I have a question, who is the person who has seen my Day 21 Month of art post over a hundred times? I am really curious to know why. I am glad you enjoy it but…. I am confused. That is all.
I love the human imagination. Surrounded by decay and refuse, this young girl, smiling, can imagine what it would be like to cut into the sun. We all need to tune into that small sense of wonder we had as children every now and again.
This photo was taken by Adam Diston in 1886. I found little on the photographer himself so I asume little is known about him. I did find out he was born 1827 in Edinburgh and spent the greater majority of his life as a photographer. He was Scottish and died in 1889.
I really like his photography. His photos capture life in the small, quiet moments. The world he lived in was very bleak and people suffered. But as it says in “Kino’s Journey”, The world is ugly, therefore it is beautiful. I found other photos by him and I hope you enjoy them! (Note, sorry if most don’t have names and dates! I could not find them.)
It has been awhile hasn’t it?
So, I have been gone for a year and a half. For those who don’t know, I served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Россия. I did not watch tv really at all, which was kind of a relief. Anyway, the relief period is now over and, being an avid film lover, I was excited to see what has come out these last two years.
I would go from my least favorites to my favorites in a series of posts throughout this week but… I am still catching up and have not watched all I intended. Some of them are tied so that might get messy too. So, we will see how it goes! I also want to have as positive reviews as possible. I am excited to start writing again and it will be good practice for me. So, ….
Мы начинаем! Давете! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!
“As it was before, so it was now; I need only be aware of God to live; I need only forget Him, or disbelieve Him, and I died.
What is this animation and dying? I do not live when I lose belief in the existence of God. I should long ago have killed myself had I not had a dim hope of finding Him. I live, really live, only when I feel Him and seek Him. “What more do you seek?” exclaimed a voice within me. “This is He. He is that without which one cannot live. To know God and to live is one and the same thing. God is life.
Live seeking God, and then you will not live without God.” And more than ever before, all within me and around me lit up, and the light did not again abandon me.”
-Исповедь or Confession (1879-1880) by Лев Никола́евич Толсто́й or Leo Tolstoy
(A picture of a Russian temple in Краснодар, Россия where I loved for seven months)
For the past year and a half I have lived in Russia and it was a life changing experience for me. For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and I served in Russia as a missionary. I left for my mission with no experience in the language. In fact, there were a great many things I did not know how to do. But I grew a lot in these past few years. I feel as though I returned an entirely new person.
Now you may ask why I decided to serve. The answer is very simple. It is because I love God and felt very strongly it is what I should do. It is strange how the biggest sacrifices turn into our greatest blessings. I really learned to love on my mission and I also gained greater perspective on the world and why we are here.
I will continuously post pictures and stories here about my time in Russia, for your benefit of coarse, but mostly for myself. So I never forget. If you have any questions or are curious to know about the church I served for please go to this website. https://www.lds.org/?lang=eng or also visit https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages?cid=HP16MM_LSL.
Periodically, I will be posting links to these and other sites. So be ready!
Hope you didn’t miss me too much while I was away! I promise I will be writing a lot more now that I am home. If there are any requests please let me know.