Gallery walk : Haute Marais – November 2013

David Brazzeal and Willemijn De Groot propose a relaxed Saturday in the galleries of Le Marais, to discover art and talk about it together.

16 november 2013
starting at 14h30.

Meeting point :
(our favorite shop) :
111 boulevard beaumarchais
paris 75003
métro :Saint Sébastien-Froissart
ligne n°8

After about an hour, we’ll stop an have a drink and exchange thoughts about what we saw.

Avec toutes nos amitiés,
David & Willemijn

21, 22, 23 June 2013

We invite you to play cache-cache with us in Paris
L’expérience Cache-Cache sera bilingue : français et anglais
The Cache-Cache Experience will be bilingual: English and French

Cache-Cache Expérience : 50€ 
(coffee, lunch and brunch included)

Friday 21 June – 9:00pm: pique-nique on the banks of the river Seine (optional)
Saturday 22 June – 10:00am: gathering at place de la Bastille, morning and afternoon in the city (till 6:00pm)
Sunday 23 June – brunch together

Guerrilla Labyrint in Amsterdam

Tonight in Amsterdam, we’re creating a night labyrinth at the Museumplein. If you’re in town drop by after 20h30 to help out with its creation or to walk it.

Hallo Amsterdammers! Kom vanavond naar het Museumplein waar we een guerrilla labyrint gaan leggen! Rond 20:30.

Ce soir à Amsterdam au parc Museumplein, on vas créer un labyrinthe en lumière. Si vous êtes en ville venez nous rejoindre à partir de 20h30.73344_10152717532050397_233411774_n

Seeing the Beauty and Goodness in Front of Us


dew1“We don’t have to go far to find the treasure we are seeking. There is beauty and goodness right where we are. And only when we can see the beauty and goodness that are close by can we recognize beauty and goodness on our travels far and wide. There are trees and flowers to enjoy, paintings and sculptures to admire; most of all there are people who smile, play, and show kindness and gentleness. They are all around us, to be recognized as free gifts to receive in gratitude.

Our temptation is to collect all the beauty and goodness surrounding us as helpful information we can use for our projects. But then we cannot enjoy it, and we soon find that we need a vacation to restore ourselves. Let’s try to see the beauty and goodness in front of us before we go elsewhere to look for it.”

– Henri Nouwen The Return of the Prodigal Son

A Cache-Cache Moment

sagrada-familia-cathedrale-concue-par-gaudi-pendant-la-nuit-barcelone-espagneA very good friend just texted me from Barcelona while visiting Gaudi church:  Sagrada Familia.

She says, “Holà, …La Sagrada Familia is so meaningful, so Jesus centered that I can not help the tears welling up in my eyes. My husband must think the pregnancy has truly gotten to me, but it is only the beauty and strength of the Holy Spirit that has refreshed and revived the way I feel about the blessing of architecture.”

Isn’t it amazing, this ability of art to zap us with transcendent moments like this? That we can be so profoundly and deeply inspired to tears….not by words from a sermon or from a holy book, but by stones and mortar? I’m not sure how it works, nor why, nor when…..but I’m so very glad it does happens….even vicariously through a friend.

God in the routine


cupworld“The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find him at all. Ours is to be a symphonic peity in which all the activities of work and play and family and worship and sex and sleep are the holy habitats of the eternal.”

– Richard Foster in Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, p. 171