Soren Kierkegaard on Love

“You have loved us first, O God, alas! We speak of it in terms of history as if You have only loved us first but a single time, rather than that without ceasing You have loved us first many times and everyday and our whole life through. When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul toward You – You are there first – You have loved us first; if I rise at dawn and at the same second turn my soul toward You in prayer, You are there ahead of me, You have loved me first. When I withdraw from the distractions of the day and turn my soul toward You, You are the first and thus forever. And yet we always speak ungratefully as if You have loved us first only once.”

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The Solitude of the Soul // The Art Institute of Chicago

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“The thought is the eternally present fact that however close we may be thrown together by circumstances…we are unknown to each other.” Lorado Taft, sculptor

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I went to the Art Institute recently with my mom and my friend, Grace and I discovered a beautiful sculpture that I don’t think I’d ever noticed before. I love unfinished art and while this piece is actually finished the four figures emerging from this huge rough looking marble block is so striking to me. My friend Grace likes to stand in front of a painting or sculpture for a long time and really look at it. She said that she preferred to look at fewer pieces of artwork and remember them rather than move quickly through many galleries. Such wisdom. We spent time in only 3 galleries, but I discovered several pieces of art that I hadn’t noticed before (and I’ve been to the Art Institute many times!) :)

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As you can see above, the title of the piece is called, The Solitude of the Soul. Such an incredible portrayal of deep human emotion. The sculptor, Lorado Taft, was a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 20 years and he created many sculptures for the city of Chicago. We’re so lucky to have such an amazing collection at the Art Institute.

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HIP HIP HOO RAY

SUMMER

 

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

 

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Tomorrow’s my birthday (!!) and school’s out in 6 days (!!) Summer is coming fast! HIP HIP HOO RAY! :) ….Walks on the prairie path, picnics outside, trips into the city, the pool, popsicles, the farmer’s markert—HERE I COME!! Happy Friday, friends! *That’s not my ice cream cone, but YUM it looks good!

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Red / White / Blue

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“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
—Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, Sergeant, USMarineCorps

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