It is this third book by Bulgarian author Teodora Dimova this month that I am reading, this time Marma, Mariam. A book about faith that is in all of us, our relationship and longing for the Divine. What makes the book an engaging read is its relation to the present through Marma – the Christian story told on and on through the ages. A literary interpretation of specific historic figures rather than a theological research.
Before Midnight (2013) – not my type of an exciting movie maybe because I have missed Before Sunrise and Before Sunset previously. Staying committed to someone is not easier than finding the right person to be with. Beautiful autumn scenes and the whole action taking place as the title suggests before midnight.
Jesse to Celine: ‘You’re just like the little girls and everybody else. You wanna live inside some fairy tale.’ Don’t most of us do since we grow up with them?
The ‘St St. Kirik and Yulita’ Church in Banka (near Sofia) is hosting a unique icon made of gold and silver of Virgin Mary “Gerontissa”. The icon depicts a full figured Mother of God without Christ.
At her feet is a vessel of oil as a reminder of a miraculous event. The icon is miraculously beautiful.
Once in an interview Dalai Lama was asked when he had been the happiest. He thought for a moment, smiled and answered: ‘Right now’.
‘What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.’
T.S. Eliot – Burnt Norton
A brilliant poem on timelessness and eternity and how the present, not the future or past, really matters to individuals.
In a research where children and adults were assigned the same task: what would they ask God if they could meet him face-to-face, children’s questions focused on: ‘How is my Grandpa up there? ‘, ‘Is my little dog OK’, while adults’ questions were: ‘Why this, why now, why me …?’
A shift in concerns seems to occur with age. No wonder children smile 400 times per day while adults times less (more on the power of smiling here).