Chapter 5: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes

Marcel Proust


A Comfortable and Welcoming Place

IMG_2308

IMG_2310

IMG_2312

IMG_2315

IMG_2317

IMG_2318

IMG_2319

Oh, Recycled Books… you slay me. Well-played.

IMG_2320

IMG_2321

IMG_2327

IMG_2330

IMG_2331

IMG_2332

IMG_2336

IMG_2337

IMG_2339

IMG_2340

IMG_2342

IMG_2344

IMG_2346

IMG_2348

IMG_2349

IMG_2351

IMG_2352

IMG_2354

IMG_2358

IMG_2363

IMG_2364

IMG_2365

IMG_2366

IMG_2367

IMG_2368

IMG_2369

IMG_2370

IMG_2372

The first time I ever visited the Square was during the start of my freshman year at UNT. A few of my friends and I had met down in the lobby of our dorm room to walk over to Jupiter House to meet with our Bible study group one night. The Square is, without a doubt, my favorite hangout spot in Denton. Whether I’m meeting someone for coffee or working on homework at Jupiter House, or simply browsing around Recycled Books, I find the Square to be a very informal, comfortable and welcoming place to be.

A Powerful Place

Cross Timbers Community Church

I haven’t been to church in almost three years. As a Christian, I do feel a little guilty for admitting that, but after moving to Denton, I never really got plugged back into any church, let alone another Catholic church. In fact, at the time, I didn’t think I even wanted to exclusively attend Catholic church anymore, but that’s a different story for a different day. Anyway, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I started attending Cross Timbers Community Church, a nondenominational place of worship that welcomes people from all walks of life. I don’t know why I never thought of going here before, since it’s just within walking distance from where I live. Nonetheless, I’ve only attended one service, and I love it already. It’s not at all structured like a church in the traditional sense. I mean, I showed up in a dress and sandals, and I was clearly overdressed for the occasion. There’s no rigidity or formality. There’s just us, a group of imperfect people gathered together in song and praise, and that’s it.

An Intimidating Place

Louvre Pyramid

The most intimidating place that I’ve ever been to would have to be the Louvre Museum in Paris, France (as mentioned in a previous post). I kid you not, I just about lost my mind at the size of some of the paintings I saw. As if the actual piece itself wasn’t already glorious enough…

Although it was rather intimidating at first, it was also the perfect source of inspiration for my own artwork. Later that day, I immediately broke out my drawing pad to sketch out various parts of the one-bedroom apartment we were staying in. It’s been five years since that life-changing European adventure, and a copy of that very same drawing now hangs in a frame in my grandparents’ kitchen.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s