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I'm in love with the calm

I'm in Love with the calm

The Ocean is calm today

The wind is no more

The tide tries to reach my feet

But it cannot push that far...

I'm in love with the calm, it soothes my dreaming soul

It gives my mind a chance to view the world as peace,

As whole.

I'm in love with the calm.

The children; my children, dancing in the break

They splash; the foam, saltwater,

They dance at the… Continue

Added by Jenny Foster-Stewart on December 29, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Luther and Worship and Aesthetics

So my friend Todd Fadel has continually challenged me and my friends and pretty much everyone he comes across to re-evaluate our perception of what worship is...does it have to have a kick drum going through a sub, does it have to have washed out ebow guitars, does it have to have a minor chord, does it have to be led by a man? Gross questions I know, but there seems to be a branding of what "brings people into worship." Far from a simple annoyance,… Continue

Added by Aaron Strumpel on December 10, 2009 at 7:40am — 2 Comments

Samhain, community, and drinking from the well

Last night Annie and I attended a beautiful Samhain celebration at the St Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, along with some other Bridgers. It was a wonderfully welcoming and enriching affair, consisting of food, drink, drumming, storytelling, and a liturgy to end the evening. The Rector, Kurt, talked a bit about the significance of Samhain (pronounced SOW-in): it's the beginning of winter, the "thin time" where resources are thin and also thin is the veil between worlds--a time where we can… Continue

Added by Freeflyingsoul on November 22, 2009 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

pretty cool FONT from a FONTMAKER site!

Zion (my nine-year-old boy) made this font here:

go and try it… Continue

Added by Todd Fadel on November 7, 2009 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

What's Love got to do with it

I wouldn't call myself a blogger or a writer, even though that seems to be the trendy thing to do. One glance though this and all the writers who can spot the wayward comma and misspelled words will be cringing. I might throw some in just in case, any one gets bored.

I have been thinking a lot lately about "what is the loving thing to do" (anyone that knows me well, just feel asleep, when I said that). What I mean by this is...What is the loving thing to do, when??? Your boss is an… Continue

Added by angie fadel on June 8, 2009 at 9:58am — 4 Comments

postructure with stucture

So I am trying to create a music worship time/chapel service at my school George Fox University and wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to get away from the traditional ways of doing worship where the band sits up front and plays and people get involved raising their hands and what not in worship but they just aren't living it! How can i create a worship experience where it is organic, they are involved, their is no band up front playing for an audience...while still keeping some structure… Continue

Added by Andrew Watson on May 5, 2009 at 11:49pm — No Comments

a must see!

Added by Todd Fadel on March 22, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

2009 Festival of Faith & Arts: Bandspotting

So I entered this bandspotting competition that Calvin College holds every two years and won it with a couple of songs from the Elephants! A couple of head judges, one Michael Kaufmann who heads up Asthmatic Kitty Records, and two, Andy Whitman who has an interesting blog, Razing the Bar, and writes often for Paste Magazine, All Music Guide (, Christianity Today Magazine, and Image Journal, chose me from a GREAT crowd of musicians to win… Continue

Added by Aaron Strumpel on March 4, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments



sort of similar to breena's post about comics. i haven't been spending much time on here, but as a musician, i'm interested in what other people are doing currently, and would love to hear what all you are up to, or thinking about. (i know people probably have songs up on their pages, but i haven't gotten to look yet really... so i guess this seems easier?)

i've only been writing songs for 4 years and it greatly changed my life.

i play a casiotone MT-45 keyboard and… Continue

Added by upsidedown cat on March 2, 2009 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Any comic artists?

I'm not that familiar with this site yet so I could very well be posting out of place... I'm just wondering if any one here is into writing/drawing/reading comics? I know Portland is supposed to be the indie comics capitol of the U.S. and it seems like a number of you are from that area... I'm currently writing a graphic novel that I hope to draw over the next couple years. I'm also doing a daily web comic, (diary style, maybe similar to James Kochalka's American Elf) which is readable at… Continue

Added by Breena on February 18, 2009 at 8:32am — 4 Comments

The Art of Blue Tape Spirituality: How Do I Pray?

