Poetry & Words

The Place Where Time Can’t Find You

A Place Where Time Can't Find You

Everyone needs a place where time can’t find you, where the landscape swallows time the way the water gulps up the shoreline every second of the day. This corner of the world is detached from time, wholly present, endlessly still, yet always in motion. The water sees to that.

It’s good to disappear sometimes.

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Homeschooling, Poetry & Words

Why a Global Perspective is an Essential Part of a Christian Worldview

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I’ve always loved maps — the delicate wandering lines, the stars and circles hovering over city centers, the softly-worn paper folds creating ridges and peaks where the creases bisect latitude and longitude.

Maps, to me, are about more than just distance.

Maps hold stories, and remind me how connected we all are.

I’m thrilled to say you can read more of my thoughts on this over on the Sonlight Curriculum blog, where I recently had the chance to talk more about the human connections maps hold, and why I believe a global perspective is absolutely essential for not just homeschoolers, but for all Christians.

Head on over, and leave a comment, if you are so inclined!


Image Credits: Priscilla Barbosa Photography

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: 10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from Around the World

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Fruit shop in Naples, Italy // Photograph by André Benedix on Flickr
1. Fruit shop in Naples, Italy // Photograph by André Benedix on Flickr

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Fish shop in Naples, Italy // Photograph by André Benedix on Flickr
2. Fish shop in Naples, Italy // Photograph by André Benedix on Flickr

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Seoul South Korea Coffee Shop
3. Cafe in Seoul, South Korea // Photograph by handsforholding on Flickr

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // 19 Alexandra Road, Clevedon
4. 19 Alexandra Road, United Kingdom // Photograph by Lou Archell on Littlegreenshed

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // LOKL in Kuala Lumpur
5. LOKL Coffee Co. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia // Photograph by Loo Jia Wen as seen on Bloesem

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Julianna's Crepes _ Atlanta
6. Julianna’s Coffee & Crepes, Atlanta Georgia // Photograph by In Honor of Design

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Fatbird Cafe in Bangkok
7. Fatbird Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand // Photograph via BKKMenu

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Hara Donuts Korea
8. Hara Donuts (하라 도너츠) in Seoul, South Korea // Photograph by the Seoul is for Lovers blog

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Purple garlic stall in St-Vivien-de-Médoc, France, during Market Day
9. Purple garlic stall in St-Vivien-de-Médoc, France, during Market Day // Photograph by Oddur Thorisson for Manger

10 Inspiring Storefronts and Cafes from around the World // Bakery in Ghent, Belgium
10. Bakery in Ghent, Belgium // Photograph by klaartje on Flickr

Travel/Moving

TRAVEL :: Aveline is a Parisian Shop

What a delightful discovery! Aveline is an art gallery on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, specializing in objets d’art from the reigns of various Louis.*
Aveline, an art gallery on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France
Thanks to Follow Lauren — who’s currently happily roaming somewhere between Barcelona and London — for the sighting. (Photo via 1-cities.)

*If the lack of proper pluralization here bothers you, 1. you are likely an astute pendant, and 2. you may wish to peruse this.

Inspiration, Travel/Moving

TRAVEL :: Taiwanese Photographer Zachary Su

Sometimes I stumble upon a photographer’s portfolio and immediately, I am lost inside the photos. I can be sitting right here in my living room, but it feels like I’ve been transported to another world. Such was the case when I found Zachary Su’s photographs of Taiwan. Plus, I’ve been drawn to images of windows lately anyway (case in point) so I was especially enraptured by his work with light and windows.

Zachary Su -zacharyziggy on Flickr- Taiwan Photographer

Zachary Su -zacharyziggy on Flickr- Taiwan Photographer

Zachary Su -zacharyziggy on Flickr- Taiwan Photographer

Zachary Su -zacharyziggy on Flickr- Taiwan Photographer

Zachary Su -zacharyziggy on Flickr- Taiwan Photographer

Zachary Su -zacharyziggy on Flickr- Taiwan Photographer

Zachary

Zachary

Aren’t those incredible? I haven’t posted them here, but he takes a lot of black-and-white Taiwanese street scenes too. You can view all of Zachary Su’s photos on Flickr.

Poetry & Words, Travel/Moving

POETRY & WORDS :: When Home Can’t Be Pinned Down

When Home Can't Be Pinned Down - Gina Munsey on OaxacabornWhen I was little, I knew my grandparents through letters and home-recorded cassette tapes. I used to dream of hugging them, of spending long days beside them, of just looking at them and listening to the sound of their voice.

And one day, a long time ago, we showed up from another continent, from across the ocean, and “by the time we were at the bottom of the hill and had parked beside the house, my grandmother, my grandfather, and Aunt Margaret were all outside, looking exactly the way they had in the calendar picture. I ran right into my grandmother’s arms as if I’d been doing this every day.

‘Welcome home! Oh, welcome home!’ my grandmother cried.

I hadn’t known it, but this was exactly what I’d wanted her to say. I needed to hear it said out loud. I was home.” -Jean Fritz, Homesick pg. 138

All those memories came flooding back to me, this month, when I set Aveline down on the airport floor and watched her run at top speed into my dad’s arms. She latched onto him, she threw her arms around his neck, she pressed her cheek to his shoulder, and I felt it again. I felt I was a girl with one foot here, one foot there. A girl to whom home was a many-splendored thing, altogether here and there.

And in between the here-ness and there-ness is a place that can’t be pinned, a place that can’t be caught or ordered around, a place that can’t be pushed into a map’s tight little squiggly lines. It’s a place I can’t visit whenever I want to, but only when the road we’re on lets us go there, and maybe that’s the beauty of it.

Grandma never stopped smiling and Grandpa buckled her into her very own seat in his truck, and we all piled in. Looking at this scene, I didn’t know if it was 1991 or 2013. I didn’t know if she was being buckled into the seat or if it was me. Here and there passed each other so closely they became one, the one thing that can’t be held down.

Home.

“I paid no attention to the road. I just kept looking out the window until all at once there on my right was a white picket fence and a meadow, fresh and green as if it had just this minute been created…the whole scene. The perfect greenness. The washed-clean look. The peacefulness. Oh, now! I thought. Now I was in America. Every last inch of me.” -Jean Fritz, Homesick pg. 133

Every last inch.

Thoughts on Grandparents, or, When Home Can't Be Pinned Down - Gina Munsey on Oaxacaborn

Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2013 Toast UK Home+Home Catalogue

Thanks to these images from Toast UK’s Spring/Summer 2013 Home+Home Catalogue, I’m dreaming of a nice seaside picnic — one that involves crusty bread and jam. And maybe a nap in a breezy riad, waking up to Moroccan mint tea before a boat ride where I just sit on a heap of cushions and don’t have to row at all.

Hey, there aren’t any rules against dreaming, right? :)

Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn