Drawing is Magic

The author/illustrator of Drawing is Magic was kind enough to feature our oldest on his tumblr here.

We love his sketchbook and other artwork. You can buy the book here.

O Theo

Saturday night, David and I went to see Matthew Perryman Jones perform. I only knew of him through other Nashville voices we love, and I don’t have a ton of his music. But we loved his show. He has a remarkable voice and is a talented writer.

One song that stood out to me was “O Theo,” which is based on the letters Vincent VanGogh wrote to his brother Theo. The song provides a sad and beautiful picture of VanGogh’s mental illness and how he used his art to try to battle the demons in his head.

So, I set fires of starlight/To burn up against the despair
I was caught in the tangles of midnight’s/Long, unanswered prayer:
‘Are you there?’

The Starry Night

The Starry Night

Linkage 2.28

I stepped away for a bit because I’m having one of those weeks where I wildly over-scheduled myself. You don’t have those, right? I know I’m the only one.

Anyway, here’s to slowing down a bit. Enjoy this overstocked post of bits of goodness from the interwebz:

This was an interesting milestone in the life of the Presbyterian Church of America: Pastor Ligon Duncan reflects on years of a conscious pursuit of more diversity in the PCA.

Now friends, I am a son of the old Southern Presbyterian Church. These are my people, and I am no better than my fathers. It is humiliating to stand before you today and confess these things.

So, what happened? What accounts for this change, and for our present joy in you?

Well, the answer is complex, and many things could be said….¬†But it gets down to the cross, the Gospel and repentance.

Our family is already big fans of Stephen Curry, the Charlotte-area native who is breaking records left and right with the Golden State Warriors. He is a humble, kind man. Here’s a great picture of him asking for an autograph from Mo’ne Davis.

The One Question Every Parent Should Quit Asking

Sometimes It Really Is As Simple As Cake: a lovely reflection on the simple art of feeding people.

Alissa Wilkinson rightfully scolds our “hot take” culture: In Praise of Slow Opinions

And lastly, this is a great interpretation of what was already good advice from Ira Glass.