Tuesday, November 22


"It seems we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because, at that moment, we expected some other good. Do you know what I mean? On every level of our life - in our religious experience, in our gastronomic, erotic, aesthetic, and social experience - we are always harking back to some occasion which seemed to us to reach perfection, setting that up as a norm, and depreciating all other occasions by comparison. But these other occasions, I now suspect, are often full of their own new blessing, if only we would lay ourselves open to it. God shows us a new facet of the glory, and we refuse to look at it because we're still looking for the old one." -C.S. Lewis


  1. oooh, YES! So true. I am guilty of this...

    AND on a complete side note: Someone asked me yesterday who I would invite to a dinner party if I could choose 5 people (historical, living, or fictional). I said Lewis would definitely be on the list.

    Who would be on yours?

  2. Ha. Great list.

    And, yes- I imagine John the Baptist would be quite fidgety. He would be, after all, attending a dinner party several thousand years in the future. I imagine things would be slightly different.

    He'd be a trooper though.

    Incidentally (and kinda ironically), me talking about Troy was what started the dinner party conversation in the first place. Ultimately he didn't make my list either, because, frankly, I'm bored with him.

  3. "...facilitated my butt back to China.."


    When was the last time your "butt" was in China?

    (and I had the same word verification TWICE. Does that mean something?)

  4. Troy IS a regular reader of my blog. Or, so I've heard...


    Can you say "restraining order"?

  5. OH! And, I was thinking recently that I used to have a 6 foot poster of Troy Aikman (selling Breyers Ice Cream) hanging on my 'great wall of troy' (yes, growing up, I had a 'great wall of troy').

    When I go home for the holidays, I'll see if I can find it. It was amazing.

  6. Okay, first. Leave Arlington out of it.

    Second. Last night, I was telling a coworker how Troy has been my longest running infatuation to date. I've been over him for awhile, though. He got old and I got bored. So sad.

    Third. My list:
    C.S. Lewis
    Audrey Hepburn
    Jane Austen
    Frida Kahlo

  7. C.S. Lewis would be a great conversationalist.

    Audrey would be gracious and charming.

    Frida would be fascinating and have controversial opinions, that would make for interesting discussion.

    Jane would be witty and tell great stories.

    Hemmingway would also tell great stories about great adventures. And after a bottle of wine, would reveal all kinds of secrets about literary icons (like Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald)

  8. I don't know Faith (or Beth?)

    I stumbled upon Faith's blog awhile back, and have been reading ever since. She's a great writer- I totally dig her 'style'.

    I left a comment one day, so as not to commit the cardinal sin of 'lurking' anonymously on someone's blog.