Since the middle of 2015, when Renee had her heart transplant, I have cut my travel schedule way back. I used to be on the road a fair amount giving seminars and doing talks, but when she went on the transplant list, I had to stop out of town trips, and after the transplant I needed to be home to care for her. Now, of course, she is healthy, but I lost the momentum.
But this week I am back on the road for one of my favorite things I do each year. Myself and some 30-50 other writer/speaker faith based justice types will get together, this time in Albuquerque. We will talk about things that are hard, and things that gave us life, and things we love and things we hope for. We will lift each other up and give both an ear and counsel. But mostly, we will know we are not alone.
Like any other trip, there is the frantic preparation, the race to finish thing before you leave, the things still left undone when you actually board the plane. I always feel like leaving home is a small death of sorts – like when I pet my cats and kiss my wife before I leave, I feel a twinge of certainty that I won’t be coming back. Morbid, I know, but you can’t be afraid of losing things you don’t love in the first place.
Here are five things I thought were beautiful
The Wikimedia collection of photographs of the Sistine Chapel is stunning. If you would like to know more about the Sistine Chapel, and see some of the photos in context, this is a pretty good article.
In 1899, biologist Ernst Haeckel created these magnificent drawings of flora and fauna – they are nothing less than stunning. There is a book of his work that was published in 1904 that has color plates as well.
This piece, If God Had a Name, in the Oxford American (an outlet well worth your attention, BTW) on the religious journey of a gay youth in Kentucky in the 1990’s is well worth your time.
If you are of a certain age, you may only know the name Roy Clark from Hee-Haw. If you are younger than that, you may not know it at all. He was, arguably, the best guitarist of the last half of the twentieth century. At the very least, he was high on the list. This clip from when he appeared on the Odd Couple shows why. (At 2:15, I just about lost it.)
Every song Neil Young has ever recorded, including some unpublished, is now available for streaming at high resolution.
Bonus: They are making a Mr. Rogers documentary!
A couple of programming notes
Some of you know the story of our rescue kitty Pepe, but if you don’t, I wrote this piece yesterday.
Because of a perfect storm of travel and holidays, the Hughscast is on hiatus until January 7th, when we will have some upgrades in production quality. Last night’s was very well received, so if you are looking to check one out, you might want to start there.
On a related note, both Christmas and New Years are on Mondays this year, so there will be no Hughsletter on those days.
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Well, that is it for this week. I hope you have a great week, and that your life is filled with beautiful things. If you see something special, I hope you will let me know about it, and if one of my five I shared today struck you in a special way, I hope you will let me know about that, too.
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Take care of yourself, and each other.
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