...you know…besides the Bee Gees?
P.S. - Speaking of things that start with "A," special thanks to Arlee Bird for creating the A to Z Challenge and making it what it is!!
Easter weekend. Wow. I moved to Springfield last year on April 1st - the weekend right before Easter. I can't believe it has been a year already! Last year a friend came up from Joplin and stayed with me Easter weekend. We spent pretty much an entire day shopping...then came back to my apartment that didn't have furniture yet and sat in the floor and watched YouTube videos...and went to church Sunday morning at North Point. I remember they did an amazing skit. My friend's first impression was that it was kind-of scandalous because of the outfits they wore (basically brightly colored, form-fitting body suits), but when she realized I had been deeply touched by it she said, "Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge. If it ministered to you, then maybe it ministered to other people, too." Yep - I have some awesome friends! It is also an awesome video (though it was better live). Check it out! (You only get a glimpse of the aforementioned outfits in this video.) Hmmm...maybe I'll go there again for Easter this year. I was thinking about visiting a Catholic church for the occasion.... We'll see.
Ever wondered, "Why Does Easter's Date Change?" Well, so have I. The subtitle of this article is "If it's Christian and controversial, it always comes back to Constantine." The emperor decided Easter was more important than the Jewish celebration of Passover, so they should no longer be celebrated on the same day. The Council of Nicea convened in AD 325.
The council decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Vernal Equinox, according to the Julian calendar. If the full moon were to fall on a Sunday, Easter would be celebrated on the following Sunday in order to avoid coincidence with Passover. But issues arose with this arrangement due to the difference between the lunar and the solar calendar, and the fact that Eastern Churches refused to bend to the council’s way.
It was not until the reform of the Julian calendar in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII that a more universal system was developed. The Gregorian calendar clearly defined the ecclesiastical year, and set Easter on the first Sunday following the Vernal Equinox, which is fixed on March 21st. The adoption of the Gregorian calendar by Great Britain and Ireland in 1752 solidified the universality of the system.
According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the actual Vernal Equinox is “determined by the motion of the Sun as seen from the Earth” and so cannot be fixed to a specific date. Because of the difference in determination of the Vernal Equinox between the Gregorian calendar and the Julian calendar, Easter is usually celebrated on a different Sunday by Western Churches than by Eastern Churches. The last year these dates coincided was 2004. Although some attempts to fix a specific date for Easter have gained a lot of support, to this day all have failed.
Today was gorgeous - sunny and in the upper 60s - so I enjoyed it by driving around town with the windows down and radio up, one of my favorite ways to enjoy a beautiful day! A couple of interesting things I saw around town: a guy riding his horse down the sidewalk, and a teenage girl swinging on a tree-swing in her front yard :). Cool. And I accidentally stumbled upon another unexpected scene today - I went to hear a speaker for a Holy Week chapel at my school, and got to hear a guest collegiate classical choir too! I love happy accidents, and they are even better when they involve the Fine Arts!
A to Z starts Monday!! I'm excited. I've pre-written several of my posts...but not A, of course. Hopefully some inspiration that happens to start with the letter A will strike me over the weekend. My theme is theological, so maybe I should read some Augustine...or maybe I'll research a little about the history of Art in the Church... or ponder whether it really was an Apple that Adam and Eve Ate.... Anyway, I'm sure I'll stumble across something. Unless I become too apathetic to achieve acuity in any attempt at academic activity...in which case I'll just have to act adversely to any advance arrangement and abruptly assemble an appropriate article at the advent of A to Z. That would be simply atrocious.
Hey - you guys know the other holiday that's right around the corner, right? Yep. April 15th. Just sayin'.
Part of an Easter liturgy:
Finally, to liven up your weekend, an old-school Southern Gospel Easter song (Enjoy the 80s hair!):
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I've been exploring the fine arts scene of Springfield (Missouri) this past week, and it has led me to make some uncharacteristic purchases. I'm really glad I've made them! Turns out, for one thing, I really like Opera! (Yeah, I'm as surprised as you are.) Here are the purchases I made:
I also bought some oil pastels and experimented with some art of my own! I have only ever drawn with graphite and charcoal, so this was my first attempt at color or anything like paint. I really enjoyed it!
|"Deep Calls Out to Deep"|
My plan was to visit a different local art gallery (or other fine art exhibition) each day this week, but I only got to three. This is not because I didn’t try to get to others! Some don’t open until later in the day…and the weather was crazy…and yeah, I know, excuses, excuses. I already blogged about the opera and first gallery visit. The following day I went to the Springfield Art Museum. I thought it had decent repertoire, and was especially impressed that there was a wing devoted to Asian (Chinese and Japanese) art. I was not extremely impressed with the Director's Choice exhibit. There was one piece - something about "darkness" - that consisted of some kind of greyish-brown solid painted canvas. Really? I hope the place didn't go broke buying that. These were my favorite three pieces:
|"Cartoon Study for Painting"|
20th c. Drawing and Watercolor
1984 Oil on Canvas
Barbara Dixon Drewa
(The artist recreated Rogier van der Weyden's "Portrait of a Lady"
as if it were a page ripped out of a catlogue or textbook.)
2000 Watercolor on Paper
Later the same day I had lunch with a friend, but before lunch we stopped by the “Kiss My Gas” Scooter store. Not only did they have a gorgeous 1960-something Vespa; the walls were lined with paintings! The moral seems to be that art creeps up on us from corners where we least expect it!
|(hyuck hyuck - this was their company's shirt from|
a 5k benefitting breast cancer research.)
Yeah…so…I’m a slightly obsessed sucker for trees. I just love them; always have. Here are a couple interesting snapshots of trees I got this week:
|This moss-covered beaut' stands outside my apartment|
building - I often park in front of it.
|And THIS?! We-he-hell...let's just say...when you visit your local|
art museum and behold all the majestic paintings that line the
proud corridors...I'm that girl at the end of the hallway taking pictures of
TREES through the glass of the back exit. Yeah. That's me.
In other news, I've been gearing up for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, and so far I have prewritten three and a half posts (in accordance with my theological theme). Also, I’ve gained 8 new followers since signing up and beginning mutual visiting of others’ blogs that are on the list. This has been a good thing for me so far. It has got me writing on a regular basis. Also, participating in 7QT has got me doing more things to inspire weekly thematic posts (such as exploring the fine arts available in my city). This is good – things that get me out of my head and into the real world have been sporadic at times….
And finally, for your viewing pleasure, here is my "song of the week" - the song I've played on repeat for the last several days, because that is the annoying-to-others way in which I listen to music:
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And the other was the one that made me most interested to look up its website:
|Screen shot: Live at the Met before the start of the show.|
It must be noted, though the breaks were (in my opinion) excessive, the set was ornate, detailed, and lovely. The outfits were described as carrying the silhouette of the fashion prevalent at the time of the play's setting (13th century), but their actual detail/designs were from the era of the writer, Riccardo Zandonai (1914) to accentuate how he was influenced in the writing. Not only this, but the costumes' colors were chosen to emphasize the mood of the scene in which each was worn (light, sheer materials for the happy, opening scene, darkening to a deep, somber purple as the story progressed).
|It's a tree that was in the Joplin tornado, after it had begun to regrow. |
To me, it represents resiliency and hope.