21 June 2013

This 'n' That

Okay, it's true confession time: I have a summer guilty pleasure. No, it's not Dairy Queen Dilly Bars (although that does sound good). It's. . . art fairs. Yes, art fairs, those weekend events where people rent a tent on the street and proudly display their homemade "art" for others to peruse and purchase. It's not like I go to one of these every weekend, mind you. It's just a thing that my mother and I enjoy doing together in the summer months. And while it's rare that we actually buy anything, we can probably be heard complaining about the annoying people who insisted on bringing along their dogs.

If you've ever been to an art fair, you know that merchandise can span the whole spectrum. From fine jewelry, to "lawn ornaments" made out of pipes, to actual good (i.e., demonstrating talent) artwork, to tie-dyed T-shirts, every art fair pretty much has it all. It's like the ultimate inclusive event because there really is something for everybody. But every art fair also has an "It" item. Something that is the "must have" of the weekend, and that almost everybody can be seen loading into their car at the end of the day.

A few weeks ago, as we walked through one of the largest art fairs in the area, I was stunned by this year's "It" item:

Yep, this was it. I mean, "It." It's a birdhouse. I think. Now, I'm not making fun of this birdhouse, so if you have one, don't take offense. It was just hilarious that, everywhere we looked, one of these things was being carried through the crowd.

It really was quite amusing, but perhaps you had to be there. And in case you're wondering, no, I did not purchase a birdhouse for myself or for my mother. I have enough bird curses on me already. I suppose at this juncture I ought to offer a deep, theological thought to go along with this story. Since I don't have one, I'll just leave you with this: don't go along with the crowd. If you do, you may end up with a really big birdhouse.

I know you're itching to get onto Google and find out when the next nearby art fair is happening so you can get one of these for yourself, but before you do that, take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Oh, sure, we've all seen a liger. But how many liligers have you seen?
  • Ah, but here's an article about a true man of God, Charles Spurgeon, from the archives of The Spectator.
  • You should watch this video about the evolution of the bikini, and then think long and hard about what it means to be modest, even when you're at the pool.
  • This picture of a Marine and his bride praying before their wedding has to make you smile.
  • Oh, a Wiccan academy offers classes for children as young as five! Because the Witchcraft elective offered in public schools just isn't authentic.
  • I'm still trying to figure out why Matt Slick of CARM agreed to this interview in the first place. It seems fairly naïve not to think that Comedy Central would edit video to their own benefit.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Transgendered people are worried about the problems that come with having those pesky "M" and "F" gender markers on their ID. I have a solution for this. It's pretty radical, though. Ready? Here it is: How about you just stick with whatever gender you were born as, since that's the way God made you? I know, crazy, right?
  • Mark Driscoll says "cessationists are wrong" about speaking in tongues. Yeah, well, I think Driscoll is wrong when he says his "gift of discernment" includes a television with dirty movies playing in his head, so I guess we're even.
  • Contemplating unbelief:


  1. I have to admit as an avid wood worker I have made my share of bird houses of all shapes and sizes. I have never made one with a table leg attached. Suddenly I feel inspired...

    1. My grandfather used to make a lot of things out of wood, including birdhouses. What was hilarious here was the size of these things, the hot Saturday afternoon, the street crowded with people, and whichever way I turned, one of these was making its way to its new owner's car. . .

      If you're inspired, send us a picture of your new creations, davamdean. :-)

  2. This made my day! No birdhouses for me, but I'd sure be tempted. Maybe I should just make my own?

  3. Ohhhhhhhhh! Those Liligers (Lion/Liger mix) are fabulous and beautiful.

    Current studies are underway in Creationist organizations (such as ICR) to determine what constitutes a "Created Kind".

    The breeding combination of Lions and Tigers (Ligers, Tigons) is one interesting clue that numerous separate pairs of genus/species did not board the Ark, but perhaps only one pair of giant, beautiful cats. (Genus/species identification is part of a classification system invented by man, not God, i.e. Linnaean taxonomy).

    Maybe even ALL cats came from the same created Kind…including those cute little kittens in the Weekly dose of Adorable. Now that’s diversity! Carol

  4. Hi EB,

    I love perusing. too funny. Last werk there was an art fair at the local town lake. Yes, there were dogs. My husband went with me. Nice way to spend a summer afternoon.

    Cherie c.

  5. About Matt Slick's Interview, he explains why he did it in this article.

    1. I saw that, and heard his interview on the Janet Mefferd Show about this also (now linked above). In my opinion, both only validate my initial assessment that this was a naïve decision.


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