Rachel's Viewfinder

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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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

This stack of #books just became my “Rest of the Summer Reading Pile” tonight. So thankful for housemates with good #scifi on their shelves! #whatimreading

YES!!! My new #copic sketching grays just came in the mail today!!! Super-excited to use these babies.

Started working on a new idea on Sunday. Inspired by both the message on grace, and the song “Good to Me” by Audrey Assad. #sketchbook #artistsoninstagram #ink #artistsontumblr