 Pollyanna at As some of your own poets have said…
A dear friend has gradually returned to blogging with a series of reviews of films and books. Pollyanna was one of my least favourite “little girl” books when I was young, and Pollyanna herself was definitely my least favourite heroine! Regardless of my feelings I really enjoyed this review – it’s maybe even leading me to consider re-reading Pollyanna as an adult. Thoughts?
Gradually Getting There
Weirded Out at The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
I haven’t posted about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries here yet, but don’t worry. A day will come soon when I gather all my thoughts and tell you why I think that the Lizzie Bennet Diaries phenomenon is so good and interesting that one day it will probably be the HSC English text that all the year 11 and 12 girls secretly hope that their teacher will choose for their class.
In the meantime, Lizzie herself is recovering after just meeting William Darcy in the corridors at Collins & Collins and having a super-awkward conversation with him. Turning to Jane Austen herself for spoilers I am expecting that later this week Fitz will let slip that William intentionally encouraged Bing to move to Los Angeles (“moving to Los Angeles,” says Jane to Lizzie on an earlier episode, “not London!”). And then sometime next week we will see the equivalent of Darcy’s very insensitive proposal. I’m extremely curious to see how it turns out – not just how it is modernised but how everything will be justified so that we can publicly hear about it on on this supposedly-non-fictional vlog.
The rain over the last few weeks has caused flooding everywhere! Dad has been working heaps of extra hours with SES. Flash flooding in Sydney innundated my friends’ home in Ashfield (of all places). Fiona was stranded in Sydney when Forbes was cut into several different pieces by overflowing rivers (actually I was a tiny bit excited about that one – I’m not complaining about a bonus weekend with Fi!).
Yesterday Matt and I went for a walk to inspect the Cooks River. It had risen up and over its banks by something like a metre in the height of the flooding near where we live. As one of Australia’s most polluted water bodies it had left piles and piles of rubbish up right up into the streets and left a disgusting oily black film covering all the grass and pavement. Gross.
We’re home now. During our long drive we saw lots and lots of beautiful landscapes and I spent a lot of time mulling over the things I saw.
Often I get sad thinking about how the beautiful landscapes I love now might disappear when Jesus comes back. When he makes the new heavens and the new earth, who’s to say it will look like the same?
But then maybe when we are completely and finally sanctified and standing with Christ we won’t want to look at these landscapes anymore. We turn a blind eye to it now – it’s easy to forget that these beautiful landscapes are marred by sin. How many people have been dispossessed for others to take and shape the landscape? How many workers have been oppressed to clear fields and build the dams that divert the water further up the catchment? How many habitats have been ruined and how extensive the environmental degradation for the sake of turning a profit? When you think about it, many of the beautiful landscapes we revel in now are tainted with the greed and opression of past generations.
I’m sure that in the new creation we will have landscapes which are just as beautiful as the ones we love here, but where no one’s blood is crying out from the soil.
South Coast, NSW
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness.
This shop is the bomb.
Yours is the Earth is an Atlanta based store which is pretty much my favourite online store I have ever come across on the internet. The things they make are amazing – beatiful foodie and food inspired products like market bags, tea towels, recipe cards, labels, stationery and prints of their artwork. But even more than making beautiful things, they have an amazing story and vision behind their work. Everything they make is about minimising consumption through reusable packaging, buying local produce and making things at home. And ultimately it’s a beautiful expression of what it means to live in the world that God has made. His is the earth, and everything in it.
I’m fighting the urge to buy something from them. I think think that shipping things about buying local produce from the other side of the world is a little bit ironic. But I can still rave about them from afar! Maybe if you are in North America you should check them out for me.
You can read their story and find their website here.
Their etsy store is here.
What is man that you are mindful of him?
The son of man that you care for him?
Yet you made him a little lower than the heavenly beings,
And crowned him with glory and honour.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beats of the field,
The birds of the heavens,
And the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
Translation: ESV (with Australianised spelling)
What Happened This Morning…
Anglicare holds a devotion for staff every Monday morning. This morning one of my co-workers reflected on Pslam 8, which is a magnificant psalm about God being a magnificant creator. All up, it was a very encouaging morning!
Christians and the Environment: Alison has an exciting new thought!
Today I almost acomplished a long-held childhood ambition – to cycle all the way from my home to Kurnell. It has been a dream of mine ever since I began exloring the Cooks River cycleway as a novice primary-school-aged cyclist. Today the dream only just eluded me – finding myself at the intersection between the route to Kurnell and the route to Cronulla, I tried to push on to my goal, but I had to turn back and head for Cronulla instead because of the pain in my legs. My decline in fitness as I have grown up is really distressing. But even though I was in pain, I did manage to get to Cronulla in an hour and 45 minutes, which is faster than I expected!
bike riding adventures
Ok, everyone go here and do the ecological footprint quiz. Do it RIGHT NOW. And feel ashamed. I got 6.1. If everyone lived like me, we would need 3.4 planets to sustain everyone.
Find you ecological footprint and MAKE IT DAMN SMALLER.