Monthly Archives: May 2008

The Ragsdale/Long Wedding

kyle and cindy\'s wedding

We were especially privileged to attend the Ragsdale/Long Wedding extravaganza a couple weeks back in Indianapolis, indiana thanks to the kindness of Elyce Elder and her new mac, the stellar performance of wifi at the Harrison Center for the Arts, and skype!  We took a few pictures while we were there to remember the event by.  Here is a collage of some of our favorites.  To really see some pictures go here for the official photographers take.  We’re praying for you scooter!!



Sweet Indiana…in Paris?

Okay, this was the crème brûlée on our Paris trip.  I seriously stumbled over myself when I saw it.  I ran screaming like a nanny boy through the front door…but wait.  Tex-mex?  Mmm. this must be Kyle’s idea. I always knew he was running a little side business in paris.  Kyle Ragsdale – painter extraordinaire and international Restauranteur.  

Oh Hillary!

We were walking down the street in Paris on our way up to Montmartre and noticed in a shop window this andy warholesque Hillary Clinton on the belly of a skateboard for sale.  What does that say exactly?

Georges Rouault at the Pompidou

I was really excited to get to spend some time with Georges Rouault while in Paris.  A seminary professor turned me on to him and I’ve found his interest deeply warranted.  I’m not an art critic, historian, etc.  But I find his work deeply moving and the Pompidou Centre has a room with over 50 pieces that were given to the centre by the Rouault family as works that were not considered finished.   Another fantastic surprise was the other exhibition on right now “Traces of the Sacred” had two pieces by Rouault.  One of them is quite well known and I geeked out to see it.  Homo Homini Lupus – Man is wolf to man.  In the galleria picked up an excellent book with large reproductions of Rouault’s “Miserere” series.  Of course it’s in french. I’ll have to start working on that.  I’d love to be able to read the book one day!  N.B. I acquired permission from the Rouault estate to use one of his images for an album we recorded of a good friday service at Redeemer-Indy.

We went to Paris this week

Pj’s performance was supposed to be this week at the Centre Pompidou but there was a supposed city-wide strike so they moved the performance to the end of the month.  Well, since we had train tickets and a hotel booked we decided to make our merry way over the channel to see how things were on in Paris.  No strike that we ever saw and we ended up having a fantastic little holiday.  Day 1 we walked around and enjoyed taking Paris the way it should be – with extreme leisure.  We visited Montmartre and Sacré Cœur.  Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Salvador DalíClaude MonetPablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.  We walked around the Les Halles, which has a massive underground shopping mall (parisians don’t care for it).  Took numerous cafe breaks and spent the evening at my favorite market on Rue Cler. Pj bought honey and I bought wine.  Afterwards we sat under the Eiffel Tower until it was time to go home.  We stayed at a fantastic little hotel off of the Champs-Elysées.  Day 2:  Pj’s train ticket left early in the morning so i had to fend for myself.  I spent the morning entranced with the Latin Quarter (university district of Paris – most have heard of the Sorbonne).  After taking a quick peak into Notre Dame I stumbled my way enroute to finding this amazing tea (Mariage Freres on 30 rue du Bourg Tibourg).  Black Tea with almond and vanilla was the choice.  The whole afternoon was spent frollicking about the Pompidou Center.  There was an exhibition up on Louise Bourgeois which was fantastic.  Pj and I both agree that her ‘cells’ are both sublime and harrowing examinations of domestic life.  

The elder benedicts check-in on the younger benedicts

Mom and Dad B. (as pj refers to them) were with us last week for a bit of sight-seeing and checking in on the kids.  They stayed in a hotel right across the street which was sweet.  We spent most of our time touristing about and catching up on life.  They spent 5 days in london and then traveled up to Edinburgh for a few days. They had a great time and caught on quickly to life in London.  See them here on the daily commute.