Tag Archives: Lutheran

My Most Neglected Blog

I found this in Google Docs. I wrote it for Mechanical Turk and got paid, probably a dollar or two, and I suppose I signed away the rights. But I don’t care. What are they going to do to me?
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My favorite artist is Frida Kahlo, because she was not afraid to paint self-portraits time and time again, and she reveled in bright colors. I admire her because she was self-taught, and she did not allow her lack of formal instruction to inhibit her. In fact, direction from anyone except herself may have robbed her of the uniqueness of her style. She was able to express physical pain and isolation. She drew upon aspects of her background and experience, that of an indigenous woman and an observer of and perhaps a participant in the Mexican revolution. Frida said, “I was born a bitch; I was born a painter”. That statement summarizes her persona. Perhaps I admire Frida for her personal outrageousness. She was a Trotskyite, and bisexual. Her marriage was turbulent, perhaps even violent. Insisting on claiming her Hungarian-Jewish heritage, she has been found to have been of German Lutheran descent on her father’s side. Even this illusion is compelling.

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Lutheran Romance?

I was reading a thread online that asked the question, “What would a Jehovah’s Witness romance be like?” The response was tongue in cheek and very funny. The participants were speculating, having read that Mormons were writing and publishing romances specific to their religion. When I was on a message board for writers and would-be writers of inspirational romances, there was a very strong prevalence of the idea that denomination specific romances weren’t desirable. To me, that was all wrong. Non-denominational suggests a specific theology and ignores the fact that there are vast differences between and among churches. Well, anyway, I wrote a “Lutheran” romance but I couldn’t seem to find and ending. Today, having put the project on a back burner for a long, long time, the ending finally occurred to me and I am going to finish it. Hallelujah!

votives

The lighting of a votive candle symbolizes the offering of a prayer. Or it can be a visual reminder of a solemn vow. Votive candles can be any size or shape but the most recognizable are 1.5″ in diameter and 2″ tall, and are set in small glass holders. Their comforting glow lights homes and churches. The votive candle
is often seen in Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches, and at the ceremonies of other spiritualities that need visual reminders of life’s experiences.

The use of votive candles is not limited to churches and temples and houses of worship. Many homes are decorated with votive candles, in groupings or as part of a larger floral display. The votives are reasonably safe in their glass containers and they burn down without too much leftover residue. Sometimes the candles are color-coordinated with the home’s furnishings, or sometimes holiday colors and scents are used. Christmas votive candles might be red, green and white, and those that appear at Halloween are often black, orange and purple. Spring festivities might be celebrated with candles in pastel Easter egg shades, but there are no rules. Whether traditional white, ivory, or beeswax, or fashion shades that change from year to year, votive candles are an expression of artistry and spirituality.