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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Music at the Monastery

Last October, Joel and I got invited to an amazing recital at our local monastery.  These are Ukrainian Catholic monks, and their particular mission is to praise God through music and art.  And food (which is totally an art in its own right).  During the summer they run a little shop where you can buy amazing jams and chocolates and so forth.  And during the fall they have these elite recitals.  Elite, because if you get an invitation, you can consider yourself very flattered.

So we got another invitation for this past Sunday, and they even let us bring my mom along.  This time, it was a soprano who was accompanied by a harpist.  They were wonderful.  It was all wonderful.  The dinner they fed us afterwards was wonderful, too, although I guess we unknowingly broke The Word of Wisdom a couple times.  Oops.  But I had no idea.

Anyway, last year I lamented that I did not have a camera with me when I was up at the monastery.  This year, I made sure to bring it.  I didn't get a ton of pictures, but here are a few of the monastery itself, the view of Lake Superior from behind it and a rose from their beautiful garden.

MonasteryFall on Lake SuperiorView from the CloisterRose
Meanwhile, my parents are still here and we are busy, busy, busy making a few home improvements, running kids to their various activities and enjoying our time together.  My Google reader has 1,000+ unread posts in it and life isn't letting up anytime soon.  Hope you all don't hate me for marking all as read.

Happy Thursday!

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Oh!  And by the way, the winner of the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene' Brown is Cynthia!  Email me with your address and I'll make sure it gets to you soon!

To everyone else:  I wish I could have given a free copy to all of you.  But since I can't, I'm going to say again how much I think we all should read this book.  So if you can, go buy a copy.  Now.

17 comments :

  1. That rose photo is perfect in every way. Wow.

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  2. Enjoy your parents, Lara!! And in my attempt to simplify my life and get away from "perfectionists" who make me feel inferior, I have gone through a MAJOR Google Reader/Facebook cleanse. One day when I was feeling ruthless I went through and deleted probably 80% of my blogs and hid 80% of my facebook friends. I only kept those whose posts/updates uplifted me and contributed to me as a person. I took off the people I haven't really talked to in ages, those who probably never ever think of me (so why am I sharing my brain with them??), and I took off all of those craft blogs that taunt me with fun things to do that I never have time to do. It has all drastically cut down on my computer time and I feel like my brain is less cluttered as well. I had to face the realization that not knowing what my highschool friend was doing after work that day had no affect on my life. And that following the blog of some girl who is faking a perfect life and blogging it all for the world to see (and try to mimic) wasn't helping my psyche. I can see go to those blogs or profiles if I like or if I am looking for a craft, but they are no longer part of my daily life. I feel free. And yes, you made the cut. :)

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  3. I"m just constantly amazed at the ammount of cultural stuff going on in the UP. Makes me want to deal with the winter and move there!

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  4. Incredible music and food in the same evening?! Jealous.

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  5. Did you smoke weed? :)
    Looks pretty darn fancy!

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  6. I don't know that I've ever seen anyone take pictures as beautifully as you do. Wow.

    Congratulations to Cynthia!

    Have a wonderful weekend with your parents!

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  7. What a beautiful experience ... good luck with the projects - we are on a push to finish ours before November!!!

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  8. how fun! i love the harp! i've always wanted to learn. i even had a harpist play at my wedding reception. i've resigned myself to accept that i will be in another life when i finally learn.

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  9. I went to the Monastary in Huntsville for the sunset chant. It was absolutely beautiful! But I wish I could receive an invite to go to the one you went to. That sounds absolutely amazing! And getting an invitation? Elite is the right word for sure. Plus, the location of that monastary would be worth it just to see the view. Wowee.

    Enjoy your time with your parents!

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  10. I agree about the picture of the rose. WOW. (they're all pretty, though, of course) And I also like the weed comment. So you accidentally smoked weed a couple of times? :)

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  11. Those are gorgeous shots. It makes me want to visit!

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  12. Sounds and looks lovely. I wish we had some cool monasteries around here, besides just the MTC. :)

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  13. That rose picture is stunning.

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  14. One of the most beautiful things I've done in my life was listen to a concert in a monastery in Spain. I even bought Gregorian Chant CDs to try to recreate the experience, but it's not the same. So lovely.

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  15. That is so cool! What an experience. We always have to be careful when we go to fancy dinners because of the Word of Wisdom issues. People look at us like we're crazy, too. Why would we care if there is coffee in that sauce?

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  16. Love these photos. Your work belongs in a magazine, journal, book! Amazing.

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  17. OK, so I just think this is totally cool! What an experience!

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