When I traveled through Norway by boat I stopped in Nordkapp (North Cape), the northernmost point of Norway (71° N). 

The Sami are indigenous people found throughout Scandinavia (they are also called Lapps or Laplanders). They speak their own language – called Sami – and have inhabited parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in northwest Russia for at least 5,000 years. Why are they always in the north, do you ask? Because reindeer are arctic animals that can only survive in the north, and reindeer herding is the livelihood of the Sami people.

Traditional Sami homes are called Gamme or Goahti, meaning ‘turf home’. A gamme is built on top of wooden arch beams and covered in layers of bark and turf, which is incredibly insulating. We passed by this gamme while in Nordkapp, and I thought it was fascinating.

I love that something so basic and culturally specific can influence modern architecture. I think it’s clear to see the correlation (or evolution?) between the no frills Sami gamme and this hidden-on-a-hill beauty from Interior Design Magazine.

The past is always present.

Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, Israel

Going Blind, by Rainer Maria Rilke

She sat just like the others at the table.
But on second glance, she seemed to hold her cup
a little differently as she picked it up.
She smiled once. It was almost painful.

And when they finished and it was time to stand
and slowly, as chance selected them, they left
and moved through many rooms (they talked and laughed),
I saw her. She was moving far behind

the others, absorbed, like someone who will soon
have to sing before a large assembly;
upon her eyes, which were radiant with joy,
light played as on the surface of a pool.

She followed slowly, taking a long time,
as though there were some obstacle in the way;
and yet: as though, once it was overcome,
she would be beyond all walking, and would fly. 

I’m not into astrology, but rather, astronomy.

The Universe: An unedited photograph from the Hubble Telescope

The Universe: an unedited photograph from the Hubble Space Telescope

Constellations are composed of endless messages and signs regarding the past, present and future.  There are over 100 billion galaxies the size of our galaxy, and over 100 billion stars are in each one (wow!).

I took interest in the stars months ago when I realized that our perfectly mathematical universe directly relates to scriptures in the Old and New Testaments.  I once heard someone refer to the solar system as a ‘great clock’ and he described its hidden, esoteric purpose as a ‘poetry of terrible beauty.’  God’s handiwork is a sight to behold.