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Official website for Rachel Bastarache Bogan--artist, writer and videographer. I like making and talking about art, writing science fiction and making movies. Also a competitive NES Tetris player.
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It’s the day before we leave for Italy and Greece and I’m starting something new. Yeah, can’t stop creating. #art #artistsontumblr #artistsoninstagram

Continue to pray for Nancy as she battles Ebola. And pray for Kent, the other doctor who is infected and fighting beside her. According to this article, when a single dose of an experimental Ebola drug arrived at ELWA, he told them to give to Nancy instead of him: http://www.wbtv.com/story/26164653/doc?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

The situation in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea is still serious, and those governments are taking more precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. Read more from the New York Time here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/01/world/africa/sierra-leone-declares-health-emergency-over-ebola.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

Yesterday as I pondered the whole situation, I started reading Psalm 80 and praying through it for West Africa:

"Restore us, O God;
make your face shine upon us,
that we may be saved.

O Lord God Almighty,
how long will your anger smolder
against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of
tears;
you have made them drink tears by
the bowlful.
You have made us a source of
contention to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock us.

Restore us, O God;make your face shine upon us,
that we make be saved.”

Psalm 80: 3-7

Beautiful works!

(via contrariansoul)

If you’re on the Internet, you probably have heard something about the Ebola crisis in West Africa. SIM, the organization where I used to work as a video producer, has been a part of the fight since the virus first appeared in Liberia. SIM’s ELWA Hospital prepared a special isolation ward in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse and started receiving the first cases of Ebola in Liberia when the outbreak reached the country.

Over the weekend, the bad news was delivered to the US Office of SIM where my husband still works: two of the American staff at ELWA were now infected with Ebola. This news has brought serious attention to this outbreak that has killed more than 670 people and infected over a thousand.

If you weren’t praying for the countries affected by Ebola, please begin now. And pray for the hospital workers that are putting their lives on the line—not just the Americans like the two in care at ELWA, but ALL healthworkers—to nurse the infected back to health. Pray that this outbreak would stop and no longer spread.

I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery.
Brennan Manning (via contrariansoul)

I need this reminder today.

(via sheppardsroar)

"You can only see the world through your own time, which means some values disappear and some values come into closer focus." Martin Scorsese

I don’t remember who I got this beautiful video lecture from. Could have been bittersweet-life, nofilmschool, maybe one of my film friends on Twitter. It showed up in one of my feeds a while ago and I emailed it to myself for later viewing (whole thing is 1 hour 16 minutes). Finally watched it today and I loved every minute. Scorsese is a filmmaker who loves film, history, context and preservation. A great discussion on why visual language, the language of cinema, is a great art and a national treasure to share.

Side note, Scorsese mentions at one point that Socrates made arguments against teaching reading and writing in ways that are very reminiscent of today’s arguments about visual languages and movies. A very interesting pair to this article from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/fashion/the-demise-of-the-pen.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1