Saturday, February 13, 2010

Jinxed? The Canadian Olympics and other random thoughts...

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I think the 2010 Winter Olympics might be jinxed - the weather is not cooperating, there has been one death so far, the opening ceremonies were a little 'slow', and the torch lighting malfunction didn't help matters.  (BTW - is Anne Murray really still popular in Canada?  I met her once, setting up a show for her here - years ago.)  I have to admit I liked most of the opening ceremonies however; big bears all lighted up, First Nation people finally getting their place in history, along with their wonderful myths.  That stuff was excellent.  I didn't get K.D. Lang's outfit or song - but she can sure sing - and she's really starting to look a lot like Wayne Newton.  But I digress.
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Overall, the opening ceremonies were too long and slow moving.  The pseudo religious cult aspect of all the speeches, the official "hymn" was especially mind-numbing.  Nevertheless, although parts of it were dull, the most special thing about it is the Canadian people - I love Canada.  Gorgeous country - wonderful people - I love all of my Canadian links, in fact I would like to move in with you after I become incontinent.  (Only if you drink of course.)
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Unfortunately this time around the Olympics seem to be jinxed - so don't blame me.
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Who's counting?
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See - I knew if I mentioned it I would see my 'Followers' app shrink - I lost a follower.  (They really do come and go though.)  I couldn't help but notice this morning.  Was it something I said?  Because I spare no one here.  LOL!  I don't care - I have some people registered as followers who have signed up more than once - so the count isn't accurate to begin with.  And wasn't King David punished for counting... census taking?
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BTW - The Bishops of England and Wales just came out with a pastoral explaining that the Bible is not true.  I know!  Acts of the Apostasy better get moving on this one.
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What I'm painting.
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I'm working on my 'Black Madonna' in remembrance of the victims of the Haitian earthquake and one of my black readers.  (I don't 'know' her but for some reason she reminds me of Nina on "3rd Rock From the Sun".)  A month ago, when I posted on the earthquake I mentioned I wanted to do this and some guy posted something like - "Just what they need - an icon."  Words spoken in frustration I am sure - what does one do in the face of such a catastrophe?  What do you say?  Donate money and services, yes of course - but we are all pretty much impotent to do much else?  A month later, life goes on here doesn't it - and aside from the occasional news report, how many people even think about Haiti?  So watch what you say to people in the heat of the moment - when you want to rule the world, because they may come back to you and ask what you are doing for the Haitian people today?  People move on with their lives, and rightly so.  But they also forget about prayer as a means of aid, or sacrifice and penance as a way to share - to compassionate, to participate - in their brother and sisters' suffering.
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That said, it is a joy to paint an icon again - a very prayerful experience indeed.  There is something nice about painting according to a formula as it were - no uncharted territories, painting from a prototype.  (Yes - I say painting - I find "writing" to be pretentious.  In fact, I came across a professional iconographer who seems to prefer to use the term painting as well.)
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Cape sighting.
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Fr. Z is in New Jersey and was on his way out to dinner with his host and got a flat tire - while the building he is in may be collapsing, and the heat is out in the church, Father is marshalling on.  He posts about the ordeal here, and I lifted the photo to initiate my new feature: "Cape Sightings".  I have a feeling the Fathers went out to dinner like this.

15 comments:

  1. +JMJ+

    On the icon of the Black Madonna for Haiti:

    Keep painting, Terry! When the penitent woman broke the alabaster jar and poured the ointment all over Jesus' feet, she began the great Catholic tradition of "senseless acts of beauty" (to borrow a modern phrase) offered up to God. When Judas didn't get it, Jesus said that Judas was begrudging Him that little pittance. After all that the whole world has been contributing to Haiti, surely that guy who didn't get you can afford to spare a little paint?

    PS -- I hadn't even known the Winter Olympics had started.

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  2. Terry:

    "I didn't get K.D. Lang's outfit or song - but she can sure sing - and she's really starting to look a lot like Wayne Newton. But I digress". ROFLMAO!!!

    Right you are about the need for prayer and penance. Not all is solved with money...

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  3. Terry, My two cents:
    "Hallelujah" and "Constant Craving" lyrics - is K.D. is
    on a God quest? Tux and Wayne Newton, notwithstanding, she was the best part of the show. Were those modern dancers in the ribbon forest the europeans? Compare & contrast with China openers.
    Freedom. The music for the First Nations entrances, and throughout for that matter, was off. O, Lillehammer!
    Go Bode Miller! Thanks for the blog.

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  4. I ws a volunteer for the 2002 Olympics here in Salt Lake City..was actually a seamstress for the various costumes for the Opening Ceremonies for bothe the Olympics and Paralympics...we not only had to deal with scandal but with the 9-11 tragedy just months before...

    In a way Vancouver's Opening ceremonies had alot of advantages that SLC did not..you can do alot more when you're in an indoor stadium..part of our costumes design was to be able to put the costumes on OVER heavy winter coats and snow outfits..

    I also liked the comments about howl "welcoming" the Vancouver citizens are... I remember the Mayor of SLC giving press conferences months in advance to the Utahns about "how to be NICE and POLITE to people," and how "Not EVERYONE is MORMON." It was a MAJOR feat of legistation to be able to have open containers of beer on the Olympic Plaza..alot of grumbling local folks about the crowds, the traffic, the alcohol..it got so bad that Budweiser was about ready to pull a MAJOR sponsorshipunless there was a significant culture shift..

    Mitt Romney--like him or hate him--was instrumental for saving the Games for SLC and wiping clean much of the corruption that was going on..

    Sara

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  5. Miss E, what a beautiful reminder!

    Terry ,Maybe the painting will inspire someone either by sending money or prayers to Haiti.

    and you wrote..."They really do come and go though"

    ... but maybe not always the ones you'd like to see go. hahahaha

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  6. Gosh! First Nation - duh - original people - I'll have to change that.
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    2002 SLC was spectacular.
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    Vancouver is a beautiful city.
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    Now I 'get' K.D. Lang's song. Like I said - she is a great singer.

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  7. michael r.5:30 PM

    Vancouver is probably my favorite city in North America. Are we not lucky to have Canada, O Canada, as our neighbor? I thought the big bear was neat, but I didn't quite get the four giant 'puppet' things (with the moving arms) earlier in the program. They reminded me too much of the puppets at our puppet Masses... :)

    Glad you are working on the icon, and will be anxious to see it. I too wondered about that comment. There was yet another miracle in Haiti a couple days ago. A man was pulled alive from under the rubble 28 days after the quake.

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  8. BTW - The Bishops of England and Wales just came out with a pastoral explaining that the Bible is not true. I know! Acts of the Apostasy better get moving on this one.

    Terry - I'm on it!

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  9. I knew I could count on you Larry.

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  10. Michael: Wasn't that just God shouting at us, I am always here, in the rubble? Sooo wonderful.

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  11. Thanks Fawlty. - The Major.

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  12. I noticed that I lost a follower as well....in my case, I probably deserve to lose more.

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  13. Terry: I await the showing of your icon of Our Lady...pray that this Lent I will receive the grace to begin icon writing again...it's been a long time, I'm afraid. I want to do it but I need the grace. Thanks!

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  14. Father - I will pray that you get back to it - I think your work is spledid. I ask Our Lady to attract your heart to a particular subject, and to move your hand.

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