Dear Friends,

There is a genocide happening right now. We talk about the Nazis and wonder how the Germans could possibly let that happen. In a hundred years, people will look back and wonder how we were allowed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to destroy the Uyghur people.

The Uyghurs (pronounced whee-ger) are a predominately Muslim ethnic minority living in the Xinjiang Province (western China). They speak a Turkic language; so they, at least linguistically, more closely related to Turkish people than to the Han Chinese. They are one of the ethnic minorities officially recognized by China. The region of…


Dear Friends,

Let me tell you about the fantastic career of King Wamba. He was a Visigoth king of Spain from 672–680 A.D. The Visigoths had a devil of a time trying to have a system of stable succession. Usually, the king tried to hand it on to his son, but then someone would assassinate someone else and then there would be a lot of in-fighting. Sometimes the Church would step in to try to stabilize things (not very successfully), and it almost always ended up being succession by “election.”

Wamba (whose name/nickname might have meant “big paunch”) did not…


Dear Friends,

It has been a long time, a longer time than I realized, since I last wrote here. I hope all is well with you. My lack of writing, fortunately, has not been from a lack of adventures. However, the speeding track of time and busyness of life keep surprising me, so chronicles of said adventures are still coming.

During one of these adventures, my camera, “Old Faithful,” bit the dust. It was a quiet death. One evening, he just failed to turn on even with a full battery. This camera came with me on every trip from the…


Dear Friends,

China launched a rocked last week and deliberately did not plan where the fuel parts were going to re-enter the atmosphere. You’ll be happy to know that they landed somewhere in the Indian Ocean, and no people were harmed by the falling rocket parts. I cannot speak for the fishes though.

Also, here is a picture of Karol Wojtyła (the future Pope John Paul II) holding a puppy:

Source: a random Pinterest page.

I don’t know who the guy in the awesome, straw hat is, but this looks like a pretty good picnic.

Pax!

DS


Dear Friends,

I just watched the movie Paterson. It was delightful.

Paterson on his bus. (Source for all three pictures: Google Images)

It is a movie about the poetry of everyday life. The story follows a bus driver named Paterson. He writes poetry. His wife is very artistic. They have a bulldog. The movie shows glimpses of their life together.


Happy Easter, dear Friends!

The Maries at the Sepluchre by an Imitator of Mantegna (Source: National Gallery)

May your day be blessed!

Pax!

He is Risen!

DS


Dear Friends,

This is the one of the oldest poems written in the English language that we have today. It is one of my favorite poems. It is the story of the Crucifixion. The narrator is a person dreaming that he sees and hears the Cross (Rood) telling him what it was like to carry Christ. Christ is depicted as a warrior and the Cross is His vassal aiding Him in the fight. It is probably the most life-changing poem I’ve ever read. The version I’m posting here is from the Old English Poetry Project. The original poem is in…


Dear Friends,

As you know if you’ve been reading this blog for the past year and a half, I lived in Israel for a year. Specifically, I lived on Mount Carmel about one kilometer from Stella Maris the original monastery of the Carmelites. As a natural result, I developed a devotion to Our Lady Star of the Sea. The title Star of the Sea is an ancient title for Mary arising out of a mistaken etymology associating the name Mary with the Latin maris meaning “Sea.” It has also come to be associated Mary’s intercessory role for the souls in…


Dear Friends,

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe I keep forgetting to post! There are so many thing happening in my life. Lots of ongoing adventures, but not the type that are conveniently photographed and shared. Hopefully, I will be better at posting more consistently after this month-long, unintended hiatus. I hope you are all well. Without further ado, here are some thoughts on the movie Noah:

Lately, the story of Noah has been on my mind. Why? Perhaps because of all the rain we’ve been having…or maybe because I belatedly started listening to the Bible in a Year podcast…


Dear Friends,

Treachery and Truth by Katy Huth Jones is a fictional account of the life of Good King Wenceslas. Frankly, I didn’t like this book.

The narrator (Wenceslas’ servant) was annoying; he used lots of “I”s which is a kind of writing that gets old. Wenceslas’ himself was flat. You’ll get more character from Wenceslas in this version of the carol than I got in the entire book.

Wenceslas being martyred by his younger brother and the priest closing the door of the church to him. Source: Wikipedia

A redeeming point of this book were the interesting descriptions about the period and facts about St. Wenceslas’ life. For example, I didn’t realize that Wenceslas was only 20 years old when he was martyred; nor did I know that he was one of the first Christians in Bohemia.

But over all, I do not recommend this particular hagiography. There are better ones to read.

Pax!

DS

Debora Sebastian

I am a young adult who loves to read, write, and think about interesting things. Life is a story, and mine is an adventure. Come adventure with me!

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