"Do you have a quiet time?" asked the shaggy haired cute guy from the bible study I attended on Monday nights. I was 18 years old. It was the 80's, and in the 80's, as well as most of the 90's, it was a Christianese question that was commonly asked, answered, analyzed, and for me, lied about.

"What do you mean by quiet time?" I asked, unsure of this new church language that I kept bumping into as a new follower of Christ. "Are you asking do I pray?" And so began the long guilt trip… Continue

Added by pam on February 7, 2009 at 10:53pm — No Comments

GEORGE FOX workshop re: connecting justice and worship in faith communities

This is me looking at the list we came up with in the workshop. Who was there, and do you have any answers/suggestions for this questions we came up with? Do I need to further clarify the questions for those that weren't… Continue

Added by Todd Fadel on February 7, 2009 at 8:40pm — 5 Comments


OK, so here I am at Love is Concrete, and I'm racking my brain for something to contribute and I've got nothing.

Oh, sure, I'll bet sooner or later some song or poem or musing or artwork will occur to me, and I'll be able to post it, but at the deeper level I just. . .sincerely doubt my ability to really contribute anything to the cause of CONCRETE LOVE.

'Cause folks, it ain't no joke. This thing that we're aiming for on LiC is the real fucking deal, the change in… Continue

Added by Freeflyingsoul on January 15, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

interactive game suggestions

I'm currently employed as youth advocate for zany freshman high school kids at an inner city school in north portland. Its a rewarding and sometimes degrading job where kids call me a hippy and laugh at me and make fun of second hand clothes. I have to battle rap them to keep em in line every now and then. Anyway I'm looking for some ideas for creative games to play with 3-8 kids during our down time when they don't have any homework. any ideas from all you creative folk? something educational… Continue

Added by e-majyn on January 2, 2009 at 3:09pm — 8 Comments

DIY instruments? Cheap, easy and inspiring!

My friend found this UNBELIEVABLE invention:

and it made me wonder if there were more instruments out there that are a) fun to make, b) made of cheap or free materials and c) neat sounding. Would you help me find…


Added by Todd Fadel on December 28, 2008 at 9:06am — 10 Comments

Elephant Album Cover Finalized!

Here’s the cover! My brilliant friend and collaborator Matteo Moore delved deep into his imagination as he was immersing himself in the tunes…and this is what came out and I think it’s spectacular. More on all of this later, but I’m developing a separate site for this project as well as the upcoming partner album, to be named some sort of bird species name…if you have any ideas, shoot away…top choices for now include herons, ostriches, and… Continue

Added by Aaron Strumpel on December 26, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Love can look so different.

How do you define it? When we boil it down to its root elements what does it consist of?

Interaction. Drawing out. Comfort. Appreciation. Sharing. Interest. Effort. Sympathy. Deferment. Inclusion.

How *isn't* it defined? What cuts at the heart of it?

Comparison. Measurement. Suspicion. Showboating. Stifling. Accusations.

Added by Todd Fadel on December 15, 2008 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

making album decisions. elephant sized ones.

Well, I’m sitting in Vancouver, BC at Trinity Western University, deciding which songs to cut and which to keep for my upcoming Elephants album. Here’s a pic of a chalk drawing I did of an elephant for the cover…I’ve sinced hired a friend and pro to do the work, but maybe you’ll like my hack at it!

Added by Aaron Strumpel on October 24, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Todd Fadel, Fire-Starter is First on my Blog.

Todd Fadel of Agents of Future, laying down some bliss…stay updated, the Elephant Project is under way…

Added by Aaron Strumpel on September 19, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

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“There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract but not for the concrete.” - Helen Keller

“Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete. Love is not fundamentally a sweet feeling; not, at heart, a matter of sentiment, attachment, or being "drawn toward." Love is active, effective, a matter of making reciprocal and mutually beneficial relation with one's friends and enemies. Love creates righteousness, or justice, here on earth. To make love is to make justice. As advocates and activists for justice know, loving involves struggle, resistance, risk.” - Carter Heyward

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