DD:

From 4 years ago. I usually don’t like what I wrote in the past.

But I still agree with what I wrote in this post.

Originally posted on Lemniscates are Forever:

When I sit back and really think about Good Friday, it’s not a happy scene going on in my head. This is because I know that I was responsible for Good Friday. The verse that hits me on Good Friday is Isaiah 53:5.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our inequities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.

I have replaced all collective pronouns (we, our, etc)  to make real what Christ did for me. I have italicised and bolded the changes so you know what I’ve changed.

But He was pierced through for my transgressions, He was crushed for my inequities; The chastening for my well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging I am healed.

I am meant to be pierced, crushed, chastened and scourged for all eternity. Instead, He was pierced, crushed, chastened and…

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Good Friday.

The adjective (Good) used with this noun (Friday) messes with my mind – Every. Single. Time.

Until I remind myself to see the adjective for Friday in the context of Sunday.

Then I shudder.

Amazing Grace.
Thank you, Lord.

I’ve read many Upworthy, Buzzfeedy, Huffposty pieces about 5 habits of creative people or 8 things creative people do in the morning or 11 books creative people should read  or the colour of socks creative people wear or types of coffee creative people drink or the more generic 25 characteristics of highly creative people.

After reading and digesting all these lists, coupled with empirical observation, I conclude that there is one habit of highly creative people:

They Create

 

 

 

 

This is 29-year-old, Kseniya Simonova, a Ukrainian sand artist or “Lady of the Sand” as she likes to be called.

This piece is beautiful.  She is clearly dedicated and has put in A LOT of hard work. I appreciate that in anyone, not just artists. In this clip, from the semi-finals of Ukraine’s Got Talent, she uses her art, music, setting, theatrics and her costume to good effect. It clearly moved the audience. Even without sand in their eyes, many were crying.

She eventually won Ukraine’s Got Talent.

This 8-minute piece is called “You are always nearby” and it is a story of a young couple who were separated by the war. “The young Lady and little Son were waiting for the Man to come from war, but he was killed. In the end he came to their window and watched them with a sight of love and hope.”

Not only is she talented and passionate, she dedicates her time to help children who need medical treatment and economic help. She also a champion for pregnant women who had considered abortion because of lack of resources but decided to have a child in spite of economic challenges.

I can also learn from her dedication. Together with the help of her husband, they spent months looking for the right sand to use (reminds me of Michelangelo looking for the ‘perfect’ slab of marble). Eventually they found the perfect sand – volcanic sand. The only place they could buy it from was from a group of geologists. However, it cost too much. Instead of giving up, her husband Igor, sold all his printing equipment from his little magazine business to buy 3kg of sand. When she started on sand art, she was a mother of a little boy – cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, playing with her son during the day.  She would start working on her craft from 10pm to 4am every day. It was so difficult that she felt like giving up in three days. But she persisted, and in her words, her discouragement “vanished into thin air.” The craft was physically demanding, requiring her to stand for hours on end but she kept going. I salute her passion, commitment, dedication and hard work.

She attributes her gifts and success to God.

Read more about Kseniya and her story here.

The police were alerted to fowl play in Telor Kurau.  When they arrived at the scene, they were shell-shocked with this eggstrodinary murder that took place in broad daylight near a shell station. Their brains being fried, they scrambled to poach a half-boiled explanation that eggtraterrestrials hatched this terrible coop.

The yolk is heavy on them now to provide an eggsplanation. They do not seem as cracked out as they are made to be.

 

 

 

My favourite talk show host, hands down. I’ve been watching him since the 1980s.

He’s sharp, scathing, self-deprecating (sometimes) and quick.

The guy is from Indiana so  additional affinity developed during my time in Indiana University (1986 to 1988).

I’ve definitely been influenced by his sense of humour.

He’s done more than 14,00 shows. I think sartorially he’s very eloquent too – sharp.

Thank goodness for Youtube that he continues to live. Thanks David.

DD from Singapore.

I’m a big fan of whimsical boliao-ness.

Nice. Evian. Nice.

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