A Tribute to Men and Women who Design

I deleted my Myspace account a couple minutes ago. I feel liberated! It’s funny, how as junior high kids, we intuitively wanted to have a presence on the internet. Belong to some sort of community. When a friend of mine was tragically killed during my freshman year of college, her Myspace account sort of stood as a living eulogy… articles and reporters took information from her page as information about her: who she was, what she did, what she aspired to be. I guess I held off on deleting my account so that something would exist to testify for my life, if the same ever happened to me. But now, I have this blog, I have twitter, and I have facebook. And I think that’s about enough web presence for a while. Well, until I get my art/design portfolio up, but that’ll be a whole new ballgame.

Anyway, before I cancelled it, I went to see if there was anything on there that I would miss if I sent it into cyber-oblivion. I had this video in my interests section, and it’s still true. I’m still interested. So, I’m sharing with you! It’s “a tribute to men and women who design,” presented by Chevrolet in 1958. Fifty-two years ago!! It seems so simple, but still so relevant. It’s long, but worth watching if you have time to kill!

The American Look, 1958 (via Google videos)

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coincidence, luck, and lepers

You know those times when things happen and you can’t understand why? I think we usually call it “luck.” It’s “good luck” to get all green lights when you’re running late, or to find money that you didn’t know you had just when you thought you were too broke for Starbucks. I mean, I’m not a superstitious person, but I hear it and say it a lot… I’m about to take a test, so “wish me luck!” Or you’re about to perform, so you merit an appropriate “break a leg!” You’re “lucky” if you barely miss getting into an accident or you pass a test you thought sure you would fail. Either you “luck in” to good or you “luck out” of bad.

But what of our relationship to God? Are we lucking into the goodness He has for us, or are we lucking out of the evils of satan? When we pray, are we asking to “get lucky”? I doubt any of us feel that way. Dear God, please make me lucky today. I’m not superstitious, but I really just want to have good things happen and avoid the bad. Thanks. Amen. It makes it seem as though our reality is constantly in suspense and totally out of control! Things just happen without reason, if we depend on luck!

Good thing God is in control. Good thing there is a way to look beyond luck and know that it’s really coincidence — divine intervention. Let me explain:
Luck: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.
Coincidence: a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent casual connection; correspondence in nature or time of occurrence.

First, I don’t believe in chance, I believe in purpose. Things happen for a reason, and are put into motion by the initial Force of it all, God the Creator. Second, I believe in a God that is remarkable and inconceivable. So to say that something happens without apparent connection means I can’t comprehend the connection. But He can. Read More »

Hello world!

Another venture into the world of blogging begins… I have never been good at keeping a blog. Well, not since the days of junior high, when blogging was how you updated your friends on everything that you did that day. Now that I have facebook and twitter, what is the need? As it turns out, 140 characters just isn’t enough for me sometimes, and I think my facebook audience is getting tired of hearing everything that I have to say. I needed my own place, for whatever I want to post or say. Truth be told, I’ve been pretty inspired lately by a bunch of different blogs that I’m starting to keep up with… friends, strangers, communities, online mags/editorials, etc. So it’s time that I made a real effort towards this. Maybe somebody will read it, maybe we can start a community of thought.

So here is what I want to say, to begin. I pray that everything I do and say, that every thought and entry, be for the greater glory of God, because really… what else is there? Glory for myself? For me, it’s about walking humbly through this world, working towards the reward that I can only dream about. The heartache of this world is exactly what St. Augustine meant when he said that, “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” I ask for the intercession of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers, and St. Isidore of Seville, patron of the internet, to pray for me that when I write, it be in ways that are in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and bring glory to God. And, as always, may my every word and deed be done “by Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary; so that we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus.” (St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion)

Now I can’t wait to get things rollin’! Thanks for following… it’s going to be fun!