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I often marvel at how opposite—yet both true—are the ideas that a picture is worth a thousand words, and also that a word is worth a thousand pictures.

– me

Have you ever seen the 2014 film Words and Pictures? I've watched it a few times. It's a story about Jack and Dina, two high school teachers. Jack teaches English while Dina teaches art. They find themselves trying to prove to each other, and their students, which of the two subjects are more important.Words And Pictures

As both a writer and a visual artist, my life is all about both words and pictures, so I'm keenly interested in the relationship between the two. As I mentioned in the quote above (which I pulled from a Facebook post I wrote ten years ago), and as this film demonstrates, writing and art are both powerful and effective ways of communicating ideas, feelings, and truths.

Today, four days into my 20-day stay in Armenia with my parents, I will be compiling a report on yesterday's activities, using both words and images. What I can't describe with words will be conveyed through the photos. But the photos are not enough to tell the stories. 

What impact do words and pictures have on your life? Are you more drawn to one than the other? It's an interesting tension to think about!

If you have a favourite writer or artist who inspires you with their words or pictures, I encourage you to reach out to them this week and thank them.

P.S. If you're interested in seeing photos and videos of our mission trip to Armenia, I'm posting them here.

Congratulations to the three randomly chosen winners of the September giveaway: Susan A. in Montreal, Corinne A. in Montreal, and Lori M. in Indiana! I'll be sending each of you a little souvenir from Armenia after I've returned home. (I'll contact you for your mailing addresses if I don't have them already.) 

Thanks to all of you who participated! It was really interesting to see how many different languages you all speak (two of you mentioned American Sign Language!) and, wow, some of you have really travelled. One reader, a man in Montreal, has been to 32 different countries! The most popular destinations among you were England, Germany, Italy, and Mexico. My next trip will most likely to be to Colorado (next April) but I'm itching to go to the U.K., too.

So, on to this month's question and prize draw! For a chance to win a surprise gift that somehow relates to the survey, click on the question below to answer it. As always, if you forward this email to friends or share it on Facebook, I'll enter your name twice. 

What was your favourite childhood pastime, game, or toy?

You have until midnight-ish October 30 to respond, and I'll announce the winner in the November 1 edition. 

whimsy & wisdom from the world wide web

If you ever attend a Bible study, workshop, or conference with me, please don't be shocked if you see me scribbling during the meeting. I might be taking notes. . . but I'm more likely doodling. This is not because I'm not interested in the subject. As this article (and many others like it) explains, doodling actually helps some people focus more sharply on what's been discussed or taught. 

Some film versions of Cinderella are less family-friendly than others. Follow this link for Plugged In's careful reviews of the most popular ones.

Although Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley are both long gone, their words about how money and fame didn't fulfill them are still relevant today. This little gospel tract from my church explains how only Jesus can meet the needs of our souls. 


(n) someone who tries to leave without being noticed

P.S Last week's word was "edacious" and a few days ago I came across it in a book! I was pleased to remember what it means.

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.

– Helen Keller

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