Inspiration: August/September

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The first few weeks of September are an in-between time around here.  The days are still all summer hotness (it was 90°F yesterday) but the sunlight has mellowed, the shadows are lengthening and darkness arrives earlier each night.  School has resumed, much to everyone’s disappointment,  but we haven’t yet settled into The Schedule.  There is still time to make a batch of peach jam or to enjoy a late night glass of sangria on the front porch but I’ve also been indulging in fallish activities like baking and attending high school football games.  I’m enjoying this in-between time.  It’s a lovely place to be.

The link love I’m sharing reflects this in-between-ness with a bit of summer, a bit of fall  and a bit of other stuff thrown in.  Enjoy!

Inspiration: August/September

  • This looks like a delightful summer pie.  The season doesn’t officially end until September 23 which means there’s still time to give it a try.
  • If you are like me, you believe both summer and fall are wonderful seasons for hiking.  This list highlights some of the best hikes in the world.  They all look fabulous but for now I’d settle for a few days on the Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon trail.
  • This wouldn’t be an Inspiration list without a nod to books and fall reading lists are popping up everywhere.  Check out this and this for suggestions of books to snuggle up with when the temperature turns chilly.
  • Photographic inspiration: Mary Ellen Mark.  I especially like her behind the scenes images of movies from 1969-2007.
  • On a serious, faith-based note, the Christian community in America is struggling with the recent legalization of gay marriage.  Carey Niewwhof, a Canadian pastor, offers some sound insights that I’ve been pondering for months.  I appreciate his thoughts on the topic.
  • The Dutch masters and their love affair with chiaroscuro make my heart flutter.  I’ve discovered that Rembrandt’s home in Amsterdam has been restored to look as it did when he resided there and is open for tours.  Yes, please!

2 thoughts on “Inspiration: August/September

  1. thanks so much for the link love!! we were trying so hard to do the rim to rim hike, but we just couldn’t get the permits. I hope you get to do it!

    I’m also always curious how the church addresses the topic of gay marriage. I feel like before it was avoided altogether, but now we need to start talking it out!

    1. You’re welcome, Esther. I know getting permits for hikes in the national parks can be tricky. I think I’ll just put the Rim to Rim trail on my bucket list and hopefully get there sometime. As far as gay marriage goes, I agree with you. There definitely needs to be an honest, Bible-based, Christ-focused conversation about it that is free from anger and judgment. Thanks for reading the post!

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