A flowering shrub called the bigleaf hydrangea

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In nature, there’s a flowering shrub called the bigleaf hydrangea. If you take the seed of that shrub and plant it in the soil of Indiana, it will yield pink flowers when it blooms. But if you take that same seed and plant it in the soil of Brazil or Poland, it will produce blue flowers. Even more interesting , if you take the same seed and plant it in another type of soil, it will yield purple flowers. The bigleaf hydrangea, however, will never produce thorns or thistles. It will never bear oranges or apples. And it will never grow tall like a pine tree. Why? Because these features are not within the DNA of the seed. In the same way, the church of Jesus Christ— when planted properly and left on its own without human control and institutional interference— will produce certain features by virtue of its DNA. Like the bigleaf hydrangea, the church may look different from culture to culture, but it will have the same basic expression wherever it’s allowed to flourish.

Frank Viola, Reimagining Church, Kindle edition.

Roses on the road. North Circular Road Market

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This man has several years of selling flowers in the same spot on the North Circular Road. I am quite surprised to see him there year after year. He’s quite famous on that section of the road.
I guess you can make a living out of it because 50m away, a new guy on the street is selling energy drinks, and 100m down the road, some gypsies are washing your car screen, asking for money, even if you didn’t asked for the service. Romanian gypsies,  unfortunately.
And, I predict that if the traffic will become slower and slower, very soon the road will be transformed into a market, North Circular Road Market and people will be able then to sell their goods and services even on a market stall, with an licence, in a controlled environment, targeting a long term positive economical impact. You will then save a lot of time buying everything on the way home, from the street, without wasting your most valuable asset at Tesco, Sainsbury’s etc.

Dan Puric about Romania

I’ve read Dan Puric these days, an artist and a strong public voice in Romania. I like the way he describes Romania, polluted today by communism, transition and integration. He offers many interesting images that challenges you intellectually, moves you emotionally, wanting to lead you towards a traditional mixed orthodox faith.

In Who are we, he gave the following interesting pictures:

Imagine this country as a baby’s cheek, with a tear that flows continuously, and you will realize the history of the Romanian people. The contemporary expression of this state is perfectly found preserved in her dimension, when people today ask you if you know which is the last question of the Romanian people. „What,” you say… And you get the answer: „If there is life before death.”

He also said…

We have peaks, flowers that grow tall, but we don’t have a garden and we don’t have a gardener. We killed the gardener, cut the water and stole the hose…

For those who don’t know the situation of Romania, these pictures are quite real.