Archive for November, 2010

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Soul food.

November 23, 2010

Religion is a difficult topic to discuss. While I understand its purpose to be uniting, it seems to have a divisive effect on people, communities and, well, the World. However, that cynical outlook couldn’t be further from the minds of the members of the Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas.  I attended their Sunday service, partly to see their exceptional choir perform, partly out of curiosity about church (I’d never been), and partly as a cultural experiment.  The pastor Rickie G. Rush, and his Living Sound Choir gave soulful, rousing performances and I certainly felt how seriously they took their religion, their message and their community.  These people are on a mission to save souls – it says so right there in their manifesto, handed out to all visitors. IBOC have chosen a very powerful medium: I can’t express how moving the music was (a hundred voices in unison, full band, and soul dripping from their brows). I bet even Richard Dawkins would find himself tapping his toes to the beat of their drum.  Everyone was very welcoming, and genuine, and I loved that – it was an example of exactly religion should be like. Community.

 

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The colour and shape: autumn.

November 8, 2010

As quickly as I said good-bye to summer, I spent this past weekend in New Braunfels, Texas enveloped in autumny goodness. I was there for a conference, and — like all things work related — I tried my hardest to dodge the worst of it.  I wandered through the forests of the resort where we were staying (dense brush is the best camouflage to hide from your colleagues) instead of going to all the talks (there’s only so much biophysical discussion of crystal structures and proteins I can take on a Saturday morning…).  It was here that I came face to face with some beautiful deer and got up close (but not too close) and personal with some cacti. Normally I shy away from nature, but the serenity of the setting was just what I needed to clear my head of city-living and questions of science.

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Farewell, summer.

November 7, 2010

It’s November now, and the time has come to say good-bye to summer.  This is an unfashionably late farewell, I know, but this is Texas, remember, and they do everything bigger (and longer), including summer.  And before I bid adieu, I sit here and reminisce… one of the highlights of the sunny season is, of course, the ice cream. Cool, refreshing and flavorsome; any time of day or night; with sprinkles or without.  Here: photos of the last ice cream of the season. And like all things delightful should, it was shared with friends.  Until next year!