glimpses of glory

Now, as adherents of the great and terrible AP Stylebook — which also eschews the Oxford comma — we must admit the moral of this story flies in the face of everything (or one thing) NPR’s own sentences stand for.

But we offer these stories as a reminder that every punctuation mark deserves a fair hearing, a glimpse into the glories of grammar(,) and a quiet rebellion against the tyranny of copy editors everywhere.*

*Just a joke, NPR copy desk! Please don’t break out the red pen.

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I can be certain of one thing.
When I’m hurting, God is hurting with me. God is just as mad as you are about the pain in this world. He was so mad, in fact, that at one point in our history in a sand-swept city of blood and retaliation, He entered our pain, side-by-side and face-to-face, and died for me. For you, too. He suffered not only for us, but with us, and jump-started a healing in a tomb as a glimpse of the glory for where we’re headed.
—  J.S. Park

dragon age aesthetics: Starkhaven  

And in the red glow of sunset, those walls finally came into view.
They were imposing: a curved mountain of earth crowned with concentric rings of tall gray stone, gilded by the setting sun. On the northern side, the Minanter River rushed through the city’s water gate, creating a constant low roar like the sound of the sea. The city itself, glimpsed only as a glory of marble palaces set on green hills and ringed by broad boulevards, receded behind the height of its walls as the caravan approached. — Last Flight by Liane Merciel


I’ve been home in Sydney from Seattle for 12 days, and I find myself in the hinterlands of longing for everywhere I’m not. Why is it that there can be so much beauty yet we miss it because we’re distracted by what was or what will be? I want to continue saying with Jim Elliot, ‘wherever you are, be all there.’

“Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention. I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment. And when I’m always looking for the next glimpse of glory, I slow and enter. And time slows. Weigh down this moment in time with attention full, and the whole of time’s river slows, slows, slows.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

So after giving some more thought to the “rom com” complaints I’ve realized that, after the Krypton backstory, the very beginning of the Supergirl trailer does kind of look that way, in that we’re introduced to Kara as this adorable-but-awkward young woman who’s not quite satisfied with her busy life and feels like she’s missing out on something. And in an actual romantic comedy, that’s where they’d have the meet cute with some ridiculously good looking guy who would turn her life upside-down in the best way possible.

But instead of a guy, Kara’s life is irrevocably changed by her saving an airplane from crashing, and instead of falling in love, she finds her purpose in becoming a superhero. The male characters in the trailer are primarily there to assist her on her journey to becoming a superhero - even Superman himself, in all his barely-glimpsed glory, is just there to lift our girl up.

Plus, Kara also has two really intriguing female characters as part of her supporting cast: Cat Grant, her unapologetically feminine and unapologetically successful boss, and Alex, her sister who works for the DEO. Yes, Kara and Alex briefly talk about clothes, as real sisters will do from time to time. They also talk about what the appropriate thing for Kara to do with her Kryptonian powers is and whether or not going public with her identity is a good idea.

Probably at some point there will be romance on the show, but it was hardly the focus of the trailer, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be any more central than it is on other DC shows like Arrow or The Flash.

So no, we’re not just getting 22 episodes of SNL’s Black Widow sketch. We’re getting a superhero story about the protagonist coming to terms with their own identity and seeking to fulfill their potential to do good in the world, while also balancing their personal and romantic lives. We’re getting the kind of story male superheroes get all the time, only this time it’s not a man, it’s Supergirl.

A note to Ms. Alison DiLaurentis

Ali, I’m sorry that the writers of this show have ruined you. Even though we got a glimpse of your former glory on tonight’s episode, we miss you. Before, everyone knew not to fuck with you, even when you came back from the dead. Now, you act like a scared nobody and you’re not even that important to the plot to the writers, as they left you out of an episode.

They have ruined your love life as well. You have actual chemistry with Emily and the writers managed to screw up Emison as well. You and Lorenzno and Emily and Shower Harvey were never meant to be. Emison is endgame.

Love, PLL/Alison DiLaurentis Fans