“This doesn’t look like heaven.” That’s what Fiona said as she approached Auntie Anna’s casket at the wake the other day. We had explained to Fiona that Auntie Anna had gone to heaven. Yet, there was Auntie Anna’s body in this strange looking bed surrounded by flowers.
We told Fiona that this wasn’t heaven. That all that she was seeing was Auntie Anna’s body, which Auntie Anna didn’t need anymore. You could see the gears spinning in Fiona’s head as she tried to make sense of it all. She reached out and patted Auntie Anna’s arm. Motionless, Auntie Anna looked like a life-sized doll.
I hate using superlatives. They are too absolute. There must always be something better. Yet this Christmas seemed like a superlative Christmas to me.
Perhaps some of it comes from the back drop. I remember studying aesthetics and learning the importance of the background, the negative space, the contrast against which the picture appears. To a certain extent, that is why the advent reflection about putting Herod back in Christmas was so appealing to me. In a wonderful world, it is too easy to lose sight of what is special around us.
I just received an email with a great reflection entitled: Putting Herod back into Christmas.
"Herod represents the dark side of the gospel. He reminds us that Jesus didn't enter a world of sparkly Christmas cards or a world of warm spiritual sentiment. Jesus enters a world of real pain, of serious dysfunction, a world of brokenness and political oppression."
The contrast of Herod is what brings Christmas into sharp focus. Please read the whole reflection, and have a Merry Christmas.
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One of the great things in DeanSpace was the ability to load events from Dean for America into DeanSpace websites via a patched RSS feed. The folks at CivicSpace, the follow on to DeanSpace, have been looking at how this can be done in a more generalized way.
With my work with the Center for Online Investigative Research, I stumbled across the the IPTC’s EventsML. On that mailing list, was a pointer to Scott McMullan’s blog where he has an entry entitled Google/Internet Archive, Meet Mr. Event