Two weeks into the New Year and I have finished reading my first book for 2014, albeit one I started some time back, in 2013. The book, which I have been reading, at a very leisurely pace, is Spirited Ageing ~cultivating the art of renewal ~ by Juliet Batten .
Juliet, in her book, tackles, with a delightful combination of grace and common sense, the subject of preparing for one’s old age. She invites the us “into the adventure of conscious ageing” and provides basic, easy-to-follow, strategies to help us discover our source of energy, the “illumination” or “regenopause”, upon which we can draw to fuel a ‘ vibrant’ and ‘expansive’ old age. She also invites us to, amongst other things, care for the soul, do new things constantly, identify treasure and clutter, bring creativity into our lives, and to focus on increasing the renewable *spirit* of our being, as our physical capacity diminishes.
Clap your hands and sing
With Juliet’s suggestions in mind, I have been enriching my spirit, in recent days, by researching a post I meant to write more than a week ago; a post to acknowledge the closure of one Christmas season on January 6th and the beginning of another; that of the Coptic Churches, on January 7th. I would have gotten to this *work* sooner, if it weren’t for those mayhem-making Moments you may remember from my previous post 😉 . However, when the subject of the post is of a millennial vintage, a delay of a moment or two, or three ,or four, is neither here nor there.
So, with research completed, here is that delayed post, which has two parts:
a visit to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland to gaze upon the Museum’s collection of Ethiopian illuminated manuscripts and icons;
Diptych Icon with Saint George, and Mary and the Infant Christ : Early 15th Century, Tempera on Wood
Icon of the Virgin and Child with angels; late 15th Century
Diptych with Mary and Her Son Flanked by Archangels, Apostles and a Saint
The Virgin and Child with Archangels, Scenes from the Life of Christ, and Saints
The Walters Art Museum has “one of the largest collections of manuscripts, icons and processional crosses outside of Ethiopia. Historically, Ethiopia was a Christian kingdom with strong ties in both trade and religion to the cultures located around the Mediterranean. Ethiopia’s Christian tradition dates back to the 4th century, when the ruler of the Aksumite kingdom converted to Christianity; by the 15th century, this African nation had developed a tradition of icon painting that rivaled that of the Orthodox empires. ” http://art.thewalters.org/browse/category/ethiopia/
and Part Two;
an introduction to the three books I will be reading, now that I have finished “Spirited Ageing”. All three books are by Elizabeth E Wein ~ The Winter Prince, A Coalition of Lions and The Sunbird. They are visually beautiful books and lovely to hold, as well. I am eager to stretch my imagination and embark on the adventures they promise in ancient, mythical lands.
But, in case, you should think, with this post, that I am already lost to those most ancient of days, I am pleased to report some relatively recent news, which is that the city of Vancouver has banned doorknobs in all apartment buildings and private homes to be built after March 2014. http://www.vancouversun.com/story.html?id=9173543 They will be required to have easier-to-use, universal design levers. That’s the spirit Vancouver City! May I come and spend my old age with you? 🙂