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3 Things (with links) and a poem to reclaim hope
What's that expression, some weeks feel like decades? That's a bit how I'm feeling over here.
We had our first snow in south western Ontario and the world was kissed with beauty. The snow was gone almost as quick as it came, but it brought me joy, much needed in a week with “all the feels.”
However your week came at you, I hope you encountered joy that filled your landscape.
Thanks for spending part of your weekend with Things I Wrote Down. Now, here are a few things that stood out this week and a poem.
1. The big heart and fascinating story of David Beckham
We finished the new Netflix documentary about the famous footballer, former English captain, and global brand, David Beckham. And I gotta say… I loved it. It's as unvarnished a look as we'll get at a completely varnished and glossy life.
It's a well-made series with a very unique style. I enjoyed how the filmmakers captured the subjects closeup (Beckham, Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson, to name a few) as they watched key moments from the pitch in their storied careers.
A surprise is the genuine true love story of Becks and Posh. The depth of character revealed in Beckham, especially as he became the most hated man in Britain after his red card against Argentina in the World Cup, is compelling viewing.
I spent a few years outside of North America where football stars are like gods (and Beckham among them) during the apex of his career. But I never paid much attention to him (others did that for me). I came out of the documentary as a retroactive fan.
A real moment of, “Man might look at the Goldenballs, but God looks at the heart.”
2. Israel, Hamas, Palestine and the horror of war
What is happening in the world? How do we get our bearings and find news with reporting that we can trust?
I’m tuned intoas it brings reports from the growing conflict in the Middle East. They’re tracking the stories of hostages, the rising anti-Semitism world wide, and the untold stories of Gazans.
I highly recommend.
3. All the Light We Cannot See
Don't you kind of want to just stop everything to watch All The Light We Cannot See? Well, I do.
I'm fantasizing about having an eight hour span of time to watch the 4-part limited series bases on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Anthony Doerr.
Maybe that's what Christmas vacation is for. I loved the book and enjoy his writing. Can the series meet the high expectations? Can't wait to find out!
A poem seeking to reclaim hope.
This week a member of my family went through with MAiD (euthanasia). We’re heartbroken.
I’ll perhaps write more about it at another time, but for now am grappling with the reality. As you my know, Matt, Dan and I have been releasing a documentary to warn and inform people about the expanding regime of death in the Canadian medical system. It’s painful and surreal to experience it so close to home.
The Coles notes summary: this doesn’t feel like a beautiful act of human agency. It feels like an irreversible act of despair.
The poem I'm sharing this week is about hope because, God knows, we all need it.
these words of life you form in me these words of life you form in me take shape of always remembered things the soft whisper hits its mark cuts through every fragment a violence against the hardness of my heart you quiet noise with song you speak into the endless void of silence form such life in me those words seeds organic, rooted growing renovate a heart of hope in me