Monthly Archives: August 2014

Laziness

I started to read a small book that has been sitting on a shelf for an inordinate amount of time. Transported here from Germany some years ago, it is the top book of a diminutive stack of books and thus the main candidate for collecting dust, much to its annoyance I’m sure. Even more inexcusable than not reading it, is the fact that there are only a few books around the apartment (most of my books are in boxes in storage) and the television has no reception here — probably a good thing. Thus — dust brushed off — the initiative to finally read it is taken.

The book states that it is a collection of light humor by a broad variety of authors. I started reading, but found the dust jacket statement to be an exaggeration and I almost put the book away, only to find a gem of a story just before doing so: an amusing anecdote about laziness. Not exactly a virtue by any means, but the author has taken great care to expand on the subject, of course at a very leisurely pace.

Having enjoyed the short story immensely, (sitting in a lawn chair outside while reading it — appropriate to the subject matter) I walked back upstairs to the apartment and what did I see? My lazy cat, who had managed to get his lazy cat butt off the kitchen chair where he had been sleeping when I went downstairs, only to move the short distance to my office in my absence to sleep under the table, exactly to where the last ray of sunshine was falling, caressing his tummy — his eyes closed in great pleasure. Words failed me at the sight, but a chuckle did escape me.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you this week and give you rest, and perhaps a ray of sunshine on your tummy.

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Perspective

Vantage PointI love to photograph fields: be they the first green of spring, the wheat, barley, and rye fields of summer, the stubble of fall fields, or the barren frozen ground of winter, before the earth thaws again.

One of the things I learned a long time ago in one of my photography classes, is that from a camera perspective, a “bugs eye view” can sometimes be very interesting. Alternately, squatting down and taking a child’s point of view is fun too. We tend to forget what is at that eye level — it can open up new fields of vision.

As you may notice, the bug pictured here above, apparently wasn’t content with his “bugs eye view” perspective. On the contrary, he may have been inspired that day to take our point of view. Quite adept at climbing too, if I may impart my opinion on his feat.

May your perspective be heavenly this week.