The spiral of a seashell

Seashells are exoskeletons. The soft mollusk that lives inside oozes out a secret mixture of calcium carbonate, proteins, and mystery to create the shell. Scientists still do not know how the mollusks create the pigments to colour their shells.

They are dedicated home improvers, constantly expanding their living space as they grow.
“They are among the few animals on the planet that wander around carrying with them the same body armor they had as babies; the pointy tip or innermost whorl is the mollusk’s juvenile shell….
“Day by day, the mollusk shell slowly expands, making room for the soft animal growing inside.”
Spirals in Time, by Helen Scales (a book on my wishlist)

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K-Drama I’m Watching

K-Drama Just Between Lovers. Don’t know if I could have watched it 3 yrs ago, but it’s my current obsession. It’s heartbreakingly stunning and perfect- all of it, the pain, the music, the actors, the PTSD. I’m afraid. But I can’t give it up.

The back story is a mall collapse that happened ten years before our story, although there are a lot of flashbacks.  The two leads were young teens at the time, trapped for a long time in the dark beneath fallen walls, one of them with severe physical injuries. Both lost family members in the collapse. Both are dealing with the fallout and survivor’s guilt and other trauma ten years later when they meet again.  There is, of course, an adorable second lead, noble, admirable, and he, too, has known loss from that mall collapse and is suffering in his own way, but  Junho’s acting and character here are casting shade on pretty much every one around him, except the female lead.

K-dramas often don’t do mental health issues very well.  This is, thus far, an exception for the most part.  It’s glitteringly brilliant and it sucks me in so far and so willingly it’s like faerie glamour.  Our wifi problems have started up again and I mostly only have enough juice to watch one or two episodes of my choosing each week.  I choose this one.  I like Jugglers, I Am Not a Robot, Two Cops, and I am anxious to see Lee Seung Gi return to the drama with his new drama, but this is the one for me.

The two leads are Junho (who is incredible) and Won Jin Ah, who is likewise amazing. This is her first t.v. drama. She’s done some film work.  They deftly show two people, shattered in different ways, fitting their broken selves together.  That’s not usually what works in real life. Broken people cut each other with their broken edges. It usually takes one whole or more nearly whole person to make it work.  But I’m okay with this version and am biting my lips and clenching fists as I watch in the hopes that it will work out here.


Junho is a singer with 2PM,  I don’t know from what place he’s pulling up the heartache for his angry little boy lost, but it’s working so well that I find myself hoping he’s not carrying that home with him later.

Viki has it. So does KissAsia.  It’s at Dramagalaxy and there are a couple of episodes on Youtube.

Hangul title:
그냥 사랑하는 사이
Sounded out roughly, that’s
Geunyang Saranghaneun Sai
Other English titles:
Rain or Shine, Just in Love

It’s hurting, but in an exquisitely painful way.
Here’s one of the OST songs:



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Church Potluck for End of the Year

Our church here only has one potluck a year because most families could not afford to do more.


Dishes included pancit,chop suey, kinilaw (a raw fish salad that is incredibly delicious), spaghetti Philippine style (very, very sweet sauce), fish, cake, lumpia, chicken and pork bbq on skewers, several other things I can’t recall, and not pictured here, about 2,000 cups of rice.

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The Pursuit of God, Commonplace Book

“…faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God.
Believing, then, is directing the heart’s attention to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29) and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives.”

“Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by the very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the ey which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves- blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One. While he looks at Christ, the very things he has so long been trying to do will be getting done within him. It will be God working in him to will and to do.

“….one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life.”

(presupposing ‘true repentance and a full committal of the life to God.’)

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Christmas in the Tropics

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