Five for Friday: Book Heaven, Railroad Modeler Rod Stewart, Talking in the Light

CHICAGO, IL (November 15, 2019) – Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles

and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

How Helsinki Built ‘Book Heaven’

The massive new library in Helsinki reflects Finland’s commitment to literacy, love of books, and bringing people together.

From the article: “This progress from one of the poorest countries of Europe to one of the most prosperous has not been an accident. It’s based on this idea that when there are so few of us—only 5.5 million people—everyone has to live up to their full potential….Our society is fundamentally dependent on people being able to trust the kindness of strangers.”

I Am Railing: Sir Rod Stewart Reveals His Epic Model Railway City

The classic rocker also is a railroad modeler extraordinaire. He has spent 23 years building a model city, and some theological insight is partly what drives him.

From the article: “The scenery and structures are his forte, rather than the locomotives and tracks. ‘I find beauty in what everyone else sees as ugly—rugged skyscrapers, beaten-up warehouses, things that are very run down.’”

82-Year-Old British Cyclist Completes One Million Miles

The one million miles Russ Mantle has ridden is equivalent to traveling to the moon and back two times. He hopes to do another million.

From the article: “Mantle has been building up miles since 1952 and has kept detailed, handwritten logs of his time on the saddle, recording not only the total mileage, but also the names of towns he rides through and even the cafes where he stops during his rides. ‘Sometimes, I even record the wind direction and the temperature that day,’ Mantle said.”

Public Art Project Spurs Cross-Border Conversations

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s new work focuses on people’s search for connection and the desire to be heard.

From the article: “When two beams of light cross, they’ll create a bi-directional audio channel, connecting people on opposite sides of the river in direct communication through amplified sound. Participants can wait in line for the opportunity to control a searchlight and engage in one or more cross-border conversations.”

Dad Took Photo of Daughter Every Week for 20 Years

This five-minute video is a reminder that “they grow up so fast.” Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester from Utrecht, Netherlands, took a photo of his daughter Lotte against the same background every week from the day she was born. He stitched together this video that has more than three million likes on YouTube.

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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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