Here’s the “Screwtape” article I wrote for “Fellowship and Fairydust.”
Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
If we were having coffee, I’d first say that I was delighted to have coffee with a friend from South Korea, who now lives here, but who is so busy with school that it’s hard to get together and the next day a high school friend who now lives in Colorado invited me for coffee since she was in town. It was great to see them.
I’d also tell you I had a good Fourth of July. I loved the simplicity of our celebrations – a barbecue dinner, watching the Capitol Fourth concert, which featured a wide variety from country, to rock, to pop and classic, and finally watching the fireworks with neighbors.
Finally, I’d mention that Friday I submitted my play in to two local theaters. It takes about six months to hear back. Cross your fingers that something good results.
This video should be required viewing. It shows how since joining the WTO, China has uses currency manipulation, protectionism, lack of ethics vis-a-vis workers’ rights and pollution to gain economic dominance. It proves, as the book Poorly Made in China does, that China is outmaneuvering the world when it comes to business competition.
Narrated by Martin Sheen and based on Peter Narravo’s book by the same title, the documentary clearly explains how China’s strategy to decimate its environment costing thousands of lives by allowing rampant pollution, how its currency manipulation works as a tariff, and how they have no plan to open their markets to foreign companies. Instead their game is to steal as much intellectual property they can so that they can just make their own cars, machines, electronics, etc. using the know-how of other countries to move forward.
The experts interviewed have great credentials and their insights line up with what I saw and heard when living in China. The pollution and lack of ethics are not exaggerated. Yes, most of the people I knew were nice, but there is a glaring lack of ethics and the good people were afraid of standing up for what is right. And it’s true that the government’s philosophy is completely contrary to Enlightenment principles.
Once they are on top there will be no catching them. The film shines like on what we should do now.
Written by Mark Reibstein and illustrated by Ed Young, Wabi Sabi is a poetic book about Japan. Here Wabi Sabi is a cat, who’s puzzled by her name. She sets off to find someone wise enough to explain her inexplicable Japanese name.
The idea of a hero seeking answers to a perplexing question is nothing new in children’s literature. You see it in the The Wizard of Oz, Are You My Mother? and a slew of others. What I liked best in this journey was Reibstein’s inclusion of classic haiku like:
An old straw mat, rough
on cat’s paws, pricks and tickles . . .
hurts and feels good, too.
Young’s collages illustrate the book and do offer the messiness of wabi sabi, a cultural term that according to I wasn’t wild about the collages. Perhaps I’d have preferred water colors or another medium, which could include mistakes and thus illustrate the concept. Young does communicate wabi sabi, I just wasn’t a big fan of this style.
I’d definitely use this book in class and advise getting it from the library.
I’ve been told that wabi sabi refers to beauty that’s got imperfections such as age or wear.