Reflections on Madeleine L'Engle ; September 18, 2007

Mood: sad, but hopeful
Listening to: Sound of Melodies (album) by Leeland
Reading: nothing really

Today I found out that Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6. It was an odd surprise because a girl in my art class was reading a magazine and said loudly with a small amount of astonishment in her voice, "Madeleine L'Engle died!" Most of the people in the class said, "Who's that?" But I gasped more loudly than I realized. "No way," I said in disbelief. Nobody noticed that I was instantly subdued...nobody heard me say, "That's an emotional thing for me..." I got quiet and thought a lot about Ms. L'Engle while I was working on my art picture.

My favorite, most beloved author. (Although I still can't decide between her and C.S. Lewis. The universe and time travel vs. the alternate world of Narnia...hmm.) When I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time in 5th grade, a permanent affection for her beautiful works was born in me. Her books have always challenged me to think about the grandness of the universe, and about the place of humanity, and me personally, inside of it.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet has always been my favorite from the Time Quartet. The courage required of Charles Wallace to undertake a quest to save the world from deadly war. The countless connections between history, now, and the future. And of course Gaudior the unicorn, and little unicorns hatching on their unicorn planet. And that unforgettable image of the entire universe in an eternal, beautiful dance and song of praise to the Most High God.

My thoughts now are, that Ms. L'Engle is witnessing and participating in that dance now, as she has been taken by God to live with Him forever. She's finally seeing the seraphim, the cherubim, the Mrs. Whatsit creatures, and all the stars known by name that she once wrote about.

Now I feel like I want to read every single book she ever wrote. I find it kind of disappointing now that I actually did start reading Walking on Water this summer, but set it down after Chapter 1, where my bookmark still remains. I guess I'm not the biggest fan of nonfiction, but I'm sure it will still be good, so I am going to read it. :D

So, I was sad for a while about her death (which was by natural means, by the way), but now I feel hopeful, and grateful to God for heaven...for eternal life.

I could write SO much more about these thoughts, but this post is getting too long. :)

Here's a good article about Madeleine L'Engle.

10:56 PM  |    |  

Jesus and Socrates ; September 17, 2007

Mood: content or generally happy (or both)
Listening to: All Of The Above by Hillsong United
Reading: Big American Lit textbook. Like three thousand pages big.

Have you ever read a novel in Spanish? Well, neither have I. But today in my Spanish class, we started reading a novel called El Alquimista, which means The Alchemist. Bwahaha. Spanish, however, is not the topic of this post.

WARNING: this post may contain analysis of historical literature and complex philosophical ideas! (or, beware of Sarah's overactive mind)

Like I said before, I just finished reading tonight's assignment in the American Lit book. It was a section of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and he was talking about his Endeavor to arrive At moral Perfection. (Yes, I find it amusing that he capitalized random words all the time.)

Then he listed 13 virtues that he wanted to obtain, none of which mentioned any religious ideas, until the last one. It said, "13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates."

At that I sort of laughed. How odd, I thought, that he grouped Jesus and Socrates together. And that he put imitating them so low on the list. To be honest I know very little about Socrates, but I can assure you that Jesus was a far more important man than he was. Jesus taught eternally valuable ideas. Socrates didn't even believe in God. I don't quite see how they can be grouped together.

Then Franklin went on to say a couple of ideas that I found interesting and amusing. "In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself. You will see it perhaps often in this History. For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my Humility."

I thought it was...curious. Make of that what you will.

4:58 PM  |    |  

A Little Intro ; September 9, 2007

Mood: I wish I wasn't a procrastinator
Listening to: Swim EP by Jeremy Larson
Reading: Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

Hello! So I got this bloggish thing. I have tried to keep a blog before, but it takes a lot of dedication. Nevertheless, I'm trying again. Hopefully this one will become a success! With the assistance of people who read it. Like the Home Depot slogan — "You can do it, we can help!" You have to be my Home Depot. Thanks. I'm starting to ramble. I do that a lot...

Gah! Must...concentrate...

OKAY! My goal for this blog is to share things that I find genuinely interesting, cool, or funny. I'm an inquisitive person—I appreciate learning and knowledge in general. Yes, I'm one of those nerds who enjoys school! Nerds unite! :P

So, I hope you'll enjoy my little bits of the world, like science, history, entertainment, Christianity, and anything else I can think of. Until then, hasta la vista, baby.

8:21 PM  |    |  

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